March 11, 2009 / 9:03 PM / 9 years ago

CORRECTED - FACTBOX-New U2 album is No. 1 in 30 countries

(In paragraph 4, the Rolling Stones also have more No. 1 albums than U2, with nine, a correction made by Billboard)

March 11 (Reuters) - U2’s latest album, “No Line on the Horizon,” debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries, including the United States and Britain, according to preliminary data issued on Wednesday by the Irish rock band’s Interscope Records label. Here are some facts about their U.S. sales:

* “No Line on the Horizon” sold 484,000 copies in the United States in the six days ended March 8, their second-highest, first-week tally. Their previous album, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” started with 840,000 copies in 2004.

* It marks U2’s seventh No. 1 album in the United States, a run that began with 1987’s “The Joshua Tree.” Their only studio album since then not to debut at No. 1 was “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” which opened at No. 3 with 428,000 units in 2000.

* The only bands with more No. 1 albums are the Beatles, with 19 and the Rolling Stones with nine. Led Zeppelin also have seven. “No Line” is also the fifth U2 album to debut at No. 1. The only other group to have five albums debut at No. 1 is Metallica.

* U2’s total U.S. album sales stand at 33.2 million copies since May 1991, when the Billboard charts started using point-of-sale retail data collected by Nielsen SoundScan.

* U2’s best-selling album is “Achtung Baby,” which has sold 5.5 million copies since its release in November 1991, based on Nielsen SoundScan’s data. “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” has sold 4.3 million, and “How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” sold 3.2 million.

* “The Joshua Tree” has sold 3.2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But it has been certified for U.S. shipments to retailers in excess of 10 million units since its 1987 release, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group that hands out gold and platinum awards. “Achtung Baby” follows with 8 million units.

* Interscope Records is part of the Universal Music Group, which is controlled by Vivendi SA (VIV.PA).

Sources: Nielsen SoundScan, RIAA, Interscope Records, Billboard (Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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