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U2 storm charts after Brit and Grammy success

Posted on Sunday, March 18 @ 02:15:46 CET by macphisto

(Sunday-Time.co.uk) -- U2 have never been so popular. The Irish band have had unprecedented success with all 12 of their albums in the British charts following recent Brit and Grammy awards.

In the two weeks since they won three awards, including outstanding contribution to British music at the Brits, the band has sold 200,000 albums in Britain. Spread across its back catalogue, it is 10 times more than the band would normally sell.

All 12 albums entered the top 200 in the week after the awards, while seven made the top 100. In the band's 21-year career, that record has never been matched. All That You Can't Leave Behind, The Joshua Tree, The Best of 1980-1990 and Achtung Baby entered the top 40, while Boy, their debut, released more than 20 years ago, also got into the charts. Mark Crossingham, deputy managing director of Island records, U2's label, said: "I can't remember that many albums going into the top 200 ever before. There are not many artists who have such a strong back catalogue."

The group's live performance at the Brits and Grammys was a big factor in the renewed popularity of their albums, according to CIN which compiles the British chart. "U2 are so great live, they came across very well," said a spokesman. "The fact that they have got concerts coming up adds to the buzz."

In the singles chart, Beautiful Day and Stuck in a Moment, both from the current album, were joined by another 11 older releases in the top 200. Virgin asked Island to re-press some of the band's old singles to meet current demand. Several retail chains have displayed the band's complete oeuvre prominently, with special promotions linked to the Brits.

In Ireland, the increase in sales is even more staggering. The group has seven albums in the top 65 Irish chart. Zooropa, the experimental 1993 release, re-entered at 55 after a 950% rise in sales, while Pop, released in 1997, re-entered at 56 after an 850% jump. The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby leapt to numbers 15 and 18 respectively after boosts of more than 700% in their sales.

The bonanza will provide the fortysomething rockers with a windfall to match the abundance of awards won this year. Most of the sales are likely to be to new young recruits, as hardcore U2 fans already have most of the catalogue, according to Crossingham.

"People who have got into the band recently are interested to hear their old albums," said Crossingham. "The new album has certainly brought a new audience as well as satisfying diehard fans."

Despite being labelled ageing rockers, U2's recent God-Like Genius and Best Rock Act awards, voted by readers of New Musical Express, the music magazine, shows they still have a strong appeal.

The band won three Grammys last month, for song of the year, record of the year and best rock performance, all for Beautiful Day.

On Friday night U2 received three gongs at the inaugural Meteor Irish Music Awards in Dublin, which honoured homegrown and international talent. They won best Irish songwriters, best Irish band and bestselling Irish rock album. The band was unable to be present as they are rehearsing in Miami where they will kick off their world tour next Saturday.

Tomorrow Bono, U2's frontman, will pay the ultimate tribute to the boss of his record label by inducting him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records who signed U2 more than 20 years ago, will be inducted into the non-performer category at the Waldorf hotel in New York.

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