On Sept. 9, U2 announced its new album, Songs of Innocence, and released it on the same day (for free) to all customers of iTunes and Beats Music in a historic deal with Apple. Naturally, the album, and its lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” got off to a fast start.
According to Apple, 38 million people have listened to some or all of U2’s album through Sept. 17. That global figure includes plays and streams through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music.
U2 has sold a combined 75,000 albums and digital songs in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan — a gain of 358 percent. On the Billboard 200, six of the band’s sets dot the list, led by The Joshua Tree at No. 47 (6,000; up 1,143 percent).
In the week ending Sept. 16, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” collected 3.1 million in audience from plays on 97 stations, according to Nielsen BDS. On the Triple A and Rock Airplay charts, the song enters at Nos. 19 and 38, respectively.