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February 21st, 2005

To answer the question "is Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own a single in North America?" @ 07:05 pm

axver:
I'm currently hearin: 'One Tree Hill (26 December 1989)' by U2

I've noticed a number of people have been discussing Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - namely why it was performed at the Grammy's and that some US radio stations are playing it despite the fact All Because Of You is the current North American single. Well, I thought I would clear up the matter once and for all, especially as there seems to have been no official news yet from the U2 camp themselves.

SYCMIOYO has been released as a promotional single to North American radio - here is the relevant discography entry in the Ultimate Resource that is U2Wanderer.org, but bear in mind the release date is the UK one. I believe, but cannot confirm, the US promo was issued within the last fortnight. Just to add to that, SYCMIOYO is going to be released as a proper commercial single in Canada - to see evidence of this, visit this site, scroll down until you reach the 1 March 2005 releases, and you will find it. The catalogue number is 0249870115.

This comes as absolutely no surprise to me, as U2 are charting very well in Canada at the moment. Here's the current singles chart:
#1 - All Because Of You
#7 - Vertigo (maxi)
#8 - Vertigo (single)
#13 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (import)
#26 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (import)

Yes, BOTH versions (though it doesn't say which is which) of SYCMIOYO have already charted in Canada on the basis of imports! Quite impressive. Canada quite clearly rocks.

In the USA, this is All Because Of You's run on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 (essentially the Top 101-125): 109-101-102-112. Just about made it into the top 100 but not quite, and remember that's based solely upon airplay. Interestingly enough, the import of the CD single from Canada debuted at #51 on the British charts!

One last tidbit of information: word on the street is that the next HTDAAB single, which will be the 25th anniversary single, will be City Of Blinding Lights. No surprises there, as Bono has introduced it live by saying how it relates to the band heading to both London and New York as youngsters to get a record deal and break through. Keep in mind this is celebrating the 25th anniversary of U2's partnership with Island Records, which began on 23 May 1980 with the release of the 11 O'clock Tick Tock single, and that gives weight to the rumours that the b-side for the 25th anniversary single will be a re-recorded 11 O'clock Tick Tock (and possibly even Touch). This would also make it appear likely for 11 O'clock Tick Tock to appear at some point on tour - I'm going to hold onto that hope as it is my favourite U2 song.
 
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
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They better play 11 O'Clock in Boston.
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From:axver
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
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Damn right, mate. And I think they just might:

23 May - 25th anniversary of 11 O'clock Tick Tock
24 May - Boston I
26 May - Boston II
28 May - Boston III

I'm betting that we'll hear it at the 24 May show, and as the 28th will probably have a setlist that varies the most from the regular set, I think it will be played then too.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
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I'm bloody pumped! If they do I'll scream. (In a good way.)
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From:axver
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
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You'll scream and I'll make you look quiet. I may just hug strangers and tell them random facts about 11 O'clock Tick Tock's setlist history.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
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Too bad our seats for the 24th suck.
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From:axver
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
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It's great that U2 are a band that make even a last-row stadium seat feel like it's close, though. And with various stage layout rumours, it seems like U2 are trying to make every single seat in the house a prime seat.

At least we're in the door. If they play 11 O'clock Tick Tock, it'll be bloody sensational no matter where we're sitting.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
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Oh, no doubt. And we don't have to wait in line all day like we will on the 26th and you and Kate will and the 28th.

True that amigo. True that.
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From:axver
Date:February 21st, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
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I'm in for two long waits, aren't I? Heh. Glad I've got some good company! At least on the 24th, we'll be able to watch proceedings from a distance and work out a strategy for the 26th.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
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Indeed! We'll have to reconoiter the situation, and see just how early everyone is arriving.
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From:axver
Date:February 21st, 2005 10:13 am (UTC)
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Indeed we shall. It's my understanding that if we show up early on the 26th, we should get pretty decent spots as it is a Thursday and not everyone will be able to line up overnight. Kate and I may have a tougher time on the 28th as people will have been able to sleep over Friday. I think I'll just show up on 6am both days, set myself up for a lazy day, and hope all goes well.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 21st, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
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Lazy days. I've had too many of those as of late.
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From:axver
Date:February 22nd, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
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They're fun to indulge in, though.
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From:screendoor3
Date:February 22nd, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)
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When they aren't a common occurance when they have been for me.
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From:purplicious
Date:February 21st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I wonder about what time I'm going to be able to get there. I worry that my parents won't let me fly in till the morning of the 28th. Would I be able to make it from the airport to the Fleetcenter and cut in line to meet you? Hmmmmmmmm.
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From:axver
Date:February 22nd, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
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Tell your parents you're quite capable of planning your life. I'm tiring of how difficult they are. And look, I'm not getting a big hotel room that'll fit you and whoever's coming just because you'll be there ONE NIGHT. I need to pay for the damn thing for 24-26 whether you're there or not.

Don't know how acceptable it is to hold a place, don't think it is and we'll both get kicked out of line if we try it, but you're going to have to be firm with your parents. Our show will have the GA line form earliest. I'll be in Boston. I'm not going to sit outside the venue and watch as the line increasingly grows longer just because your parents are being bloody stubborn.

I'm really very unhappy with them right now.
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From:purplicious
Date:February 21st, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

You so would.
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From:axver
Date:February 22nd, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)
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You better believe it!! 11 O'CLOCK TICK TOCK!!!
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From:moydrumm
Date:February 21st, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
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''In the USA, this is All Because Of You's run on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 (essentially the Top 101-125): 109-101-102-112. Just about made it into the top 100 but not quite, and remember that's based solely upon airplay. Interestingly enough, the import of the CD single from Canada debuted at #51 on the British charts!''

I don't understand this? :| (I'm a 16 years old dutch boy? so... if anyone can halpme with these lines :P)

Are they gonna release ABOY too as a single in Europe?
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From:axver
Date:February 22nd, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)
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OK, I'll try to explain it for you.

In the USA, there is the Billboard Hot 100, ranking the top 100 singles. There is another chart, called the Bubbling Under Hot 100, which shows the 25 songs below the Hot 100, they are songs 'bubbling under' the chart - almost in the Hot 100 but not quite. Essentially, the Hot 100 ranks 1-100 and the Bubbling Under Hot 100 ranks 101-125.

All Because Of You, on the Bubbling Under Hot 100, was 9 in its first week, rose to 2, rose again to 1, and then dropped to 12. As the Bubbling Under Hot 100 is really 101-125, those figures are 109-102-101-112. The place on the chart is solely determined by airplay on radio as it has not been released as a single for people to buy in the USA.

In Britain, All Because Of You debuted last week on their Top 75 (I THINK it's 75) at 51. All of those were imports of the single released in Canada. There is currently no plan to release All Because Of You in Europe - rumour is that City Of Blinding Lights is next for Europe and the rest of the world.

Did that make more sense?

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