The latest Entertainment Weekly lists "New Classics" (oxymoron, anyone?). Basically a "we don't have any headlines, how about some meaningless Best Of Lists?" issue. So where does U2 fall in the "new classics" of music?
Achtung Baby - U2
The Irish superstars' seventh studio album made a substantial leap, recognizing the emergence of alt-rock and electronic music in a way that was both ingenious and organic.
They also take Number 63 with The Joshua Tree in the "rest of the best" list. I guess 51-100 don't merit any 30-word blurbs.
Who beats and surrounds U2?
1. Purple Rain - Prince
2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
4. The College Dropout - Kanye West
5. Madonna - Madonna
6. American Idiot - Green Day
7. The Blueprint - Jay-Z
8. Graceland - Paul Simon
9. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
10. In Rainbows - Radiohead
In a handy-dandy charts and graphs page, I also learned that The Joshua Tree is the 5th longest-running number one album, at 9 weeks. This is behind Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (12 weeks), George Michael's Faith (12 weeks), The Police's Synchronicity (17 weeks), and Purple Rain (24 weeks).
Now, for the sadder news....
Floppy Disks: Big Flops From Big Artists
(stay_please again: Agree or not, you know where this is going, don't you?)
Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants - Stevie Wonder
*enter blurb here*
Hungarian Dance - Johannes Brahms
Como Ama Una Mujer / Brave - Jennifer Lopez
Pop - U2
Hoping to out-hype and out-sell every album ever made, U2 gathered the press at Kmart to release Pop on February 12, 1997. The new album was the band's first experiment with electronica, and the songs were mostly bloated and forgettable. Initially, the heavily hyped album sold well. But in the end, Pop barely raked in $1 million, and the accompanying tour, PopMart, turned into a $100 million money pit. Fittingly, for every encore, the band returned to stage inside a giant lemon.
And then, from the sidebar... (someone hold canadanne's hand)
... And 2 Personas That Flopped, Too
During the ZooTV tour in 1992, U2 lead singer Bono unveiled a mysterious alter ego he dubbed MacPhisto, in honor of the literary devil-figure Mephistopheles. His costume consisted of white face paint, red devil horns, and red lipstick. He appeared in the video for the song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" on the Batman Forever soundtrack, but when fans failed to fall under MacPhisto's spell, Bono ditched the character.