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May 24th, 2009

Not so Magnificent @ 10:21 pm

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From:picassoed
Date:May 24th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
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The fact that the album was leaked before it officially went on sale combined with people just not buying albums like they used to probably has something to do with it. But I just think it's ridiculous to care about articles like that. Some U2 fans don't like the new album, some love it. And those who aren't U2 fans won't have anything nice to say in the first place.

One of the comments read: U2 have sold millions of tickets for their coming tour so I don't think they'll care about being number 42 in a chart that sees the likes of Lady GaGa being number 1.
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From:interiority
Date:May 24th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Why does it make you sad?
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From:scruby
Date:May 24th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Because it used to be so much better for U2, they would always be #1.):
From:picassoed
Date:May 24th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
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It's not like U2 are doing horribly; the article just twists it to make it seem like they're in the gutter.
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From:t4_flirt
Date:May 24th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Seeing as how both of my favorite bands were dissed in this article (U2 and Green Day), NME can piss off. I'm going to try and see both bands this year, I have both albums...I could care less what anyone says. I love my lads and they are the best band in the world.
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From:make_me_irish
Date:May 24th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Well I actually tried to buy the magnificent single. Most stores I went to didn't have it, the one that had and sold out said it was a limited release and they weren't getting anymore in, so...that could be why it didn't sell so well
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 24th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm a huge fan and haven't bought the new album yet - I've barely even heard it. Part of it, like the above commenters have said, is shifting priorities, and part of it, I have to admit, is that I'm upset and disappointed with them for not coming to Australia with this tour. If all I can do about that is not buy the album, I'll do it. It's next to nothing, and I'm under no illusions that it will hurt them any, but it's my little statement of principle.
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From:phoenixwish
Date:May 24th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I did buy it, but I haven't listened since the tour dates were announced. I'm pretty pissed off with them right now.
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From:lastrega
Date:May 25th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
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Umm...you might want to think again about that. I have it on very good authority they'll be here next year on the third leg.
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 25th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
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OK, so I might buy it if/when they announce. Allow me my little pettiness, here ;-) I haven't been all that impressed with what I've heard of NLOTH, honestly. If I'd been wowed by it, I'd have grabbed it by now.
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From:phoenixwish
Date:May 24th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
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As others have said, it's NME. I've never taken them very seriously.

And yeah, maybe people aren't buying their singles but their tour is sold out.

I don't think it's nearly as bad as the picture that article paints. And this is coming from a disappointed fan. (Hell hath no fury...)
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 24th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I agree, I was going to point out in my comment (I'm busy getting ready for work and was pre-coffee, lol) that NME can be a pretty bitchy rag. I've never really taken their bad reviews - screeds, often - seriously. And this is also coming from a disappointed fan, lol.
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From:phoenixwish
Date:May 24th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and he seems to imply that critics praised the album for financial reason? Pfft. It was a great album. The best in over a decade.
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From:kashmir87
Date:May 24th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, last time I went to my favourite used record shop, I already saw about... five copies of the new album, and they usually hardly have two of anything. (I never bought one as I don't much like the record, priorities, etc.)
I don't mind what the NME says or with what intention; the album might not be a big seller, it's an interesting fact but it doesn't really matter in the end. Chart success has no direct relation to quality. Everyone knows singles are practically non-existent by now, and the most money is made from touring.
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From:wydok
Date:May 25th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
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In all honesty, this isn't really a album for the fair-weather fan. It's a great album, but unconventional.
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From:lothuial
Date:May 25th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
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Oh we don't listen to everything the press says. U2 is the best band forever!
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From:ayajedi
Date:May 25th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
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Don't feel sad NME has never been one of U2 biggest fans. I think they have slagged them off and written them off ofr dead on more than one occasion.
The charts business is changing worldwide and as others have said people are not buying singles or in my case you just cannot get singles to buy.
U2's main concern will be how the worldwide tour does?
From:magdalen7
Date:May 25th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
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Heh. My 18 year old loved Achtung Baby a few years ago, but now when I played New Line On the Horizen--she views the new release as...."are they trying to be Radiohead" and she says heh heh U2 should quit now. She is hard case, tho. I wouldn't give up so easy. Hmmmm.....
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From:rational_twists
Date:May 25th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't worry about this article too much. The U.S. economy was booming in 2004 when HTDAAB was released. NLOTH came out during the shittiest of times, so you have to take that into account. I don't buy anything these days unless I absolutely need it.

I DID buy No Line, and I must admit I want my money back, I'm so upset by it. But at the same time, I also would love to see them on tour. Because let's face it, crap album or not, seeing them live is a religious experience. My financial situation this year doesn't make a U2 show feasible for me, but if I had the means to I would go in a heartbeat.
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From:reecord2
Date:May 26th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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The thing that article is missing is contextual information. Such as, how many records does a typical top 10 album sell in 2009, anyway? And who is out there buying singles? I would love to buy singles but they don't exactly have them lying around Target or Best Buy. Maybe fewer records are being moved this album, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's like this for most artists, perhaps save the very tippy top of the pop and hip hop acts. Statistics can be dressed up to serve just about any side of an argument.
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From:scruby
Date:May 26th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Acutely, here there almost no where to get singles. Most of the record stores don't sell them.

Edited at 2009-05-26 04:54 pm (UTC)

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