France Album Sales: U2

October (1981) Era

Aiming to step up after a promising low profile debut, U2 came back in October 1981, just after the end of Boy promotion, with their sophomore effort titled October.

Although the set debuted at #11 in UK thanks to the growing fan base and #35 lead single Fire, their first charting hit, the album failed to increase the group profile, pretty much reproducing results of its predecessor. Thus, in France this album failed to chart just like Boy. Both albums sold an estimated 20,000 units before the release of their third set.

As we will be seeing later on this study, this pair of albums remained true twin albums, always selling pretty much the same year after year.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Gloria – 982,000
  2. October – 838,000
  3. I Fall Down – 305,000

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Hernán

The final total is very impressive, far more than I would have guessed myself.

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