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U2 score 10th UK album chart No.1


Story by Jack Foley

U2 HAVE topped the UK album chart for the tenth time in their career, following the release of 12th studio album No Line On The Horizon.

The achievement means that Bono and co are now one of the top five album chart acts of all-time, according to research compiled by the Official Chart Company.

They are now joint third with Madonna and the Rolling Stones – although Elvis Presley and The Beatles still have more UK No.1 LPs on their CVs.

U2 will have to achieve the top spot a further four times to beat Presley’s all-time record, but have plenty of time to do that as they continue to assert themselves as one of the top bands in the world.

Incredibly, the band’s 2006 singles compilation, U218, also climbed back up the charts, from number 39 to 17, following the boost in popularity the new album has given them.

According to Bono, the arrival of the new album will also pave the way for a new world tour, details of which are expected to be announced shortly.

The environmental campaigner has pledged to ensure any tour will be eco-friendly, with ticket prices fixed at a cost that reflects the current economic climate.

The only bad news on U2’s horizon is that Get On Your Boots, the lead single from No Line On The Horizon, continued to slide down the charts, and never made the top 10.

U2’s first No.1 album came in 1983 with War, while their most recent success was 2006’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

No Line On The Horizon has drawn a mixed response from critics around the world, with some hailing it as a masterpiece and others being underwhelmed.

Read our review