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Sunday 21 October 2018

U2 fans disappointed new single didn't make top 10 in singles' chart

SURPRISE: Get on your Boots entered charts at No 12
SURPRISE: Get on your Boots entered charts at No 12

U2's failure to get their new single into the top 10 music charts has been greeted with major surprise.

Many industry analysts expected sales of the Irish band's latest single Get On Your Boots to experience a 'Brits bump' following the band's performance at the Brits last week.

However, this failed to materialise with the single landing at number 12 in the British charts.

This is in contrast to the Irish charts, where the first single from album No Line On The Horizon shot straight to the top spot.

Online U2 fan forums last night blamed the changing nature of the charts and the fact that the band has suffered recent internet leaks.

Favourable

The album has received some favourable reviews -- although critics did question the choice of Get On Your Boots as the first single to be released, with one describing the choice as "curious".

Thanks to massive changes in the singles' market, album sales will determine whether the band remains popular with the public.

But fans are keen to see the single sell better in the next week.

Unless the single rises up the charts in the coming weeks, it will mark U2's worst hit parade performance since 1997's If God Will Send His Angels.

That song was the fifth single from the Pop album and was not aggressively hyped or marketed in the way Get On Your Boots has been.

And while number 12 is a respectable position for most bands, the world-conquering might of U2 has only failed to dent the British top 10 four times in 25 years.

The band has enjoyed a remarkable run of success since their very first number 10 hit New Year's Day in 1983.

jlast@herald.ie

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