Well, the guys of U2 are certainly no strangers to successful albums, and their just-released studio set, Songs of Experience, is right up there. Bono and the crew have officially scored their eighth No. 1 Billboard 200 album with Songs of Experience, which pushed 186,000 equivalent album sales during its first week out, 180,000 of which were from traditional album sales.

Here's another big honor: Both sales totals mark the highest single-week sales numbers for an album by any rock artist in 2017. A portion of the sales numbers for Songs of Experience were included in a promotion that bundled the record with tickets for U2's 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour.


Songs of Experience is the companion set to 2014's Songs of Innocence, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 upon its release.

U2's other No. 1 Billboard 200 albums include 2009's No Line on the Horizon, 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 1997's Pop, 1993's Zooropa, 1991's Achtung Baby, 1988's Rattle and Hum and 1987's The Joshua Tree.

The No. 1 showing for U2's Songs of Experience makes U2 the first band to ever achieve No. 1 records in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. They join three artists who have also achieved that tally: Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson and Barbra Streisand.