Still think this shouldn’t count?
The following stats have just been released by Apple with regards to U2’s Songs of Innocence, which was posted to 500 million iCloud accounts on September 9th.
81 million people have now ‘experienced’ Songs of Innocence, either on iCloud, iTunes, or Beats (on any connected device). That includes listening to the album in whole or part.
26 million people have downloaded the entire album from iCloud (11 songs).
14 million people have purchased a U2 album on the iTunes Store since it opened in 2003.
419 million iCloud users didn’t experience anything, deleted the album, or had no idea it even existed.
24 of U2’s previous albums have now re-entered the top 200.
The singles album, U218, has re-entered the top 10 in 46 countries.
The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, Rattle and Hum, and The Unforgettable Fire have now re-entered the top 50 in the US.
We have no idea how many people expressly deleted the album from their iCloud accounts (instructions on how to delete the album here).