U2’s electronic-heavy Pop deserves more respect for its risk-taking

That record debuted at No. 1 on March 22, 1997, and sold over 500,000 copies during its first two weeks on sale. But after this fast start, Pop slowly deflated: Despite No. 1 stints for “Discothèque” and “Staring At The Sun” on modern rock radio, the record spent just 28 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 before disappearing; where U2 studio albums are concerned, only 1981’s October spent less time on the charts. To date, Pop has only sold 1.51 million copies—a big number now, but barely anything for U2. More interestingly, the record is subtly being edged out of the U2 mythology. During the band’s last two major tours (Elevation and 360°), the only song from Pop played in its entirety was “Discothèque”—a whopping two times. Spotify and Rhapsody have just eight of the album’s 12 tracks available to stream.

via The A.V. Club.

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