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U2's free downloads won't qualify for Billboard album charts, Grammys
U2's free downloads won't qualify for Billboard album charts, Grammys

Is the Apple-partnered launch of U2's "Songs of Innocence" really the biggest album release of all time? Yes and no, depending on how you keep score. According to America's official scorekeeper of such things, the answer is no. Billboard magazine, the publication that keeps the official metrics of pop music's popularity, announced that the 500 million copies of U2's "Songs of Innocence" that were beamed to users of Apple's iTunes music software would not enter into its equation for its sales charts. In a statement, the magazine's Keith Caulfield said: "While U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new...

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