U2's Songs of Innocence is finally making its debut in the Billboard 200 top ten. The album was released as a free download last month, but Billboard didn't start the official count until the disc was released commercially last week.
Songs of Innocence sold a better-than-expected 28,000 copies in its first frame, which was enough to put it at number nine on the album chart. It gives U2 the eleventh top ten of their career.
Sales of Songs of Innocence were bolstered by a bonus disc of new tunes and reworked tracks that weren't available on the free iTunes exclusive. Apple said about 26 million people downloaded that version of the album in its first month of availability.
Unsurprisingly, Billboard says 96% of the album's first-week sales were from physical CDs and vinyl LPs. Songs of Innocence was the third best-selling vinyl set last week, moving a little more than one-thousand LPs.