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The infrequency of the letter "U" occurring as the initial of bands and artists means that the range of gold discs, gold records and photograph displays within this sub-category is always likely to be somewhat limited. Nonetheless, it contains items sure to prove popular with collectors.
Irish rock band, U2, was formed by 7 teenagers at Mount Temple School, Dublin, in 1976. Beginning life as the "Larry Mullen Band," the band underwent several name changes and the departure of 3 members, resulting in a quartet, named U2. U2 have enjoyed spectacular commercial success, with worldwide sales exceeding 150 million records, including numerous gold discs. Fans of the band seem sure to be delighted by the gold records displays offered in this sub-category. These include "Under a Blood Red Sky," a live mini-LP album, comprising just 8 tracks, released in 1983. The album was a worldwide success, peaking at no.2 in the UK Album Charts and no. 28 in the US Billboard 200, achieving triple-platinum status in both countries. It was also awarded platinum certification in Canada, France and Germany.
Their 1988 studio album, "Rattle and Hum," was even more successful, topping the Album Charts of the UK (4x platinum status) and the US (5x platinum), along with those of Australia, Austria, the Netherlands (platinum) and Switzerland (2x platinum). The album was certified 7x platinum in Canada for sales in excess of 700,000 copies and achieved gold status in Finland and France. Another of U2's gold records, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," released in 2004, was the 4th biggest-selling album of that year, with sales exceeding 9 million copies. It reached no.1 in the UK Album Charts (4x platinum status), the US Billboard 200 (5x platinum) and the equivalent charts of Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand, being certified as at least platinum in all of these counties.