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U2 Album Projected to Only Sell 24,000 to 27,000 Copies in First Week; Seger Looks to More Than Twice That Amount

This is what happens when you offer your latest album for free to fans, even if it is for a limited time.

U2 are about to have the worst opening week for one of their albums since the early days of their career. The band recently gave away Songs of Innocence in a much-publicized tie-in with Apple. The album was officially released to stores and download sites on Tuesday but the now expired free offer seriously cut into initial commercial sales (obviously). Hits Daily Double is projecting sales of only 24,000 to 27,000 in the first week of release.

Bono recently apologized to Apple iTunes users who were offended by the promotion, especially those who had the album downloaded onto their devices without first authorizing it.

The only other album by a veteran artist to make a splash is Bob Seger's latest, Ride Out, which is projected to have sales of 55,000 to 60,000. That should give it a top ten debut but it has no chance at number 1 as Florida Georgia Line's new album has projected sales of 190,000 to 200,000. Seger has topped the U.S. Albums chart only once with 1980's Against the Wind.