ON THIS DAY, 1987...
On the 9th of March 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree. It stormed to the top of the album charts, went platinum in the UK in just two days, spent 28 weeks in the Top 10, and eventually stayed in the charts for over 200 weeks. It performed well in the US too as it hit the top of the Billboard 100 where it stayed for nine of the 120 weeks it charted. It eventually sold around 25 million copies around the world.
It was nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, winning the prestigious 'Album Of The Year' beating Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. In their end-of-year poll, readers of Rolling Stone Magazine heaped praise on the band, the album and the singles awarding them 'Best Album', 'Artist of the Year', 'Best Band', 'Best Single ("With or Without You)', and 'Best Male Singer' (Bono).