On this day in music history: November 23, 200…

On this day in music history: November 23, 2004 – “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, the eleventh studio album by U2 is released (UK release date is on November 22, 2004). Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Chris Thomas, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Flood, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Carl Glanville, it is recorded at Hanover Quay in Dublin, Ireland and in the South Of France from November 2003 – August 2004. “Atomic Bomb” like its predecessor “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” features a more traditional rock sound. In between sessions for the album, a demo recording featuring unfinished versions of several songs is stolen during a magazine photo shoot in France. Surprisingly, the demos are not leaked on to the internet. The album is a major critical and commercial success upon its release. Along with the standard CD issue, it is also released as a limited edition set with a bonus DVD featuring a documentary on the making of the album, and five music videos featuring live performances at Hanover Quay in Dublin. It spins off four singles including “Vertigo” (#1 Modern Rock, #31 Pop) and “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” (#29 Modern Rock, #97 Pop). The album wins a total of nine Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006 including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year". “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.