Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. have hand signed this gatefold copy of the U2 LP “The Joshua Tree” to the front in black ink. The Joshua Tree was released in 1987 and is the fifth studio album by U2 and became, at the time, the fastest-selling album in British history, selling over 300,000 copies in two days.
On 21 March 1987, it debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number one,spending two weeks at the top position, and it remained on the chart for 163 weeks.On the US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, the album debuted on 4 April 1987 at number seven,the highest debut for a studio album in the US in almost seven years.Within three weeks, it topped the chart, where it remained for nine consecutive weeks. The album spent a total of 101 weeks on the Billboard Top Pop Albums,35 of them in the top 10.
On 13 May 1987, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album triple-platinum.All of the group’s previous albums re-entered the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1987.In Canada, the album debuted at number 51 on the RPM Top 100 Albums chart on 21 March 1987,and climbed to number one just two weeks later.Within 14 days of release, it sold 300,000 units in Canada and was certified triple-platinum.The Joshua Tree topped the albums charts in 19 other countries,including Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Sweden.Rolling Stone declared that the album increased the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”.It was the first album by any artist to sell one million copies on CD in the US.
U2 became the fourth rock band to be featured on the cover of Time (following The Beatles, The Band, and The Who), who declared that U2 was “Rock’s Hottest Ticket”.