U2 disappointed they 'pull off the pop songs' on latest album

Bono admits his band 'didn't pull off the pop songs'

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U2 frontman Bono has admitted that he has been disappointed by the lack of success of their recent album 'No Line On The Horizon'.

The band's 12th studio LP shot straight to the top of the UK album chart when it was released in March and has sold a respectable one million worldwide.

However the LP, is the group's lowest selling in more than a decade, with 2004's 'How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' selling 3.2 million copies to date and 2000's ''All That You Can't Leave Behind' clocking up sales of 4.3 million.

The album's first single from the album 'Get On Your Boots' peaked at number 12 in the UK singles charts and follow-up 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight' only reached number 32.

Bono admitted that he was disappointed that the band didn't "pull off the pop songs".

He told Spinnermusic.co.uk: "We weren't really in that mindset and we felt that the album was a kind of an almost extinct species, and we should approach it in totality and create a mood and a feeling, and a beginning, middle and an end.

"And I suppose we've made a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of pop stars."

U2's concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl will be streamed live on YouTube later at 0330 GMT.

The band plan to release their already-recorded next album, 'Songs Of Ascent', in 2010.

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