U2 concert broadcast live on YouTube drew in millions from 16 countries on the Web

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By Amy Eisinger, NY Daily News Staff Writer

Millions of people from around the globe caught Sunday's U2 concert - right from their home computers.

The legendary rock group set yet another career record Sunday night as the first band to broadcast a concert live on the popular video sharing Web site YouTube. The band performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. in front of a crowd of 100,000 while simultaneously, Internet users from 16 countries around the world were able to tune in to the concert from the comfort of their own homes.

Thousands of fans left messages for the band thanking them for the free concert, says Spinner.com.

Final figures for the concert have not yet been reported but the YouTube page that hosted the concert has received over 7 million views so far.

A spokesperson for the Google-owned YouTube also noted that while the concert was streaming it was the top global-trending topic on Twitter and that a promotional clip for the concert alone received 2.7 million views.

But retailers like Best Buy aren't expecting a huge jump in album sales thanks to the Internet concert, reports the LA Times. U2's album, "No Line," has already spent 33 weeks on the charts and sold 4,000 copies last week alone, meaning that more than a few fans already have their newest release.

After the California concert, the group is continuing their tour in Europe, including their first-ever shows in Russia and Turkey. On Monday, U2 also announced new tour dates for North America in 2010, including a show at Giants Stadium next July.

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