December 3 - Bono and the rest of U2 breathe a huge sigh of relief

On this day in 1999, Bono received arguably the most relieving and assuring news of his storied career. After having his laptop stolen, Bono had it returned to him after an Irish man who had bought the laptop for £300 realized that it was indeed the stolen laptop that Bono had been stressing over. Now, while at face value this does not seem like big news, the laptop that was stolen contained all of the songs on the upcoming U2 album that had yet to be released. Had the laptop not been returned, the entire U2 album would have been leaked to public months before the album's set release date.

The laptop contained all the songs on U2's album "All That You Can't Leave Behind". Bono and the rest of U2 were hyping up the album as one of the best albums they had ever produced, and were extremely worried when they had all of the songs stolen from them. When the laptop was returned, they were able to release the album as planned. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" became one of the most popular U2 albums of all time as it sold over 12 million copies worldwide and won seven Grammy Awards.

The album yielded 4 singles, including "Beautiful Day", "Stuck in a Moment you can't get out of", "Elevation", and "Walk On".





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