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August 01, 2011 - NBC TODAY SHOW
Journey flew into New York City early Friday morning, directly after their concert Thursday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, taking a 24-hour break from their current Eclipse Tour, to perform on NBC's TODAY as part of the top-rated morning show's 2011 Friday Toyota Concert Series.

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The band opened their set with Don't Stop Believin' and then performed City of Hope from their latest album, Eclipse, released in May at Walmart and all the usual digital retailers.

Next up was Faithfully, which won the online "Viewer's Choice" song contest, and wrapped up with Any Way You Want It.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur, Wireimage


Photo credit: Kevin Mazur, Wireimage

TODAY Senior Producer, Melissa Lonner, surprised the band by having host Matt Lauer presenting the band with a very special award.

"Well there is a momentous occasion about to take place because the Nielsen Company's SoundScan Division has just certified that 'Don't Stop Believin' is the number one single from the 20th century," said Matt Lauer. "We have plaque here that actually commemorates that."


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Although originally released in 1981, Don't Stop Believin' has had resurgence that began when it turned up in final episode of The Sopranos in 2007, boosting digital sales of the download to become the best-selling catalog song at the time. But it was Glee's version that propelled both it AND the original version into the top 10 in the UK early this year. In the U.S., sales of Don't Stop Believin' once again boosted while the 'Glee' version is the hit series' best-selling track, with sales of nearly 1.1 million.


Photo credit: Kevin Mazur, Wireimage

30 years later, more than 4.6 million downloads of the original song have been sold making Don't Stop Believin' the most downloaded song from the 20th Century.


Photo credit: Kevin Mazur, Wireimage

Video of the entire concert performance and the special Nielsen SoundScan award presentation can be seen at http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041478/.

The "Eclipse Tour" - with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger resumed on Saturday night in Tinley Park, Illinois at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.

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