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Bono Apologizes for Forcing U2's New LP on iTunes Users

October 15, 2014

Bono has officially apologized for his part in making U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, a compulsory free download on iTunes. In a Facebook Q&A dubbed #U2NoFilter, the singer answered a "question" requesting that the band never repeat the album...

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After 'Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album

September 26, 2014

In late 2010, U2 began recording a new album with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton during downtime from their 360° world tour. They had little idea they were kicking off a four-year process, far and away the longest they'd ever spent on a single...

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U2 and Apple Plot New 'Interactive' Digital Music Format

September 18, 2014

Neil Young isn't the only rock legend attempting to change the way we listen to music. Fresh off the surprise release of Songs of Innocence, U2 and Apple are reportedly working on a new digital music format that, according to Time, "will...

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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best U2 Deep Cuts

September 17, 2014

Few rock bands have more hit songs than U2. The Irish quartet first landed on the charts with 1981's "I Will Follow" and continued all the way into the 21st century. But there are so many amazing tunes hiding slightly below the surface. Some are album...

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Johnny Cash's 11 Coolest Covers

September 12, 2014

Eleven years ago today, Johnny Cash died at age 71 from complications from diabetes. Arguably country's most cited influence by younger artists, Cash wasn't above being influenced himself. He was forever a student of music, always listening for songs...

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U2 Talk 'Zen Artists,' Discipline in Behind-the-Scenes Video

September 11, 2014

It's been a busy week for U2: Nearly 48 hours ago, the band surprised half a billion iTunes users when their 13th LP Songs of Innocence suddenly appeared in their music libraries, and on Thursday, Bono and the gang provided a behind-the-scenes...

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How Lykke Li Wound Up on U2's Secret Album

September 11, 2014

"Most things in life come as a surprise," Lykke Li says the day after U2 surprised the world with their new record, Songs of Innocence. The Swedish-born singer is the lilting voice sublimely singing "Little by little..." amid the swirling strings...

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15 Innovative Album Releases That Shook the Music Industry

September 9, 2014

Album releases can be a monotonous pattern of press releases, cookie-cutter Q&As and by-the-books song premieres. Or they can be industry-stunning moments that show an artist's creative powers go beyond the music studio. As the biz has changed...

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Exclusive: Bono Reveals Secrets of U2's Surprise Album

September 9, 2014

U2 surprised the world today by releasing Songs of Innocence, their first album in five years, as a gift from Apple, available for free immediately to anyone with iTunes. The band made the announcement with Apple CEO Tim Cook at a Cupertino press conference...

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U2 Still Planning to Release New Album in 2014

August 18, 2014

U2 fans may get their hands on a new album before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, possibly as early as next month. Reports circulated a few months ago that U2 were delaying the album until 2015 so they would have enough time to work on material with...

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U2 Now Eligible for Grammys After Initial Refusal

September 30, 2014

After U2, Interscope Records and Apple made the band's latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to 500 million iTunes customers, a spokesperson for the Grammys said that the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to...

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U2 Reveal Intimate Cover Image for 'Songs of Innocence'

September 26, 2014

U2 have unveiled the intimate cover image for their new LP, Songs of Innocence, which will be released in physical form on October 13th. The black-and-white photo, shot by Glen Luchford, shows drummer Larry Mullen Jr. shielding his...

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Christian Rapper Lecrae Scores First Number One

September 17, 2014

U2 surprised the world with Songs of Innocence last week, but its presence in 500 million iTunes accounts had no effect on total music sales — they're still down 15 percent, while track downloads are still down 13 percent. Also...

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U2 Back Catalog Sees Massive Bump After New LP Launch

September 14, 2014

After the massive surprise launch of their new album Songs of Innocence on Tuesday, U2 have seen a dramatic chart bump for their back catalog. An unprecedented number of U2's previous albums have now entered iTunes' album chart since the...

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U2's Surprise iTunes Strategy: the Industry Reacts

September 12, 2014

U2's deal to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free via iTunes is not without precedent, but in combining Beyoncé's surprise-album strategy with Jay Z's corporate partnership with Samsung for 2013's Magna Carta......

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Songs of Innocence

September 11, 2014

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2's duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs rebirth more and so often. But even by the standards of transformation on 1987's The...

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Bono Talks 'Songs of Innocence', New Music in Letter to Fans

September 10, 2014

Soon after shocking the music world by dropping a new U2 album for free on iTunes, Bono penned a long, personal message to fans about Songs of Innocence on the band's official website. "Remember us? Pleased to announce myself, Edge, Adam and Larry have...

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U2's 'Songs of Innocence': A Track-by-Track Guide

September 9, 2014

U2 took the stage at Apple's product-launch press conference in Cupertino today and surprise-released their new album Songs of Innocence with a mere five seconds of warning. The album, which was delivered free to all of Apple's iTunes users (a half...

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Flashback: U2 Kick Off Their 2000 Tour With a Rare Club Gig

August 19, 2014

U2 knew they had to make some drastic changes as the 1990s came to an end. Their 1997/98 tour in support of Pop played to stadiums all around the globe, but the disc received mixed reviews and failed to generate a huge hit. And in a few American markets...

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U2's 'Bad' Break: 12 Minutes at Live Aid That Made the Band's Career

July 10, 2014

U2 formed in Dublin as teenagers in 1976. Between 1980 and 1985, they released four albums (Boy, October, War and The Unforgettable Fire). On July 13th, 1985, seemingly every major rock act on Earth played the Live Aid concert for African famine...

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