“You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.’”
Included are songs from U2’s 13 full-length studio albums (Rattle and Hum is partially a studio album, so it counts), plus odds ‘n’ ends that weren’t live tracks or remixes included on U2’s two Best Of’s and its U218 singles collection, plus some recent one-off singles (“Invisible,” “Ordinary Love”) for timeliness.
“And people feel like, ‘Not them again!’ But it is us again, and we’ve brought the tunes and we can play ‘em.”
U2 giving away their album for free via iTunes isn’t the only surprise project the band has in store for fans. It’s not even the only surprise project they have in the works with Apple.
Just to be clear, Bono knows how invasive it was to drop his surprise album in your iCloud — but that was the point. In an interview this morning, the U2 frontman opened up about the band’s release method.
If you wake up with an unexpected movie on your iCloud over the next few weeks, you’ll know who’s to blame.
Bono Calls Apple a ‘Religious Cult’ & ‘F***ing Annoyingly Quiet’ About Their Support For His RED Charity
Bono had a bone to pick with Apple over their extremely low key support of his charity, (Red) so he decided to let them know in the most public place imaginable.
According to director John Carney, the film, titled ‘Sing Street,’ will be set in the Eighties. “Obviously U2 were extremely prolific then, so they’ll bring that, and they’ve just been great sounding boards,” he explained.
The 2014 Academy Awards are well underway, with several musical performances dotting the filmic night, including, but not limited to, Bette Midler.
“I’ve found the more personal that I write, the more universal the song tends to be for some reason. A song can really take a life of its own after you put it out there.”
The Irish band chose to leave the comforts of Studio 6B for the chilly Top of the Rock.
Bono also used the opportunity to announce that despite appearances and rumors to the contrary, “Invisible” is not the first single from the new album.
Jared Leto, Pharrell, U2 and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all up for Oscar gold this year at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
“We’re still working some things out,” Bono said of the group’s thirteenth studio album, which he said was being prepped for a June release date.
U2 still haven’t announced a release date for their new album, but they’re already giving fans hints of what they should expect to hear on the follow-up to 2009’s ‘No Line on the Horizon.’
While the previous version of the song, featured on the soundtrack to the Mandela biopic, Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, was produced by Danger Mouse, this new one was helmed by Adele collaborator, Paul Epworth.