Bono is rarely, if ever, seen without his trademark sunglasses, but the U2 frontman hasn’t worn them to make a fashion statement or define his look—he has been treating his glaucoma.
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When U2’s latest album, Songs of Innocence, automatically showed up on thousands of peoples’ iTunes accounts, many were mad. Mad enough that Apple eventually had to make an entire website to help users easily remove the album from their Apple devices.
A month later, U2 is still getting backlash for the move and got a chance to respond in a Facebook interview where someone asked, “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples’ playlists ever again? It’s really rude.” READ FULL STORY
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Yesterday, U2—easily the biggest rock band left on the planet—surprised everyone when they released their long-in-gestation new album for free.
Songs of Innocence was made available to everybody with an iTunes account, which allows most everybody who listens to digital music to hear it; a physical version will be out on October 14, at which point it will be eligible to chart.
After a solid 12 hours of digesting the record — their first since 2010’s generally disappointing No Line on the Horizon — EW music experts Kyle Anderson and Miles Raymer fired up their e-mail machines, and their critical judgment. READ FULL STORY
U2 will release their 13th album as a free download for iTunes subscribers, the band announced at today’s massive Apple event, where the Cupertino tech giant revealed its new iPhone models and Apple Watch. Actually, they already released it.
Apple CEO Tim Cook closed out the company’s annual mobile product unveiling by introducing a live performance by the Irish rockers and revealing that Songs of Innocence is now available on the iTunes Store as a free download to anyone with an account on the service. With an estimated 500 million users already signed up, it could quite easily become U2’s biggest record to date.
One of the cleverer tactics that digital retailers like the iTunes Store have used to corner the global music retail market is offering “instant gratification” tracks with its pre-orders, giving consumers the option of downloading one or more songs from an album when they pre-order it. Not only does it keep the buyer from shopping around for a better price once the record’s out, it’s also not something that brick-and-mortar retailers—from big boxes on down to local indie shops—can replicate, constrained as they are by the realities of physical media.
Indie-rock heroes Spoon have finally figured out a real-life equivalent to the online instant-gratification track: Starting July 15, fans can pre-order the band’s upcoming LP They Want My Soul (out August 5 on Loma Vista) from a participating independent retailer and take home a 10-inch vinyl record that includes the album’s lead single (“Do You”) and two other songs. In a statement, Spoon frontman Britt Daniel writes, “If like me, you’ve ever rushed home with a brand new record that you couldn’t wait to play—and couldn’t actually play until you slapped it onto your turntable—I hope the Vinyl Gratification program will bring back some magic for you. And I hope you’ll join us in supporting the independent record shops that have supported us for so long.”
Spoon isn’t completely ignoring digital retailers, though. Pre-order through iTunes or Amazon and you can download “Do You” as an instant-gratification track.
More info and a store locator are available at Spoon’s website.
The Ghost of Coldplay future just got here earlier than expected.
Ghost Stories, the band’s newest album, is available to stream for free now on iTunes, one week ahead of its slated May 19th release. Fans who preordered the album on iTunes will also immediately receive the singles “Magic” and “A Sky Full of Stars” and the album track “Midnight.” READ FULL STORY
Fans won’t have to turn blue waiting for the new Black Keys album — it’s now available to stream in full on iTunes Radio.
Turn Blue is the first full-length album from the Grammy-winning American rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney since 2011’s El Camino. The group has already released several singles from the album, including the title song and a music video for the tune “Fever”.
The band announced the album in a unique way back in March by sending out a cryptic message from Mike Tyson’s twitter account. The album will be released physically on May 13th; read EW’s take on it here.
Apple is looking for its own bite out of SXSW. The company just announced the first-ever iTunes Festival in Austin, Texas, running for five nights during the city’s South by Southwest music, film, and interactive conference.
The first announced performers are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and Zedd, who will take the stage March 11-15 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, where Austin City Limits is also held.
Not heading to Austin? You can stream all five nights of music through the iTunes Store.
While this is the first iTunes Festival in the U.S., a U.K. fest of the same name has been held annually at London’s Roundhouse theater since 2007, this past fall boasting headliners like Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. More performers and concert details for the Austin incarnation will be announced over the next few weeks.
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