You know when politicians are for something right before they are against it? Well, U2’s Bono appears to have learned a bit from some of his friends.
After issuing a number of apologies for the original release of Songs of Innocence, which was supposed to be offered to all iTunes users for free but was, in fact, automatically downloaded to a number of people’s machines, the U2 singer has now switched directions and called the promotion “one of the proudest things for us ever.”
Bono told Billboard “We always wanted our music to be heard, and the idea that we could have worked for years and years [on] what we think are the most personal songs that we have ever written – and you have to become very raw to write like that – only then for them maybe not to be heard was terrifying. So we were just thrilled that we got a chance to introduce ourselves to people who weren’t fans of listening to rock music, or people that listen to Bhangra in India, or whatever, all around the world.
“Two figures arrived out of that. 100 million people checked us out and listened to two or three tracks. And 30 million people actually listened to the whole album. So we did in three weeks with Songs of Innocence what took us 30 years with The Joshua Tree.”
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