During a Facebook Q&A that the band U2 held recently called #U2NoFilter, Bono apologized for releasing their newest album Songs of Innocence as a free download, which everyone who owns an iTunes account received whether they wanted to or not.
Bono said his apologies when someone during the Q&A commented that the way the band released the album on iTunes was “rude”.
Bono’s response included an apology, but also a list of various reasons as to why the band had done this.
His complete statement was the following:
Oops, I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing: [a] drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.
To read more about the situation, as well as to learn how to remove the album from your library go here.
If you are interested in what other things were said in the #U2NoFilter video you can read here.
The new U2 album was influenced by 1970s music the band loves, including the work of artists such as David Bowie.