Bono Apologizes for the Way “Songs of Innocence” Was Released

Image Courtesy of UMusicIf you're one of the people who wasn't thrilled when U2's latest album showed up uninvited in your iTunes account, Bono has something he'd like to say:


That's the U2 frontman's initial response during a Facebook Q&A to a question asking the band to "never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again?  It's really rude."  Songs of Innocence was automatically downloaded into the account of every iTunes user September 9, when Apple announced the new iPhone 6.

"I'm sorry about that," Bono continued. "I had this beautiful idea, one that we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing -- drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the past few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there, I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."

Not everyone was unhappy with the way Songs of Innocence was distributed: the album was downloaded in full 26 million times.

The four members of U2 also answered some lighter questions during the Q&A, such as why bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. didn't get cool names like "Bono" or "The Edge."

"I think that's a little unfair," Mullen joked in response.

You can view the entire Q&A session on Facebook.

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