Bono Says “Songs of Innocence” Release Was “One of the Proudest Things for Us Ever”

Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsRemember when Bono apologized for the way the new U2 album Songs of Innocence was automatically downloaded into the account of every iTunes user? Apparently, he has changed his mind.

"It's one of the proudest things for us ever," Bono tells Billboard of the way Songs of Innocence was released. "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."

In a Facebook Q&A last month, Bono said "Oops" and "I'm sorry about that" in response to a question about the distribution method of Songs of Innocence. He described his thought process as 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 past few years might not be heard."

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