- 15 Oct 14
The U2 frontman admits to "a drop of megalomania" in giving away Songs Of Innocence to every iTunes user.
Taking part in a Facebook Q&A session – which you can see here – U2 were asked by one online poster: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples [sic] playlists ever again? It's really rude."
Answering via video, Bono gave a lengthy response, apologising if their decision to 'gift' 13th studio album Songs Of Innocence caused any offense.
"Oops, I'm sorry about that," the singer said. "I had this beautiful idea and 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 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."
In other U2 news, the band have decided to buy back the Hanover Quay site where many of their albums were recorded. In 2002, they were forced by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to sell up – with the authority now set to dissolve, they have agreed in turn to sell the site to U2 for approximately €450,000.