Saturday, October 18, 2014

U2 in conversation with Gerry Kelly

Gerry Kelly (BBC Radio Ulster)  talks to "the biggest band in the world" U2

Dave Fanning Declares War On U2 Begrudgers

Bono may have said sorry during the week, but not everyone thinks that there was a need! in fact the 2fm star has some choice advice for the begrudgers... -

Over a month has passed since U2’s Songs of Innocence was made available to over 500 million iTunes customers – and the controversy over the strategy rages on, with Bono apologising earlier this week to those critics of the band, who took umbrage at receiving the gift!

In a characteristically forthright broadside, longtime friend and supporter Dave Fanning has added his voice to the many supporting the band. “In this day-and-age, if you don’t make a big noise when you release something, you’re fucked,” he told Hot Press. "Like, Stephen Spielberg spends 100 million on making a movie and then he spends 500 million promoting the movie. People don’t complain about that!

“At this stage, 38 million people have downloaded the U2 album on their phones, or their computers or whatever – so that whole thing worked a treat,” he added. “It was brilliant!! And as for those who weren’t able to hit 'delete' – I say fuck off! Just fuck off! I’ve never heard such a load of rubbish.

“Should I give out to The Sunday Times because last week they had an eight-page rugby pullout? ‘How dare they put this into my Sunday Times! I’m going to complain!’ I just throw it in the bin! Get over it!”

Bono & Larry Talk To IHeart Radio In Miami

U2 on The Graham Norton Show

 U2 participated in  The Graham Norton Show on BBC One. The band did two full, electric versions of "The Miracle" and  an acoustic version of "Song For Someone" from the couch when Norton asked the band to do one more song.

They talked to Graham, wear some funny glasses and Bono explained his eye condition.

'Songs of Innocence' May Sell 25K in First Week of Retail Release

Millions of people have downloaded a free copy of U2's Songs of Innocence album, yet, there are still dedicated fans that are buying the set, following its commercial release on Oct. 14.

Industry forecasters suggest the album might sell around 25,000 copies in the U.S., in the week ending Oct. 19. The effort was released through Interscope Records, following five weeks of exclusive availability as a free download through Apple’s iTunes Store. The set bowed through Apple on Sept. 9.
One could consider the ability to sell 25,000 copies an achievement, considering how many millions have already consumed the set. On Oct. 9, Apple said that 26 million customers, globally, had downloaded the entire album. And, a total of 81 million Apple users had listened to some portion of the set through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music. (Presumably, a significant chunk of those figures originated in the U.S. However, U.S.-only consumption figures are not available from Apple or Interscope.)

That 25,000-unit figure is lower than the album's forecast a week ago. On Oct. 9, based on pre-orders alone, sources projected that Songs of Innocence might move 70,000 in its first week of commercial availability.

A start of 25,000 sold could enable Songs of Innocence to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week, granting the band its 11th top 10. (The album was previously barred from charting, as free sets are not eligible for inclusion on Billboard's sales charts and don't count towards sales tracked by Nielsen SoundScan, which supplies data for Billboard's sales-driven rankings.)

The group’s last studio effort, 2009's traditionally-released No Line on the Horizon, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 484,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rock radio is supporting Songs of Innocence: lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" pushes 5-3 on Adult Alternative Songs and 36-31 on Alternative Songs.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bono reveals he always wears sunglasses because of glaucoma

Bono the business man

U2 frontman reveals he has suffered from condition for around two decades, prompting ever-present dark glasses

Bono, the U2 frontman, has revealed that he wears dark glasses all the time because he suffers from glaucoma.
The star said he has had the condition - a build-up of pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness if not treated - for around two decades.
Many had assumed his ever-present sunglasses - even indoors - were a rock star affectation, but he explained during a recording of the Graham Norton Show for BBC One that they are to help with his vision problem.
Glaucoma can make the eyes more sensitive to light, causing sufferers to use dark glasses to alleviate difficulties.
Presenter Norton asked whether or not the singer ever removes his shades, to which Bono replied: "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years.

"I have good treatments and I am going to be fine."
He added: "You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono'."
The Irish band were on the show to promote their new album, Songs Of Innocence, which was released commercially this week after previously being given away to half a billion iTunes customers, a controversial move which upset some people who said they did not want it automatically added to their music libraries.
Speaking about the furore, Bono told Norton: "We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas.
"All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement."

The album is expected to go into the top five this weekend, but will be the group's first album since Achtung Baby in 1991 which will not debut at number one in the UK chart.
Bono also addressed the iTunes issue in a Facebook Q&A with fans earlier this week. One of the questions posed was: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."

The Making Of...

'U2 The Making of Songs of Innocence', produced by iHeartRadio,  will air across the US tonight,  Friday, October 17th. 

'The live broadcast event will feature an intimate interview with Bono and Larry Mullen, Jr., discussing the creative process and meaning behind the music of their new album with host, iHeartMedia personality, Rod Ryan.'

The broadcast will air across iHeartMedia's AAA, Alternative, Mainstream and Classic Rock radio stations across the country at 7/6c as well as online and on the iHeartRadio app on The Alt Project at 7pm ET and 7pm PT. 

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