Perhaps perfectly timed to coincide with the announcement of the new iPhone6 overnight, Irish supergroup U2 has released a brand new album exclusively to iTunes users across the planet. And what’s more, it’s completely free.
‘Songs Of Innocence’ comprises 11 new recordings (tracklisting below) and reportedly takes users on a journey through the band’s musical lifespan and, given iTunes’ half a billion users across the planet, could potentially become the biggest album release in history.
“From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose—so today is kind of mind-blowing to us,” says U2 lead singer Bono. “The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy.
“It’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before—that’s a thrill to be part of.”
Fans of the band who aren’t iTunes users have the ability to sign up across the next five weeks and receive the album as a free welcome gift.
01. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
02. Every Breaking Wave
03. California (There Is No End To Love)
04. Song For Someone
05. Iris (Hold Me Close)
07. Raised By Wolves
08. Cedarwood Road
09. Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
10. This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
11. The Troubles