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U2 surprise music world with new free album on iTunes. Apple unveils the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Buffalo Bills are sold for over $1 billion, team will be staying in Buffalo.
U2 SURPRISE WITH NEW FREE ALBUM
U2 surprised the music world with a gift yesterday, releasing a new full-length studio album on iTunes titled “Songs Of Innocence” — and are giving it away for free. The free iTunes album will run until Oct. 13. The album, produced by Danger Mouse and recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles, contains 11 songs and runs approximately 48 minutes. A ”deluxe” double album version will soon be available, containing acoustic versions of songs from the record as well as four additional tracks: Here is the track list for Songs Of Innocence:
“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”
“Every Breaking Wave”
“California (There Is No End To Love)”
“Song For Someone”
“Iris (Hold Me Close)”
“Raised By Wolves”
“Sleep Like A Baby Tonight”
“This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now”
iPHONE 6 & APPLE WATCH MAKE THEIR DEBUT
Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch, surprisingly named the Apple Watch Tuesday, along with the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen for an additional $100. Starting prices for the new iPhones will be similar to previous models — $199 with a two-year contract for the iPhone 6 with 16 gigabytes of storage. The advanced models will have double the memory — $299 for 64 gigabytes and $399 for 128 gigabytes. The iPhone 6 Plus phones will cost $100 more at each configuration. Expect the iPhone 6 to hit stores September 19. The Apple Watch’s retail price will start at $349 when it launches early next year. The Apple Watch will come in three different styles. There’s the basic Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, with a sweat-resistant strap and the Apple Watch Edition, which comes in an 18-karat gold watch case. All modles will be available in either 38 mm or 42 mm face sizes.
POLL: TORY TAKES COMMANDING LEAD IN MAYORAL RACE / SOKNACKI DROPS OUT OF RACE
With less than two months remaining in the Toronto’s mayoral election, another new poll out this morning shows John Tory has taken a commanding lead in the race to become mayor. The Forum Research poll puts Tory at 40%, Mayor Ford is second with 28% support and Olivia Chow, who’s campaign has plummeted, in third with 21% suppourt. David Soknacki, who was also included in the poll but he was a distant fourth at 6%. Soknacki stated he was bowing out of the race saying even though he is gaining ground it isn’t growing quickly enough to make any positive difference to the outcome on Election Day. Sarah Thomson too made the decision to drop out of the mayoral race, announcing her plans to run for a council seat instead in the city’s Trinity-Spadina ward. Thomson made the announcement at a press conference at city hall Tuesday morning, just before registering her candidacy. The poll also found Olivia Chow’s support in Scarborough is plummeting. Chow wants to build an LRT there while Tory and Ford both prefer the subway extension. The poll found Tory’s support was strong right across Toronto, except in Etobicoke where he is tied with Rob Ford in a tight race with Ford Nation supporters.
MIKE TYSON: ROB FORD “IS THE BEST MAYOR IN TORONTO HISTORY”
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson is claiming that Rob Ford is “the best mayor in Toronto’s history”. When asked about Ford’s past, Tyson seemed to point the finger at the media for the mayor’s problems. He has a troubled past because he has 24-hour surveillance of the press,” Tyson said. “Do you prefer him to be a guy that’s clean cut, but behind the door you never know what he’s doing? That’s what human beings have a problem with – being real with themselves. We all make mistakes – he’s a human being, he’s no different from anybody else.” Tyson, who will perform his one-man show “Undisputed Truth” at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, showed up at city shortly after 2 p.m. Along with Tyson, recent months have seen disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson, rapper Snow and magician David Blaine show their support for Ford.
BUFFALO BILLS SOLD FOR OVER $1 BILLION, STAYING IN BUFFALO
Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are the new owners of the Buffalo Bills, killing any chance of the team ending up in Toronto. The Pegulas’ $1.4 billion bid has been tentatively approved. The bid surpassed the Stephen Ross $1.1 billion purchase of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. Pegulas went well above the Bills’ estimated value of $935 million to show how serious they were in purchasing the team. Pegulas also wanted to submit a bid would be significantly higher than other prospective ownership groups, that included the Toronto-based group led by Bon Jovi. The value of the Toronto groups’ bid has not been revealed. The sale is subject approval by a three-quarters majority of the NFL’s other 31 owners, which is expected to come at league meetings Oct. 8.