When U2 woke up last Tuesday morning, I doubt they expected the backlash of hate and criticism they been receiving daily for the past week, over their free iTunes album “Songs of Innocence.”
Sharon Osbourne is the latest voice to scorn U2 for receiving their “gift” album via Apple’s iTunes, harshly stating the automatic download of “SOI” to her music library is an “invasion” of her privacy.
As part of the new iPhone 6 and iWatch marketing campaign, U2 accepted Apple’s deal worth a reported $100 million to offer up their latest album for free to its half a billion iTunes users. Most however, did not appreciate the U2 giveaway.
It started Monday night when Osbourne claimed U2 has sold out to get its music heard. Ranting on Twitter, Osbourne said, “U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it… PS, btw (by the way) you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies… (sic)”.
Then Tuesday, she continued, explaining why she felt the need to criticize the Irish band during an episode of her show The Talk, stating she would have liked to have the option of accepting the free download instead of it being forced into her library without her permission.
“They give it away for free, whether you want it or not… It fills up space on your iPhone… This is an invasion of my private space, my entertainment space!” Osbourne said.
She continued saying: “They set a precedent that music is disposable, it’s just another piece of software and it’s nothing, you should give it away for free. “Sorry guys… there’s a whole new breed of artist coming up that need that money to survive to be able to continue to create. We’re not all billionaires, we’re not all in your world. So stop with your doing us a favour by giving it away for free’. Keep it to yourselves!”
Do you think U2 sold out? Are they more business men now than they are artists?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –