Everybody on social media is freaking out about having the new U2 album—and I’ll use their word for it—forced upon them by Apple. Personally, I don’t think it’s ever a bad thing when one of the biggest bands in the world decides to give you their new album for free.
It was apparently a smart move by U2 because since the Songs of Innocence album appeared in everyone’s iTunes, their back catalog started to sell like crazy. The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby, and The Unforgettable Fire saw huge spikes in sales. When you start looking at the albums that shaped U2’s career, you begin to realize that there were some amazing songs that you probably paid for at some point in your life. Here are my top ten favorite U2 songs.
10. “UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD”
9. “TWO HEARTS BEAT AS ONE”
8. “A SORT OF HOMECOMING”
7. “SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY”
6. “NEW YEAR’S DAY”
5. “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU”
4. “BULLET THE BLUE SKY”
3. “WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME”
“Pride” has to be my all-time favorite because it is such a thoughtful song with an important message. It also came out when I was in my early teens and opened my eyes to so many social issues that I hadn’t seen in my life. It also was the song that got me hooked on U2.
Not only are we getting new, bigger, slimmer iPhones this month, but we are getting the new U2 album today and it's free. If you are already an iTunes subscriber just go into the iTunes store, click on "purchased' link on the right hand side and download it as you have already purchased it for $0.00 whether you like it or not. If you aren't an iTunes subscriber you have 5 weeks to sign up and get it for free.
The band announced the offering after performing at the Apple announcement today, which can as a surprise because the band had said the album would be pushed to 2015. Lies! Then again, the band also said they wouldn't be at the event just two days ago.
You can watch the keynote and more about the event here.
If she was even allowed to talk, Adele might scream for joy at the final tally of iTunes album and single sales released this week. The British soul singer, currently rendered mute following surgery to repair her vocal cords , erased any doubt that 2011 has been the year of 21.
Her Grammy-nominated smash second album, which has sold more copies than any other disc released in the U.S. over the past 11-plus months, took the top spot on the year-end iTunes albums chart, as well as the singles chart thanks to her huge hit "Rolling in the Deep."
iTunes, which does not release sales figures, made it clear that Adele was very good for business, naming her its Artist of the Year as well.
It was the first time one artist has swept the download site's top three awards. "I'm thrilled to top the iTunes album and song charts for 2011 and to be iTunes Artist of the Year is just amazing," Adele said in a statement.
Though it didn't make the final top 10 list, iTunes named Foo Fighters' Wasting Light its Album of the Year, prompting Foos leader Dave Grohl to quip that it was inspiring, and ironic to get the award for "an album made in my garage, totally analog to tape, without the help of any computers at all."
Nicki Minaj was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Foster the People snagged Song of the Year for their unshakable ditty "Pumped Up Kicks."
You can bet the competition on the singles chart was pretty tight, as Adele had company from some of the most ubiquitous songs out there this year. Coming in at #2 was LMFAO's inescapable "Party Rock Anthem," followed by Katy Perry's "Firework," Bruno Mars' "Grenade," Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" and Perry's "E.T." Rounding out the top 10: Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," Foster's "Pumped up Kicks" and Minaj's "Super Bass."
Over on the iTunes albums chart, Adele was followed by Mumford & Sons' steady-selling Sigh No More, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way. Rihanna landed at #7 with Loud, ahead of Drake's Take Care, Perry's Teenage Dream and Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans.