|Starts||10 Sep 2014 (Wed)||Ends||14 Oct 2014 (Tue)|
Apple, Universal Music Group and legendary rock band U2 today announced the release of the album Songs of Innocence, which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed.
How to Download
- On your iOS device, go to the Music app and select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Tap a track to listen or tap the iCloud icon to download.
- On your Mac or PC, open iTunes, then select the Albums tab. Select Songs of Innocence. Select a track to listen or click the iCloud icon to download.
The album features 11 new songs from the band, and charts their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.
“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. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy,” said U2 lead singer Bono. “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.”
“U2 has been an important part of Apple’s history in music and we’re thrilled to make Songs of Innocence the largest album release ever,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. “We get to share our love of music today by gifting this great new album to over half a billion iTunes customers around the world.”
Songs of Innocence gives an insight into how and why U2 came together and the relationships in and around them, their family and friends. Recorded in New York, London, Los Angeles and Dublin, the album is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.
Apple is gifting Songs of Innocence to iTunes Store account holders.* Customers who sign up for an iTunes Store account in the next five weeks will get the album as a gift. Songs of Innocence is also available to stream via iTunes Radio?.
Apple and U2 share a special connection in music. U2 was an important partner for the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003. Apple worked with U2 on the iPod U2 Special Edition and in creating The Complete U2 box set. U2 continues to be one of the most popular bands ever on the iTunes Store. Apple has partnered with Bono and (RED) to fight for an AIDS-free generation by creating (PRODUCT)RED merchandise. Apple has generated more than US$75 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
* Songs of Innocence is available for iTunes Store customers who are in the 119 countries featuring a music store, have an active account and are 13 years or older (or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction).
Songs of Innocence is available from 10 September until 2:59 pm SGT on 14 October, in the 119 countries with the iTunes Store.
Sales on till 14 Oct 2014