U2 have released their first album in five years free on Apple’s iTunes as the tech giant unveiled its latest smartphones and its new iWatch.
At the Apple launch event in San Francisco, U2 played the first single, ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’, from the new album, Songs of Innocence, which Apple announced it had sent out for free to half a billion iTunes customers around the world.
The album simultaneously became available to download via iTunes at the Apple launch and will be available through Apple alone until October 13.
It is the U2’s first album since No Line On The Horizon (2009) and was recorded with producers Danger Mouse, Flood and others. The album also features a tribute to The Clash, ‘This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now’, as well as ‘Iris (Hold Me Close)’, a tribute to Bono’s late mother, while ‘Raised by Wolves’ is about a Dublin car bombing.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the release Bono has said: “We wanted to make a very personal album. Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys — first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there.”
Songs Of Innocence tracklisting:
‘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 Read Me Now’