U2 Give Away New Album


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’

‘Cedarwood Road’

‘Sleep Like A Baby Tonight’

‘This Is Where You Can Read Me Now’



Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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