U2's latest album, Songs Of Innocence, finally hit (real-life) stores this week, about a month after the album was instantly and magically placed in the digital music libraries of almost every single iTunes user in the world.
While U2 fans were thrilled by the sudden and unexpected surprise of a free new album from the Irish rock act, not everyone was as excited. There was a TON of backlash around the controversial album release, ranging from people not even knowing who U2 is and wondering why that album popped up on their computers to folks debating whether it was ethical for Apple to have the ability to give everyone an album at the click of a button.
In a Facebook Q&A yesterday, frontman Bono owned up to a commenter who called out the band for their release method. "Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea ... might have gotten carried away with ourselves," he said.
"Artists are prone to that kind of thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion and a deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."
Watch the daily Trending 10 clip above–and let us know whether you agree with hosts Katie van Buren and Esteban Serrano, who said there was no need for an apology from Bono. Katie says that U2 was doing everyone a generous favor by giving away their art for free. Did you delete the album from iTunes the second it showed up, or were you stoked on the gift?