Bono Apologizes For iTunes U2 Album, Admits To Having “Drop Of Megalomania” (VIDEO)
The surprise album was released digitally-only last month, with the songs automatically being added to iTunes users’ libraries, whether they wanted it or not. It was the first time Apple had agreed to such a project, and customers weren’t pleased.
More than a month later, in a Q&A video posted on the U2 Facebook page on Tuesday, Bono addressed the complaints. A fan (or, er, maybe not) had asked, “Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again. It’s really rude.”
Bono replied, “Oops. I’m sorry about that.” The front man went on to explain, “I had this beautiful idea. Might have gotten carried away with ourselves.”
“Artists are prone to that kind of thing,” said Bono. “A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”
He added, “There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”
Interestingly, megalomania is exactly what Osbourne accused Bono of when she ranted about the issue. Beginning Monday, the album became available physically worldwide, ending Apple’s exclusive digital rights.
Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.