If there's anything U2 frontman Bono has come to be known for outside of his musical endeavors, it is his generosity of spirit (the rocker/humanitarian has lent his hand in numerous charitable causes
). However, the rockstar's bounteous heart got him into a bit of trouble recently, when U2 and iTunes teamed up and gave
the band's new album Songs of Innocence
to half a million iTunes users (i.e. enabled a free, automatic download without the consent of the listener.)
It seems, though, that Bono's ego might not yet have gotten the best of him. When prodded about the unprecedented release of the record, Bono apologized for his misstep. During an interview for Facebook, the questioner pleaded: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples playlists ever again? It's really rude." to which Bono replied:
"Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, 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."
Bono's comments show that nobody is perfect, and we all make mistakes. The band's new video for their latest single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" echoes similar themes...in other words, it's pretty darn bad.
If you want to buy
U2's new album, it's on sale now. But, really, why would you want to do that?