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U2 Releases Surprise New Album for Free on iTunes

Songs of Innocence Features Lykke Li and Was Produced by Danger Mouse, Among Others

Sep 09, 2014 U2 Bookmark and Share

U2 have done a Radiohead and, surprise, they’ve released a brand new album today. But unlike Radiohead’s pay-what-you-like experiment with In Rainbows, U2’s new album Songs of Innocence is available right now for free via iTunes. If you use iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Audio you can download it right now at no cost.

This was all announced at an Apple event today in Cupertino, CA, during which the company also revealed some new products (such as an Apple watch). You can watch a video below of the band performing album opening track “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” at the event. It could be called a clever synergy of band and brand, each promoting each other in a high profile stunt that will likely garner the band millions of album downloads and Apple’s new products extra attention. The two bigger questions are: is the album is any good and will fans still buy the physical version once they’ve already gotten a free download. The album will be an iTunes exclusive until its physical release on October 13. The physical version will include four bonus tracks and a 24-page booklet. The vinyl version will also have an extra remix.

Songs of Innocence features a guest appearance from Lykke Li on “The Troubles” and production work from Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney, and Flood.

Here’s the full tracklisting:

Songs of Innocence:

01 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
02 Every Breaking Wave
03 California (There Is No End To Love)
04 Song For Someone
05 Iris (Hold Me Close)
06 Volcano
07 Raised By Wolves
08 Cedarwood Road
09 Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
11 The Troubles


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