ERA slams U2 / iTunes giveaway: ‘Dismal failure… devalues music’
The morning after Apple launches a dedicated webpage to help people delete U2's new album from their devices is a good time to issue a press release calling the partnership a "dismal failure". However, the broadside from...
September 16, 2014
U2 / iTunes: 2m downloads, back-catalogue blitz and manager response
Last week's surprise gift of a new U2 album for every iTunes user continues to make waves, although some of them may not be to Apple and the band's liking. But we'll start with the stats: tech news site Recode claimed...
September 15, 2014
Yes, it’s more stuff about that darn U2 album (this time from their manager)
This is the first big U2 release under the guidance of their new manager, Guy Oseary, after long-serving manager Paul McGuinness stepped away from the frontline. As a result, he clearly wanted to make it a “statement”...
September 13, 2014
Bono trumps Beyoncé with U2’s iTunes album giveaway
By now, you’ll have seen the news. U2 didn’t just close Apple’s latest press launch with a live performance last night: they announced that their new album was not only finished, but instantly available on iTunes as...
September 10, 2014
Speculation rising about U2 and Madonna’s involvement in iPhone 6 launch
Next Tuesday, Apple will unveil its new iPhones at an event in Cupertino, and while there is frenetic speculation that it will also show off its long-rumoured smartwatch, there is also increasing chatter about a music angle...
September 6, 2014
U2 raise $3m from ‘Invisible’ download as manager attacks Google (again)
More than 3m copies of U2’s new single ‘Invisible’ were downloaded during and after the Super Bowl earlier this week
February 5, 2014
Soundwave discovery app notches up 165k downloads
More than 165k people have downloaded Soundwave, the music discovery app that launched for iPhone and Android last month
July 10, 2013
Liveblog: Commerce of Chaos copyright panel at Midem with Paul McGuinness
Well, not just Paul McGuinness. U2’s manager was joined in a Midem panel session this morning by Robert Levine, author of Free Ride, as well as entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery and Qobuz president Yves Riesel....
January 29, 2012
Paul McGuinness renews call for internet companies to support the music biz
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has called again for internet companies to do more to support the music industry, although perplexingly, he now includes Spotify on his list. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook,...
April 14, 2011
Vevo launch: it’s the Bono and Doug Morris show (but not in HD)
Last night saw a star-studded launch party for music videos portal Vevo, with U2 frontman Bono introducing the service as "a great vehicle that will allow fans to go behind the scenes with their favourite artists". UMG boss...
December 9, 2009
U2′s YouTube gig racked up 10m streams
How successful was U2's gigstream on YouTube last weekend? The site has revealed that it notched up more than 10 million streams during the concert – the largest single streaming event in YouTube's history....
October 29, 2009
Gigstreaming update – U2 on YouTube, Insomnia festival on BitTorrent
Last night saw YouTube's live stream of a U2 concert in California, watchable by viewers in 16 countries. A Twitter widget was built in allowing people to chat about the gig, complete with a dedicated #U2webcast - it's still...
October 26, 2009