With first-week US sales of 484,000 units, U2’s new album hasn’t lived up to the 840,000 first-week sales of its predecessor – possibly due to the high levels of illegal downloading before its official release. Frontman Bono has been talking about the impact of piracy on musicians. “People think people like me are overpaid and overnourished, and they’re not wrong,” he tells USA Today.”What they’re missing is, how does a songwriter get paid? There’s no space for a Cole Porter in the modern age. It’s not the place for rich rock stars to ask for more money, but somebody should fight for fellow artists, because this is madness. Music has become tap water, a utility, where for me it’s a sacred thing, so I’m a little offended.”

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