U2 still the top-earning musicians in Forbes Celebrity chart
Forbes has published its annual ‘Celebrity 100’ list of the highest-paid entertainers in the world, with many headlines (and inevitable internet arguments) focusing on its claim that Kylie Jenner is set to be “the...
July 18, 2018
Bono says streaming made U2 ‘rediscover songwriting’
In an interview with Rolling Stone, U2’s Bono provided an interesting insight into the creative challenges that streaming is providing for even the most established of bands. “We're back to the Fifties now, where the...
January 2, 2018
U2 to use Ticketmaster Verified Fan platform for US tour
We’ve reported on the growth of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan initiative earlier in this bulletin, but in separate news yesterday, the company had some news on the artist front. U2 are going to use Verified Fan for all...
November 3, 2017
Sandbox Issue 188: Wham, Bam, Instagram
Lead: Speak to any artist and ask them what social platform they prefer most and chances are they’ll say Instagram. Away from the trolling on Twitter and the sinkhole of posts on Facebook, Instagram offers a calmer place...
September 29, 2017
Brand Aid Part 1 – Sandbox 159
Brand partnerships used to be straightforward for musicians. But with the steady march of digital, these deals can include anything from app sponsorship to VR. Over the next two sandboxes, we will examine where brand partnerships...
August 9, 2016
U2 star Larry Mullen Jr calls for rise in streaming payouts
The latest artist speaking their mind on streaming income for musicians is Larry Mullen Jr of U2. “Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service, and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more,” he said...
November 10, 2015
Apple teams up with Chris Milk’s Vrse for U2 VR video
Apple’s future ambitions in virtual reality have been the topic of some discussion in the tech world, but the company is already exploring VR with a music angle. Having sponsored a 360-degree video for The Weeknd’s...
October 28, 2015
U2 frontman Bono’s A to Z of 2014: including iTunes and Spotify
Still recovering from a serious cycling accident, U2 frontman Bono published a lengthy "A to Z of 2014" blog post on the band's website yesterday, to mark the new year. It includes his latest views on the infamous iTunes...
January 2, 2015
U2’s Larry Mullen ‘couldn’t give a shite’ about Apple deal
Belly laugh of the weekend came from the no-nonsense quote from U2’s drummer about the band’s recent partnership with Apple to distribute their new album. Larry Mullen “couldn’t give a shite” about the subsequent...
October 15, 2014
U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ reaches 26m iTunes downloads
Apple has been sharing some more stats on the new U2 album, which it made available as a free download – and controversially, in some cases, pushed to people’s iOS devices – last month. The album has been downloaded...
October 11, 2014
U2 hit 77m iTunes downloads. Bono: ‘I’m a huge Spotify fan…’
U2’s Bono has been talking (again) about the ‘Songs of Innocence’ album giveaway with Apple, in an interview with Irish radio station 2FM. The chat included some updated stats: the album has now been downloaded...
September 23, 2014
U2 and Apple’s ‘new format’ for music is likely just an app
Lots of excitement and no little mockery yesterday at news that U2 and Apple are working on a mysterious new digital music format. “An audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring...
September 20, 2014