Anyone who follows the ‘Snobs knows of our disdain for U2 & Apple’s latest stunt. Plenty of people have fired back at the two giant corporations for their conceit and intrusion. Apple had to release a special tool in order for the millions of disgruntled to remove the latest (unwanted) U2 album from their iTunes. Bono says this all really part of their “plan”, to rile up the people.
It was the same on our first album. That was kind of why you got into a band, to stir things up and annoy people. That’s the whole punk rock thing… the only thing that could have gone wrong would have been being ignored.
Truth is-they are being ignored. It is interesting to see how big of a fall the band may just actually take. It has been a week since the album’s release, and though it was dumped into 500 million peoples’ accounts, only a measley 38 million chose to give the album a listen. Do the math yourself and you will see that they have yet to even crack 1/10 of all those given away. Those are pretty dismal figures. Even a free album pulling in less than 1/10 distributed must say something; either the band has no relevance or people just don’t care about music. More people have probably downloaded the removal tool than to take time to listen to ‘Songs of Innocence’.
It was reported in Britain that even after the album stunt, the band only sold 60 copies of their back catalog CDs nationwide. That is shocking! Entertainment Retailers Association chairman Paul Quirk revealed the staggering figures and said this stunt was abhorable. ”This promotion is a failure on so many levels. It devalues music…” he also made a great point in citing that U2 have had their career, and giving away their album for free may damage future music sales for everyone. He argues that doing this like this will discourage people from spending any money on up and coming acts because big ones give theirs away.
Although it is truly a case of pot calling the kettle black, Sharon Osbourne spewed some venomous remarks via Twitter towards the band, calling them “middle-aged political groupies” and ”U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it.”
Sharon is spot on. Remember just a short while ago Fender announced Bono and The Edge were on their board of directors? What about Bono and his Facebook shares? They are definitely political groupies, but keep in mind she said this before they appear on the cover of TIME at the end of this month. If we thought Bono was in our face too much already, brace yourselves for his revelation that he is personally involved with Apple in developing a new music format which is “…irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music…” Of course his grand revelation comes after he tried to give his album away to 500 million people who were clearly not taking it. This new format is an audio-visual based format which the loudmouth says cannot be pirated. This is rich coming from the very same guy who has yet to clear his dismal marketing failure with Apple. The wonders never cease…
The time to quit U2 is now.
Oh my… This photo is a stark comparison to the Amy worship which culminated in deification a few days ago in London, with the unveiling of the new Amy Winehouse statue in Camden. The thought of a statue alone is cringe-worthy, but the actual sight of the piece is horrible. It is even more nauseating when you add a throng of pilgrims and mourners on hand for the event.
Let’s be real, Amy with a mouthful fries is far more appealing than that pompous and ridiculous statue.
Do saints eat french fries and cover themselves in tattoos? Nah-she was just a girl out for a laugh and getting doped up along the way. No need to sanctify anything she did. This proves that it really doesn’t take much to get immortalized these days. Never understood the Winehouse worship; she was a normal girl who ate McDonalds and signed autographs for her fans, even she would barf up her Big Mac knowing that it has been taken this far.
HANDSOME JACK “RIGHT ON”
"Right On" is a blues soaked rock and roll tune. It is the lead off video for Handsome Jack’s second long player ‘Do What Comes Naturally’, due out Oct.7.
Four dudes making real music…imagine the concept! That is about what happens in the video…four greasy guys crammed into a tiny space making music while a quick trip to the local bar, convenience store and some gas make for the “story line” of this slow groover. Dig it!
It was meant to be the biggest album release in the history of music. Half a billion people received the new U2 ‘Songs of Innocence' album rather you liked it or not. That is more people getting this new thing than have ever bought all U2 albums combined (ever!).
Something went wrong though. Not everyone wanted U2’s newest effort, probably more than you can imagine. People were very upset over U2 and Apple’s invasive actions more so than getting new music. Had U2 actually offered the album up as a free gift for anyone who wanted it, things would have been better received. Instead, both being the self-righteous egomaniacs they are, they placed the new album into half a billion accounts as if it were a mandated accessory. You have no right to choose-you must take this new U2 album! Mind you, the album was disqualified from being noted as an actual chart placing official release because it was free, so it really was not the world’s biggest album release because it technically doesn’t exist.
The heavy handed tactic didn’t work. Blow back has been plentiful and actually has now forced Apple to walk it back. They have now issued a special tool to remove the album from your iTunes library if you so choose to. Of course, they warn that once you get rid of the “free” album, you cannot get it again as an already downloaded piece. Who cares?
Download the tool here, and enjoy U2’s new album as it was meant to be!
JESSIE WARE “SAY YOU LOVE ME”
This is the big lead up single to her next album, ‘Tough Love’.
Well…not much to say about this one, great song but Jessie just sits on a rock and gets all emotive while lights and backgrounds change and a few birds flutter around.
What is that on your nose? Oh-she has taken to sporting a new nose-ring. Hmmm.
Could have done better with a video idea, but us Snobs are still looking forward to Jessie’s new album-she’s great! The album is due out Oct.13.
BURN YOUR CDS!
We have no idea who took these, but it comes from a series of photographs of what happens when your cd is put into a microwave. Fascinating stuff! If you have time on your hands this weekend, maybe you should try this yourself.
BOWIE, ENO & VISCONTI RECORDING “WARSZAWA”
The Brothers McLeod have made an absolutely fantastic video of Bowie and pals making a record. It is doubtful that anyone reading this was actually in the studio when Bowie recorded ‘Low’, but thanks to this animation, we get some real insight of what probably really happened.
This is the breaking point of the digital music world Apple created. Though it is hyped to be such an amazing free gift, you may have noticed that it was only third on the bill. Watches and iPhones were first priority, the U2 bit was an afterthought. The fact that this big musical moment plays second best to other tech gadgetry should tell you a lot. It is worthless, and so is U2’s part in making a last ditch effort to keep people interested. Both are losing fans. No matter which side you look at, it is all about money-and only money.
You should be concerned and very scared. The giant egos of both the band and the corporate Cyclops have just done something very invasive. Apple and U2 have just invaded your space and put their new album into 500 million iTunes accounts, totally unsolicited and totally uncalled for. They thought you needed it, so they put it there. How ironic that ‘Songs of Innocence’ is on half a million peoples’ computers and phones by basically hacking into your privacy.
Where are the boundaries and what happened to our privacy? This is literally digital vandalism or even illegal trash dumping. In a normal society you can get fined for both because they are both illegal. This is cyber bullying, or better yet, breaking and entering. Call it what you like, but U2 and Apple have just committed a crime and passed it off as a free gift to you! So much for Bono and all his yelling for Human Rights.
The messianic Bono probably feels that it is his omnipotent right to just put himself in your life how he sees fit…well, he actually does think he has the right. In his own words he posted a message yesterday heralding the gift he gave to you and said;
In the next 24 hours, over a half a billion people are going to have Songs of Innocence… should they choose to check it out. That is so exciting. People who haven’t heard our music, or weren’t remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we’re in their library…Over 500 million people… that’s a billion ears. And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.
Yes, Bono thinks you need this-so you got it. What a pompous tit. Just like Apple, this guy’s ego has no bounds. These two entities are literally trying to rule the world! Don’t be fooled either, this free album is not free. The band did not actually make a completely new record and rise above their stifling egos to give away something for free. The almighty Bono admits that Apple bought it and gave it “as a gift to give to all their music customers.” How many millions U2 made off this deal is not public yet, but rest assured it definitely lined their pockets a fair bit.
On record, this atrocity is meant to be the biggest record release ever, and Apple’s CEO bragged about it. Re-read what you just read and notice the largest record release ever followed the debut of a watch and a phone. Music is not important; this is just a marketing ploy for both of the corporations. They want to be seen as some great benevolent philanthropists. They aren’t. Apple wants to insure sales of its new gadgets and keep people from dumping iTunes for Spotify and other streaming services and U2 want to butter you up so you’ll rush out and buy tickets for the upcoming humongo-tour they have planned to try and top their last record-breaking world tour.
You’re not a music fan-you are a cash conduit for their schemes.
Be afraid, be very afraid. Apple has deleted book titles from peoples’ computers before, but now installing unwanted garbage is a brave new step. One has to wonder what else have they been up to on your device. Imagine the lengths Apple will go to in order to protect the kingdom they built. Worse, imagine the depravity their main whore, U2, will do to keep daddy happy.
Think back to the Garden of Eden. It was the apple which caused the downfall of mankind. Some things never change.
It’s big news flying around the the music cyber world. Bowie has let slip that he is working with Tony Visconti and promises a brand new single in celebration of his 50 years in the biz.
Bowie’s new single, “Sue(Or In A Season Of Crime)" is an eight minute epic, backed with another spiffy named tune, "’Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”. The new tune will be featured on Bowie’s new career-spanning best of, ‘Nothing Has Changed'…which, of course, is an apt title because the tracklisting is exactly that-nothing new, same old stuff. Truth be told, if you already have the double disc set of Bowie's singles, you're set.
The new record will be released in the de-facto normal and deluxe editions, the latter featuring a glob of worthless remixes, edits and new versions. If you can put up with the fodder, there are two more unreleased tracks making their debut on the deluxe version as well. An unreleased “Let Me Sleep Beside You" from the Toy sessions, and an old outtake from ‘71, "Shadow Man”.
For those who just want the new single, it will be released on the same day as the new best of, as a limited edition 10” or digital download. All are released November 17.
VAN MORRISON AND JOOLS HOLLAND
This is a shot from the recent GQ Man Of The Year Awards where Van took the “Legend" award. Obviously well deserved.
Looks like Mr. Jools Holland was on hand and shared a photo op with his buddy Van. This is really a dynamic duo if there ever was one…two greats (and one looking a bit grumpy).
Congrats to Van for his prize.