U2’s New Album, ‘Songs Of Innocence,’ Is Available For Free On iTunes Right Now

As punishment for watching that stupid livestream, U2 announced during today’s Apple Event that they’re releasing a new album, Songs of Innocence, which is the most sanctimoniously U2 title ever. Not only that, but it’s available for free. Right now. On iTunes.

U2’s latest studio album Songs of Innocence (Interscope Records), containing 11 new tracks, will be released on October 14th, 2014. The news comes after the album was gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide earlier today.

Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

This is excellent news. Not because I particularly want to listen to a new U2 album, but because I want to listen to Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott listen to a new U2 album on U Talkin’ U2 To Me?