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Bono has apologised for sending U2's latest album into every iTunes library in the world. The singer's apology came, ironically, in a video to promote the album to those who didn't get it for free in iTunes. That video, posted to Facebook features a Q&A session in which a fan asked U2 never to release an auto-downloading album …

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I would suggest that in a vote for the world's most disliked, cheesiest, unbelievable, most pretentious music person, Bono would fill in the top 10 positions.

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Apologise

For the awful album

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You're making me waste most of this glofious morning trying to figure who these other nine could be.

Well, after hearing Bryan Adams interviewed on Radio 2 the other week that's perhaps one slot filled and perhaps another with that bloke from the Manics who turned up stoned to the station.

And now it's getting difficult.

So come on, suggestions. I think we have a new game...

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William (still refuse to put the dots in), James Blunt, Cheryl Cole, Bob Geldolf makes 7 of the top ten, although the original poster did state Bono would take all ten spots.

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Good point.

That's the second mistake I have made this morning. I suspect that the wife has put something soft and organic in the coffee machine this morning as my brain synapses aren't firing right.

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Sting, surely?

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Got to disagree on the James Blunt Card since this happened:

http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/james-blunt-has-a-black-belt-in-shutting-down-twitter-trolls/

Although one of my favourites was:

'pretentious twitter arsehole':

Oh my god, they;re playing James Blunt again, could things get any worse????'

James Blunt:

'James Blunt could start following you and tweeting at you as well?'

(the above may be paraphrased)

Well, I quite liked the idea of it

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that bloke, what's his name, encamped in the Peruvian (Bolivian?) embassy or consulate in London, clearly. Yes, he's not as widely known a musical genius as Bono, but still ticks all other boxes, and then some.

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Morrissey would have to be any list. I saw a concert of his in New York and every other song he would say "look at my beautiful body", even taking his shirt off one time.

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that bloke, what's his name, encamped in the Peruvian (Bolivian?) embassy or consulate in London, clearly. Yes, he's not as widely known a musical genius as Bono, but still ticks all other boxes, and then some.

If you're going that route I would hope a certain T Blair plays some sort of instrument too so I can include him. Air guitar, I think - can't see this man touch anything with real substance..

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If you're going that route I would hope a certain T Blair plays some sort of instrument too so I can include him. Air guitar, I think - can't see this man touch anything with real substance..

He has let a few pictures of himself with a Stratocaster be released. No doubt to show that he's cool and one of the people.

No dobut he'll soon claim that he played along with Jimi Hendrix in much the same way he used to watch Milburn play.

Oh, I have thought of another name: Lars Ulrich.

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I'd be surprised if Bono has heard any negative feedback about this song or this album seeing as his head is firmly up his own arse.

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T Blair was in a band in the 70's - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/apr/27/labour2001to2005.tonyblair2

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Jack White and Dave Grohl have to make the list.

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There's nothing wrong with that album. If you don't like it, don't download it for free. Or don't buy it, if you don't have an iTunes account. It's worth more than I paid for it.

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A kitten, perhaps...

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I just *love* hot wet pussy.

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Aren't we forgetting someone…? As much as I loathe Bono, I don't believe he's ever declared that "People who eat meat are worse than those who rape children" or "if Jamie Oliver loves meat so much, why doesn't he roast his kids…?!"

I don't think I need name names for the reason that even typing his initials makes me want to commit acts of extreme violence against inanimate objects. As far as I'm concerned, he's been an irrelevance since at least 1984 (if not earlier).

He's threatening another album this year - he needs to be stopped! Beginning to think the cancer was just a rouse to get the world to feel sorry for him (though he's Veganist. Jobs was Veganist. I believe that disease only occurs when you fuck around with your genetic dietary blueprint (the fact the UK is world's second fattest nation should be testament to that). Jobs had pancreatic cancer, the spread of which was likely aided and abetted by his 100% carb diet. Vegans have lowered immunity, and a compromised immune system, due to the lack of distinct lack of nutrition ins vegan diet (humans can survive without plants, but we CANNOT survive without meat, or at least not in good health)).

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Just a drop?

"I had this beautiful idea. We got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania. Twitch of generosity. Dash of self promotion. And deep fear that the songs that we poured out life into over the last few years mightn't be heard. There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."

Just a drop?

What it is is either a massive dose of arrogance or an amazing disconnect between what they think people are cool with and what they actually are cool with.

Or both.

It's a free gift - why wouldn't anyone want that? After all, they can always throw it away but you're opening them up to something that you think they might like and otherwise might be ignorant of.

It seems to me the same kind of attitude of those who proselytise their religious beliefs, dropping pamphlets through mailboxes and onto windscreens or knocking on doors in pairs or handing out booklets in the street.

It's the idea that the thing they are offering is a fundamentally good thing that is relevant and valuable to people and they should be given the opportunity to see this thing because it would be unfortunate if they missed out through not knowing.

Actually, comparing U2 to religion is not that much of a stretch . . .

What's that one about the difference between God and Bono being that God doesn't walk down the street thinking he's Bono?

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"What's that one about the difference between God and Bono being that God doesn't walk down the street thinking he's Bono?"

Show a little sympathy. It ain't easy trying to save the whole friggin' world, y'know.

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> Actually, comparing U2 to religion is not that much of a stretch . . .

It's interesting that they chose to join up with the Apple cultists, then.

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>After all, they can always throw it away

Unless it's been changed I'm pretty sure earlier articles mentioned that it couldn't be deleted from the iPhone 6..

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Show a little sympathy. It ain't easy trying to save the whole friggin' world, y'know.

Well, I got to give it to him - he DID stop clapping.. :)

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"Unless it's been changed I'm pretty sure earlier articles mentioned that it couldn't be deleted from the iPhone 6.."

Another good reason not to buy one....

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In the name of dull

I listened to the album. I thought it sounded like Snow Patrol, only with a worse singer, and worse songs. If U2 poured their life into this, at least it sounds like their cup is nearly empty.

I deleted the album; my own small effort to aid noise reduction across the world. U2 have become the new AOL, and Songs of Innocence is their digital coaster.

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Be fair

I thought a lot of the backing was rather good -- special mention to Adam for playing some interesting bass for the first time in his life. Where it all went wrong was every time Bono opened his mouth. The melodies are just so twee.

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Have to laugh

Only a few years ago the pretentious little lepricorn was harping on about the fact that their latest album was plastered all over the intertubes via torrent and how he wanted torrent BANNED, Banned then burned...

So it's probably the fact that their latest digital pile of aural excrement HAD to be pushed all over the sodding world, only this time via I-Tunes to get any bugger to listen to it...

Hmm.....

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little lepricorn

What's a lepricorn?

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could we maybe not resort to a bit of casual racism?

Us Irish people don't much like being called Leprichauns, or even "lepricorns" really.

It's just ironic, considering I've never even heard of a leprechaun outside of:

1-US cartoons

2-English people on St. Patrick's Day

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"What's a lepricorn?"

One of the new Astrological signs for left handed people.

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"What's a lepricorn?"

Well, ummm, you see, when a unicorn and a leprechaun love each other very much... I mean, where did you think centaurs came from?!?

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""What's a lepricorn?"

Well, ummm, you see, when a unicorn and a leprechaun love each other very much... I mean, where did you think centaurs came from?!?

that's CEN-TURION, not cen-taur, you... you... repli-cant!

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"What's a lepricorn?

About 10 bob an hour

Sorry, wrong joke.

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"What's a lepricorn?"

A unicorn with a nasty disease..?

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But if you're that thin skinned then there's a good fight still going on in Northern Ireland

no there isn't, it's boring as hell now but nice trolling, 2/10 would write a line in response again

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"What's a lepricorn?"

It is what Ralph Wiggum saw on the rock in his back yard. He told Ralph to burn things.

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"there's a good fight still going on in Northern Ireland......"

no there isn't, it's boring as hell now but nice trolling,

In relative terms it's more peaceful than it was, but unlike the rest of Britain and Ireland there are regular finds of viable devices, explosive stashes and weapons, and occasional explosions. Plus every so often the thugs get the guns out to remind people they haven't gone away. My Nornirish friends still order takeaways under assumed names, and that's hardly the hallmark of "boring".

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> I've never even heard of a leprechaun outside of:

> 1-US cartoons

> 2-English people on St. Patrick's Day

Clearly never been to Dublin Airport, then.

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" My Nornirish friends still order takeaways under assumed names, and that's hardly the hallmark of "boring""

Bollocks they do, they're pulling your leg.

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"What's a lepricorn?"

Its a new genetically modified food thing - scientists combined DNA from corn and lepers to make a type of corn that needs no preservatives as it rots too quickly.

Where's the Bad Taste icon?

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I agree with you re: casual racism. Bono's just an arsemonkey, no matter what his nationality. But my primary reason for replying is to ask "seriously? You've not heard of Leprechauns outside of those 2 (admittedly full of leprecorny references) situations?

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yeah seriously. if the cartoons hadn't associated them with ireland, i wouldn't otherwise be aware ireland apparently had some kinda leprechaun "thing". If there's an actual legend it's based on i haven't heard of it :/

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Wait one moment-

Now you are trying to tell me Irish folks *don't* chase leprechauns around trying to get them to tell where their Pot O' Gold is hidden?

I'm not buying it. I've *seen* enough "Lucky Charms" advertisements to know it's true.

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I saw a brilliant tweet

"Someone hacked into my apple account and bought a whole U2 album.on iTunes"

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compensation

apology is all well and good but I have been sick with worry as my friends thought I had spent money on a U2 album.

I am setting up a class action to address the reputational damage caused to many people like myself who have been harmed by this thoughtless and unnecessary self-indulgent noise pollution.

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Given that this landed you with data on your computer you didn't authorise, there could even be a shade of Computer Misuse Act in this ..

Probably not, but I must admit I would love to throw a legal brick at them for this if I had the money.

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"Given that this landed you with data on your computer you didn't authorise, there could even be a shade of Computer Misuse Act in this .."

But it's Apple -- it's not your device.

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