Corey Taylor Slams U2 For Forcing Their Album To Be Downloaded
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently posted a tweet targeting U2 to criticize their decision to force their fans to download their album via iTunes.
On September 9, 2014, U2 released their thirteenth studio album ‘Songs Of Innocence.’ It was announced at an Apple product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers for free. Although the album was exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until October 13, 2014, it was also released as a physical record.
The digital release of ‘Songs Of Innocence’ through iTunes was considered for Apple CEO Tim Cook as the largest album release of all time, with the record being available to over 500 million iTunes customers. In the first month of the release, around 81 million customers listened to the album, 26 million of whom downloaded the record.
Although this seems like a good marketing strategy, ‘Songs Of Innocence’ received generally mixed reviews and criticism by the iTunes customers as it was automatically added to their account without their knowledge and downloaded to their electronic devices without permission.
Even though Bono apologized for this to all iTunes users, the band received a negative response from musicians as well. Eight years after the incident, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor brought this issue back under the spotlight with a tweet. He stated that he has done lots of bad things in his life, but at least he never forced his album to his followers’ iTunes accounts.
Corey Taylor’s tweet read:
“I’ve done a lot of shitty things in my life, but at least I’ve never forced my album onto all your Apple iTunes accounts.”
You can check out the tweet below.
I’ve done a lot of shitty things in my life, but at least I’ve never forced my album onto all your Apple iTune accounts.
— PANDEMIC! AT THE DISCO (@CoreyTaylorRock) February 1, 2022