Sinead O’Connor says there was ‘something almost terrorist’ about U2’s iTunes album release

The singer also claims she 'had a fist fight' with Prince

Sinead O’Connor has criticised U2‘s recent commercial partnership with Apple, which saw their latest album released for free via iTunes.

‘Songs Of Innocence’ was officially released on October 13, but was available for free via iTunes from September. The release was criticised heavily, with some deeming U2 as forcing their music on consumers as it appeared in users’ music libraries automatically.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Irish singer said that the band had tried to “force [the album] on people who didn’t want it in the first place”.


“What they did with iTunes, was a badly judged move,” she added. “There was something almost terrorist about it. I’m really not a U2 fan but it wasn’t at all kosher invading people’s lives like that. It was bad management.”

“Funny thing is the kid who devised the app that removed the U2 album from people’s computers. He made a fortune apparently.”

Elsewhere in the interview, O’Connor revealed that the last time she met Prince, whose track ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ she famously covered, they “had a fist fight”.

“There was quite a scene,” she said of the incident that allegedly took place in the early 1990s. “I ended up having to escape from his house. I was running around his car, spitting at him and he’s trying box me – all at six o’clock in the morning. I rang on someone’s doorbell to get in their house because Prince was about to kick the living shit out of me.

O’Connor also spoke about her ongoing beef with Miley Cyrus, which originated when O’Connor published an open letter last year urging Cyrus not to let the music industry take advantage of her.

“Her audience needs to be protected,” O’Connor said. “She is selling sex and sexual imagery to very young kids and it’s wrong, it’s reckless and it’s dangerous.”


“I was right when I said the Catholic church sexualised minors and I’m right about the music business doing the same. I know what I’m talking about. Miley even looks like a kid herself. She’s a very young-looking young woman. She’s come up through Disney, she was Hannah Montana, the whole thing.”

“The music industry is sexualising the artists that look most like kids. Lady Gaga, who knows that half her audience are minors, was inviting them to simulate masturbation. What kind of people do that? As an artist you have to be conscious of minors.”

Sinead O’Connor released her latest album ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’ in August. It’s her tenth full-length record.


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