Iggy Pop is to give a lecture on the controversial subject of free music at a radio conference in the U.K. next month (Oct14). The punk icon, who hosts a BBC radio show, will give the fourth annual John Peel Lecture at Radio Festival 2014 in Salford, England and his speech will be broadcast live on radio and filmed for television.
The Stooges star says, "I've never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I'm going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society."
Iggy Pop's lecture will come just weeks after U2's headline grabbing free music giveaway in which they teamed up with Apple to have their latest album automatically distributed to half a billion users' devices. The stunt infuriated many fans who accused the rockers of encroaching on their music systems without permission.
U2 star The Edge has won a long-running battle to develop his land in California. The Irish musician has been fighting for permission to build five homes in Malibu since 2006, and he can now move forward with the project after he was given the green light by officials at the California Coastal Commission, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Edge, real name David Evans, had his plans for the development rejected several times over the last few years, but has agreed to make a series of compromises including scaling down the size of the estate.
Irish rockers U2 wanted to annoy the record-buying public with their Apple-managed album release, according to frontman Bono. The singer admits he knew making new record Songs of Innocence available for free download to half a billion Apple users earlier this month (Sep14) would cause controversy.
Many recipients were annoyed because the album had been made available to their 'cloud' storage system and appeared on their devices without their permission, and Odd Future rapper Tyler, The Creator was among those who hit out, comparing the release to a sexually transmitted disease.
However, Bono is adamant the stunt was a success, telling BBC Radio 2, "Well that's kind of our job isn't it? To stir things up a bit, that's why we wanted to be in a rock and roll band in the first place... That's always been the way, it was the same with our first album. It's kind of why you got into a band - to stir things up and annoy people, that was the whole punk rock thing. If you weren't doing that, you weren't doing anything.
"So I'm very excited that we got so many people annoyed and just being discussed. The only thing that could have gone wrong is being ignored which is perfectly understandable after all these years of being around."
"I can't believe she didn't take the high road. What a shocker!" U2 star Bono hits back at Sharon Osbourne after she criticised the band's new deal with Apple, which resulted in iTunes users getting the group's new album downloaded automatically for free.
Irish rockers U2 are secretly working with Apple bosses to create a revolutionary new digital music format which they are convinced will bring an end to piracy. The Beautiful Day hitmakers recently teamed up with the tech giant to give all iTunes customers a free download of their new album, Songs of Innocence, but now frontman Bono has revealed there is much more to the band's relationship with Apple.
In a new TIME magazine article, the singer has detailed the group's plans to help combat the illegal downloading of artists' music by creating a new file format which cannot be copied.
The aim of the top secret project is to tempt fans to purchase full albums, not just individual tracks, once more so new material will once again become profitable for artists who aren't big on touring.
Bono explains, "Songwriters aren't touring people. (Late composer/songwriter) Cole Porter wouldn't have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."
He continues, "(It's) an audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you're sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you've never seen it before."
However, Bono admits the project is still in development and is at least "18 months away" from becoming available to the public.
"FYI to all new IPHONE 6 buyers, there will also be a free selfie of me already in ur (your) photo roll." Pop star Katy Perry jokes she will be offering her own free items, similar to U2's recent stunt with Apple, in which the rockers offered their new album Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes.
Sharon Osbourne has voiced her disdain at receiving U2's new album for free via Apple's iTunes downloading service, insisting the automatic addition of Songs Of Innocence to her music library is an "invasion" of her privacy. The Irish rockers accepted a deal worth a reported $100 million (£62.5 million) from Apple bosses to offer up their new release for free to its half a billion iTunes customers around the world last week (ends12Sep14), as part of the marketing campaign for the tech giant's new iPhone 6 and iWatch devices.
However, not everyone appreciated the U2 giveaway - rapper Tyler, The Creator recently compared waking up with Songs of Innocence on his phone to contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and on Monday night (15Sep14), Osbourne took aim at the band for selling out to get its music heard.
Taking to Twitter.com, Osbourne ranted, "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... PS, btw (by the way) you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies... (sic)".
On Tuesday (16Sep14), Osbourne opened up further about the reason for her tirade during an episode of her U.S. daytime show The Talk, explaining she would have liked the option of accepting the download instead of having it added to her music library without her knowledge.
She said, "(They) give it away for free, whether you want it or not... It fills up space on your iPhone... This is an invasion of my private space, my entertainment space...!"
The rock matriarch went on to insist that U2's decision to give away their new material only causes more problems for the music industry, which is already struggling with falling sales figures, making it harder for new artists to survive.
She continued, "They set a precedent that music is disposable, it's just another piece of software and it's nothing, you should give it away for free.
"Sorry guys... there's a whole new breed of artist coming up that need that money to survive to be able to continue to create. We're not all billionaires, we're not all in your world. So stop with you're 'doing us a favour by giving it away for free'. Keep it to yourselves!"
Apple executives have since responded to the backlash from some iTunes users by sharing instructions on how to delete Songs of Innocence from their devices.
Actor Liam Neeson has teamed up with fellow Irishman Bono to write a movie script, but they have been working on the project for more than six years. The Schindler's List star is close pals with the U2 frontman and they have been writing long-term together on a film about Irish showbands in the 1970s.
Neeson tells British magazine Radar, "He's a wonderful man. He's got an idea for a script which we've been working on for the past six years."
It is not the first time the two have worked on the same film - U2 provided a song for the soundtrack of 2002 movie Gangs of New York, which featured Neeson as a hoodlum.
Over 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2's free album Songs of Innocence since it was made available online last week (ends12Sep14). Apple bosses paid the Irish rockers a large sum to allow them to make the album available to customers for free for five weeks. The new album will be released on 14 October (14) to the general public.
Rockers U2 have seen an unexpected sales bump of their music catalogue despite mediocre download figures for their new album. The Beautiful Day hitmakers made a groundbreaking move last Tuesday (09Sep14) when they teamed up with bosses at tech giant Apple to offer their highly-anticipated Songs of Innocence record for free on iTunes.
The album reached half a billion iTunes users around the world, and while Billboard.com reports suggested just 200,000 fans had downloaded the record on the first day, a Universal Music Group spokesman says the number is "completely inaccurate".
While label and iTunes bosses have yet to reveal the final figures, 24 of the Irish band's titles had reached the Billboard top 20 since last Tuesday.
Albums including The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, War and two versions of the singles collection have made it to the U.S. top 50 chart, with Rattle and Hum and The Unforgettable Fire following close behind.
In addition, their U218 singles record has also made its way to the top 10 in 46 countries.
Songs of Innocence will go on sale in stores next month (Oct14).