U2 Delivers A Knockout to the Music Industry

The music industry may have thought the U2 marketing machines may have been a bit crazy to suggest "giving" the album away. The cross promotion created opportunities that exposed the holes within the music distribution. U2 created a a deal that included delivery of the complete album to every iTunes account free of charge and the band providing the promotional support to Apple during their annual developers conference. Its been suggested that Apple paid 100 million for the right to release the album. As the smoke cleared U2 released their album to the world apple users and over night increased their audience.

Four months after Songs of Innocence’s September release, U2 accounted for “23% of all music listened on iOS devices throughout January 2015,” according to an independent study conducted by the Kantar Group and announced by the band.

Even more impressive, the numbers put Bono & co. as the “most-listened-to act” on the iOS platform as a whole, beating out fan favorites Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, who garnered 11% and 8% of all plays, respectively.

An independent study has concluded that U2 accounted for 23% of all music listened on iOS devices throughout January 2015.

The study, conducted by the Kantar Group, found that not only was U2 the most-listened-to act on the iOS platform, but that more users were listening to U2 than the second (Taylor Swift at 11%) and third (Katy Perry at 8%) runners-up combined.

Additionally, Kantar found that 95% of the U2 listeners listened to one or more tracks from the band’s current album, Songs Of Innocence.

Nearly 1/4 Of iTunes Users are Listening to U2

This is fantastic news. If these figures suggest that these songs still matter to people, then we’re knocked out. That’s all any songwriter wants.
— Bono

An independent study has concluded that U2 accounted for 23% of all music listened on iOS devices throughout January 2015.

The study, conducted by the Kantar Group, found that not only was U2 the most-listened-to act on the iOS platform, but that more users were listening to U2 than the second (Taylor Swift at 11%) and third (Katy Perry at 8%) runners-up combined. Additionally, Kantar found that 95% of the U2 listeners listened to one or more tracks from the band’s current album, 

Annoyed as some Apple customers may have been over being "force-fed" U2's new album last fall, the impact of the free release is still visible five months later. Twenty-three percent of all music users on Apple's operating system listened to at least one U2 track in January-more than twice the percentage who listened to the second-placing artist, Taylor Swift (11%).

Key Numbers

  • 23% of iOS-device music users listened to U2 in January
  • 11% listened to Taylor Swift
  • 8% listened to Katy Perry
It’s nice to know that 5 months on so many people have discovered Songs of Innocence. In the end we just wanted people to hear the album. We took a big risk but today we can say that the experiment worked.
— The Edge

Apple teamed up with the powerhouse rock group to make its latest album, "Songs of Innocence," available to iOS users for free in the month following the smash debut of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the face of user complaints about not wanting the album, the amount of memory it consumed, etc.,

U2 publicly apologized and Apple posted instructions for how to remove the album from a user's device.

Loud as the complaints may have been, however, Kantar determined that nearly every iOS device user who listened to U2 in January - 95% of them - listened to at least one track from the new album.

Following U2 at 23% and Taylor Swift at 11%, 8% of music users on iOS listened to at least one Katy Perry song in January, 8% also listened to at least one Maroon 5 song, and 7% listened to Rihanna.

Source: Kantar

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Fake Bono Twitter Account

A few weeks ago reports we heard some reports of a possible Bono twitter account. The news circled all of the fan sites and of course most of the subscribed to the possibility that Bono could in fact be on twitter with a public account.

Well U2 fans, not a chance ! Its a fake and not even close to anything that Bono would associate with. Sources confirmed late yesterday that the account which cause all of the twitter noise is in fact a fake. This one is pretty bold. Of course we already have a great twitter follower @fakebono which provides some interesting commentary from time to time.

This new account while interesting collection of "friends" really is not doing much.  Remember which Edge got on twitter? That account proved to be fun during the tour. Pretty sure once the tour gets closer we can expect to see from traffic from @Edge360. Meantime why not download our new app and follow us on twitter. We will keep you informed and blast those rumors away. Until next time @U2TOURFANS

U2's Universal Love

I have always found messages of hope, love desire, grief and anger with U2's lyrics to be freeing in the sense of allowing me a brief minute of total emotions.

The simple joy that that music allows us to feel the emotion when you allow it to breathe within your soul.

Life experiences come alive when you open your heart and mind to lyrics. We can't experience love, joy, sadness or fear without opening our hearts to the feeling. The idea of walking around the world numb to all of this seems to be holding you in a prison for a sentence you yet to understand. 

U2's music allows ones self to break free for a few minutes and feel those feelings and express thoughts that may be locked inside of your heart.  Here are a few of those lyrics that I have found to allow us to breathe.

Ordinary Love

We can't fall any further
If we can't feel ordinary love
And we cannot reach any higher
If we can't deal with ordinary love 

Invisible

There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only you
And there’s only me
There is no them

Love Is Blindness

Love is blindness
I don't wanna see
Won't you wrap the night
Around me?
Oh my heart
Love is blindness

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

I have climbed the highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

Hawkmoon 269

Like a desert needs rain
Like a town needs a name
I need your love.

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Every Breaking Wave, Trouble and Irish filmmaker

The violence of Northern Ireland in the 80’s has been a theme for U2 within many of their songs. This short film inspired by the newest tracks from “Songs of Innocence” opens on a group of Catholic lads goofing off before hitting a punk club, where one boy, Sean, catches the eye of a crowd-surfing girl, Sandra. She catches up with the Sean after the show, stealing his cigarette as he lays in the street with a friend, who later informs him the she's a Protestant. Nevertheless, the couple comes together to the tune of "Every Breaking Wave," but scenes of their budding romance are undercut with outbursts

In the aftermath of the arrest, Sean isolates himself from Sandra and prepares to join forces with a group of Catholic militants. During a meeting, however, Sean answers a knock at the door and finally reunites with Sandra — but their moment is cut short when a bomb goes off. Amidst the smoke and rubble, the pair find each other and together, lift an injured friend off the ground while U2's "The Troubles," also off Songs of Innocence, begins to play.

U2 band member The Edge has praised Aoife’s work labeling it “extraordinary”.

"The Aoife McArdle short film expands on the theme of Songs of Innocence which was largely rooted in our experience growing up in the early eighties in Dublin. Aoife chose west Belfast in the same period, as it was the neighborhood that was so formative to her,” he said.

The Edge is not Aoife’s only notable fan.

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze,  said of Aoife McArdle's short film, "I was really taken with this film. She captured that feeling and size of life of being a teenager and of first love so well. She drifts between the reality of friends and first love into fantasy so effortlessly and romantically. It's a perfect little gem of a romance movie."

Aoife has previously directed music videos for James Vincent McMorrow and Simian Mobile Disco.

The London-based talent plans to move back to her native Belfast soon to work on her first feature film. “A lot of films in Northern Ireland don’t get shot in Northern Ireland, which is quite strange. A lot of people feel like it’s too close to the bone to go there. Or are too afraid to go there. I don’t know why.”

The band will embark on the ambitious Innocence + Experience World Tour this May download the tour app to keep up on all of the tour news, set lists and more.

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 Updated

Most U2 fans have already used their pre sale code for announced earlier dates. We have heard from some of you about your displeasure in the whole process. The process has been a bit challenging however this is nothing new for large bands trying to be sure that they sell out venues before adding dates. 

U2 continues to sell out shows and we can expect to see more dates added as the tour continues to grow.  Like we know that Dublin has to be on the schedule. Its going to be a busy tour schedule.  We updated all of the dates we have confirmed.  We will keep you informed as we find out more info. 

We can suggest that you download the easy to use mobile app that will give you the most current tour schedule and lots other great features.

NORTH AMERICA 2015
May 14th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum

June 3rd, Los Angeles, CA, Forum - On Sale Friday, January 30th
June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 16th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 17th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 28th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 29th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 2nd, Chicago, IL, United Center - On Sale Tuesday, February 10th
July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 14th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 15th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 26th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 27th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 30th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden - On Sale Tuesday, February 10th

EUROPE / UK 2015
Sept. 4th, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sept. 5th, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sept. 8th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 12th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 13th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 16th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 17th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 20th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 21th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 24th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 25th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 28th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 29th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Oct. 5th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 6th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 9th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi - On Sale Tuesday, February 10th
Oct. 13th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 14th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 17th, Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 18th Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena

Oct. 25th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 26th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 29th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 30th, London, UK, O2

Nov. 2nd, London, UK, O2 - On Sale Friday, February 6th
Nov. 6th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 7th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 10th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 11th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 14th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 15th, Paris, France, Bercy

U2's Grammy Rich History

Current Nominations

2014 - 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Rock Album

Songs Of Innocence

Past GRAMMY Awards

2005 - 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Album Of The Year

Winner

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Song Of The Year

Winner

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

Best Rock Song

Winner

City Of Blinding Lights

Best Rock Album

Winner

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

2004 - 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Vertigo

Best Rock Song

Winner

Vertigo

Best Short Form Music Video

Winner

Vertigo

2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Record Of The Year

Winner

Walk On

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Elevation

Best Rock Album

Winner

All That You Can't Leave Behind

2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

Record Of The Year

Winner

Beautiful Day

Song Of The Year

Winner

Beautiful Day

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Beautiful Day

1994 - 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Music Video, Long Form

Winner

Zoo TV - Live From Sydney

1993 - 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Alternative Music Album

Winner

Zooropa

1992 - 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Achtung Baby

1988 - 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

Desire

Best Performance Music Video

Winner

Where The Streets Have No Name

1987 - 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Album Of The Year

Winner

The Joshua Tree

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Winner

The Joshua Tree

Hello, World!

More U2 Dates Released, Chicago, New York, Barcelona, London

 Additional shows will take place in Chicago (July 2nd), New York (July 30th), Barcelona (October 9th) and London (November 2nd).

Subscribers who have not already used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for these additional shows beginning Wednesday Feb 4th at 10am ( Barcelona and London shows) and Thursday Feb 5th at 12pm Eastern (Chicago and New York shows). Download the U2 Tour Fans Mobile App today for more current U2 News. 

Pre Sale Schedule

Tickets for the London show go on sale to the public this Friday, February 6th, 10am local time. Tickets for the Barcelona show go on sale next Tuesday, February 10th, 10am local time. Tickets for the New York and Chicago shows go on sale to the public next Tuesday, February 10th, 10am local time.

Download the U2 Tour Fans Mobile App today for more current U2 News.

iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE Tour Adds More Dates

A fifth show at London's O2 will take place on November 2nd, with the previous four nights sold out. Tickets will go on general sale this Friday, February 6th.

A third show at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi will take place on October 9th - the previous two nights sold out. Tickets will go on general  sale next Tuesday, February 10th.

U2.com subscribers who have not yet used their unique pre-sale access code - or new subscribers - can take part in a ticket pre-sale for these additional two shows from tomorrow, Tuesday February 3rd  at 10am (for eXPERIENCE subscribers) and from Wednesday, February 4th at 10am (for iNNOCENCE  subscribers). The pre-sale ends this Thursday, Feb 5th, at 5pm. All times are local venue time.  Tickets will be general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands.

U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015

NORTH AMERICA 2015
May 14th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 15th, Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
May 18th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 19th, San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
May 22nd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 23rd, Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
May 26th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 27th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 30th, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
May 31st, Los Angeles, CA, Forum
June 3rd, Los Angeles, CA, Forum - On Sale Friday, January 30th
June 12th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 13th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 16th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 17th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 24th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 25th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 28th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 29th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 6th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 7th, Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
July 10th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 11th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 14th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 15th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 18th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 19th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 22nd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 23rd, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 26th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 27th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

EUROPE / UK 2015
Sept. 4th, Turin, Italy , Pala Alpitour
Sept. 5th, Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
Sept. 8th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 12th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 13th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 16th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 17th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 20th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 21th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 24th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 25th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 28th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 29th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Oct. 5th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 6th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 9th, Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi - On Sale Tuesday, February 10th
Oct. 13th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 14th, Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
Oct. 17th, Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 18th Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Oct. 25th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 26th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 29th, London, UK, O2
Oct. 30th, London, UK, O2

Nov. 2nd, London, UK, O2 - On Sale Friday, February 6th
Nov. 6th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 7th, Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
Nov. 10th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 11th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 14th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 15th, Paris, France, Bercy

Download the U2 Tour Fans Mobile App today for more current U2 News.

U2 Residence Tour

U2 is about to embark on what will be deemed as the the residency tour of 2015. Looking at this up coming tour from the prospective of the band and crew this will turn out to be the best dam tour of them all.

Think about this the band rolls into a city and sets up the show for three to seven nights and boom they are locked in. The crew really does not have much to do but run the show nightly and of course maybe some promotional work during the day and that's about it. For the most part this is a dream tour for the crew.  The band well the older the band gets and lets remember Bono is not as young as he once was. 

This is the best of both worlds, they get to stay put for a few days, play the best of sets mix in some new stuff and basically have some fun with their audience. Its perfect until you look at the fans.  Yup those punters that expect that the management and touring company would offer pre-sales codes for every show. Those dedicated fans that as we speak having been saving their money to be able to afford one show.  Of course we know that some fans will try to attend every single night in a city however we ask, why ? Yes, why blend the experience of every night into that one single experience.

Fans blame the new management for lots of things. In the end fans need to take a step back and consider the fact that U2 might be at the end of their touring days. That Bono's number one wish has always go out with a BANG and not a whimper.  Sure its easy to blame management, because its hard to blame our super hero's for wanting to make a enjoyable experience for everyone. 

We invite you to start the conversation share your thoughts on the whole ticket process. God knows we have heard a hell of a lot about it.  Most of you are pretty upset that the band has not extended more pre-sales codes and the fact is that you can still sign up for membership to the fan club and get a new pre-sale code.  Heck we don't know if you will be able to use it on the next round of dates announced.  What are your thoughts ? 

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U2 fans to preview and buy any of U2 albums released, access tour information; post concert videos, photos and receive band-related news feeds.  Two features that stand out are the U2 radio and the U2 mobile image. U2 Radio allows U2 fans to enjoy 24 hour U2 music not only albums the station includes concert audio from recorded past shows.  The mobile image allows U2 fans to send their photos directly to U2TOURFANS servers for posting within the shared community. 

U2 Fans Mobile Radio Station

We have been talking all week about our new application and highlighting some of the features of the application.

We partnered with U2RADIO.com to connect more fans around the world to this world class online radio station that allows fans to stream U2 music to any device in any location 24 hours a day. The feature has been added to the U2 TOUR FANS Connected Community to allow fans to listen to music while they connect with other fans around the world and share their images, videos and of course the daily U2 news.  Download the app today from the ITunes store or click the link below.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/u2tourfans/id351632801?mt=8

U2TOURFANS is dedicated to providing U2 fans around the world the best possible U2 fan experience and connecting fans from around the world with other fans from around the world.

U2 Connected Community

U2 fan site launched a new application over the weekend that allows U2 fans around the world to interact before, during and after the show.

The concept was created out of U2TOURFANS 360 interactive lab which was designed to create a social  community for U2 fans to engage with other U2 fans.

The site shares videos, music, photos and news from around the world that relates to U2.  The new mobile app offers a unique way to connect with other U2 fans via their device.

U2 announced their upcoming tour cities the app offers a community within the community for each city to create meet ups, ticket exchanges and just chat with other fans.   Over the next few days U2TOURFANS will show off more features of the interactive community. 

U2 annouces more dates !

Just announced  iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, a fifth show has been confirmed in Los Angeles - with dates coming soon for additional concerts in New York, Chicago, London and Barcelona.

The fifth night in Los Angeles will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 and tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 30th.

Watch for the followings dates to be announced later this week.  Some fan sites have had reports over night of the following dates. However only June 3rd has been confirmed.  Once we have confirmed the additional dates we will update.  You can download our app today for the most current news and the official tour calendar.

  • Los Angeles, June 3 & 4
  • Los Angeles, June 7 & 8
  • Chicago, July 2 & 3
  • New York, July 30 & 31
  • Barcelona, October 9 & 10
  • London, November 2 & 3

U2 Fan Site Launches New Apple Application

U2 fans around the world Experiencing  "The Connected Community" via  U2TOURFANS social experience Application.

U2 fans around the world are getting ready for a new U2 Tour on May 14 2015.  U2TOURFANS a social media fan based community has launched version 2.0 of their mobile application for ISO users that integrates all of the interactive properties of Twitter, Youtube, Facebook as well as some new features, “The connected community” Live concert photo and video uploads as well as U2 radio a non stop 24 hour U2 music station.

U2TOURFANS team wanted a fan based experience unlike any other fan site connecting all of the elements that make up U2 experience. By connecting social applications such as Web, Twitter, YouTube Facebook and U2 Radio fans will be able to have the complete experience.

U2 360 social experience concept as a way of connecting U2 fans from around the world and providing them a platform to share, experience, and interact. The next evolution now provides a complete mobile experience. These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like U2TOURFANS web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone.

Our goal is to support a complete U2 experience that are fulfilling the promise of the mobile web – like the iPhone – and to ultimately deliver unique and compelling mobile experiences that provides the best fan experience possible.

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