Iggy Pop says new U2 album is a 'veiled advert'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 October 2014
Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

U2's latest album, 'Songs of Innocence', is a "veiled advert", according to Iggy Pop, who has also taken a swipe at 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell

Iggy Pop says U2's latest album, 'Songs of Innocence', is a "veiled advert".

The Stooges vocalist says that although the album was made available to Apple's iTunes customers free of charge, it would be inaccurate to describe the contentious new album - which has stoked plenty of controversy in the music industry - as free.

Iggy, 67, explained to The Sunday Times newspaper: "I'm not defending or condemning what they did. And I don't know... to me I wouldn't call it free music. Because somebody probably paid them to do all that."

He continued: "But it's also not free because it's only if you own that [iTunes-featuring] device. So what I would call it is kind of a... veiled advert. A veiled advert would be my impression of it."

Iggy turned his attention to the music industry more broadly, saying that record executives and others tend to benefit more than the artists themselves.

He said: "I don't think that the glorification of the music business is always really truly good for the artist. It's been good for... wouldn't you say it's been good for Simon Cowell?

"Well, how much do you think he's doing for the artists? Do you see what I'm saying?"


The legendary Irish rock group – comprised of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr – perform a number of shows as part of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour.

3Arena, Dublin

Mon 5 Nov


Tue 6 Nov


Fri 9 Nov


Sat 10 Nov


The O2 Arena, London SE10

Tue 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Wed 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

The SSE Arena, Belfast

Sat 27 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

Sun 28 Oct

£38–£185 / 028 9073 9074

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