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U2 giving away latest album free on iTunes

Irish rock band U2 surprised fans worldwide last night by giving away their first album for more than five years after performing at the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch.

U2 with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The band gave Songs Of Innocence to around half a billion iTunes music store users as well as subscribers to their website.

The announcement was made at the Apple launch last night and is the latest collaboration between the band and technology firm

We wanted to make a very personal album. Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family.

– Bono talking to Rolling Stone magazine

The 11-track album will be given an official release on October 13 and is their fist record in five years after 2009's No Line On The Horizon.


PM reveals plan for age ratings on explicit music videos

David Cameron has said online music videos could be given age ratings to help protect children from sexual or explicit content.

Rihanna's music videos have been criticised for being too sexually explicit for younger viewers. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

Unveiling a pilot scheme backed by YouTube and the British Board of Film Classification, the Prime Minister pledged to put strengthening families "at the heart" of everything the Government does.

Raunchy music videos for tracks such as Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Rihanna's Pour It Up have led to renewed calls to restrict what children can see on YouTube and other video sharing websites.


Proms director hits back at dumbing down claims

Proms director Roger Wright has defended this year's event after it was accused of "dumbing down".

Paloma Faith will be performing with an orchestra, while Rufus Wainwright and the Pet Shop Boys will also take to the stage during the classical music event.

Concerts aimed at viewers of pre-school channel CBeebies and performances of sporting themes such as Horse Of The Year Show and Match Of The Day also feature in this year's Proms season.

Wright told Radio Times magazine that he hoped names like Faith and the Pet Shop Boys will draw new audiences to classical music.

"These acts have the potential to draw new audiences into the Albert Hall to listen to orchestras and sample an element of the Proms. The hope is then that they'll come back to hear more," he added.

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