I honestly cannot believe that U2 fans really think that the backlash is about not liking U2 music. Whether you like the band or not, it was an invasion of privacy— Apple forcibly put data on the phones of their customers without permission. Whether the end user likes hardcore rap, dance pop, folk music, just audiobooks, just podcasts, Britney Spears, Cream, Tina Turner, Journey, Sting, or Lil’ Kim, this is completely irrelevant. It has nothing to do with personal taste. This is a matter of disrespect and mistrust on the part of Apple. Given that the iPhone already suffers from a pretty serious storage bug where certain core apps will take gigs-worth of space for no reason, forcing an album onto these devices was a smart idea.
What this shows is that Apple really does not want to give its users any sort of control or ownership of their own devices, and it’s sad how little they value their own cultist following. As for U2, I think they made more enemies than friends, and this is a prime example of how image and controversy is now going to overshadow the music itself, and from what I hear, Songs of Innocence isn’t even bad.
Lil Kim the Queen Bee, So You Best Take Heed. Shall I Proceed?, oil on canvas, 2014, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.
I did this painting of Lil Kim mostly because I wanted a painting a of Lil Kim to hang in my apartment. But, also because she’ll be a part of a new series I’m starting of badass women.
Sep 15: Azealia Banks performing at ‘The Broke With Expensive Taste Preview Tour’ in Glasgow.
FULL VIDEO: Azealia Banks performing “Chasing Time” at The BWET Preview Tour.