Ozzy Osbourne: U2's Apple Album Was "Fucking Selfish"

By Matt Hill on at

Reality TV star, professional swearer and occasional singer Ozzy Osbourne has declared the much-maligned U2/Apple album partnership "fucking selfish" in a typically enjoyable diatribe.

For those with their heads under rocks – which, under the circumstances, doesn't sound like a particularly bad idea – the popular but widely derided Irish AOR-ers gave away their 13th album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes to coincide with the iPhone 6 launch. Cue inevitable social-media backlash and Apple having to publish instructions on how to remove it for particularly arsey clientele

"U2 can afford to put an album out for free, whereas other bands can't," Osbourne told weekly men's mag Shortlist, "so it makes it difficult for up-and-coming bands. It's fucking selfish, really. They just got a zillion fucking sales from Apple, I suppose. Not everyone is U2, not everyone can get a fucking deal with Apple. There are a thousand bands out there today that aren't going to get heard by fucking anybody because they can't afford to do it."

Wise words, brother, although the Black Sabbath singer didn't find everything about the commercial collaboration offensive.

"People got so pissed off, it was terrific," he chortled. "Trying to find out how to delete it off their fucking phones or whatever." [Shortlist]

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