Sinéad O'Connor Says U2's iTunes Release Was 'Almost Terrorist'

Nicole Nodland
Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London. 

Sinéad O'Connor is the latest to in a growing list of musicians to criticize the release of U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, calling the decision to automatically upload it to people's iTunes account without option a "badly judged move." 

The Irish singer told The Daily Mail she blamed her fellow Dubliners for not "standing by their album and just putting it out" and instead opted to "force it on people who didn't want it in the first place."

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"There was something almost terrorist about it," she continued. "I'm really not a U2 fan but it wasn't at all kosher invading people's lives like that. It was bad management."

O'Conner joins the legions of dissenters speaking out against U2 that so far has included Foo Fighters' Taylor HawkinsIggy Pop and Tyler, the Creator, among others.

U2 frontman Bono and O'Conner recently teamed up for the recording of Band Aid 30, a star-studded return to the original Band Aid song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 30 years later. While the original 1984 recording that's still the second biggest single of all time in the U.K. was aimed at tackling hunger in Africa, the new take targets the Ebola epidemic and helping medical workers in Africa fighting the epidemic. 

Of the new Band Aid 30, O'Conner said her sole reason for getting involved is Boomtown Rats Frontman Bob Geldof, who has organized both Band Aids. "I love Bob," she said. "If he ever asked me to mop his kitchen floor I would, willingly."

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O'Conner also spoke to ongoing issues with Mily Cyrus that began a feud when she started writing open letters expressing "motherly" concern for the singer, as well as other young artists such as Justin Bieber and Britney Spears. She said these acts are oversexualizing their teenage audiences. 

"This isn't about Miley or any other personalities," she said. "It's an issue of child protection. Her audience needs to be protected. She is selling sex and sexual imagery to very young kids and it's wrong, it's reckless and it's dangerous. I was right when I said the Catholic church sexualised minors and I'm right about the music business doing the same. I know what I'm talking about."

"The music industry is sexualising the artists that look most like kids," she continued. "Lady Gaga, who knows that half her audience are minors, was inviting them to simulate masturbation. What kind of people do that? ... As an artist you have to be conscious of minors. If [Cyrus] wants to stuff dollars down her throat and wear next to nothing – fine. But not in an environment where minors are going to be exposed to it. There's no excuse for endorsing this type of reckless behavior because that leads to child sex trafficking and ultimately the deaths of children."


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