Bono continues to add bad news this year. As the Irish singer continues to recover from his serious bicycle accident a few days ago, the American magazine GQ chose him as one of the least influential people in the world in 2014, beating Barack Obama and former Los Angeles Lakers owner Donald Sterling.
The reason for this choice lies in the compulsive distribution that U2 made 'Songs of Innocence', his latest album 'given away' to more than 500 million iTunes users in September, something that sparked a lot of complaints. GQ opined on the matter: "Yes, $ 100 million to turn U2's adult target and socially conscious rock into a direct message attachment".
The men's magazine offers a wild portrait of the Irish band, surrounding the controversial decision to promote their album through millions of iTunes accounts, a promotional move that went wrong and got millions of people complaining about the imposition, by at the same time that it has promoted a negative image of both Bond and U2 on social media and in the media. Citing Bono specifically, GQ publishes: “Bono is the current Tom Friedman of rock (American journalist) and the rest of his band have manipulated with Apple to put his new album in your iTunes library without even your consent. It couldn't even be erased ".