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U2 came out of the U.K. punk scene — from Ireland, specifically – with a stripped-down sound that hinted at grandeur beneath the skittering surface. Even on their very first album, 1980’s ‘Boy,’ Bono’s soaring vocals and the Edge’s shimmering guitar were aimed at something bigger than whatever punk and New Wave offered them. By 1983’s ‘War,’ U2 began making ripples with their anthem-sized songs about the same things Bob Dylan sang about 20 years earlier. On 1987’s ‘The Joshua Tree,’ they finally reached the legendary status they were striving for with a sprawling work about broken dreams at the end of the world. After a globe-conquering tour made them one of the era’s biggest bands, U2 shot back with an industrial-noise set called ‘Achtung Baby’ that set the course for their restless, ambitious career. They’re still following that exciting path.

30 Years Ago: U2 Spark ‘The Unforgettable Fire’

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YouTube

U2's fourth album arrived just a little more than a year and a half after its punky predecessor 'War' had become a surprise platinum-selling hit, reaching No. 12 in the U.S. and topping the U.K. chart.

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U2 Reveal Cover Image for ‘Songs of Innocence’

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U2 have revealed the artwork for the upcoming physical release of 'Songs of Innocence,' the new album millions of iTunes users received for free earlier this month.

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Bono’s U2 Bandmates Would Rather He Didn’t Play Guitar

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U2 singer Bono has never been known for his guitar playing, and his bandmates would really like to keep it that way.

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‘Conan’ Makes Fun of U2-Apple Controversy With ‘eRase U2′ Spoof

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Like it or not, music has been devalued to the point that a free album from one of the world's biggest bands is a cause of genuine annoyance (and/or more legitimate privacy concerns) for a lot of listeners.

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Bono Responds to Sharon Osbourne’s Twitter Rant: ‘What a Shocker’

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Kevin Winter / Ben A. Pruchnie, Getty Images

Bono says he's isn't surprised Sharon Osbourne that took to Twitter for a profanity-laced rant about U2's recent iTunes album giveaway.

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Sharon Osbourne Rips U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Giveaway, Says They’re ‘Not Musicians Anymore’

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Angela Weiss / Vivien Killilea, Getty Images

We can add Sharon Osbourne to the list of people who weren't impressed by U2's decision to give away their new album, 'Songs of Innocence,' for free as part of a massive product launch promotion through Apple's iTunes store.

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Rap Star Rips U2’s Free Album: ‘I Don’t Want You On My Phone’

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Rapper Tyler, the Creator was not too happy with the idea of U2 giving their new album away for free.

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U2 Have Another New Album on the Way

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

'Songs of Innocence,' the new album U2 surprised fans by releasing -- for free, no less -- as part of Apple's fall 2014 product launch, may be followed by more new music in the months to come.

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U2, ‘Songs of Innocence’ – Album Review

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Interscope

The big news surrounding U2's 13th album is its surprise attack.

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U2 Releases New Album ‘Songs of Innocence’ for Free via iTunes

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U2.com

U2 has released 'Songs of Innocence,' its first album in five years, for free via iTunes.

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