Bono: Charts mean nothing


Bono thinks music charts are "broken". The Irish rocker and his band U2 have returned to the limelight with their 13th studio album Songs of Innocence, following on from their 2009 record No Line on the Horizon. In a bid to promote their new music the group teamed up with Apple, who gave the album away via iTunes.

'They do not measure what people are listening to and they do not measure people's passion in music'

Bono felt this move was necessary to share their hard work with the public and not rely on sales.

"The charts are broken. They do not measure what people are listening to and they do not measure people's passion in music. They do measure decent people's desire to pay for music and they should be respected for that," he explained to Q magazine. "But that is a tiny fraction of the people who listen to music... We had to come up with something different because we've spent so much time to get [these songs] right and now we have got them, we want to get them out."

Bono is joined in the line-up by Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. and The Edge. Their latest offering took around six months to record as they wanted to get it spot on, but the frontman admits there were spots of worry throughout.

"There is some humiliation involved [in not being able to finish it]. It's humbling to realise that you can be smart, you can be savvy, you can love music, but to get music to love you back is a mysterious process," he added. "It's a jealous lover and it really wants all of your attention. It wants you to abandon yourself to it."

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