Sharon Osbourne Trashes U2’s “Mediocre Music”

Sharon Osbourne has taken to Twitter to trash U2′s well-publicised decision to push their new album, Songs of Innocence, directly to users’ iTunes libraries, calling the Irish rockers out for making “mediocre music”.

“U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it,” tweeted Osbourne, a US talk show host and the wife of Black Sabbath‘s Ozzy Osbourne.

“Guys nothing is for free, how much you making? PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies,” she added. “Whose political ass are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show?…”

Osbourne’s ire wasn’t just directed at U2, she also took a hit at Beats Electronics’s Jimmy Iovine and iTunes for their part in the marketing ploy. Osbourne dubbed all of them “megalomaniacs”.

During an episode of her daytime show The Talk, Osbourne explained she would rather have the option of accepting the download instead of an “invasion” of her “private space” when it was added to her music library without her knowledge. She also added that U2′s decision to give away the record set a dangerous precedent for how music is valued.

Earlier this week, Tyler, The Creator expressed his feelings about the U2 album, initially likening waking up to the album on his phone to “waking up with a pimple or like a herpe”. Australia’s Urthboy wasn’t impressed with the record either. “Nothing that U2 do is within a zillion miles of relevance for up and coming acts I reckon,” he tweeted.

UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association chairman Paul Quirk also criticised the giveaway, saying it cheapens the value of music and is akin to piracy. “Those who will suffer most are the artists of tomorrow,” said Quirk.

People’s reaction to the album has prompted Apple to publish an instruction page telling consumers how to delete the album from their iTunes libraries.

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