U2’s Larry Mullen: ‘the music industry is broken’

November 8, 2015

U2’s Larry Mullen recently sat down with Irish radio station RTE 2FM and talked about the difficulties of the music industry – streaming services in particular.

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Mullen said, “I think it [the music industry] is broken. A lot of younger artists don’t get paid, and that’s a real problem. We’re kind of out of that scenario, but we would like to see artists get paid.”

“Companies like Spotify, the new Apple service and all the others are really going to have to pay artists more. It’s only a matter of time. I think a lot of these companies and individuals who are involved in them realise that as well. They know that artists are not getting what they should be getting,”

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The band have been outspoken on Europe’s acceptance of Syrian refugees during the tour, with Bono talking about the issue on several dates.

In Italy, after Germany announced its extensive plans, Bono said, “We might truly be at a turning point for what Europe wants to be in the 21st century… This week, something incredible happened, and Europe isn’t the same as it was seven days ago.”

U2 finished the ‘mainland’ UK leg of their tour in Glasgow last night (Nov 7), and head to Paris next, before wrapping up in Belfast and Dublin.

 

 

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