U2's Free Album Surprise and Its Resulting Backlash, Mercury Prize's 2014 Nominees and Thurston Moore's Black Metal Rattling in Our News Roundup

U2's Free Album Surprise and Its Resulting Backlash, Mercury Prize's 2014 Nominees and Thurston Moore's Black Metal Rattling in Our News Roundup
With another workweek down and another weekend fully here, here we are again with our news roundup of the week that was. Feeling a bit foggy on what went down? Let us help clear things up for you.

First off, we of course had U2. Out of nowhere, the Irish arena god lifers released an album on iTunes for the price of free. However, the unconventional rollout of Songs of Innocence wasn't without its issues, as — warranted or not — the band and Apple soon had a nice little backlash on their hand. Also stirring controversy this week we had Sonic Youth big mouth Thurston Moore, who defended his controversial black metal comments while making a whole bunch more in the process.

In other news, the 2014 Mercury Prize nominees were announced, Arca signed to Mute for his first full-length and the world bid farewell to the iPod Classic.

Meanwhile here in Canada, Spirit of the West's John Mann revealed his Alzheimer's diagnosis, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham got a new job as a Toronto mayoral debate moderator, Black Mountain/Lightning Dust's Amber Webber talked all about her new project with Cave Singers' Derek Fudesco, and Jonny De Courcy announced his Alien Lake LP.