Adam Clayton, Bono, the Edge and Larry Mullen (L-R) of the band U2 pose with their Music International trophies during the Bambi 2014 media awards ceremony in Berlin November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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U2 faced such a backlash over its free album that the band apologized, but the Irish superstars claimed vindication Tuesday as research showed its music dominated iTunes listening.Research company Kantar Group said that 23 percent of iTunes users in January 2015 listened to at least one U2 track -- far more than second-placed Taylor Swift at 11 percent.Stars ranging from Ozzy Osbourne to Sinead O'Connor have lashed out at U2 over the giveaway, saying the deal with Apple -- reportedly worth $100 million -- set a bad precedent for lesser-known musicians who cannot survive by giving out their music for free.
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