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U2 dropped a big surprise on fans Tuesday, releasing the band's first album in five years for free through iTunes.  The release came as the band capped off Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling event in Cupertino, California performing the first single from Songs of Innocence titled, "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." 

U2's Bono tells Rolling Stone the band reviewed their past to create this record.  He explains that "the whole album is first journeys - first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually."  The singer says "The Miracle" is a nod to The Ramones frontman, because he "found" his voice "through Joey Ramone." 

Other songs pay tribute to The Clash and the Beach Boys, while others are more personal.  And while Bono says "Innocence" isn't really a concept album, he admits there's a "lyrical cohesion" that's "unique amongst U2 albums." 

Songs of Innocence will be exclusive to iTunes Radio and Beats Music until its official physical release date on October 14th. 

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