U2 got the prize for Outstanding Song Collection at the Ivor Novello Awards, and frontman Bono admitted to Radio 1 that things have changed over the years because of the back catalogue. “They don’t know how hard it is starting at a blank page,” he admitted. “You’re living in Ireland, it’s raining, it’s always raining, that’s where the melanchololy, the angst all comes from. No, that’s not true. You sit in a big house in the south of France, paid for by a large, extensive back catalogue, you look out the window and go ‘It’s a fu**ing beautiful day!'”
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