Not sure if this should be posted in here or in the General Music Discussion, but since I mean enemy to U2, I'll put it here
Simon Cowell and his manufactured fan-magnet bands and their radio hitz are the direct enemies of what U2 must go up against. It's not other (lesser/rip off) rock bands, it's not even the rappers. Jay-Z et all write their own lyrics, and Bono has shown his admiration for that. Radio dominators like Adele, Lady Gaga have their own substances (neatly packaged by their recording companies, nonetheless), and even the Black Eyed Peas produce/mix/have creative input into their music.
Cowell only sees each fan as a money contributor (towards uying albums and concert tix). I read that he forbade One Direction "cutie" <name forgotten> from dying his hair black, for fear that it might lose the band fans. Who cares about the music? Each screaming pre-teen is only a dollar sign to him (and other execs like Cowell. Cowell is just the most prolific). Again, I'm so glad our band enjoys so much autonomy. No one would ever force Adam to dye his hair black to make the band look younger