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U2 May Release New Album at Year’s End

U2′s longtime manager, the aptly named Paul McGuinness said that it is becoming “increasingly likely” that the band will release a new album by the end of 2010. The new longplayer will follow up No Line on the Horizon.

No other information about the album is available, such as the title, track titles or which format it will be released in in this digitally-minded era. But anytime there are rumblings of a new U2 album, our ears perk up, that’s for sure.

- ArtistDirect

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New U2 Album Expected In June

by Paul Cashmere – February 13 2010

Bono is saying the next U2 album will be called `Songs of Ascent’. He should know.

In an interview with Sean O’Hagan, Bono called ‘Songs of Ascent’ the sister album to ‘No Line Of The Horizon’, similar to how ‘Zooropa’ and ‘Achtung Baby’ were bookends.

Atu2.com says the album is expected to be produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois once again, with additional work by Steve Lillywhite.

Some of the songs are expected to be the leftover tracks from ‘No Line On The Horizon’, but some are older.

Songs expected to be used include ‘North Star’, an unused track from ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’.

‘Winter’, the song that didn’t make ‘No Line On The Horizon’ but was used in the movie ‘Brothers’ is expected to make the new album and ‘Kingdom Of Your Love’, heard in part of the intro music of the U2 360 Tour is also expected on the album.

Other tracks we might find there are “Every Breaking Wave’, ‘If I Could Live My Life Again’, ‘Love Is All We Have Left’, ‘Mercy’, ‘Lead Me In The Way I Should Go’ and ‘You Can’t Give Away Your Heart’.

Bono told the Irish Independent that the album may be out in June.

- Undercover.com.au

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U2′s Edge calls new album ‘really special’

The Edge talks about new album progress and reveals it could be premiered before the band begin touring again.

U2’s new album is well underway and could be released this year. At the recent Golden Globe Awards, which U2 were nominated for Best Soundtrack, The Edge told Entertainment Weekly:

‘We are working on a lot of new songs. Some of them are really, really happy. We’re convinced that we have something really special”.

The guitarist also mentioned the album could be released earlier than expected.

‘It’s like deciding whether we are going to release the album before the tour starts or leave it for a while, we don’t really know yet. Literally, within a day of getting off the road, Bono and I were working on new songs’.

The Edge revealed that the album’s sound was also still to be decided.

‘We are experimenting with a lot of different arrangements, and electronic is one of the things we are playing with. But there are other songs that are very traditional, almost folk. In some ways, that’s the thing we haven’t figured out yet, is where this album is going to end up’.

- Music-news.com

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U2′s Ascent record

U2 are set to record another new album this year.

Frontman Bono has revealed the Irish rockers are planning to follow-up latest LP ‘No Line on the Horizon’ – which was only released on Monday (02.03.09) – with another record entitled ‘Songs of Ascent’.

He said: “We’re making a kind of heartbreaker. A meditative, reflective piece of work, but not indulgent. It will have a clear mood like ‘Kind of Blue’. Or ‘A Love Supreme’ would be a point of reference for the space it occupies in people’s lives.”

Bono has even revealed the name of the first single from the proposed album – ‘Every Breaking Wave’, an anthem which was left off ‘No Line on the Horizon’ at the last minute.

Despite his enthusiasm for releasing another album, Bono admits he didn’t like current hit single, ‘Get on Your Boots’, until their recent Grammy performance.

He told Rolling Stone magazine: “I was going off the song myself for a minute. And then the Grammys really put me back on it. I really enjoyed performing it. It’s gonna take a little longer to stick. It was never an obvious first single because it’s not straight-ahead rock or straight-ahead anything. But it is sexy and playful.”

(C) BANG Media International

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What The U2 Leak Says About Music Biz

Recorded music sales continue to trip up even the most seasoned artists.

For the second consecutive time, it appears that a U2 album has leaked before its official on-sale date. Fans on a U2 message board were elated Tuesday that Universal Australia, the Australian arm of Universal Music Group, began selling No Line on the Horizon as digital downloads for two hours before the tracks were pulled. The album is scheduled to be released on March 3.

A spokesman from Universal said that he was not aware of the leak, and calls to Interscope, the label that put out the record, were not returned. (more…)

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