U2 Eyeing Multiple New Music Releases Starting in September – News


Album working title is reportedly ’10 Reasons to Exist’

by Marc Hogan and Kyle McGovern, Spin Magazine

U2’s long-rumored new album has at least a tentative release date. The rockers hope to release “something” from the follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon by September, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. told Irish broadcaster RTE.

“I’d say we will be finished by the summer — and hopefully we will have something released by September,” Mullen is quoted as saying on RTE’s The Dave Fanning Show. “Hopefully what we will be able to do is release September this year and shortly afterwards, release again. That’s what we want to do.”

What’s more, the Guardian has picked up a report in the usually dodgy Sun in which Bono reportedly says the new album is tentatively titled 10 Reasons to Exist. The band is “in fine fettle” and “really want to make a new record,” he’s quoted as saying. The Sun has been accused of fabrication by just about everyone, but when the Guardian picked up its report that Paul McCartney would be fronting a reunion of the surviving Nirvana members, that’s what actually happened.

U2’s publicist didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Talk of U2’s 13th studio album dates back to 2009, right around the release of No Line. Bono told Rolling Stone that he was planning “a sister release to No Line on the Horizon, a Zooropa to its Achtung Baby,” that was supposed to see light within a year of Horizon. The singer confirmed a title (Songs of Ascent) and a first single (“Every Breaking Wave,” which was dropped off No Line at the last minute), and said, “We’re making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflective piece of work, but not indulgent.”

As fansite @U2 points out, the Dublin foursome’s U.K. label, Mercury Records, confirmed through a tweet last July that a new U2 album was scheduled for 2013. A month before that announcement, Bono appeared on an Irish late-night talk show and gushed about the band’s recent recording time. “We’ve had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979,” he said, adding that the group knew they had to do something significant for lucky number 13. “I think they [the other band members] are very aware that U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now.”

That “something very special” might be a reference to U2’s collaboration with Carl Falk, the co-songwriter of “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing,” by U.K. boy band One Direction. Falk told the Sun in April 2012, “There’s a long way to go but we are doing something with U2.”

Bono, the Edge, Mullen, and Adam Clayton have also been busy with a number of other album-length projects — so much so that in 2010 the Guardian reported that U2 had a trio of unreleased albums, ranging in styles from traditional rock’n’roll to dance to the “meditative psalms” originally planned as Songs of Ascent. Bono admitted that despite being adventurous enough to try a “club-sounding” record, U2 hasn’t really embraced digital culture. “We’re not as 21st century as we think we are,” he said. “We’d be putting out more new songs online, involving our audience in the choice, if we were really modern. [Instead] we’re just sitting here arguing about them, except no one else knows about them.”

Clayton, the band’s bassist, spoke to Rolling Stone in June 2011 about the upcoming release, saying, “when the record is finished, we’ll know what it is,” in response to a question about U2’s work with producer/Lady Gaga collaborator RedOne and the possibility of putting out Bono and the Edge’s songs for the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical as an LP. Clayton continued, saying, “The work we did with RedOne was very, very exciting. But again, I’m not sure it was the essence of what U2 is good at, and U2 is very elastic, we can do many different things, but I think we have to get down to the essence of the band.” He added, “I think that’s what people like about us, and we have to do what we do best and we have to focus on that, and the work we did with Danger Mouse came closest to that. And we’re curious. We want to be in the clubs and make pop music as well as the thing U2 does, and we did that thing with RedOne, but in the end, it doesn’t feel like the right fit.” Clayton also said that the band made “great progress” with Danger Mouse back in January 2012. (The Guardian identified the Danger Mouse tracks as belonging to U2’s “rock album.”)

Bono mentioned the Danger Mouse sessions in a 2010 interview with the Age, confirming that they had 12 songs with the New York producer. He also said, “At the moment that looks like the album we will put out next because it’s just happening so easily.” The arena-friendly frontman went on to confirm that the clubby material also featured work from EDM superstar David Guetta and the Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am.

As for the Songs of Ascent, Bono said in an interview posted on the band’s website in January 2012 (via @U2) that they haven’t abandoned that project completely. “We’re working on three albums at the moment and we haven’t decided what order we’re going to put them out but The Songs of Ascent have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we’re speaking of now.” That was a year ago, though.

All of this is to say that, at some point, there will be a new U2 album coming out and it might be titled 10 Reasons to Exist.

© 2013 SPIN – All rights reserved

Bono reveals title of next U2 album – News

Review by John Balfe, entertainment.ie

It wasn’t just busking on Grafton Street that Sir Bono kept himself busy with over the festive period – the U2 frontman also gave a rare radio interview to occasional cohort Amanda Brunker over Christmas.

During the interview, Bono told Brunker that plans for the next U2 album were already well underway. “They’re mad for it at the moment and really want to make a new record”, he said, speaking of his bandmates . “And they don’t care if it takes 10 years, they just want to get it right.”

“Within the band we’ve been calling it 10 Reasons To Exist but I will tell you we might have at least six of them.”

The eventual album will be the band’s thirteenth record and their first since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

You can listen to the full interview here.

© 2013 entertainment.ie

U2 New Album Expected For 2013 And Is Sounding Quite Different Says U2 Insider, Gavin Friday – News

by TripleM Sydney

U2’s record label over in the UK, Mercury Records, has put the Irish supergroup in their release schedule for 2013.

Now we’ll just add caution that when push comes to shove, U2 are the ones who decide when they’re ready to put out a new album, not the record company, but it’s looking good for next year.

The band have been working their arses off in the studio with a number of producers including Danger Mouse and Will.I.Am, resulting in material which U2 insider Gavin Friday has described as “really very, very different”.

In an interview with RTE Radio One’s Weekend On One program in the UK just last weekend, Gavin said: “I’ve heard a bit of… Danger Mouse is producing it, so it’s quite different.”

This backs up what Bono said earlier in the year during an interview on The Late Show on Irish TV.

“We’ve had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979. I think they [the other band members] are very aware that U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now,” he said.

Of course, there have been loads of rumours about a new album to follow-up 2009’s No Line On The Horizon. In fact, U2 have gone on record saying that they had made another record called Songs Of Ascent during the No Line On The Horizon sessions.

Also, they debuted some new songs on the U2 360 Tour including “Return of the Stingray Guitar”, which was an instrumental rock track that was the opening song on the European leg in 2010 and “Glastonbury” – which they wrote shortly after the end of the 2009 U2 360 tour and planned to premiere at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2010.

U2 Release Exclusive Fan Club Double-Disc Live Album ‘U22’ – News


For any fan of U2, the new double-disc live album U22, from the record-breaking U2360° tour, is something really special. This exclusive U2 Fan Club release features 22 live tracks that were voted on by fans, all recorded during the two year, 110 show tour. What’s really unusual with this release is that the tracks selected are not just the classic U2 hits you might expect but fan favorites like ‘Bad’, ‘Ultra Violet’, ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘Zooropa.’

Another innovation with the release of U22 is the beautiful packaging. The 2-disc set comes in an LP-sized book of breathtaking photos from the tour, which as you probably know featured a unique looking ‘Claw’ stage set-up for 360° viewing. The book also comes with liner notes talking through the tracks written by bassist Adam Clayton.

An exclusive limited-edition release for U2.com subscribers and with a track list chosen by the fans, U22 really captures the sense of community within the U2 Fan Club. A subscription will also get you access to 11 downloads from the 22 tracks on the discs, and a 12th bonus download ‘Unknown Caller’ – as well as a range of other special online content and benefits.

Fans interested in learning more about taking out a subscription and getting a copy of this awesome package can head to U2.com.

U2 On Schedule For 2013 Release – News

Pretty much since the early part of promotion for the “No Line On The Horizon” album, U2 has hinted that there’s a wealth of material that could result in multiple projects, but so far there’s been no mention of an actual release date.

However, the band’s U.K. label Mercury Records let it slip that the group is on their release schedule for 2013. The U.K.’s Music Week reported the news in a pair of tweets. The first stated, “New Metallica, U2, Arcade Fire and Noah And The Whale album coming next year, Mercury Records has confirmed.”

The second tweet added a quote for Mercury’s U.K. label chief Jason Iley, who stated, “2013 could be one of the best years Mercury’s ever had.” Iley has a long-running relationship with U2, and lured them over to Mercury after the split with Island Records several years ago.

While fans wait for a new album, they recently had a hand in picking the music for a record that’s bridging the gap. The “U22” live disc was recently issued for fan club members, with the entire track listing being chosen by fans of the band’s following and taken from material performed on the “U2 360” tour.

Fans should likely be able to forgive the band if they’ve been preoccupied in recent months. Guitarist The Edge has been mourning the death of his mother, and bassist Adam Clayton just ended a trial in which his former assistant was sentenced to jail for embezzling funds from him.

Thanks for the report to UltimateClassicRock.com.

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