U2 Deny Rumors of Album Delay
Contrary to earlier reports, U2‘s next album will be released in 2014. The band officially denied rumors that said that the follow-up to 2009’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’ had been pushed back until next year.
“U2’s album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet,” a spokesperson for the band told the Guardian. However, the spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied that recording sessions with producer Danger Mouse were not going well and that they had brought in Paul Epworth (Adele) and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) to help it along.
Last week, Billboard had confirmation from “multiple sources,” including one from their label, Interscope, that it was not coming out until 2015. One unnamed person said, “It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older,” adding that the “great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts. That magic that the band always seems to capture…they have yet to capture it.”
Two songs from the upcoming albums have already been released. ‘Ordinary Love,’ which was written for the movie ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ and nominated for an Academy Award, came out in November. Three months later, they put out ‘Invisible’ for one day as part of a Super Bowl-timed fundraiser for (RED), Bono‘s charity that helps fight the global spread of AIDS.
The album has never had an official release date, but it was widely believed that it would arrive in the summer with a tour beginning in the fall.