Wednesday, October 30, 2013

U2 to release limited-edition vinyl single on Black Friday

U2 will release “Ordinary Love”, a new song written for the upcoming movie “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, on 10-inch vinyl on Black Friday, November 29th.

The release is part of Back To Black Friday, an event sponsored by Record Store Day organizers to encourage the support of independent local record stores.

With a pressing limited to 10,000 copies, the sleeve artwork features a painting of Nelson Mandela by Irish artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

The band wrote the new song at the invitation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the b-side of the release will feature a second track, “Breathe (Mandela Version)”, an updated song originally featured on 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.”

"When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, it was the fastest 'yes' I have ever received," Weinstein is quoted as saying on the band's website. "The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years."

A clip of the new song is featured in the trailer for the film, which can be seen below.

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and, in recent years, has become the busiest retail day of the year.

Learn more about Record Store Day and Back To Black Friday at

U2 have been working on a new album which is expected to be released early in 2014.

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