Thursday, November 21, 2013

U2 premiere Ordinary Love lyric video

U2 have premiered a lyric video for “Ordinary Love”, a new song written for the upcoming movie “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, in theaters November 29.

Directed by Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo, the band debuted the clip Thursday on their Facebook page here.

U2 will release the song 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."

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 in the spring of 2014.

Meanwhile, the Irish group are among the acts featured on the upcoming DVD release, “US Festival 1983: Days 1-3”, due December 3.

Held on Memorial Day of 1983, the US Festival (US is an acronym for "Unite Us In Song") was a massive three-day celebration of music and culture sponsored by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple Computer. Wozniak financed the follow-up to the 1982 inaugural event himself, to the tune of approximately 10 million dollars.

“Us Festival 1983: Days 1 – 3” includes the 3 days of New Wave, Heavy Metal and Rock in 1983 with performances from U2, The Clash, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Stevie Nicks, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, Missing Persons and more.

Watch U2 perform “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from the US Festival package here.

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