Thursday, February 20, 2014

U2 share new album update

This week, U2 shared an update with Rolling Stone on the progress on their new album, their first since 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon.”

Originally expected this spring, the project now has a tentative summer release scheduled.

"We're in the studio still," says The Edge, confirming the band has around 30 songs "that we're excited about, in various states of being finished." Of those, "six or seven are mixed and ready to go." There is "a common thread" too – "the period of music, in our lives and history, when we really came into being, turned on by music, the seeds that made us want to be in a band.”

"The thing about U2 songs," The Edge continues, "is there is no set way they come into being. A couple of songs on the album have literally been like, 'We're all together, here's some chords, let's see what happens.' And suddenly, an hour later, there is a song, an arrangement and a recording. Other things, you know there is something great in there, how to make it really count.”

"We're dogged," he says proudly. "Some people go, 'We tried it. It didn't work out. Next idea.' We don't abandon our songs if we really believe there is something there. We're going to keep pushing. We just don't give up."

U2 will perform “Ordinary Love” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2.

“Ordinary Love” was written by the group for the feature film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, and is up for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

Last month, U2 picked up a Best Original Song Golden Globe Award for “Ordinary Love” and were on hand to pick up the honor – read more about it here.

See also:

VIDEO: U2 perform on Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon debut
U2 continue work on new album
U2 to perform at the Academy Awards
U2 release Invisible video
Search U2 at hennemusic