U2’s long delayed new album is still expected to be released this year and a tour to follow next year, according to several sources.
The Irish Times reports that an unnamed music industry source predicts that the band will release a “single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year.”
“The album has been actually been finished for a few months,” the source claims, “but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays etc. There was one last, frantic scramble earlier this year to get a big single, so they got Adele’s writer-producer, Paul Epworth, into the studio.”
It’s understood that the band has signed off on the album and tour schedule, but their track record proves they have had changes of mind before.
Universal Music Colombia and Venezuela recently tweeted that the album was set for release in September, but a rep for Universal Music in the U.S. told fan site @U2 this week that the information is “completely untrue about that release date” and the album is still coming “this year,” although no other details were given.
It’s believed that the album will be released with “little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album,” and that the four some could pull a David Bowie and Beyonce and drop it unexpectedly on iTunes.
“It’s great. It’s very different from what they have done so far but still sounds like U2.”
Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has reportedly heard the album and states, “It’s great. It’s very different from what they have done so far but still sounds like U2. Bono sings better than ever. As he gets older his voice is even more interesting.”
The band wrapped up 2013 and started 2014 with a lot of buzz about their first new music in three years. They took time out of recording the album to record “Ordinary Love” for Mandela: Long Road To Freedom which won them the 2014 Golden Globe Award for “Best New Song.” During the Super Bowl in February, U2 unveiled “Invisible” for the (RED) campaign, raising over $3 million in HIV/AIDs research by donating $1 per each user who downloaded the free track.
U2’s last album, No Line On The Horizon, was released in 2009 but failed to spark a hit single.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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