U2 rep claims new album still planned for 2014

The project would be their first since 2009

An unnamed U2 spokesperson has claimed that the Irish rockers’ 13th album is still on track for this year, despite a lengthy report from Billboard last week claiming the band has scheduled sessions with two more producers, pushing back the album and new tour to 2015.

Billboard reported that the band, who are nearing completion of the untitled album which was expected to drop this summer, had scheduled new recording sessions with Adele writer/producers Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder from One Republic, while keeping Danger Mouse at the center of the producing team. They claim these sessions have pushed back their album release and scheduled fall 2014 tour which was rumored to be announced sometime this month.

However, on Monday, the UK’s Guardian reports that a spokesperson told them, “U2’s album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.”

If the delayed rumors are true, it surely wouldn’t be the first for this album. The LP was rumored to be released last year, as late as Fall or Winter, but was pushed back to Spring and then Summer 2014. Bono has stated publicly that the album won’t be finished until it appears on store shelves. The front man has also suggested that U2 had questioned their relevancy before recording the follow up to 2009’s No Line On The Horizon.

They took time out of recording the album to record “Ordinary Love” for Mandela: Long Road To Freedom. The song was their first new music in three years. The band also unveiled “Invisible” for the (RED) campaign at the Super Bowl in February which has raised more than $3 million for HIV/AIDS research.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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