Despite releasing two new singles and reports from the band themselves, the new album and tour U2 have been working on has been pushed back until 2015.
The band has been working diligently with producer Danger Mouse for the last few years, but Billboard exclusively reveals the Dublin-based rockers have scheduled additional sessions with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth as producers. Mouse is still the central producer while both Tedder and Epworth were key players in Adele’s best-selling 21 album.
“It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts,” says a source close to the project. “That magic that the band always seems to capture … they have yet to capture it.”
The band’s label, Interscope Records, states since a release date was never announced, the album shouldn’t be considered delayed. However, Billboard has also learned that U2 was set to announce a Live Nation-sponsored fall tour this month, but has been pushed back to summer 2015 to coincide with the album’s release date.
“That magic that the band always seems to capture … they have yet to capture it.”
The band’s last road trek, 360° Tour, was also postponed due to delays making 2009’s No Line On The Horizon. That tour went on to become the highest-grossing tour of all time with more than $737 million from three legs in 2010 and 2011. Billboard confirms that the launch date for the new tour was set for September and any planned dates for 2014 would be made up in 2015.
U2’s first new music since 2009 came in fall of 2013 with “Ordinary Love” for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. The track earned the band a Golden Globe and the second Oscar nomination of their career, but lost to Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
The band also unveiled “Invisible” for the (RED) campaign at the Super Bowl in February. Bono stated this would be the first music heard from the new, yet unfinished and untitled album.
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