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U2 Album Won’t Be Released Until 2015

U2U2 won't release a new album until next year.

Although the band have performed live - appearing at The Oscars, The Golden Globes and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - and debuted two new tracks, “Ordinary Love” and “Invisible,” they are still trying to perfect songs for their new 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. That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it, a source told Billboard.

The album is being helmed by executive producer Danger Mouse and U2 - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen - have scheduled further sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth to complete the as-yet-untitled record.

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Bono Pens Essay Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela and BonoU2 frontman Bono has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela by writing an essay on the late anti-apartheid revolutionary.

The 53-year-old singer, who along with his bandmates contributed the song “Ordinary Love” to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - based on the former South African President's autobiography of the same name - penned an extended piece on the anti-apartheid leader, who died last night aged 95, after hearing of his passing.

In 1051-word essay for Time magazine entitled “The Man Who Could Not Cry,” Bono - who has helped try to end global poverty for a number of years - described Mandela as a “forceful presence” in his life since 1979. “As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. Over the years we became friends. I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by his deft maneuvering as leader of South Africa. It certainly fell to Mandela to be great. His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical. He worked for a deeper debt cancellation, for a doubling of international assistance across sub-Saharan Africa, for trade and private investment and transparency to fight corruption. Without his leadership, would the world over the past decade have increased the number of people on AIDS medication to 9.7 million and decreased child deaths by 2.7 million a year? Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction? His indispensability can't be proved with math and metrics, but I know what I believe…” he wrote.

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U2 Album Set for April 2014


U2's new album will be released in April 2014.

The “Elevation” rockers have been in the studio finishing their 13th album before Christmas and are set for an early spring release. The album has been produced by Danger Mouse, best known for being half of Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green as well as producing The Black Keys and Norah Jones.

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Chris Martin Working on U2 Album?

Bono and Chris MartinChris Martin is rumored to be helping U2 with their new album.

The Coldplay frontman reportedly joined the Irish rockers - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, where they have been working on their 13th album with producer Danger Mouse. According to fan site atu2.com, “Our reporter saw Coldplay's Chris Martin arrive, followed by Larry Mullen Jr. about two minutes later. Shortly after that, a van arrived with three guitars - each with a white label that said 'U2/Edge' - and our reporter actually helped bring the gear into the studio. He saw Larry and Chris Martin together in another room before heading back outside.”

The site says when Chris was later approached, he denied he had been in the studio.

The singer is a good friend of Bono and a long time fan of U2, previously saying of the group, “We respect any musician, particularly ones who have kept going and not changed line-up and have always been good.”

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Taylor Swift Named Music’s Top Earner of 2011

Taylor Swift at this year's GrammysTaylor Swift was the world's highest earning music star on 2011, making $35.7 million.

The “Mine” hitmaker grossed $88 million in the US - which amounted to a personal fortune of $29.8 million - from her Speak Now Tour as well as touring across Asia and Europe, selling over 1.8 million albums and a further 7.8 single track downloads, and gaining income from song writing royalties.

Irish rockers U2 follow closely behind the 22-year-old beauty on the 2012 Billboard Money Makers List, with a fortune of $32.1 million, mainly drawn from their huge 360 Degrees shows, the highest-earning tour of 2011. The “Sweetest Thing” band grossed more than $293 million from 44 concerts throughout the three-year tour, which was watched by nearly three million people, and saw them beat a record set by The Rolling Stones for highest grossing tour ever, taking $763 million in total.

Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and hip-hop star Lil Wayne also made up the top five.


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Prince to Headline at Glastonbury

PrincePrince is set to headline next year's Glastonbury festival.

The "Purple Rain" hitmaker has reportedly taken one of the top slots at the UK music festival—one of Europe's largest—with U2 and Coldplay also being lined up by organizer Michael Eavis.

"Michael was very keen to get the line-up sorted early and is over the moon at securing such massive acts. He is a huge fan of Prince and has been trying to nab him for years," a source told The Sun. "The fact it's been tied up so quickly is a big, but welcome, shock."

Rockers U2 were forced to pull out of their first-ever appearance at Glastonbury earlier this year after frontman Bono injured his back. Cartoon-led pop band Gorillaz stepped in to replace the band as headliners at the last minute.


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Opening Acts Announced for U2’s 360 Tour

, a performer at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, will be one of the acts joining on their 360 Tour.

Interpol, Lenny Kravitz and The Fray will also open up for the group when the North American leg (finally!) begins next summer.

You can see the list and dates after the jump.

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Mix Tape: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, Jay-Z and U2

Description-Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are teaming up for a new musical project. The two will star in Joyful Noise, a movie about a church choir they want to save.

-Interesting tweets aren’t the only things Kanye West has to offer these days. West has announced that he’ll be “dropping 1 new song every weekend until Xmas.” The track could be a Kanye tune or a “new Jay song etc.” He’s calling the event “good Fridays.”

-Speaking of Jay-Z, the rapper will be joining U2 for stops in Australia and New Zealand. Tickets for the five dates - Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth - will go on sale starting September 3. That leg of the tour begins November 25.

-Singer Faith Evans was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department over the weekend for suspicion of DUI. Notorious B.I.G.‘s widow, who had her car impounded, is prepping to release an album in October.

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U2 Announces New Dates, Records Message

I hope you’re still holding on to those unused concert tickets.

Although Bono underwent emergency back surgery in May, the lead singer has been “rebuilt by German engineering” and is - as seen in the video - back on the road to recovery. This means the band will soon be back on the road and performing in stadiums around the world.

The group will first wrap up the European leg of their summer tour (those dates were unaffected) beginning with the August 6th stop in Turin, Italy. The previously scheduled stops in North America will then kick off in May 2011.

For more information on the new dates, you check out information posted on the band’s website here.

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Mix Tape: Behind the Music Special for DMX, Biopic for N.W.A.

Gorillaz-Glastonbury may be down a U2 performance, but its picked up some Gorillaz. The music festival has recruited the group to help fill the hole left behind due to Bono’s emergency surgery.

-YouTube star Greyson Chance didn’t sign with Interscope Records after all. He’ll now be working with eleveneleven, a record label American Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres created just to sign him.

-Behind the Music will return to VH1 next month. A DMX special will kick it off on June 7. A Christina Aguilera hour will follow on June 13.

-World Trade Center‘s Andrea Berloff is in the middle of penning Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about rap group N.W.A. Ice Cube is one of the project’s producers.

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