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Bono on Election: "The Whole World Has a Stake"

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By Becky Bohrer, The Huffington Post

NEW ORLEANS - U2 frontman and activist Bono said Wednesday that next week's presidential election provides a great opportunity to "relaunch Brand USA" amid worldwide scrutiny.

"The whole world has a stake in how things turn out," the Ireland native told thousands of Starbucks Corp. employees in New Orleans for a leadership conference. The coffee company and Bono's (RED) label, which helps raise money for the Global Fund that pays for AIDS programs in Africa, also announced a partnership Wednesday.

The singer talked about brands and what they stand for. In Starbucks' case, he said some might see it as a place to hang out and get coffee -- but that brand can also signify social responsibility.

The way the U.S. is perceived -- "Brand USA" -- also means something, he said. And it's never been so closely watched, said Bono, who didn't endorse either candidate for president.

Regardless of who wins, "it's a great chance to relaunch Brand USA," he said.

Live Nation Pays U2 With Shares

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By BLOOMBERG NEWS

The rock band U2 will receive almost $19 million in shares of Live Nation, the concert promoter, as part of a 12-year contract with the company it signed in March.

Live Nation, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., registered 1.56 million shares in a regulatory filing on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Live Nation has been diversifying beyond live performances by signing artists including Madonna and Shawn Carter, known as Jay-Z, to multiyear contracts that include recording and merchandise, as well as touring.

John Vlautin, a company spokesman, declined to comment beyond the filing.

Lori Earl, a spokeswoman for the band - whose members include the singer and frontman Bono, the guitarist the Edge, the bassist Adam Clayton and the drummer Larry Mullen - did not immediately comment.

Live Nation fell 48 cents, to $11.93, on Friday in New York Stock Exchange trading.

Copyright © 2008 The New York Times Company

Bono's building site song for Tom

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Sir Tom Jones asked U2's Bono to write him a song for his new solo album, 24 Hours, which will be released in the UK next month.

Sugar Daddy was written after the veteran singer met the supergroup frontman in a Dublin nightclub.

Even though Bono does not perform on the track, U2 guitarist The Edge plays on it.

It refers to Sir Tom's early days as a building site worker. He has now sold more than 100m records worldwide.

"I was in a club in Dublin and I was talking to Bono and asked him if he would write me a song, so he said I'll write you one but I need to know a lot about you so I can write something about you," Sir Tom told BBC Radio Wales.

Bono praises McCain, Obama and Americans

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Seven minutes of video from last week featuring Bono talking about the ONE campaign and politics with John Roberts from CNN.

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