by TripleM Sydney
U2's record label over in the UK, Mercury Records, has put the Irish supergroup in their release schedule for 2013.
Now we'll just add caution that when push comes to shove, U2 are the ones who decide when they're ready to put out a new album, not the record company, but it's looking good for next year.
The band have been working their arses off in the studio with a number of producers including Danger Mouse and Will.I.Am, resulting in material which U2 insider Gavin Friday has described as "really very, very different".
In an interview with RTE Radio One's Weekend On One program in the UK just last weekend, Gavin said: "I've heard a bit of... Danger Mouse is producing it, so it's quite different."
This backs up what Bono said earlier in the year during an interview on The Late Show on Irish TV.
"We've had the best three weeks in the studio since 1979. I think they [the other band members] are very aware that U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now," he said.
Of course, there have been loads of rumours about a new album to follow-up 2009's No Line On The Horizon. In fact, U2 have gone on record saying that they had made another record called Songs Of Ascent during the No Line On The Horizon sessions.
Also, they debuted some new songs on the U2 360 Tour including "Return of the Stingray Guitar", which was an instrumental rock track that was the opening song on the European leg in 2010 and "Glastonbury" - which they wrote shortly after the end of the 2009 U2 360 tour and planned to premiere at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2010.