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U2 performed 2 songs on the debut of Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show on February 17, 2014. The first song was Invisible, taped on the rooftop of NBC's 30 Rock headquarters (Top of the Rock) in Manhattan for a small group of fans. The second song, Ordinary Love, was performed in the studio following a brief discussion with all 4 members of the band. Please check out the video clips below.

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By Hal Espen, Billboard

And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good"

Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently sunny winter day in Dalkey, a seaside suburb south of Dublin, Bono slides in the door and settles into a corner booth with his back to the wall and a wide-angle view of the establishment, like a wary gunfighter who wants to see what's coming. In a hoarse whisper, he orders tea and a plate of smoked salmon. His unimmaculate red-tinged quiff and tired eyes seem to be telling me this is a man who recently rolled out of bed.

The 53-year-old lead singer of the perennially biggest rock band in the world is quick-witted and preternaturally eloquent, but he also is one of the most interviewed humans on the planet, and he has a stash of well-rehearsed riffs that, understandably, tend to play on repeat. Once his throat is soothed by the tea and he's fully awake, however, I'm pleased to discover that the man loves to talk movies and has fresh things to say about them, ranging from Scorsese and Hitchcock to Wenders and Tarantino.

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New track is available for free download for 24 hours only, with benefits going to (RED).

By James Montgomery, MTV.com

U2 certainly aren't strangers to the Super Bowl -- their 2002 halftime performance remains one of the greatest of all time -- so Sunday's Big Game (and the record-breaking audience it will presumably attract) was the perfect place to launch their latest single, "Invisible."

Of course, given just about everything involving the iconic Irish quartet, this was so much more than a mere premiere: As soon as it debuted, "Invisible" was made available for free through iTunes, with Bank of America donating $1 for each download to Bono's (RED) charity, which fights AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis worldwide.

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U2 at the Help Haiti Benefit on January 11, 2014
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Relief Organization

Band will premiere the song in partnership with Bank of America and (RED) charity

By Jason Newman, Rolling Stone

One week after announcing the release of new song "Invisible" during Sunday's Super Bowl, U2 opened up about the song, the accompanying commercial for Bank of America and the band's partnership with non-profit organization (RED).

According to USA Today, the band will perform the track during a Bank of America ad, which will double as the company's partnership launch with (RED). The band remained guarded on details of the commercial, though Bono said it has morphed from the original idea. "One plan was for us to go knocking on doors in the middle of America, thanking people for saving lives," said Bono. "But a couple of band members thought that might seem self-aggrandizing."

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