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U2 Joshua Tree album added to US archive

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U2's 1987 disc The Joshua Tree is among 25 new additions to the US Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.

BBC News

The Irish band's fifth studio album spawned such hits as With or Without You and Where the Streets Have No Name.

The original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical Sweeney Todd and Isaac Hayes' Theme from Shaft have also been added to the archive.

Established in 2000, the registry contains recordings deemed important enough to be preserved for posterity.

Each year, 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old are added to the registry, which now includes 400 deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

The oldest of this year's additions is The Laughing Song, a track by George Washington Johnson - the first African-American to make commercial records - that dates from around 1896.

The most recent, Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, was recorded in 1994.

U2 album still 'planned for this year'

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Amid rumours that the band have halted work on the new album, a spokesperson has confirmed that U2 are on schedule for the 2014 follow up to No Line on the Horizon

Sean Michaels, The Guardian

Despite fresh claims that U2 have pushed their new record and world tour back to 2015, a spokesperson for the band has confirmed that their 13th album is still on course for this year.

The band, who are nearing completion of a record that was expected this summer, had been rumoured to halt plans on the new release and instead book studio sessions with Adele writer/producers Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder. While the switch in producer from long-term collaborator Steve Lillywhite is yet to be addressed, a spokesperson for the band has dispelled claims that the album will be delayed until 2015: "U2's album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet," they told the Guardian.

By Andrew Hampp and Shirley Halperin

Billboard

Fresh off the Oscars, the band quietly delays its fall tour and album, while inviting Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth into the studio

The media blitz U2 has enjoyed during the first two months of 2014 has been virtually unrivaled - unless you're maybe Pharrell Williams and his Vivienne Westwood hat. Since mid-January, the band has won a Golden Globe; performed at the premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and the March 2 Academy Awards; appeared on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter; and starred in a Super Bowl commercial funded by Bank of America and (RED) that debuted the track "Invisible."

Such momentum certainly signaled a proper return to music and touring was in the cards for U2 in 2014. The group had been diligently working with producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) on an album still described as "unfinished" in mid-February to The Hollywood Reporter. Billboard has confirmed with multiple sources, however, that the album has now been pushed back until 2015, with the band recently scheduling additional sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth. (Danger Mouse remains onboard as the project's central producer.) "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."

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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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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."

U2 Post Paul Epworth Version of 'Ordinary Love'

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Adele collaborator adds thumping beat to rockers' Mandela tribute

By Eric R. Danton, Rolling Stone

U2 contributed "Ordinary Love" to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and last week walked away with a Golden Globe nomination for it, but Danger Mouse's film-ready mix is not the only version of the song the band has commissioned. Adele collaborator Paul Epworth underpins the tune with a thumping beat in his take on "Ordinary Love," which U2 posted on Soundcloud.

"We think Paul Epworth's mix is a very soulful, uplifting one and we hope our audience will agree," Bono said in a statement on Soundcloud. "Nelson Mandela's life and times meant more to me than I can ever tell you, I would need a hundred songs to do that. . . but this complicated little love song to Winnie and South Africa is the one that landed on our lap."

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Band will release 'Ordinary' and 'Breathe' on 10-inch vinyl

by Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

U2 will release two new songs, "Ordinary Love" and a new version of "Breathe," on 10-inch vinyl as part of Record Store Day's "Back to Black Friday" event on November 29th, according to Billboard. The cover of the 10-inch features a painting of Nelson Mandela because the group wrote and recorded "Ordinary Love" for the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is based on the South African president's autobiography and comes out the same day. "Breathe," which originally came out on U2's 2009 album No Line on the Horizon, is listed on the Record Store Day website as the "Mandela Version." The vinyl is limited to 10,000 copies.

The band members befriended Mandela years ago and, according to their website, they were inspired to write the songs after seeing early cuts of the film. The movie stars Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall, 28 Days Later . . .) and was directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl). The song appears in the trailer for the film.

U2's thirteenth album could rival 'Achtung Baby'

By Kerry O'Shea, IrishCentral Staff Writer
(July 22, 2013)

Gavin Friday, who has been named a consultant by U2, said the Irish group's upcoming album is their "most exciting release since Achtung Baby" back in 1991.

The Herald reports that Friday was given an exclusive first listen to U2's thirteenth album months before it is due to hit shelves.

I've heard the new album and it certainly is a development. U2 turns corners very quickly and what hits you is how fresh it sounds. With Edge involved, there is still plenty of guitar," Gavin told the Herald.

U2 Wrapping New Album in New York

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Flurry of activity for band as Danger Mouse finishes mixing at Electric Lady

By James Sullivan, Rolling Stone

U2 brought a flurry of activity to New York City over the past several days, stoking rumors about the band's next album. All four members - Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - were at Electric Lady Studios on Friday, where Danger Mouse was completing his mixing work on the new, untitled album, reportedly due in the fall. Coldplay's Chris Martin was spotted at the studio as well, though whether he was actively participating or just hanging out is unclear. Late in the day on Friday, the band went onto the Electric Lady rooftop to record an acoustic version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" for an art project called Inside Out.

U2 have been working steadily on this album since before wrapping their 2009-2011 world tour. They originally planned on releasing a second series of songs from the No Line on the Horizon sessions titled Songs of Ascent, but it appears they've scrapped that idea in favor of fresh material. They worked briefly with Lady Gaga producer RedOne, but soon settled on Danger Mouse.

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