New U2 Rumors Predict Fall Release for Album

The band is reporteldy getting ready to release new single this September.

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Recent reports suggest that U2's long-delayed new album may arrive in stores before the end of the year. New information from the Irish Times says (via Ultimate Classic Rock) it may be only a few weeks before fans' waiting is over.

Quoting an unnamed "music industry source," the report claims the band will release a "single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year" and adds that, as previously reported, they've been taking their time trying to craft just the right set of songs. "The album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays etc. There was one last, frantic scramble earlier this year to get a big single, so they got Adele's writer-producer, Paul Epworth, into the studio."

The article goes on to add a quote from former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, who vouched for the new material earlier this year, saying, "It's great. It's very different from what they have done so far, but still sounds like U2. Bono sings better than ever. As he gets older, his voice is even more interesting."

Adding to the anticipation is the recent leak of a new track, reportedly titled "Song for Someone," which was recorded by a fan sitting outside Bono's French beach house while the singer played it at high volume. Lawyers promptly issued a cease and desist, but as the Irish Times notes, the exact same thing happened during the run-up to U2's last album, 2009's "No Line on the Horizon."

The report also points to a deleted tweet from Universal Music's South American branch, which alleged that the new album is titled "Sirens" and be out sometime in September. Whenever it arrives, the Times' sources predict it'll come without the usual hoo-ha afforded a band of U2's stature; following the lead of acts such as David Bowie and Beyonce, the group appears ready to try a surprise release.

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    The Judist
    I had a dream once that I had to play with U2 at the start of one of their stadium sets because Bono was late but on his way.
    The release of the new album has been delayed. Get it? GET IT????
    To be honest - I can't wait to hear it. I thought U2 are dead, but Ordinary Love is such a huge pop song, easy yet great.
    Rumors Predict... Is it me or that is totally retarded sounding? You can't comfirm rumors, but somehow rumors are predictive.
    "Bono sings better than ever. As he gets older, his voice is even more interesting." Well, 'interesting' is not always good, lol. However, what I found interesting is that he is supposedly singing better than ever. I thought singers tend to sound worse and lose range over time. Still, I like U2, so I hope it turns out to be a good album.
    Dark Canuck
    Judging by "Ordinary Love" and the whole album "No Line On the Horizon" U2 still has some great tunes to offer.
    I don't really care about U2. Too bland for my taste tbh
    Dude, are you stupid? You can say a lot about U2, but bland is the one thing that they aren't. If they're "bland", then what is interesting?
    Come on Bono, just get us some t-shirts and some college girls. This is good rock n roll uh, music.
    Big fanfare, surprise release, in this plugged in information age, does it matter? The fans will hear about it online in time to buy it as soon as it's released. I for one look forward to it.
    Isn't Danger Mouse producing this? I thought I read a long time ago that he was. If that's the case, I'm very interested. Anything Danger Mouse has produced has been solid in my book
    Danger Mouse produced. If anything, it won't sound the same as Invisible or Ordinary Love. U2 is great at doing this. Releasing a single a few months before they release an album, but isn't (the single) included in the new album. This could be the guitar-driven album that they've been talking about. Something along the lines of Boy or War?