Irish rockers U2 have confirmed hopes for a new album release sometime during summer, noting that their recent work on "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" soundtrack has fairly slowed down the process.
Chatting with Hollywood Reporter, drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. explained, "It was hard to stop what we were doing. We were on a roll - it was clear where we were going. And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this."
The album is expected to contain 12 fresh songs and was previously announced for a December 2013 release. But once the band received a call from Harvey Weinstein on the behalf of film producers, the Danger Mouse-produced album was put on hold.
"When we got the call from Harvey to say, 'It's happening, are you in?,' it was like, 'Oh man, really? Now?'" guitarist the Edge said. "But we just had to do it, with the history that we have with the man and the cause."
"This was the one project you just couldn't say no to," bassist Adam Clayton chipped in. "For our generation, South Africa was a real illustration of how music could affect change in the world, and it was a rite of passage in terms of our political awareness."
Meanwhile, the band has premiered an official video for "Invisible" track, a song that recently fetched over $3 million for AIDS charity RED. Check out the clip below.