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Bits & Bytes
A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
Although the band isn't present, there's reportedly been a U2 video shoot happening this week in Belfast. We were tipped Monday by @U2 reader John B. that the shoot was underway at Colin Glen Forest Park southwest of the city. A passerby reported seeing a "helium inflatable light-up balloon [that] looked like the moon."
By Wednesday, the video shoot had moved into Belfast city, where it continued on Thursday. The production turned one part of the city into what looked like a war zone, which prompted some residents to accuse U2 of "cashing in" on The Troubles. (The Daily Mail has some of the best photos we've seen from the video shoot.)
It's not known what song or project is attached to the video shoot. The scenes that played out in Belfast led to speculation that it was for "The Troubles," the last track on Songs Of Innocence. But the production crew was seen carrying around a clapper board with the project name listed as "Breaking Waves." That sounds like a reference to "Every Breaking Wave," which will be U2's next single and is rumored to be released as a digital single on January 12th.
Here's a Vine video from the set on Wednesday.
We'd be remiss if we didn't let you know about a new book coming out at the end of this month featuring essays drawn from selected presentations that were part of the 2013 U2 Conference.
It's called U2 Above, Across, And Beyond: Interdisciplinary Assessments, and it's the first in a series of books on rock and pop music from Lexington Books called "For The Record." You can probably guess that we have several @U2 staffers involved. The series iitself is edited by Scott Calhoun and Christopher Endrinal, and this first book features an essay by our Arlan Hess called "A Transcendent Desire: In Defense of U2's Irishness."
Head over to the U2 Conference website for more book details (including the full table of contents). Mind you, this is an academic book and the pricing reflects that fact. The hardback book runs $80, but if you order from the publisher using the discount code LEX30AUTH15, you'll save 30 percent.
Congrats to Scott, Chris and Arlan for their work and involvement in this book and series!
U2's latest album, Songs Of Innocence, is a big hit with fans.
A week after the album's surprise release, we posted a new poll question on our home page asking fans to rate the album on a scale of 1-5, with five being best. The question stayed online for a little more than a month and had 8,801 total votes (an all-time record). And an overwhelming number of those votes gave the album a big thumbs up.
77 percent -- almost four out of five votes -- gave Songs Of Innocence a rating of four or five. Another 16 percent rated the album a 3, leaving just about seven percent of the votes rating it negatively (a two or one). Here are the full results:
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