"We grow up with this rather juvenile idea that people who are not like us don't get it -- the suits don't get it -- but it doesn't make sense anymore. Sometimes the enemy is your own indifference."
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A collection of the latest U2 news and announcements posted by our staff.
Billboard magazine is out today with news that's sure to test the patience and loyalty of a lot of U2 fans: There will be no U2 album nor a tour until 2015.
The reason? Well, none is definitively given. A Billboard source implies that U2 isn't happy with its current material:
"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it."
With that in mind, Billboard says U2 has recently scheduled additional studio time with producers Paul Epworth (who recently did an "Ordinary Love" remix) and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. The report says that Danger Mouse "remains onboard as the project's central producer," but in a recent interview with Canoe.ca, he doesn't sound like he's sure about that:
As for the fate of his work on the highly anticipated U2 album, Burton claims to not have a clue despite the Irish band already releasing two songs from their sessions with him, the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Ordinary Love and the single Invisible.
"I don't really know - I just know it's not done," he said.
But he's still the producer?
"I don't know. I'm working on Bells right now I have no idea what they're doing. I've been working on it for YEARS but I'm sure they're still working on the record."
Billboard also says that a planned U2 tour that would've been announced this month and start in September is also postponed until summer 2015.
Lots of discussion about this news in our forum already. Feel free to share your two cents.
We've also added a new poll question: "How many more studio albums do you think U2 will release?" You can vote over on the right side of this page.
U2 earned a standing ovation at the Oscar Awards Sunday night, but they didn't earn the coveted trophy for "Ordinary Love" in the Best Original Song category. "Let It Go," from the Disney film Frozen, won the award -- the second time U2 has come up short at the Oscars. ("The Hands That Built America" lost in 2003.)
The band performed "Ordinary Love" live for the second time, and decided to do it acoustically again tonight just as they did a couple weeks on The Tonight Show. Some in the audience began to stand while the band was still performing, and that turned into a standing ovation when U2 finished. If the video embed below gets removed, you can watch the performance directly on the Oscars' website.
"Ordinary Love" was No. 147 on the U.S. iTunes singles chart before U2's performance; as I type this right now, it's sitting at No. 10. And is now up to No. 8.
There are plenty of photos from the performance and the band's Red Carpet arrivals on Zimbio. Try these links:
Lastly, in addition to the live performance, U2 also picked up a lot of unintentional -- and pretty hysterical -- buzz on Sunday when actor Benedict Cumberbatch delivered one of the all-time best photobombs while U2 (and their spouses) were walking the Red Carpet.
Here at @U2, one of the things we're most proud of is the original content we provide, created exclusively by our staff. In case you missed any of it in February, the highlights are posted here:
In our weekly Off the Record column, Matt McGee shared his thoughts on the new U2 song "Invisible," while Sherry Lawrence provided an update on how much money the song had raised. Later in the month, Sherry Lawrence praised the U2 article in The Hollywood Reporter and Tassoula E. Kokkoris recalled the most recent #U2chat on Twitter.
Our popular Like a Song series continued with an essay on "Joy" by Gary Boas.
Liseth Meijer wrote our most recent piece in the U2 Lists series, "6 Things I've Learned... All Because of U2."To leave feedback on any of these @U2 originals, please visit our forum.
Should we be expecting U2 albumS, instead of just one U2 album? Maybe so.
Bono sat down for an interview Friday afternoon with Amanda Brunker, a longtime friend going back to their childhoods on Cedarwood Road in Dublin, who's apparently in Los Angeles covering the Oscars for the Sunday World. It's a really loose and casual conversation. At one point, Brunker asks Bono, "Weren't you supposed to be finished with the album last year?" And Bono replies:
"We've got two of them we're working on. I can't tell you any more about that or I'd have to kill ya."
It's tempting to dismiss that idea as Bono being Bono, but there may be some credence to it in the form of this Rolling Stone interview with James Mercer a month ago. He's Brian Burton's/Danger Mouse's partner in Broken Bells, and he mentions a "first record" at the very end:
Apparently they've done just tons of material. Apparently that whole first record is just Brian's work.
Back to Bono's interview -- you can hear his comments in the interview below. Bono says that line about "two of them" at about the 2:00 mark.
Larry Mullen Jr. is supporting the Street Child World Cup, a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, street children from five continents are united to play football and join an international conference.
Next Monday, 1.500 school children will take over Royal Albert Hall to attempt to break the world record for the world's largest samba band and bang the drum for street children's rigts.
The event marks the U.K. launch of the second Street Child World Cup, kicking off in Rio de Janeiro on March 28.
Larry said a few words for the children:
When I was a kid in the '70s growing up in Artane, Dublin, Pelé was my hero. When I slept I dreamt of being a full forward, being up front, the striker. When I woke up I was the goalkeeper for a rock 'n' roll band.
Never stop dreaming.
Now go break that Samba World Record - and best of luck for the Street Children World Cup.
No child should ever have to live on the streets.
Dailymotion is making efforts to attract more viewers to compete with YouTube.
The company will finance up to six series of regular-length episodes this year that will feature celebrities and personalities from the food, music and entertainment industry.
The first show is "Feedback Kitchen With Mario Batali," featuring the famous chef in conversation with such musicians as Patti Smith and The Edge.
Filming has already concluded but the broadcasting date hasn't been released yet.
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