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Is the New U2 Album Coming Out in the Fall?

@U2, June 27, 2014
By: Matt McGee

 

If you're optimistic that U2 will get its next album out this calendar year, there are a couple recent developments that could be signs you're right. These are things we've tweeted already, but haven't compiled into something for our website readers. So here goes...

First, let's go back to early this month, when Billboard.com ran an article about Interscope Records' future after Jimmy Iovine. It ended with this look at upcoming releases (emphasis added):

And with new albums by Maroon 5, Lana Del Rey and Robin Thicke on the horizon, along with U2 and Kendrick Lamar, both of whom are said to be readying releases for the fall, that should help the new boss ease worries about the post-Iovine era.

A couple days later, a freelance entertainment writer named Jason MacNeil tweeted about seeing a U2 Fall release listed on an emailed news release from Universal Music.

More recently, U2's equipment was packed in Dublin and sent to London. And various band members have been spotted outside The Church Studios.

The Church Studios isn't new to U2. They were recording there in March with producer Paul Epworth.

Whatever the band has been doing these past couple weeks in London, it might be over now. A guy named Adam Gilbride tweeted a photo of himself and The Edge today at London's Heathrow Airport.

None of this guarantees that a U2 album will be out this Fall, but it at least adds some credence to the possibility. As always, it's not really out until you've got the CD in your hands or the songs downloaded from iTunes/Amazon/wherever you buy your digital music.

UPDATE: On Friday, a group called The Empire Lights shared this photo on Instagram, saying that they "walked in on U2s album being mixed by one of Paul Epworth's assistants."

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