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Songs Of Experience Information

On Christmas day, 2016, U2 released a video confirming that Songs Of Experience will be released in 2017. An exact date wasn't mentioned.

The following is a running collection of news, rumors, quotes, and other information related to U2's next studio album (or albums, as the case may be). We'll continue to post updates to this page as we get new information. If you have found a quote or news item about the new U2 album, you're welcome to share it by emailing webmaster...at...atu2...dot...com.

ALBUM NAME(s): Songs Of Experience

PRODUCER(s): In a September 2017 interview with RollingStone.com, Edge lists these people as producers: Steve Lillywhite, Jacknife Lee, Andy Barlow, Ryan Tedder and Jolyon Thomas.

ALBUM RELEASE DATE: Officially: 2017. Unofficially: U2Songs.com, the Irish Sun and our own sources have said to expect it on December 1, 2017.

ALBUM COVER

We expect this image, which was shown on screen at the end of several Joshua Tree Tour 2017 concerts, to be the Songs Of Experience album cover.


SOE cover

The photo features Bono's son, Eli, holding hands with Edge's daughter, Sian. During some concerts, it appeared on screen as U2 finished performing "The Little Things That Give You Away," one of the new tracks from Songs Of Experience. (A track that may have been renamed "There Is A Light.")

FORMATS: unknown

TRACKLIST: @U2 can report the following track list from the deluxe vinyl edition.

Side 1:

1) Love Is All We Have Left
2) Lights Of Home
3) You're The Best Thing About Me
4) Get Out Of Your Own Way
5) American Soul

Side 2:

1) Summer Of Love
2) Red Flag Day
3) The Showman (Little More Better)
4) The Little Things That Give You Away

Side 3:

1) Landlady
2) The Blackout
3) Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
4) 13 (There Is A Light)

Side 4 (bonus tracks):

1) Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
2) Book Of Your Heart
3) Lights Of Home (St Peter's String Version)

CONFIRMED SONGS

U2 has announced, in one form or another, the following tracks for Songs Of Experience:

  • "Love Is All We Have Left" - reported as the album's opening song in the December 2017 Q magazine.
  • "You're The Best Thing About Me" - this is the first single. It was released on September 6, 2017. Kygo released his remix of the song on September 15.
  • "The Blackout" - U2 released a live performance video of this song on August 30 and said it will be on Songs Of Experience.
  • "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" - Bono mentioned this song on Dutch radio while doing a promotional interview the day U2 released "You're The Best Thing About Me."
  • "Get Out Of Your Own Way" - U2 shot a video for this song in October 2017 in Mexico City. Marsha Lederman of Canada's Globe and Mail tweeted about this song shortly after interviewing U2 on the day before the Innocence + Experience tour began.
  • "American Soul" - Bono mentioned this track in a Beats1 interview with Zane Lowe. During a listening session for radio/journalists before U2's Heinz Field concert in June 2017, Pittsburgh radio DJs mentioned a song called "American Pop" or "American Rock." We think they got the title wrong.
  • "Summer Of Love" - first mentioned in MOJO magazine (Feb. 2017); Pittsburgh radio DJs also heard it during a listening session before U2's Heinz Field show in June 2017. Edge discussed in the Sept. 2017 RollingStone.com interview.
  • "Red Flag Day" - confirmed as on the album in the December 2017 Q magazine article. First mentioned by the New York Times as one of the new songs U2 worked on during tour rehearsals in Vancouver; MOJO magazine (Feb. 2017) says this song is about the European refugee crisis.
  • "Lights Of Home" - Edge mentioned this song in a RollingStone.com interview. It's the song that U2 played over the PA system for fans who participated in their video shoot for "The Blackout." Features guest vocals from Haim and samples their "My Song 5."
  • "Landlady" - Bono talked about this song in a SiriusXM interview with Bill Flanagan that was recorded in September 2017 and aired in October. It was first mentioned in the February 2016 issue of Q magazine.
  • "The Showman" - mentioned in MOJO magazine (Feb. 2017) as Bono's current favorite.
  • "The Little Things That Give You Away" - U2 began playing this song live during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in summer 2017, and on several occasions Bono told audiences that it'll be the last track on Songs Of Experience; it was also mentioned in the October 2015 Q magazine cover article, again on U2.com in January 2017, and in MOJO magazine in February 2017; in a Sept. 2015 interview with Charlie Rose, Bono said this is a new title for "The Morning After Innocence" (listed below).
  • "13 (There Is A Light)" - reported as the album's last song in the December 2017 Q magazine article.
  • "Book Of Your Heart" - Bono talked about this song in the SiriusXM interview with Bill Flanagan. It'll only be available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Songs Of Experience.

POSSIBLE SONGS MENTIONED

These are two types of songs listed below:

  1. songs mentioned in the buildup to U2's new album
  2. songs believed to be unused from previous albums

It's possible that some of these titles were changed and have already appeared under a different name. It's also possible that, as song titles changes, some of these may be referring to the same song.

  • "Where The Shadows Fall" - mentioned in the February 2016 issue of Q magazine
  • "Tightrope" - mentioned in an Entertainment Weekly article
  • "Much More Better" - mentioned in the October 2015 Q magazine cover article. Now called "The Showman," which features the lyric "you look a little more better."
  • "Civilization" - mentioned by the New York Times as one of the new songs U2 worked on during tour rehearsals in Vancouver
  • "Instrument Flying" - mentioned by the New York Times as one of the new songs U2 worked on during tour rehearsals in Vancouver
  • "The Morning After Innocence" -- a song first mentioned by Bono in an interview with The Guardian; more recently, Bono shared some of the song's lyrics, which include the line "lead me in the way I should go"; this song is now known as "The Little Things That Give You Away" (see above)
  • "The Light" -- one of our contacts tells us that Bono mentioned a song with this title while visiting in early 2014 with Aslan singer Christy Dignam;
  • "Mount Zion" - a song mentioned in the May 2011 Hot Press interview
  • "I'll Believe Her When She Sings" - another song mentioned in the May 2011 Hot Press interview and described as part of the "club music" sessions with RedOne
  • "The Sacred Heart of Malibu" - a song that Bono played for Dutch journalist Bert van de Kamp, and mentioned in his book, And They Called Him Bono; this song could possibly have become "California" on Songs Of Innocence
  • "Mother of Pearl" - another new song that Bono played for van de Kamp

In addition the above, there are numerous other unreleased songs dating back 10 years or more that could still see the light of day. Titles include "You Can't Give Away Your Heart," "Lead Me In The Way I Should Go," "Mercy," "North Star," "Love Is All We Have Left," "If I Could Live My Life Again," "Winter," "Soon," "Glastonbury" and "Return Of The Stingray Guitar." Some of these have been played in concert. Some have been released on non-album formats. Some have likely turned into other songs by now.

What about Songs Of Ascent?

Irish DJ Dave Fanning, U2's longtime friend, has gone on record saying that U2 has two more albums in the works. If true, we speculate that the second album could use the Songs Of Ascent title -- that name has been in play since Bono mentioned it in March 2009.

LATEST NEWS

October 26, 2017: A 12-inch vinyl featuring "The Blackout" will be sold on Record Store Day (November 24). It'll feature the album version of the song along with a Jacknife Lee remix.

October 22, 2017: The new issue of Q magazine previews Songs Of Experience and mentions a new song, "There Is A Light." We think it's a new name for "The Little Things That Give You Away." The article also discusses producers, recording locations and more.

October 18, 2017: Bono appears on SiriusXM radio in an interview with Bill Flanagan. The conversation was recorded in early September. Bono mentions a new song, "The Book Of Your Heart," which will only be on the deluxe version of SOE. He also offers new details and lyrics about several of the new tracks.

October 6, 2017: While in Mexico City for two Joshua Tree Tour 2017 shows, U2 shot a video for the new song, "Get Out Of Your Own Way."

September 18, 2017: In a RollingStone.com interview, Edge says the album is "absolutely ready to go besides the last polish." He also mentions a song called "The Lights Of Home" -- this is the track that U2 played over the PA system for fans who participated in the video shoot for "The Blackout."

September 6, 2017: During an interview on KROQ-FM to promote "You're The Best Thing About Me," Bono said the album will be released December 1. A New York Times article today also gives that date, which supports all of the previous rumors dating back a couple months. In a WMMR-FM interview, however, Edge was non-committal about that date.

August 30, 2017: As expected, U2 today released a live performance video for "The Blackout," one of the new tracks from Songs Of Experience.

August 29, 2017: U2 announced plans to release "The Blackout" tomorrow, but said it's not the first single from Songs Of Experience. That honor will instead go to "You're The Best Thing About Me." U2 says that song will be released on September 6, along with "full details" about the new album.

August 23, 2017: Here on @U2 today, we shared audio from early June 2017, when two Pittsburgh radio personalities had an on-air conversation about hearing four tracks from Songs Of Experience prior to U2's show at Heinz Field. The song titles they discussed (which may be wrong or have changed) are: "American Pop/American Rock," "You're The Best Thing About Me," "Summer Of Love" and "The Light."

August 21, 2017: U2 fans in select parts of the USA are receiving mysterious snail mail letters that appear to be promotions for U2's new album and a track called "Blackout" or "The Blackout."

August 16, 2017: The Irish Sun (a tabloid, by the way) reports that U2's new album will be released December 1, and will involve some kind of World AIDS Day connection with Bono's (RED) organization. U2Songs.com has also previously reported the same December 1 date.

July 30, 2017: During today's concert in Amsterdam, video crews were seen shooting a music video for "You're The Best Thing About Me."

July 28, 2017: At a secret/private event in Amsterdam tonight, U2 shot a music video for "The Blackout," one of the tracks from Songs Of Experience. About 200 guests and U2.com members were invited in to be part of the video shoot, then sworn to secrecy until the video/song is released.

July 20, 2017: In a Beats1 interview with Zane Lowe, Bono mentioned a new song called "American Soul" and recited these lyrics:

It's not a place, this country is to me a thought
That offers grace for every welcome that is sought

Edge also reiterated his belief that the new album will be out this year.

July 18, 2017: At U2's concert tonight in Barcelona, before the band played the new song, "The Little Things That Give You Away," Bono told the audience that -- according to The Edge -- Songs Of Experience will be out before the end of the year.

June 20, 2017: In an interview with Variety, Adam Clayton says U2's next album is "ready to go." Here's the full quote:

["Songs of Experience"] has been ready to go for awhile, because it didn't require a lot of surgery, so to speak -- it was a little bit of cosmetic surgery. So we said, "We could put this record out this year, or we could celebrate 'The Joshua Tree' and put out the [new] record when all that's done, and then plan a tour around it and all the things that go along with a new album." The only spoiler is that 'The Joshua Tree' tour has been an enormous, runaway success and we just keep adding dates. So the answer to your question is, ["Songs of Experience"] is ready to go, but at this point I'm not sure when it's going to go because the tour is still up and running.

May 30, 2017: Bono tells RollingStone.com that the band has about 15 songs for the next album and needs to cut that number down to 12. Speaking of the decision not to release the album yet, he says "I think the pause has made it better."

February 18, 2017: The April 2017 issue of MOJO magazine is hitting stores and has a lot of information and quotes about Songs Of Experience. The article says the album is still planned for release in the second half of 2017, with the I+E tour to resume in spring 2018. Adam is quoted as saying U2 is about 85 percent finished, and needs to cut down from 15-16 songs to 12 for the album. The band will work with Steve Lillywhite next month (March) at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. In addition to some "tinkering" (Bono's word) on songs to reflect the current political climate, Adam says there are musical reasons the album isn't finished:

There wasn't clarity to some of the mixes [on SOI] and we needed to be a little bit more inventive sonically. I mean, that record, when we performed it live, the songs became very, very masculine and very tough and we didn't really capture that on the record. So again one of the reasons why we're trying to slow this down a bit is we really want to get the mixes right. We don't want a soup. We want a consomme.

The MOJO article mentions several songs, all of which have been added or updated in our list above: "The Showman," "The Best Thing About You Is Me," (note: we think that's a typo and the actual title ends "About Me Is You") "The Little Things That Give You Away," "Red Flag Day" and "Summer Of Love." The latter two are said to reference the refugee crisis in Europe. Bono describes "Summer Of Love" as "achingly beautiful and empty. It could be a big song and it's tiny."

January 12, 2017: Adam Clayton spoke to RollingStone.com about The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, but also answered questions about Songs Of Experience. Clayton says hopes the band will play 1-2 songs from the next album during the upcoming tour. In terms of when SOE will be released, Adam says the band wants it out this year:

We all very much feel like it needs to be the end of this year. It's not on any schedule anywhere, anything like that. We're going to get back to that later this year and polish it off and finish it off a bit more. But we think we're there with it. It's not like the switch to do these Joshua Tree shows was because we needed a lot of time. It was just because it's pretty much in the bag. We can still work on it throughout this year, all the little nips and tucks that we want to do.

January 12, 2017: Bono spoke to U2.com about The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, and also joked that Songs Of Experience could be released "possibly even this decade." After saying that the band has forbidden him from talking about release dates, he shared a lengthy lyrical excerpt from one of the new songs, "The Little Things That Give You Away."

The night gave you a song,
a light had been turned on,
You walked out in the world
like you belonged there
As easy as a breeze,
each heart was yours to tease
Is it only me who sees there's something wrong here
It's the little things that give you away
The words you cannot say
Your big mouth in the way
It's the little things that reveal and betray
Has the hunter now become the prey
It's the little things, the little things
That give you away
I saw you on the stairs
You didn't notice I was there
That's cos you were busy talking at me
Not to me
You were high above the storm
A hurricane being born
But this freedom, it might cost you your liberty
It's the little things that give you away
The words you cannot say
Your big mouth in the way
It's the little things that reveal and betray
Has the hunter now become the prey
It's the little things, the little things that give you away

January 9, 2017: In an interview with RollingStone.com about the launch of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, Edge spoke about the band's decision to put Songs Of Experience on hold because of recent changes in the political landscape:

"Well, when we came off the last tour, the Innocence and Experience indoor tour, we headed straight into finishing the second album of that set, Songs of Experience, which we were pretty much complete with after a couple of weeks of the final touches leading up to the end of the year. And then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed. We just went, "Hold on a second -- we've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world." That's because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you'd agree, the world is a different place."

Edge goes on to say that the decision to hold off on Songs Of Experience could lead to new songs. "We may even write a couple of new songs because that's the very position we're in. We've given ourselves a little bit of breathing space for creativity."

December 25, 2016: U2 released a video confirming that Songs Of Experience will be released in 2017. An exact date wasn't mentioned.

October 17, 2016: One Republic's Ryan Tedder, who did production work on Songs Of Innocence and continues to work with U2 on Songs Of Experience, talked about the latter with Consequence of Sound:

As for their new album, Songs of Experience, I’ve already been working with them for a year. We’re roping in some really good remixes that are going to kick an entirely new door wide open for U2 fans. The world right now is listening to such different music that you can’t expect a 20-year-old to gravitate to a U2 record if it’s not put in the context of what they listen to today.

October 10, 2016: During an appearance on Irish radio related to the Walk In My Shoes campaign, Adam Clayton said "maybe March/April" when asked when U2's new album might come out.

September 20, 2016: In an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose, Bono said U2 has 16 songs "in the cooker" and will narrow them down to 10 or 12 for Songs Of Experience. But he was non-committal about a release date and U2's tour plans.

Rose: A couple points of business -- when is the album coming out? Songs Of Experience.

Bono: Only God and Edge know. [laughter]

Rose: But there will be a tour --

Bono: He's a perfectionist!

Rose: I know, but there will be a tour in 2017, yes?

Bono: Yes. Emmm ... yes. Yes, Charlie, there will be!

September 13, 2016: Steve Lillywhite told a music conference in Singapore that he's mixing a new U2 single.

September 10, 2016: In the new issue of Rolling Stone, a U2 spokesperson is quoted as saying the band's new album is "definitely not coming this year."

August 20, 2016: Kygo, a Norwegian DJ and producer, played a song called "The Best Thing" during a live performance in Bergen, Norway. Local media reported that the song is a collaboration between Kygo and U2, but we don't know if it'll be under consideration for U2's next album.

August 3, 2016: Speaking to U2 fans in Spain, Bono said Songs Of Experience isn't finished yet, and said U2 will tour again in 2017. Adam told the same fans that the album would be done "soon, in the next six months."

June 23, 2016: The Edge tells Billboard.com that U2 is busting its arse to get the next album out by the end of 2016.

"We are still busting our a** to try to get it out this year. That's our plan right now and exactly when, we're not sure. Now a U2 album has been known to be revised (laughs). This is the working assumption. This is our ambition. It could change, but we're really doing our best to get it out this year."

June 3, 2016: In a post on Instagram, Adam teased a brief clip of a new song with the caption "SOE is being born!"

May 20, 2016: Ryan Tedder, who worked on four tracks from Songs Of Innocence, is apparently working on Songs Of Experience, too. He tells Radio.com that U2's new album is "very, very accessible" but "it's not pop."

April 14, 2016: Gavin Friday tells Hot Press that he's heard some of U2's new material and said "it's more aggressive than the last album."

March 29, 2016: The Edge tells RollingStone.com that U2 is "still in the weeds" as it works on its next album, and says he has about 50 song ideas that he's worked on so far. He does confirm that U2 is sticking with plans to release its next album as a companion to 2014's Songs Of Innocence but, Edge says, "It's really hard to say at this point when it will be done." He also hints that U2 may continue the Innocence + Experience tour later this year even without a new album.

March 23, 2016: A new promotional video from Fender guitars includes Edge playing about 30 seconds of a new, unknown song.

March 3, 2016: Adam Clayton told Ireland's TodayFM radio that U2 has been in the studio this week working on its new album.

December 29, 2015: In the February 2016 issue of Q magazine, Adam Clayton essentially ties the next leg of the Innocence + Experience tour to the release of Songs Of Experience, and says both are likely to happen in late 2016:

"The intention was always that we started on the Innocence album and go through to the Experience album. We'll start the show up with additional material towards the end of the year. We like the idea that there's a rounding of the circle."

The article also mentions two new song titles -- "Landlady" and "Where The Shadows Fall."

November 3, 2015: Around this date, Olaf Tyaransen of Hot Press magazine interviews the band for a future cover article. The published article focuses on a Q&A with The Edge that includes this about the next album:

What's happening with Songs Of Experience?

We're working away, here and there, as we go around. It's hard to really say how long it will take to finish it off, but we're really determined to get it finished early in the New Year. That would be our plan: try to finish it as quickly as possible in the New Year and get it out when it seems like the right moment.

Which would be?

No dates. We haven't figured it out yet, but out intention would be to get it out sometime in the back end of next year.

Would you release it the same way as Songs Of Innocence?

We are looking at all options. It's the same problem, sort of; I can see so many great albums get released and they just disappear. It's so hard now to capture people's attention. There are exceptions obviously. Adele's new song created a huge sensation and I think it's a great tune. She's such a phenomenon -- so you have the exceptions. But for a lot of acts, anything with a guitar these days, it seems goes through the same kind of trial, which is 'How do we generate interest for our work?' We have seen the benefit of the Apple release on the tour. So it's kind of a crazy thing.

How so?

There seem to be a lot of young fans coming to the show, knowing the new album better than they know a lot of our classic songs. So, there's kind of a definite benefit accrued from having the album out to so many people. So we would not rule out doing something similar with the next record. But honestly, what we were trying to do at that moment was something new and different and, of course, things in this climate are new and different for like a split second, and then they are old and predictable.

So what are the implications for Songs Of Experience?

When we're coming out with the next release, we'll try to think of something that is a new thing, and a fresh way of getting music out there.

October 12, 2015: An article in Entertainment Weekly mentions a new song currently called "Tightrope," and says U2 currently has about 18 songs it's working on, 12 of which will be on Songs Of Experience.

August 25, 2015: In a cover article featuring U2, Q magazine mentions the titles of two new songs that we've not previously listed on this page: "Much More Better" and "The Little Things That Give You Away." The former is described as an acoustic demo about Bono's bike accident that includes the lyric, "I only sing to prove that I'm here."

May 15, 2015: In a conversation with The Independent, Edge shared this about the progress on U2's next album:

The Edge added that the follow-up album to 2014's Songs Of Innocence titled Songs Of Experience is "not finished yet. But we have a lot of material that we are really happy with. We have been working on it, recently, but it is coming together. I would say it is a lot more developed than Zooropa [the 1993 U2 album] was when we started the Zoo TV Tour. "

"I guess it really depends whether we feel it is worth pushing for within the ten weeks that we have at the end of this tour," he says of Songs Of Experience.

"We might just go for it. We might just say, 'It is more important to get it out than to make it perfect.' Which was the truth with Zooropa. And it is a lot of people's favourite album!" The Edge smiles, which he does a lot.

"We love to do stuff that kind of breaks rhyme and you are not doing the obvious shit. It gets more challenging. In the case of Passengers [the 1995 side-project album recorded by U2 and Brian Eno under the pseudonym of Passengers], it was not so bad because no one thought of it as a U2 album. But there are no kind of small U2 albums any more. You can't sneak anything out."

"The magnifying glass is on every single thing we do.  I loved when [Bruce] Springsteen brought out Nebraska.  A weird acoustic album."

As for how the Songs Of Experience album might sound, The Edge says that there is an influence of dance and electronica "but", he quickly qualifies, "it is quite malleable. And actually the last few mixes are quite raw again. So, it is really too early to say, I have to be honest."

"We could make all the announcements but then it would probably serve to make a fool out of us at the end when the album comes out – and the album is a country and western album!" The Edge laughs.

May 10, 2015: We confirm that Jolyon Thomas is another producer that U2 has worked with recently in Vancouver. Thomas' name was first mentioned on a New York Times podcast.

April 29, 2015: The New York Times reveals that U2 has a mobile recording studio setup at its Vancouver tour rehearsals and is working on new material for Songs Of Experience. Andy Barlow of the electronic group Lamb is one of the producers named, and the article mentions song titles including "Red Flag Day," "Civilization" and "Instrument Flying."

March 5, 2015: At the Meteor Irish Music Awards in Dublin, Edge says that U2's next album could be as much as 18 months away.

October 12, 2014: During an interview with The Guardian, Bono mentioned a new song slated for Songs Of Experience called "The Morning After Innocence." Here's what the interview says about the song's subject matter:

Regarding the powerful people he's dealt with, Bono says "the younger me wouldn't have liked any of them". I ask him if he misses certain aspects of that confused yet righteous youth and he replies by reciting the lyrics to The Morning After Innocence, a song from Songs of Experience, the work-in-progress sequel to Songs of Innocence.

"The older protagonist is asking the younger one for help," he explains. "The biggest problem that I face now is that I understand the dialectical nature of things. It can make you less clear about your response." He sounds wistful. "When I was younger, I knew what my position was on everything."

September 9, 2014: A few hours after Songs Of Innocence is announced and released, Bono writes a note for fans on U2.com that says a second album, Songs Of Experience, is on the way.

We're collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We'll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I've said that before…

February 28, 2014: During a pre-Oscars interview, Bono tells his old friend, Amanda Brunker, that U2 is working on two albums.

January 9, 2013: Larry Mullen Jr. told Dave Fanning that U2 will "hopefully" have its next album released by September, and it will be the album with Danger Mouse producing. He also suggested that U2 wants to release a second album "shortly afterwards," comparing it to when Zooropa was released less than a year after Achtung Baby.

July 11, 2012: An LA Times article mentions that a Los Angeles-based digital ad agency is working on a digital application for U2. It's not certain to be related to a new album, but that seems likely.

January 8, 2012: In an interview posted on U2.com, Bono explains that his recent busking session in Dublin, along with other recent acoustic performances with Edge, has him thinking about U2's upcoming plans -- which may include Songs Of Ascent, after all (despite Adam's comments to Q magazine; see below):

I  played a couple of songs acoustically but earlier in the year both Edge and I played at the memorial to Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Bill Clinton Foundation. It's quite something hearing our own songs, like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" or "A Man and Woman," so stripped down and I think it showed us some clues for the future.

We're working on three albums at the moment and we haven't decided what order we're going to put them out but The Songs of Ascent have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we're speaking of now. They fit into this moment, the mode of some of these artists that I was hanging out with on Christmas Eve.

October 26, 2011: In the latest issue of Q magazine, Adam suggests that U2 will probably not be pursuing the Songs Of Ascent project and songs.

We thought there was more material left over from No Line... we now feel a long way from that material.

The article suggests that U2 plans to work on the songs and material they've begun with Danger Mouse.

October 22, 2011: In an Irish Times interview, Bono hints that U2's next album may come in a new format:

Earlier, he was using an iPad with the Achtung Baby songs and videos on it. "That's probably what our new album will look like," he says. "I've been talking about this for the past four years.

"Our last album was the first album to be made available as an app with BlackBerry devices, but it didn't work: the functionality was not what it could have been. New formats are going to happen. I'm always banging on about this. The app format brings you back to that world of gatefold sleeves, of being able to read lyrics – and [now of] being able to play the album at home on your plasma TV."

December 7, 2010: Black Eyed Peas' frontman will.i.am has confirmed that he's producing a new U2 album; we believe this to be the dance/club-sounding album that Bono has mentioned before.

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