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Edge: New Album Still Slated For 2016

@U2, June 23, 2016
By: Sherry Lawrence

 

The Edge spoke with Billboard's Melinda Newman about the Innocence + Experience Paris DVD, band security after the Christina Grimmie and Pulse Nightclub incidents, U2's support of changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as well as U2's new album and tour.

Edge said, "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." He was not ready to give additional information about touring other than to state, "Short of announcing the plan, which I can't right now, we're still on target to get out there sooner rather than later."

The band's involvement in pressing for amendments to the DMCA stems from a desire to see musicians be paid for what they do. Edge said, "Our inspiration was for artists, mostly young and up-and-coming artists, who don't have any of the benefits of a live concert stream of income like U2. We're fine, but there is no doubt that for songwriters and performers who are relying on releasing their music on whatever services they get paid by, it's been a challenging shift from an industry that was paying artists well to a scenario that it's increasingly difficult to earn a living from your music. So, we're very concerned about the impact that would have on music culture going forward. There's no doubt that so many other industries have incredibly sophisticated lobbying organizations to look after their interests. We felt it was important for us to stand up and be counted as artists who have done well over the years and just want to make sure that up-and-coming artists enjoy the chance to continue to get to make music as we have. I guess we all feel like that's under threat."

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