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U2 Records New Song for Haiti

Still Uncertain About New Album Plans

@U2, January 16, 2010
By: Matt McGee


The Edge says U2 has recorded a new song as part of a Haiti charity project being organized by Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz. The comments aired on today's Dave Fanning radio show on 2FM, after a conversation Friday at Edge's house. Edge explains how the song came about:

"Last night we wrote a song ... Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we were here, we wrote a song -- finished, recorded, and sent it back to them. So, that might be the next thing you hear from us!"

What's not certain is when the next proper U2 album will be out. Fanning asked Edge what direction U2 will go in this year -- more ambient material from Fez? Rick Rubin material? Spider-Man material? Or will there be no album in 2010 and instead wait until 2011? Edge replies: "We're asking ourselves exactly the same questions. We don't really know yet. We're working on material here, and it's sounding amazing, but we're far from being certain about what we're gonna do with it."

You can listen online via this page on 2FM. Click "Listen Back" at the top and make sure it says "Jan. 16 2010." The Edge segment starts at 71:15, but he doesn't speak until about the 75:00 mark (after "Stand Up Comedy"). They're mostly talking about It Might Get Loud, and the whole segment runs about 40 minutes. It ends with Fanning playing "Winter," U2's song that's up for a Golden Globe Award on Sunday.

Edge and Fanning also spoke a bit about U2's 2010 tour plans and the Glastonbury appearance. You can read about that on our sister site,

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