U2 ‘Busting Our Ass’ to Release New Album in 2016
"We are still busting our ass to try to get it out this year," he told Billboard. "That’s our plan right now and exactly when, we’re not sure. Now a U2 album plan 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."
U2 began work on their 14th album in February in between the expansive Innocence + Experience world tour. The Edge told Rolling Stone in March 2016 that U2 had "50 ideas" for the next album— "and probably about 20 that we’re actually really excited about."
He also spoke excitedly about their Dec. 7 Paris concert filmed for an HBO special in the name of "reclaiming live rock and roll in the city." U2 rescheduled the second night of their Paris performances following the Nov. 13 terror attacks in which 89 people were shot and killed at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater. U2 invited EODM to close their HBO special with "I Love You All the Time," a song that has since gone viral with everyone from Elton John to Halestorm releasing covers for charity.
"There was that moment of handing over our stage and our instruments that was just really moving after everything that they’d been through," the Edge recalled.
U2 also are among dozens of big-name bands protesting the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, signed into law in 1998 to regulate content dissemination on the Internet. The petitioning musicians say a loophole protecting companies like YouTube against infringement lawsuits is outdated and hurting artists.
The Edge noted, "We're fine," when it comes to his band's revenue stream, "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."
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