Remember earlier this year when U2 was getting all that buzz about a new album release in the spring? Remember when they won that Golden Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from that Nelson Mandela biopic? Remember when they released their song “Invisible” as a free download during the Superbowl and raised like a bajillion dollars for (RED)? Remember their sparkling appearance during Jimmy Fallon’s debut broadcast as the new host of The Tonight Show?
Remember how that all went away for some reason?
We haven’t heard much from U2 in months, and the last we heard were conflicting rumors that the album release had been pushed to 2015—a rumor which a band spokesperson denied. Nevertheless, the album didn’t release in the spring, and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth had reportedly joined Danger Mouse in the studio to try and help with, or sort out, whatever needed helping with or sorting out. That’s all we knew.
Yesterday, tabloid rag The Sun (via NME) sent the rumor mill spinning again with their claim that a “source” told them “The U2 comeback is still very much on for this year,” and that their thirteenth studio album may drop as early as November. The same source reportedly says the band is “very confident” in their upcoming work, also hinting that U2 may perform at the iTunes Festival in London this September.
For fans who have been waiting anxiously for a followup to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, this could be welcome news—but admittedly, it’s little more than speculation at this point, especially with the “source” being unnamed. However, the buzz this single report has generated so far across the Internet is enough to suggest that at the very least, the anticipation for new music from this band remains strong, even after the months of silence. We’ll keep you posted as more substantial reports come in.