If MF DOOM is ever going to drop a guest verse on a U2 album, it’s going to be now. Billboard is reporting that Danger Mouse is producing the forthcoming U2 album, tentatively due for next April, which he and the band have mostly been recording at New York’s Electric Lady Studios. Danger has been working with them, in some capacity, since 2010. Right now, the band is looking for a corporate partner to help them announce the album via Super Bowl commercial. Apparently, that’s just what you do when you’re a band at that level.
This will be U2’s first album since 2009’s lukewarm No Line On The Horizon. Their new song “Ordinary Love” will appear on the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and they’ll also release it on 10″ vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. There’s no word on whether it’ll appear on the album, though. The B-side will be a new version of the No Line One The Horizon song “Breathe.”
Meanwhile, further changes are afoot in U2’s universe. The concert promotion and management behemoth Live Nation is in negotiations to buy Principle Management, the company founded by U2’s longtime manager Paul McGuinness, as well as Madonna’s Maverick management company. Billboard claims that Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary has been handling things for U2 for a while now, so it looks like McGuinness may be out.