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.

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  1. I heard for the album’s promo, they wanted to do the entire Arcade Fire wax head drill, but then they realized the one attached on top of Bono’s shoulders is just as big.

    • April also sounds like a convenient time to promote their album with a headlining slot at Coachella.

      • Now that Live Nation is fully calling the shots, it’s probably unlikely that the first order of business will be inking an agreement to have U2 play AEG’s crowning festival.

        • Ahh, that’s right. That has always been the preventing factor as to why they haven’t headlined it (not to say that Goldenvoice ever wanted them in the first place.)

          It would have been something different from the veteran side, at any rate. I’m going to guess Arcade Fire and Nine Inch Nails are both in the running as possible topliners, which I suppose is fine as a ticket draw, but NIN has already done its North American tour and it feels like Arcade Fire just headlined a couple years ago. Eminem would be a trashy and bad representation of a rap headliner as well.

  2. As a longtime U2 fan of some of their most seminal work (Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, War and All that you can’t leave behind) I think working with Danger Mouse is a plus. He did a great job with The Black Keys. Also with Gnarls Barkley. It’s a much better idea then working with will.i.am which was preposterous in theory until it turned out to be true. As long as the songs are strong and it isn’t a desperate corporate bid for conquering the charts, then all should be fresh and cool. I see the irony in my statement considering they’re going to premiere details at the Super Bowl, but, they’ve always been ”big”.
    People give U2 all sorts of hell now, but they did in fact capture lightning in a bottle with 3 truly great records that rank among the greatest records ever. Ok, off my box.

  3. If you listen closely, you can hear Rolling Stone already preparing their 5-star review

  4. Azizi, you only get a Rolling Stone 5* review after your dead from a drug overdose on a re-issue. If you’re alive and kicking 3 & 1/2 is about all you’re going to get.

  5. As a fan of more than 25 years, I do believe that U2 are diluting their sound down so much that it just sounds insipid. The Edge chimes his harmonics Bono attempts to coax his voice back to its long-gone best. Adam and Larry sound bored. U2′s ability to transition a song seems to have disappeared too. Starting from All That You Can’t Leave Behind, many of their songs have sounded like mismatching ideas welded together.

    And as for Paul McGuiness, the supposed 5th member of U2? I hope he is getting a decent golden parachute.

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