Report: U2 hint at album release date, reportedly undergo management change
Like the spy plane with which they share a moniker, U2 have been almost silent since they wrapped up the (admittedly massive) promotional tour for 2009’s No Line on the Horizon. But they plan on making a little noise in 2014.
According to Billboard, the band is sniffing around a tentative April release date for their still-untitled album that was produced by Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton. They are also reportedly searching for brand partners for an album-related announcement during the Super Bowl.
Fans have already gotten a taste of new U2 music in the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which features a portion of a new song called “Ordinary Love,” which the band wrote specifically for the movie. Check it out below:
Other changes are afoot for the U2, as The New York Times is reporting that Live Nation Entertainment is currently in negotiations to buy two management companies, Principle Management and Maverick. Principle is run by longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness, and Maverick is controlled by Madonna manager Guy Oseary. According to the report, the new deal would make Oseary U2’s new manager, with McGuinness taking a step back.
“It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock ’n’ roll code of conduct. As I approach the musically relevant age of 64 I have resolved to take a less hands-on role as the band embark on the next cycle of their extraordinary career,” McGuinness said in a statement.
“I am delighted that Live Nation, who with Arthur Fogel have been our long term touring partners, have joined us in creating this powerful new force in artist management. I have long regarded Guy Oseary as the best manager of his generation, and there is no one else I would have considered to take over the day-to-day running of our business.”