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Did it work ?  Well it worked beyond my expectations. We created a larger community within a community that offered users an experience to share, create and exchange views on U2.  

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Interview with Bono brings out Punk, Insecurity and Future

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Bono sits down with the BBC for an interview and we get to peek over the shoulder.

Yea Rolling Stone and the rest of the world happened to be peering over too.

So what did we learn?

  • Bono, States the album is not done until it is done.  Hum that’s pretty insightful and a painful statement for U2 fans waiting for a bit of time for something fresh however that’s a uncommon statement among artist. 
  • Bono still focused on single release from Sunday.  We're at nearly two-and-a-half million downloads and there were one million downloads in one hour Sunday”
  • Official Album Title yet however Bono did throw out the working title “Insecurity” remember it was stated a working title. Do not be dummies and buy the domain name.
  • Expect Punk and Electronic Music on the New Album. We had reported earlier that the boys have been listening to some music from the 70’s and picking up some vibes from the Ramones and Kratwerk and surely you can hear the influences within “Invisible”
  • Inner Bono struggling self and for a deeper experience, "There were really wild extraordinary people and then you feel deeply not extraordinary. You feel invisible and you're screaming to be seen and you have your band and this is your whole life. It's that feeling of getting out of town."
  • Did we already say they are still working on the album? Yea finished in a couple of months, easy now back away from your keyboard.
  • Bells and Danger Mouse could be a telling sign of what we can expect to hear.
  • Tour? Sure, lets keep inside this time as was suggested before. Something little which could never really happen.
  • Irrelevant, that dam word keeps coming back as if to say we must go now into the dark of night and call it dead.  No, dam it we should continue forward and embrace the possibility of a new generation of U2 fans.

"We'll find out if we're irrelevant. I'm perfectly prepared for people to try and blow us off the stage. We're just not going to make it easy." Bono

U2's Invisible Review

Invisible the second song or technically the first or just a single, heck at this point who knows, we all have been waiting for the next release for what seems to be months and yet we are no closer to any actual announcement of the next studio album.

We like to call it “Lucky 13” just because we have no real title to announce at this time.  “Invisible” is a bit different and yet the same for those U2 fans that have been around for a while.  LA Times review was not as flattering, which is nothing new for reviewers. 

Bono did say once or I am guessing he did that he was listening to Kraftwerk which we can pick up within the single.

U2 does not depart from the message of hope, peace, and faith that is one of the staple trademarks, and you can really start to dig into the idea that God has not departed the room, yet.  Musically the band seems challenged to find its way into this new music world and yet bring forth their devoted fans as we all march towards 60.  The single may provide us the framework for what is to come of U2 or it might be a floating balloon to which the band will see who hangs on.  One thing is for sure. U2 is coming straight toward us this year with a full album that might just be released in the middle of darkness. We give it a 5 stars for different yet the same and with a splash of possibility

 

U2 Wants to be Relevant in 2014

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Should U2 call a day after this next album ? Staying relevant has already been a center point for Bono and the boys. Clearly today's Superbowl release embarks the boys on a new journey with new direction from Guy  Oseary and Live Nation.

“U2′s been on the verge of irrelevance for 20 years. We’ve dodged and we’ve dived and made some great work along the way and occasional faux pas, but this moment where we’re at, to me, feels really close to the edge of irrelevance.” Haunting words from Bono during an interview that we can be sure the marketing machines at Live Nation never wanted to see published.

Should they quit ? 360 Tour  was amazing however it was only amazing because of their 30 year discography and not with standing their current album at the time "No Line On The Horizon"  which failed to achieve the success that the boys had hoped for.

U2 debuts a song off its first album in five years--"Invisible," an anthemic, reflective look at lead singer Bono and the band leaving their native Ireland as young men.

"Invisible" is inspired by Bono's migration with the band to London as they tried to land a record deal nearly four decades ago, and the emotional consequences inherent to all hometown departures, its lyrics ("I'm more than you know") suggesting a man on the cusp of reinvention.

U2 marketing machines have been fast at work rebuilding the U2 of yesterday and bringing forth some new elements to grab the attention of this new digital single age.  Reaching across the pond to engage Hollywood the boys created "Ordinary Love" as the the entry back to the center of the music world winning an Golden Globe and scoring a Oscar nomination you can see that U2 plans to remain relevant.  Today's Super Bowl commercial can be viewed as the official start of the year of U2.

U2 owns 100% of their Masters and Copyrights

Bono/ U2TOURFANS / Nick Walker @

Bono/ U2TOURFANS / Nick Walker @

Owning the rights to your music considered one of the most important items on a bands list to complete. 

Most bands end up giving them away because of the need to produce their music and fund their projects. 

Bands to often find that their catalog ends up sold a couple of different times before returning to their rightful owners.

U2 is not unlike any other band from the 80’s their masters held in the hands of others has been a challenge to get back.

Paul McGuiness in a interview with Billboard outlines the move forward to new management as a opportunity for Live Nation to provide some finances for the future of U2. “The rights to U2’s music, their masters and their copyrights, have been, with difficulty and at some costs, completely retrieved. 

Paul of course has equity participation in the deal and that was due to the band agreeing on selling an equity share to Paul. U2 has all the remaining rights and they now own 100% of their masters as well as their copyrights.

Live Nation has been supportive in the transaction by financing the transaction that is sure to pay dividends to the band family long after U2’s departure from the stage.  

(RED), U2 and Bank of America Partner to Fight AIDS

Partnership will deliver more than $10 million to fight AIDS and launch with free download of new U2 song debuting during Super Bowl

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (RED), rock group U2 and Bank of America today announced a partnership that will generate more than $10 million to fight AIDS. Details are available at 

The partnership will kick off with a commercial during the February 2 Super Bowl that will feature U2 performing a new song, "Invisible." The song will be available as a limited edition release on iTunes for free download during the game and for the following 24 hours. For every download during that timeframe, Bank of America will donate $1, up to $2 million total, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services to tens of millions of people in the world's poorest countries.

(RED) has already generated more than $240 million for the Global Fund since being founded in 2006 by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver in order to drive corporate donations to the fight against AIDS. The additional funding from Bank of America will help (RED) surpass a quarter billion dollars raised.

Bono said, "Bank of America coming on as a (RED) partner to help the Global Fund's efforts to eliminate AIDS is great news.  It's the kind of game-changing influence that will not just deliver millions of dollars but raise consciousness and keep public pressure on putting an end to this devastating pandemic which has already taken the lives of 35 million people.  And just in...the bank's commitment of $10 million has resulted in the Gates Foundation, SAP and Africa's Motsepe Family matching for a total of $22 million.  Incredible."

Key to the success of this initiative will be raising awareness among Bank of America's vast customer base and more than 240,000 employees, and providing opportunities for them to take action at this critical moment in the global effort to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Bank of America serves one in two U.S. households with a network of approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and 16,300 ATMs, has one of the most visited websites in the world, and more than 30 million online banking users and 14 million mobile users.

Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America, said, "Just as we dedicate all of our resources to serving customers and clients in the U.S. and around the world, we can bring these capabilities to (RED) and the global health community in the fight against AIDS. Most importantly, we're encouraging our customers and employees to join the fight."

(RED) funds are fighting AIDS in eight African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia – and are used to support HIV/AIDS grants which provide treatment, testing and prevention and care services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS-free generation. Of the more than $240 million generated by (RED), 100 percent has gone directly to the Global Fund for on-the-ground services, with no overhead taken out by (RED). (RED) and its partners – from Bank of America, to Starbucks, Apple and more – are united in a global push to end mother-to-child transmission of the deadly HIV virus by 2015, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals

Mark Dybul, executive director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said, "We'd like to thank Bank of America, (RED) and U2 for this innovative partnership to deliver much-needed funds and awareness to our fight to eliminate AIDS. This partnership will have a tremendous impact over the coming years." 

About (RED)

(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS.

(RED) partners with the world's most iconic brands who contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED) branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Starbucks, The Coca-Cola Company, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, SAP, Telcel and Live Nation Entertainment. (RED) Special Edition partners include: Jonathan Adler, Theory, HEAD, Kidrobot, Mophie, FEED, Sir Richard's Condom Company, Shazam, Girl Skateboards, Nanda Home, Bottletop, Fatboy USA and Bed Bath & Beyond.

To date, (RED) has generated more than $240 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 40 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

(RED) is a division of The ONE Campaign. 

Learn more at  red.org.

About the Global Fund

The Global Fund is an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. The Global Fund promotes partnerships between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the most effective way to help reach those in need. This innovative approach relies on country ownership and performance-based funding, meaning that people in countries implement their own programs based on their priorities and the Global Fund provides financing where verifiable results are achieved.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has supported more than 1,000 programs in more than 140 countries, providing AIDS treatment for 6.1 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 11.2 million people and 360 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 50 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 14 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock BAC +0.06% is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

SOURCE (RED)

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U2,(RED),Bank of America and The Super Bowl

L-R: Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED); Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; Patrice and Precious Motsepe; Anne Finucane, Bank of America; Bono, co-founder, (RED); President Mahama, Ghana; Bill McDermott, SAP. (RED) announces $10 million commitment from Bank of America to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, attracting matching funds from the Gates Foundation, SAP and the Motsepe family. (RED) passes milestone of $250 million for the Global Fund. (PRNewsFoto/(RED))

L-R: Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED); Mark Dybul, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; Patrice and Precious Motsepe; Anne Finucane, Bank of America; Bono, co-founder, (RED); President Mahama, Ghana; Bill McDermott, SAP. (RED) announces $10 million commitment from Bank of America to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, attracting matching funds from the Gates Foundation, SAP and the Motsepe family. (RED) passes milestone of $250 million for the Global Fund. (PRNewsFoto/(RED))

U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday’s Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard, the song will set up U2’s forthcoming album – a follow-up to 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, and the group’s first under new manager Guy Oseary.

The track will then be made available on iTunes for 24 hours and for each download during that time, the Bank Of America will donate to the Global Fund To Fight Aids,Tuberculosis And Malaria.
 
“Invisible” will be available a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the Super Bowl commercial airs. For every download during that time, Bank of America will donate $1 (up to $2 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services in many of the world’s poorest countries.

Beyond the downloads, U2, (RED) and Bank of America expect to generate more than $10 million in donations and funding for the campaign.

U2 Oscar® Nomination

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Congratulations goes to U2 for the nomination of "Ordinary Love"  This is going to be a banner year for the boys

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Wide Reports U2 June Release

We have hear more from our sources and of course we have all reviewed the comments Bono made the other night after the Globes award.

Which we view as a great sign that U2 is starting the process to getting their next single out.

We expect to see something around Superbowl time frame. Heck that would be perfect to get the global stage release during the biggest show in the world.

Yup proves that the marketing machine behind U2 is alive and well.

Anyway just in case you missed Bono's comments:

We’re still working some things out, Bono said of the group’s thirteenth studio album, which he said was being prepped for a June release date.

The frontman also revealed that the band’s next single, “Invisible,” will be out in the coming weeks.

“It’s not what you expect,” Bono said of “Invisible.” “It’s not your typical love song.

U2 wins a Golden Globe® !

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Congratulation to Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam on winning a Golden Globe® for "Ordinary Love" - "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

The whole concept became a reality with the support of so many people. Harvey Weinstein was behind the idea from the start after meeting the back way back in 1981. 

Bono said in an interview  “Harvey is remarkable and has the same fire in his belly now that he did when we first met” In order to make this single possible U2 had to push back their album keeping millions of fans on hold as they accepted toe offer to compose and perform the song for the film.

Bono took inspiration from Nelson Mandela's letters to Winnie Mandela when he was in prison. Harvey had to wait a bit this was not a song that could come to fruition over night and required the band to put forth some thought and make it an unforgettable tribute to a wonderful man.

The song became number one in 15 countries around the world without any promotion.

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