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U2, one of the biggest names in rock n’ roll, is set to release their highly anticipated album, their first since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, in the summer, which was actually later than the band first wanted.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the band actually got sidelined by writing their Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love” for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
“We were on a roll – it was clear where we were going," drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. told THR. “And a decision was made to abandon ship, more or less, to focus on this."
Rolling Stone reports U2 had been working with producer Danger Mouse, who is also half of music groups Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells. They had hoped to release their 13th album by December 2013 but “Ordinary Love" and Mandela’s human rights cause was a priority to the band.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences also just announced that the group will play “Ordinary Love” at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2. This means that all four Best Original Song nominees will perform at the Oscars. That includes Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman Karen O singing “Moon Song” from Her, Idina Menzel singing “Let It Go” from Frozen, and Pharrell Williams performing “Happy” from Despicable Me 2.
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