Will they or won’t they release an album this year? That’s the question U2‘s fans have been asking for months.
As previously reported, earlier this year the rumor mill had the band’s new album being delayed until 2015, but a representative for the band told British tabloid The Sun that “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it.”
U2 fan blog @U2 recently posted an email exchange with an anonymous source from Universal (his or her name was blurred out of the screen shot of the exchange) who said that the new album would come out “this year.” But there’s been no verification that that exchange is legitimate (nor is there likely to be any such verification).
But there has been some verified recent U2 activity. Last week, French newspaper Nice Martin reported that the group were shooting a video under high security at Rivera Studios in Nice. (For those of you who are French-impaired, read the Google translation of the article here.) The article notes that cell phones were strictly prohibited and one local commented that the security was akin to when President Obama was in France for the G20 summit in 2011.
However, an August video shoot doesn’t necessarily point to a 2014 release; the band could be working months ahead of time on a video for a 2015 release.