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U2 Drops 'Songs of Ascent' as Album Title, New Title Remains Unknown

By Staff Reporter | June 10, 2013 12:37 PM EDT

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U2's upcoming album is likely be released by the end of 2013, according to an interview with band bassist Adam Clayton. During a recent Hot Press magazine interview bassist for the band Adam Clayton said: "We very much want to have a record out by the end of the year, September, October, November; that kind of time."

The fall release will be a follow up to No Line On The Horizon, which came out in 2009.  Although they haven't put out an album in 4 years, Clayton does not attribute it to lack of material.  He told Hot Press, "We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves."

At the end of 2012 lead singer Bono hinted that the album would be entitled 10 Reasons to Exist, but it appears that the title's been scrapped.

 The group is also rumored to have worked with Grammy award winning singer Lady Gaga as well as actress/singer Jennifer Lopez and producer RedOne before ultimately picking Danger Mouse.

Danger Mouse, who is one part of the alternative group Gnarls Barkley with ex The Voice judge Cee-Lo Green, has been confirmed as mixing the new set and received a visit from all four members of the legendary band. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr were in  New York's Electric Lady Studios on Friday, according to Rolling Stone.


Daniel Lanois, who has worked with the band before, said to "expect an adventurous set" from the band. In the U.K. paper The Globe and Mail,  Lanois said the album is "Very, very big and powerful sounding."

According to Rolling Stone, the band initially meant to release Songs of Ascent (the reported title of the album), as a series of songs from the No Line on the Horizon sessions. However, the band has decided to scrap those songs and instead focused solely on new material.

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