U2 May Be Returning to Island Records for Next Album
There’s still a fair amount of speculation concerning U2’s upcoming album, still tentatively titled 10 Reasons to Exist. While the album may come out in April or March, depending on the report you believe, another source came forward to mention that the band, who were signed to Mercury for more than seven years, are going back to Island for the new release.
For those not familiar with U2’s history, Island discovered them in the 1970s, and from there, all records went through the label, until close to seven years ago. At that time, label boss Jason Iley left for Mercury, and because U2 were in conflict with the new management, they, too, followed Iley. However, Universal closed Mercury earlier in 2013, with most of its acts channeled over to Virgin/EMI. U2, on the other hand, didn’t go over to the new label.
Speaking about this possible return to Island, the source told the press: “[They are] going back to their spiritual home.”
Bassist Adam Clayton previously spoke with Billboard about the album’s status. According to his statements, recording should be complete by the end of the year, with the album scheduled to drop by April. An official announcement would appear during the Super Bowl. However, Showbiz 411 talked with the band’s management at the Mandela premiere back in November, and it appeared that the release may be coming out in March.
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