There's been a bit of back and forth about whether or not a new U2 record would surface this year. But according to a spokesperson, an album will be released before the end the year, and it boasts some intriguing names on the production tip.
Rolling Stone confirmed that the Irish rock act's thirteenth LP, their first in more than five years, is slated for a 2014 release. "We've always said an album is expected this year," a rep told the mag. Following an Oscars performance, helping break Jimmy Fallon in on The Tonight Show, filming a Super Bowl commercial and dropping new track "Invisible," there was suspicion the band was too busy to book enough studio time.
But Rolling Stone says the album could come as early as next month (!) with a tour lined up for 2015 (!!!).
And while the five-year break will mark the longest time between U2 albums, the new record could also be the band's most experimental. The quartet has linked up with an eclectic cast of producers: Danger Mouse, Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth (one of Adele's main dudes), plus EDM heavy-hitters David Guetta, will.i.am and RedOne.
Will Bono & Co. find a way to reckon their stadium-sized rock sound with all these different producers? We can't wait to find out.