Published Dec 19, 2008After months of delays, U2 have revealed the release date for their upcoming new album. Titled No Line on the Horizon, the 12th studio album by the the pride/shame of Ireland is due March 3 via Interscope, who assure us the record is not "half-baked" or even "three-quarters baked."
U2's album was originally supposed to drop by the end of 2008 but was pushed back after the band decided to can producer Rick Rubin. Apparently, U2 were slow to release the record because they had troubles becoming fully satisfied with the recordings.
"I met with the guys in U2, and they say to me, 'You know what? This album needs two more songs, and it will be exactly what we have in mind.' I go there and I listen, and I agreed with them," Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine told Billboard last month. "It's a great record, but it deserves the time. Labels need to work with artists to help them achieve their best work, not to jam records out that are half-baked or three-quarters baked."
In September, Bono said: "I'm always the one who underestimates how easy it is to simply 'put out the songs now.' If it was just up to me they'd be out already! But early next year people will be able to start hearing what we've been doing. We want 2009 to be our year, so we're going to start making an impression very early on."
Following Rubin's departure, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite all stepped in to produce No Line on the Horizon. Despite what Kanye believes, Will.i.am apparently did not.
No tracklisting has been announced yet for No Line on the Horizon
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