U2 Preps New Album, Charitable Single
2008-02-20 11:38:34.220,
Story by: Joshua Pressman

The well-oiled musical machine known as U2 is currently cooped up in Dublin with longtime cohorts Briano Eno and Daniel Lanois working on its forthcoming album, according to Billboard. The iconic Irish rockers have spent time prior to this amassing new material on three separate occasions in other exotic locales, such as Morocco and France, and Lanois purports the results to be “prolific.” Moreover, Lanois hinted at the much-speculated notion of a double disc due to the luxuriant nature of these sessions. The yet-to-be-titled album will serve as the follow-up to the band’s 2004 release, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

In addition to the aforementioned news, U2 has revealed a new charity single titled “The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew,” which will initially be available in Ireland only this Friday, February 22 and a week later on CD. The song boasts appearances by the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, the Frames’ Glen Hansard, Sinead O’Connor, Andrea Corr, Damien Dempsey, Ronan Keating, Chris de Burgh, Gavin Friday and members of the Dubliners. At the request of Ronnie Drew himself, all proceeds collected through this tributary endeavor will go to the Cancer Society.