Good news for those of anxiously awaiting U2's 13th album, as it will definitely see the light of day this year after doubts were raised by a report in Billboard which suggested that the record had been pushed back to allow for additional production work to be completed.
U2 have enjoyed a media blitz like no other so far this year, having won a Golden Globe for their song 'Ordinary Love' and being the first musical guests on the new iteration of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon at the helm. This is all supposed to lead up to the release of their next album which was intended for sometime in the first quarter of 2014 but signs had suggested things mightn't be going to schedule.
Billboard reported that they had confirmed "with multiple sources" that the as-yet-untitled new record was still not close to being completed and producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth had been brought in to work on new sessions, with original producer Danger Mouse still on board as the album's main producer.
Billboard quoted a 'source close to the project' as saying: "It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts. The magic that the band always seems to capture... they just have to capture it."
However, Team U2 is fervently denying these rumours. Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson said that "U2's album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet."
Well that's that then, eh? Or is it? Something tells us that there's a bit more to this story than has yet been revealed.