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U2 are said to be returning to their “spiritual home” by releasing their new album via Island Records, according to PA.

 

The record label discovered the Irish group in the late 1970s but they left just over seven years ago, when their relationship turned sour after label boss Jason Iley was moved to Mercury Records and the band were unhappy with his successor.

They later followed their former label boss to Mercury.

 

Earlier this year, parent company Universal closed down Mercury and moved most of the acts to their new company Virgin/EMI, although it was not announced which label would house U2.

 

But now, a source has confirmed that the band will head back to Island Records, which has had a change in management since their departure. The source said the band were “going back to their spiritual home”.

 

Reports recently claimed that U2 would release their new album in April 2014 and an announcement could be made at Super Bowl XLVIII in February with representatives for the band currently negotiating a deal with brands to announce the LP. Bassist Adam Clayton recently confirmed that the group were planning to wrap up recording by the end of this year.

 

Earlier this year, U2 were reportedly spotted entering a New York studio with Coldplay's Chris Martin, fuelling speculation that the singer may appear on the band's new album. All four members of the rock group were seen at the Electric Lady Studios in New York in May, where Danger Mouse was reportedly mixing the new material.

 

From: NME

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U2 are to go back to their spiritual home by returning to the record label that discovered them in the 1970s.

 

The band left Island Records more than seven years ago, unhappy with the way they were being treated. But the Irish rock stars are now planning their return to the label for a new album next year.

 

U2 had a long and celebrated association with Island – which has also been home to acts such as Bob Marley, Grace Jones and Tom Waits – after being signed in the late 1970s.

 

But the relationship soured after label boss Jason Iley was moved to sister label Mercury and, unhappy with the lack of personal involvement from his successor, the band left the company to follow their former label boss.

 

Earlier this year, the parent company Universal closed down Mercury, moving many of the acts to a new company, Virgin/EMI, although a question mark remained over where U2 would end up, with the band and record labels remaining silent on what would happen.

 

But a source has confirmed the band will head back to Island, which has had a change of management since their departure. "They are going back to their spiritual home," the source said.

 

U2 displayed their affection for the label by continuing to include its logo on their releases even though they had headed to Mercury.

 

The band – led by Bono – are understood to have already visited the label to meet some staff. A spokeswoman for Universal said there was nothing to report, and a spokesman for Island did not respond.

 

U2 recently split from their long-time manager Paul McGuinness, moving instead to work with Live Nation. A message on the band's website earlier this month said: "Paul has saved us from ourselves many times over and we would not be U2 without him.

 

"Sometime soon, U2 will begin a new adventure around the world and we totally understand and respect Paul's desire to not run away with the circus – AGAIN."

 

The follow-up to 2009's No Line On The Horizon is expected to be released around March.

 

From The Guardian

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/dec/29/us-island-records-return?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

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