Full confession: I may have had an early listen to maybe half a dozen songs from U2’s upcoming album some time back. I won’t say how or where, but let’s just say that no laws were broken or trusts betrayed.
Here’s what I came away believing: U2 wants radio stations to play their stuff again. Not just their catalogue material, but the new singles like they did in the old days. And from what I’ve heard, U2 is very serious about putting out songs that will get radio airplay.
Come September 6, we’re going to get a single called “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” a song that’s undergone numerous iterations since I first heard an alternate mix last fall (It was played for me by a U2 insider at a secret location.) It’s definitely a pop song, one that Hot AC and AAA stations might consider adding. But the other songs I heard were all about the RAWK. One of them, “The Blackout,” started streaming today.
Expect the rest of the album to be released December 1.