First U2 single in three years a tribute to Mandela

U2 have released their new single, ‘Ordinary Love’, written and recorded specifically for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, via a lyric video.

The new song, the first new material from the band in three years, will be available from next Friday as a 10” vinyl single as part of Record Store Day’s annual ‘Black Friday’ event.

Only 10,000 copies of the single will be made available.

In the new video, the song’s lyrics are written on any available space, from letter to wall. The lyric video was directed by Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo.

In the new song, Bono sings: “We can’t reach any higher if we can’t deal with ordinary love,” as the words are displayed on screen.

Movie mogul Harvey Werinstein, who produced the biopic, thinks the band did “a brilliant job honouring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years”.

He also revealed the creative process behind the song revealing how the band saw various cuts of the film over last summer and worked diligently on a song to capture Mandela and his life.

The movie chronicles the early life of the South African anti-apartheid icon, his coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before being elected president of the country’s once segregated society.

The movie is set to be released in limited theatres in the US on Nov 29, followed by a European releas. The long-awaited new album from U2 is not expected to arrive until Apr 2014.


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