New Year, new albums

Irish rock band U2 have announced that they will be releasing their new album, No Line On The Horizon, on March 2.

This is the band’s 12th album and the first to be released since 2004, after they abandoned initial sessions with producer Rick Rubin.

For this record, U2 collaborated with Brian Eno, who most recently worked on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, and long-time collaborator Danny Lanois.

Sessions for No Line On The Horizon started in 2007 in Fez, Morocco, and continued in the band’s own studio in Dublin, before moving to New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and finally being completed at Olympic Studios in London.

It has also been reported that U2 will make 25 million dollars (17.6 million euros) from selling shares in concert promoter Live Nation.

Also up for release on the same date is an album by renowned British 80s band Madness entitled The Liberty of Norton Folgate.

This album, the ninth released by the band, will include their first new material in 10 years.

Other renowned artists that are set to release work early this year include Lily Allen, Missy Elliott and Diana Krall, among others.