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In 1976 a 14 year old Larry Mullen Jr posted an advert at his school for band-members. Four decades later and U2 are the biggest band in the world with twenty-nine number one singles and twelve studio albums under their belt, nine of which went straight to number one. In 2005 the band were inaugurated into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in their first year of eligibility.

U2 News

U2 deny pushing next album back to 2015

Album will be released in 2014, according to spokesperson

  • Mar 10, 2014

New U2 album won't be released until 2015, according to reports

Investigation says a 2014 tour has been rescheduled too

  • Mar 7, 2014

U2 perform 'Ordinary Love' at the Oscars – watch

The band played an acoustic version of their tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at the bash last night (March 2)

  • Mar 3, 2014

U2 perform 'Invisible' on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – watch

Band perform new single as US chat show host begins his new series

  • Feb 18, 2014

U2 rumoured to be releasing their new album this summer

The band's 13th LP was originally mooted for a December 2013 release

  • Feb 13, 2014

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U2 Music Videos

Ordinary Love Play Video

Ordinary Love

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City Of Blinding Lights Play Video

City Of Blinding Lights

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Ultra Violet (Light My Way) Play Video

Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

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I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight Play Video

I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

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Window In The Skies Play Video

Window In The Skies

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U2 Reviews

Live Review: U2

Live Review: U2

There's sentimentality, shocking omissions and too much new stuff… but somehow it all works. Hampden Park, Glasgow, Tuesday, August 18

  • Aug 27, 2009

Album Review: U2

No Line On The Horizon

  • Feb 26, 2009

U2

The Joshua Tree: Remastered

  • Dec 3, 2007

U2 : Twickenham Stadium, Saturday June 18

Rock’s conscience gets back to his day job: taking the biggest band in the world into the spiritual home of English rugby

  • Jul 13, 2005

U2 : Electrical Storm

...feels like you’re cruising around Portofino on a sleek, designer yacht...

  • Oct 24, 2002

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U2 Biography

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge's timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono's expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

U2 formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 became a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360? Tour from 2009-2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and has labelled them the "Biggest Band in the World". Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising.

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