April 4, 2012 11:54

U2 working with One Direction songwriters?

Bono and co want to reinvent themselves as a boyband – or so a source says…

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U2 want to spruce up their act - and sell more records - by working with boyband One Direction's songwriters, according to reports.

The Sun reckons that Bono and co want to reinvent themselves in the mould of the chart-slaying pop whippersnappers and have sounded out Swedish pop svengali Carl Falk, who has penned material for the group, about working together.

Last October, Bono admitted that their last LP 'No Line On The Horizon', which was released in 2009, hadn't produced as many hit singles as their previous efforts and claimed that they needed to write some big-selling tunes in order to "survive".

And with One Direction recently becoming the first UK band ever to score a US Number One album with their debut LP, an anonymous source claims that U2 are eager to emulate their success.

"The band are back in the studio getting a feel for new material after the last album 'No Line On The Horizon'," they said. "Will.i.am had a credit on that and they are looking to explore that direction further. They have been working with Dangermouse and Redone. They are excited about getting to work with Carl Falk."

Meanwhile, Falk himself let slip:

There's a long way to go but we are doing something with U2.


For U2 fans eager to know what the collaborationcould sound like, some of Falk's previous credits include Nicki Minaj's 'Starships' and One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful'. He has also penned tracks for the likes of Westlife, Boyzone and Labrinth.

U2 released their debut album, 'Boy', in 1980 - 14 years before the youngest member of One Direction, Harry Styles, was born in February 1994.

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