U2 rumoured to be releasing their new album this summer

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

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U2 are rumoured to be releasing their new album during the summer.

Rolling Stone says the LP has a 'tentative' summer 2014 release date, adding that the band had originally hoped to put out their Danger Mouse produced 13th album in December 2013. However, the project was thrown off course by the recording of 'Ordinary Love' for the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack.

U2 will perform at this year's Academy Awards on March 2, nominated alongside Karen O and Arcade Fire in the category of Best Original Song. 'Ordinary Love' has already won the Golden Globe for Original Song.

Meanwhile, guitarist The Edge has said the band will "go kicking and screaming" into becoming a heritage act. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, The Edge discussed the future of the band and maintains that they want to remain as relevant today as they ever have.

"We don't want to ever be a heritage act," The Edge said. "It might happen, but we'll go kicking and screaming into that mode. We feel the place for us to be is part of the conversation of contemporary culture and music and film and everything else, and we don't see the reason why we can't, because it's been possible for various artists in different forms. Frank Lloyd Wright, to the day he died, was designing the most incredible things – we want to be part of that rather than grow old gracefully."

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