And guitarist Edge confesses "it was my CD"...

U2 have lost a CD containing songs from their forthcoming album, NME.COM can reveal.

The band have been working on the follow-up to ’All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ for much of the year. The album, which is said to have a working title of ’Vertigo’, isn’t due until the autumn at the earliest.

During a photo session in Nice a CD containing some new songs from the forthcoming album went missing.

Guitarist The Edge said: “A large slice of two years work lifted via a piece of round plastic. It doesn’t seem credible but that’s what’s just happened to us…and it was my CD.”

Band manager Paul McGuiness said: “The recording of this album has been going so well. The band is so excited about its release. It would be a shame if unfinished work fell into the wrong hands.”

Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group UK, added: “This matter is of great concern to us. As the missing CD is our property we are very keen to find it as soon as possible. The French police are being extremely helpful in this regard.”

It is currently unknown if any of the new songs have leaked onto the Internet.

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