The group tell nme.com that the much-anticipated record will be released in the Autumn...

U2 have delivered a message to nme.com, ending weeks of speculation about the timing of their forthcoming new material, confirming that it will definitely appear during late Autumn this year.

The band have told nme.com that contrary to all other reports that have circulated during the past few weeks, no definite date has been set.

A brief statement from their management company read:

“The band are currently in the studio and the new U2 album is due to be finished in the next few weeks. It’s all on schedule for a late Autumn release but exact dates are not yet fixed.”

It went on: “Full details will be announced in due course once tracklisting, title and release date has been confirmed.”

Rumours had been rife that a single would appear on October 9 with the album to follow on October 30, the follow up to 1997’s ‘Pop’.