Bono says there's still '50 or 60' new songs to consider

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U2 have confirmed that their new studio album, initially scheduled to be released in November, will now not be out until 2009.

Writing on U2.com Bono explains the delay is because the band are still writing and recording new material. The singer says: “I thought a while back we might have the album wrapped by now, but why come up above ground now if there’s more priceless stuff to be found?”

Saying that there are now at least “50 or 60” new songs in the making, Bono writes “We know we have to emerge soon but we also know that people don’t want another U2 album unless it is our best ever album,” adding, “It has to be our most innovative, our most challenging … or what’s the point ?”

The new album, for which U2 have returned to working with former collaborators including Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite is the follow-up to How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb which was released in 2004.

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