On Sunday, U2 will introduce its new song "Invisible" in a commercial promoting a new partnership between the (RED) charity and Bank of America that will air during Super Bowl 48. The song also will be made available as a free digital download at iTunes from Sunday at 6 p.m. ET until Monday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
As previously reported, for every track downloaded, Bank of America will donate $1 -- up to a total of $2 million -- to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. What appears to be a snippet of the song, which features the chanted lyrics "There is no them, there's only us," can be heard now in a teaser clip for the ad that can be viewed at U2.com and at the band's official YouTube channel.
Speaking about the charity initiative in a new USA Today interview, Bono notes, "We're taking all the energy around the Super Bowl and interest in what U2's doing and flipping it into the fight against HIV AIDS."
Meanwhile, the singer says "Invisible" won't be the first single from the band's long-in-the-works upcoming studio album.
"We have another song we're excited about to kick off the album," he reports. "This is just sort of a sneak preview -- to remind people we exist."
He explains that U2 picked "Invisible" to contribute to the campaign because "it's the first one we finished." Bono adds that even though his band mates have amassed "lots and lots of songs" for the record, they're planning to keep working on the project "for a couple of months."
As for when fans may finally get their hands on the album, the frontman says, "We want it to come out this summer, but you don't want to let anyone down."
Bono also tells USA Today that the songs from the upcoming album were partly inspired by some of the punk-rock sounds that influenced U2's early music.
"We went back to the reason we wanted to be a band in the first place," he notes. "We started listening to music from the late '70s, remembering our early trips to London."
Bono adds the record will feature "some very different moods, and some extraordinary guitar stuff out of Edge. He also reveals that, while the majority of the album will be in the hands of previously announced producer Danger Mouse, U2 "might experiment with some new people" before the project is fully done.
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