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U2

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2's musical style evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic sound built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album, Boy (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group's fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".

Facing creative stagnation and a backlash following their documentary/double album, Rattle and Hum (1988), U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band integrated influences from alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music into their sound, and embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued through their ninth album, Pop (1997), and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour with the records All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The group's thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence (2014), was released at no cost through the iTunes Store, but received criticism for its automatic placement in users' music libraries.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.[1] They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[2] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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Spotify Singles
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Spotify Singles is an album by musical group U2, released on December 13, 2017.
Spotify Singles
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Spotify Singles is a song by musical group U2, released on December 13, 2017.
Songs of Experience
 
Songs of Experience is the 14th studio album by Irish rock band U2.
American Soul
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American Soul is a song by musical group U2, released on November 17, 2017.

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U2 is using Place Bell in Laval to rehearse for upcoming tour
  –  April 10, 2018
Irish rock group U2 has chosen Quebec, and more specifically Laval, to rehearse for its next international tour, eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE, that kicks off on May 2 in Tulsa, Okla. Employees at Place Bell in Laval confirmed to Presse Canadienne that the ...
New York judge dismisses copyright infringement case filed against U2 by musician Paul Rose
  –  February 1, 2018
A New York judge has dismissed the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the band U2 and Universal Music Group by British musician Paul Rose. Filed last year, the suit claimed that U2’s guitar solo on their single 'The Fly' which is from the ...
U2, Logic, call out Donald Trump on 's**thole' comments at Grammys
  –  January 29, 2018
U2 performed 'Get Out of Your Own Way,' which took place on a barge near the Statue of Liberty. The music group's lead vocalist Bono shouted, "Blessed are the s**thole countries, for they gave us the American Dream." His comments were censored on the CBS ...
Pearl Jam turned down a tour with Guns N’ Roses and U2 in 1993
  –  April 2, 2018
Three of rock music’s biggest bands almost shared the same touring bill ... I want to do a show or a couple of shows with us, Pearl Jam, and U2 closing. Can you please call everybody?’ I said, ‘Sure.’” U2 manager Paul McGuinness agreed to do ...
U2 practising at Montreal-area venue ahead of tour
  –  April 10, 2018
LAVAL, Que. — Several employees at a Montreal-area music venue are confirming rumours that U2 are practising there ahead of their upcoming tour. They tell The Canadian Press the Irish group has chosen Place Bell in Laval to prepare for the “eXPERIENCE ...
U2’s iconic 'claw' stage will become cultural landmark
  –  April 10, 2018
The largest stage in music concert history on the highest-grossing music tour ... The Claw served as the stage for U2’s massive 360° Tour from 2009-2011 which included a stop at Denver's Mile High Stadium. “Since the 360° Tour concluded in 2011 ...
U2 music video featuring Donald Trump and KKK imagery gets mixed reaction
  –  January 19, 2018
U2’s new music video for the song “Get Out of Your Own Way” has gained mixed reactions from fans, with opinions on its politically charged imagery, featuring President Trump and the Ku Klux Klan marching outside the White House, ranging from ...

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