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Sunday 20 April 2014

U2 returning to Island 'home' where it all began

Bono’s U2 are going back to their old label
Bono’s U2 are going back to their old label

U2 are returning to the record label that discovered them more than 30 years ago.

The band had left Island Records in 2006, unhappy with the way they were being treated.

But the Dublin quartet's follow-up to 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' is expected to be released around March.

U2 had a long and celebrated association with Island -- which has also been home to acts such as Bob Marley, Grace Jones and Tom Waits -- but the relationship soured after label boss Jason Iley was moved to sister label Mercury.

Unhappy with the lack of personal involvement from his successor, the group left the company to follow their former boss.

Earlier this year the parent company Universal closed down Mercury, moving many of the acts to a new company, Virgin/EMI, although a question mark remained over where U2 would end up, with the band and record labels remaining silent on what would happen.

STAFF

But a source has confirmed that the band will head back to Island, which has had a change of management since their departure.

The band are understood to have already visited the label to meet some staff.

"They are going back to their spiritual home," the source said.

Irish Independent

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