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Bono co-founder of RED poses in front, from background right, CEO of RED, Deborah Dugan, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Mark Dybul, Patrice Motsepe, Precious Motsepe, Anne Finucane of the Bank of America, President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, Bill McDermott of SAP, Photo: AP

Bono co-founder of RED poses in front, from background right, CEO of RED, Deborah Dugan, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Mark Dybul, Patrice Motsepe, Precious Motsepe, Anne Finucane of the Bank of America, President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, Bill McDermott of SAP, Photo: AP

Bono co-founder of RED poses in front, from background right, CEO of RED, Deborah Dugan, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Mark Dybul, Patrice Motsepe, Precious Motsepe, Anne Finucane of the Bank of America, President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, Bill McDermott of SAP, Photo: AP

FANS of U2 will be able to download their latest single for free for one day.

Bono revealed that the band's new single Invisible, will be made available to download by the general public for a 24-hour period next month with the hope of raising more than €1m for an aids charity.

The music giants will unveil the track on a US TV ad for fundraising partnership RED to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 2.

In return, the Bank of America has vowed to donate €1 for every download of the track in that period in aid of RED.

The money raised will go towards providing life-saving treatment for people fighting Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

This will bring the bank's total dedication to the charity to €10m over all. Bono helped found RED in 2006, which has generated hundreds of millions for the Global Fund.

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