A few days ago U2 released a new music video for "You're the Best Thing About Me". The video was shot on the streets of New York City when they recently performed there and features many iconic shots of the city including the Statue of Liberty, while telling a story of U2 having a fun night in Times Square. This official video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, accompanies the release of U2's new single "You're the Best Thing About Me" that will be available on the band's forthcoming album "Songs of Experience".

Also earlier this month, Norwegian DJ Kygo (https://www.kygomusic.com/) released a remix/promo video of "You're the Best Thing About Me" here:

If you didn't see the lyric video released on September 6, here it is as well:

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Written by James Viator, A freelance writer

Back in September of 2016, it looked like U2 was going to announce itself as a powerful voice of opposition to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Granted, this would be a fair expectation for anyone who knows the inclusive and generally liberal views of Bono and the band. But at the iHeart Radio Festival, U2 made a bold statement, blasting Trump with the simple question, "what do you have to lose?" accompanied by some video content. Clearly referring to the possibility of a Trump win, Bono declared the answer to that question to be "everything."

It's worth putting this performance in context. The concert was on the eve of the first presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton had a lead and many expected it to widen as she got the opportunity to expose Trump's policy ignorance face-to-face. For the most part, over the course of the next month and three debates, Clinton would do just that - and her lead in the polling did indeed increase. By late October, about a month after U2's performance, many were predicting a landslide, and even notoriously cautious bookmakers declared it a done deal that Clinton would win the White House. This is why, when Trump won in early November, there was genuine shock throughout the United States and the world.

Now, this is not at all to suggest that U2 contributed to that widening gap in the polls, but merely to suggest the band was riding a wave. September of 2016 was not a time for anti-Trump people to make desperate arguments or chew their fingernails nervously. It was a time to drive home the last surge of enthusiasm in a contentious campaign that looked as if it was finally going to turn out okay. It felt the same as watching Clinton dominate the third debate, or seeing her appear alongside LeBron James in Ohio.

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by Mitchell Peters, Billboard

U2 and Ed Sheeran have canceled concerts planned for St. Louis this weekend over security concerns as the city faces violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

Promoter Live Nation and U2 wrote in a statement that the St. Louis Police Department would not be able to provide the "standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size" for the planned Saturday (Sept. 16) concert. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

"In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert," the statement read. "As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."

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Watch U2 perform "Bullet the Blue Sky" and new single "You're the Best Thing About Me" below! U2 performed live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night (September 8, 2017).

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You're the Best Thing About Me

by Anna Gaca, SPIN

Several U2 fan club members report they've received a mysterious letter from the band, apparently promoting "Blackout," a rumored title of an unreleased U2 song.

The letters include a paragraph about William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, the collection of poetry that inspired the titles of U2's 2014 album Songs of Innocence and its forthcoming counterpart, Songs of Experience. Most of the text is blocked out by a silhouette of Bono's son and the Edge's daughter, revealing only the words, "Blackout ... It's ... clear ... who ... you are ... will ... appear ... U2.com."

At the bottom of the page, a partially blacked-out line of text reads, "U2 will announce ______________ on ______."

U2 are currently on a break before the second North American leg of their Joshua Tree anniversary tour. They'll head back out on the road with Beck in September. See a few of the "Blackout" letters below.

© 2017 SPIN.com.

Original article: https://www.spin.com/2017/08/u2-blackout-songs-of-experience-rumors/

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Proposed four-storey facility would be located on the site of the band's Dublin studio

Conor Pope, The Irish Times

Plans for a U2 museum on the site of the band's recording studio in Dublin's docklands are at an advanced stage, with a planning application set to be lodged in the coming days.

Despite the fact that - along with Guinness, St Patrick, Oscar Wilde and, possibly, Michael Flatley's feet - U2 are Ireland's most famous export, there are no public spaces celebrating the band's achievements on the world stage.

Even the walls of graffiti which once surrounded their old studio at Windmill Lane have been levelled to make way for towers of glass and steel.

It is intended the four-storey museum will be dedicated to the band's archive and will include artefacts covering its 40-year story.

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He could have discovered the secrets of the universe

By Rhian Daly, NME

The Edge has recalled his first experience with magic mushrooms.

U2 joined Zane Lowe on Beats 1 earlier today to discuss their album 'The Joshua Tree', of which they are celebrating the 30th anniversary.

While Bono was reminiscing about the past, he described them as "high times". "There were no drugs," he quickly clarified, but his bandmates corrected him, mentioning magic mushrooms.

Asked by Lowe if any of the songs on the album were inspired by being on mushrooms, The Edge responded: "Well, this was a bit later, but I had one funny moment with the mushrooms. This was a metaphysical experiment, you understand? It was very spiritual."

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By Associated Press/Billboard.com

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

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By Chris Richards, The Washington Post

No red ballcap, but Bono still wants to make America great again. So he's taken U2 on a tour across our damaged nation to perform "The Joshua Tree," his 1987 love-letter to the home of the brave that remains his band's most enduring document. These are U2's most capacious songs, and despite being filled with the best of intentions, there's still lots of room for everyone to pile on in. "Whoever you voted for, you are welcome here tonight," Bono declared at FedEx Field in Maryland on Tuesday evening. "We will find common ground reaching for higher ground."

That's nice, but the between-banter music didn't feel like too strenuous of a reach. Instead, the band ceremonially delivered its signature blend of grandeur and uplift, hoping to repair the burning bridges of 2017 by transporting its adoring crowd 30 years back to a moment of global optimism, when prosperity was on the rise and the Cold War was drawing to a close. Strangely, U2 won the night the same way that Donald Trump won the presidency: by promising to improve tomorrow by making it feel more like yesterday. (Plus, there must be some morsel of cosmic significance in the fact that Trump first published "The Art of the Deal" in November of '87, a mere eight months after "The Joshua Tree" sprouted.)

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