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Jay-Z, Rihanna to Appear on U2 Album, ‘Duals’

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Irish stadium rockers U2 have announced that they will be featuring Jay-Z and Rihanna on their forthcoming album ‘Duals,’ a collection of the band’s collaborations over the last three decades.

Bono and his team shocked the world when they tapped Jay to tour with them in 2010, during their Australian 360 Tour. Jay, who had previously performed and collaborated with rocker and vacation buddy Chris Martin of Coldplay, fit in perfectly on the sold out tour, hopping up to rock a new verse with the band over their 1983 classic Sunday Bloody Sunday.’

A version of the song, which was a political commentary on Derry, Ireland’s 1972 Bloody Sunday incident, will now be featured on U2′s upcoming ‘Duals’ album. The effort will also feature Jigga and Rihanna on a new mix of ‘Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),’ which was recorded as part of the ‘Hope for Haiti Now‘ telethon in 2010.

‘Duals’ will not receive a physical release, but will be available later this year for a limited time to subscribers of the band’s website, U2.com.

In other news, Bono has blamed the Brooklyn rapper for the delay of U2′s long-awaited studio album ‘Songs of Ascent.’

“One night I ran into Bono and he told me he’d read an interview I’d done,” Jay explained. “The writer had asked me about a U2 record ['No Line on the Horizon'] that had just been released and I said something about the pressure a group like that must be under just to meet their own standards. [Bono] said the quote had really gotten to him and he decided to go back to the studio, even though the album was already done, and keep reworking it till he thought it was as good as it could possibly be … I was surprised that at that point in his career he still got anxious about his work.”


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