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New Reports on New U2 Album, Cat Stevens May Skip RRHOF Ceremony

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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The news of U2 pushing back their upcoming album and tour to 2015, has apparently turned out to be just rumors.

In an interview with the Guardian, a spokesperson with the band has denied early reports that the band has delayed release of the new album, in order to spend more time with producers, which included OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, and Paul Epworth. It has been said that the album (which still has yet to have a release date) will come out this year, and two of its songs have already released. Of course, those two songs were the Oscar-nominated “Ordinary Love”, and the RED fundraising track “Invisible”.

In other music news, the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is fast approaching, and is already being known of who will not perform, or who will skip it altogether. And now joining that list is inductee Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), who is reportedly undeceive in whether or not he will travel from the UK to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next month. The decision to skip the ceremony will leave only three inductees (Hall & Oates, now 2-time inductee Peter Gabriel and the E Street Band), who will for sure perform.

The amount of inductees not performing is already nearly in half. Earlier this year, Kiss chose not to perform due to a dispute of who is going to be inducted. Linda Ronstadt isn’t performing due to Parkinson’s disease, and of course Kurt Cobain passed away in 1994.