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Title: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: u2boy11 on December 10, 2008, 01:54:56 PM
So, I was checking out Kanye West's blog and came across an entry which stated that Will.I.Am is going to produce the new U2 album. What??? I'm not sure if I can believe this...Here's the link:


http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/?em3106=215964_-1__0_~0_-1_12_2008_0_0&em3298=&em3282=&em3281=&em3161=


and here is an additional entry I found:

The Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am is producing U2's new album, according to Kanye West.

As a piece of news, it seems blatantly false. Yes, U2 have been working for ages on the tentatively titled No Line On the Horizon. But they have been working for ages with the pristine talents of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois why would they swap these illustrious talents for the man who brought the world My Humps?

And yet, well, why would Kanye lie? Yesterday's blog declaration was relatively unequivocal. "WILL.I.AM IS PRODUCING ON U2'S NEXT ALBUM," Kanye wrote, caps lock key evidently stuck. "I'M SURE IT WILL BE DOPE AS sh** JUDGING FROM THE CRAZY BEATS HE'S DONE IN THE PAST 3 YEARS!"

However, the neon-sunglassed rapper did not say that Will.I.Am had taken over for Eno and Lanois. But neither did he say that Will.I.Am had stumbled into the studio and accidentally flipped a switch. Unless Kanye West is just misinformed (and this is possible), we surmise Will.I.Am is just working on one song. Or a B-side. Or a remix. Or, er, a practical joke?

To be frank, a Will.I.Am take on U2 is the most abhorrent idea we have heard this year and the year is almost over. We are great fans of Kanye but when it comes to Mr I.Am we must respectfully disagree. The man's production makes us snooze, and any team-up with U2 will, we are certain, make us want to crawl under the duvet in the foetal position. Just to make it go away. Also is Bono going to rap?!

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Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: FishLips on December 10, 2008, 03:24:42 PM
While I respect Kanye and his great talents, I think his blog entries should all be taken with a grain of salt.  He could have chosen a better choice of words when writing this particular entry, but mistakes are made.  Will.I.Am did mention in a recent billboard.com article that he spent some time with U2 in London, insinuating that he may have contributed to the upcoming album.  But by all other accounts that I've seen, the album is still being produced by the Eno/Lanois team.

I'm with you in thinking he may have helped produce one particular song or mix - most likely a "B-side" (do we still call them that?).
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: MEMORY_MAN on December 10, 2008, 03:46:22 PM
U2 has been known to have a main production team and have other producers come in for individual songs when something is missing.  I wouldn't be surprised if Will.I.AM. is involved.  I think it would be cool.  If you look at the last album there are songs that have different producers per song.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: TheFlyingLemon on December 10, 2008, 03:50:31 PM
He probably won't do much since the album is basically finished, just a few remixes of songs I think. Or he's just visiting them.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: emalvick on December 10, 2008, 04:43:15 PM
Well, I didn't read the blog and I don't really follow Kanye, but what little I've seen, the guy does exaggerate items quite often.  This is probably one of them.

If it isn't, I think the one or two song option or B-side option is likely.... There is also that minor possibility that there is a 2nd album lurking in there, which supposedly explains the delay we've had with No Line on the Horizon. Remember that... we're staying in the studio quote to keep the creative juices flowing that we heard late last summer. 

I guess anything is possible.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Boom Cha! on December 10, 2008, 04:53:00 PM
Maybe it'll be a double album and Eno/Lanois is producing one disc and Will.I.Am is producing the 2nd. That would be a big contrast....hhmmm....now that I think about it.....it's a stupid idea.... :P
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Revolver7 on December 11, 2008, 08:46:26 PM
Is this information credible?

http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/will-i-am-will-produce-u2s-new-album
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Joe90usa on December 11, 2008, 08:54:41 PM
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Is this information credible?

http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/will-i-am-will-produce-u2s-new-album

It looks like a piece of information has been stretched beyond the facts to me.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Ultraviolet [ACAAs Polisher of Shiny PopMart Basses] on December 11, 2008, 08:57:36 PM
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Is this information credible?

http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/will-i-am-will-produce-u2s-new-album

"Rumors have now been confirmed as fact..."? How do we know this? It didn't even give a source that I saw.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: vickidvm on December 11, 2008, 09:19:46 PM
If Will.I.Am is involved even the slightest bit, I am worried  :(
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Revolver7 on December 11, 2008, 11:08:02 PM
I hope he's not involved with it...or if he is, I hope that it's just very, very minimal....
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: jimmy jazz on December 13, 2008, 11:54:40 AM
It's official, Will.I.Am has replaced Bono as lead singer of U2.  ;) :-*
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Ultraviolet [ACAAs Polisher of Shiny PopMart Basses] on December 13, 2008, 01:02:16 PM
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It's official, Will.I.Am has replaced Bono as lead singer of U2.  ;) :-*

Oh, please don't say that... I'm getting woozy...  ;)
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Aburrow on December 13, 2008, 09:31:53 PM
Who is Will.I.Am?
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: StrongGirl on December 13, 2008, 09:54:02 PM
He is in the Black Eyed Peas with Fergie. My cousin actually works for the people that represent them and John Legend. I'm the only one hoping U2 is working with him.  My reason is because if there is a link between the two, however small, maybe my "wonderful" cousin could get me a U2 ticket for New York next tour. I know, I am really stretching the "I know someone" theory but anything is worth a try where U2 is concerned! 
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Aburrow on December 13, 2008, 09:59:14 PM
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He is in the Black Eyed Peas with Fergie. My cousin actually works for the people that represent them and John Legend. I'm the only one hoping U2 is working with him.  My reason is because if there is a link between the two, however small, maybe my "wonderful" cousin could get me a U2 ticket for New York next tour. I know, I am really stretching the "I know someone" theory but anything is worth a try where U2 is concerned! 

I certainly hope you get that ticket.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: vickidvm on December 14, 2008, 08:02:37 PM
Don't stop with just a ticket, shoot for backstage passes!   ;D
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Revolver7 on December 14, 2008, 09:05:19 PM
And don't stop with backstage passes....get tickets for everyone here on the forum!  :D hahaha
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: StrongGirl on December 14, 2008, 11:26:06 PM
Revolver7, if it were in my power to do that for all of you, I would in a heartbeat. Sadly, I don't even think I'll get a ticket out of it but as I said, it is worth a try. I'll let you know what happens.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Dali on December 20, 2008, 05:08:11 AM
Well, hip hop drove the big cars in "Kite", didn't it?
So Bono has kind of flirted with the genre all along. Still, I think it's too early to talk about the next album at a time when the current album of 2009 isn't even out yet.
Personally, I think The Edge should be producing the next album. He did a great job on "Tower Of Song" for the Leonard Cohen movie soundtrack.
Title: Re: Will.I.Am to produce U2's next album????
Post by: Boom Cha! on December 20, 2008, 10:32:10 AM
We he wasnt listed as a producer when they released the album info......that's good..... :)