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U2 'Storms' The Beach For New Video
U2 shot a video for its new single, "Electrical Storm," last week in the French seaside town Eze. The clip stars actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid and was directed by longtime UU2 shot a video for its new single, "Electrical Storm," last week in the French seaside town Eze. The clip stars actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid and was directed by longtime U2 collaborator Anton Corbijn, who photographed the cover of the band's 1987 album "The Joshua Tree." According to Ireland's Evening Herald, filming lasted from 6 a.m. last Wednesday to 3 a.m. the following morning.
"Electrical Storm" is slated as one of two new songs on "The Best of 1990 - 2000," due in November from Interscope. According to the band's official Web site, the cut "is set for radio play in the U.S. as early as this week, as soon as production work on the track is finished."
A demo of the song was played on BBC Radio 1 over the weekend; fast-acting fans recorded the broadcast and have been distributing MP3 files across the Internet. A commercial single for "Electrical Storm" is due Oct. 21 internationally.
The other new song set for inclusion on "Greatest Hits" is "The Hands That Built America," which was penned for Martin Scorsese's upcoming Miramax film "Gangs of New York." The film is due Dec. 25 in U.S. theaters; it is not yet known if a commercial soundtrack will be released.
U2's "The Best of 1980 - 1990" debuted in December 1998 at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. That set's remix of the cut "Sweetest Thing" hit No. 9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 12 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 tally.
As previously reported, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. is among the panelists who will select the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, to be handed out Oct. 29 at Los Angeles' Knitting Factory. Mullen's five nominations for the award's "Long List" were albums from Bjork, Andrew W.K., JJ72, Doves, and the Hives.