U2 "Songs of Ascent" Album Preview

U2, "Songs of Ascent" (Island/Interscope/IGA)

Release Date: tentatively June 2010

Manager Paul McGuinnes told the Irish Independent that "Bono is always an optimist, but he seems confident of getting a new record out by the end of the next six months."

As for the sunglasses-clad frontman, he told the paper, "We are working away and we have a couple of yearlings in the stables that could really turn out to be thoroughbreds in the future. As a band you are always trying to work on new material and we had some unfinished material from the last album."

There have also been reports of the band spending time in the studio in New York and France. As far as tracks go, the Edge told Rolling Stone that "Kingdom of Your Love"-the U2 360 tour intro song-is a "potential 'Songs of Ascent' track." Bono also described the album as "an intimate affair."