MTV recently announced that U2 would be one of the performers at this year’s EMAs — 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the awards — making it their fourth time performing at the EMAs. Their last performance was back in 2009 when the EMAs were in Berlin, Germany.
What has the iconic band been up to recently? MTV points out that U2 surprised their fans back in September by releasing their 13th studio album for free. The album, Songs of Innocence, was the follow-on to No Line on the Horizon from 2009, and Songs of Innocence debuted in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 despite the free release. (It also started at #1 on almost every other album chart around the world.) Also working on Songs of Innocence were world-famous producer Danger Mouse, Declan Gaffney, Paul Epworth, Flood, and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic.
The 2014 EMAs were in Glasgow, so a U2 performance had Glasgow City Council Leader and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau chair Councillor Gordon Matheson very excited. He released a statement that the U2 performance would be welcome news to music fans across Glasgow and help reinforce the city’s “enviable reputation” as a world-class destination for music.
Additional performers at the 2014 EMAs were Charli XCX, Ariana Grande, Royal Blood, Kiesza, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias. Host was Nicki Minaj. Fifth Harmony, Jake Miller, and Nick Jonas performed from Miami for the kick off, and there are rumours that Alicia Keys will be performing. Calvin Harris’ scheduled performance had been cancelled due to illness.
The EMA performance is just one of the Irish band’s many performances in the wake of the Songs of Innocence release. They are also releasing a film project centered on the album, which will consist of a series of 11 different videos by what they describe as 11 different world-famous urban artists. Each of them will represent a different track on the album. A new tour has also been announced, fans can get U2 tickets here.
Unlike the tour, the Songs of Innocence film project, appropriately titled Films of Innocence, has not yet been officially announced by the band. However band representatives have confirmed the concept and the videos are available for pre-order on iTunes. Unlike the free iTunes release of Songs of Innocence, the videos won’t be free — to buy it on the release date of 9 December will set fans back £6.99 or £8.99 to buy the HD version.