U2's premiere of its new song "Invisible" in a commercial during the Super Bowl last Sunday (February 2nd) raised more than $3 million for lead singer Bono's charitable organization (RED), according to Billboard.com. The money will be funneled to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It took just 36 hours for the number of free downloads of the track on iTunes to lead Bank of America to exceed its initial pledge of $2 million. All proceeds from copies of "Invisible" being sold now as a paid download will also go to the Global Fund.
"Invisible" was downloaded for free more than one million times within the first hour after it was released on Sunday afternoon, with the song sailing past the three million mark by the time the free downloads ended on Monday night.
Although "Invisible" is likely to appear on U2's next album, Bono told USA Today in a new interview that it won't be the first single. He explained, "We have another song we’re excited about to kick off the album. This is just sort of a sneak preview -- to remind people we exist."
The singer added that "Invisible" was the first song that the band finished and that it hopes to have the album, which they're still working on, out by this summer.
As for what the yet-to-be-titled set sounds like, Bono told USA Today that it was somewhat inspired by the punk rock sounds that first influenced U2, adding that it will serve up "some very different moods, and some extraordinary guitar stuff out of Edge."
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