How do one of the world's biggest rock bands, a massive financial institution, and the fight against AIDS fit together? U2 has announced a partnership with Bank of America, which will donate $1 to RED – the charity that frontman Bono cofounded to fight AIDS – every time someone downloads U2's new song, "Invisible," from iTunes.
What's more, "Invisible" can be downloaded completely for free until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday night, and Bank of America will donate up to $2 millionto RED's Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. A commercial announcing the campaign aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday night, and featured a preview of the black-and-white performance video of the anthemic new song.
"Invisible" is reportedly the first song U2 has finished that will appear on their forthcoming Danger Mouse-produced album, but Bono says that it won't be the album's lead single. "We have another song we're excited about to kick off the album," Bono told USA Today. "This is just sort of a sneak preview — to remind people we exist."
"Invisible" combines electronic and rock elements with U2's signature soaring choruses on which Bono croons, "I’m more than you know / I’m more than you see here / I’m more than you’ll let me be." The tune ends with a reminder that we're all in this together. "There is no them, there's only us," Bono sings repeatedly.
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The renowned Irish singer and activist said that the band has been hard at work recording "lots and lots of songs," but they haven't yet confirmed a release date for the album. "We want it to come out this summer, but you don't want to let anyone down," Bono said.
He also praised his band members for supporting RED's work. "They don't like to talk about it, but they gave $11 million of (U2)'s last tour to (RED)," Bono added. "They're big supporters. And I'm very proud of them for this."
U2 fans and those who want to support the global fight against AIDS and other deadly diseases should act quickly – the free download of "Invisible" and Bank of America's generous donation partnership will disappear on February 4.