U2 have shared their first song in two years, ‘Your Song Saved My Life’.
It features on the soundtrack for the upcoming Universal Pictures animation ‘Sing 2’. Frontman Bono features as rockstar lion Clay Calloway in the film.
The veteran rockers previewed the song earlier this week when they joined TikTok.
U2‘s presence on the video sharing platform means that users can now feature U2 tracks as soundtracks to their own posts. They are the latest legendary rockers to join the platform, following The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, along with ABBA and Taylor Swift.
Another video shared was a montage of the Irish band’s best hits that are now available on the video sharing platform, including ‘Vertigo’, ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ and ‘Beautiful Day’.
According to a press release, the #U2 hashtag and related content on TikTok had been seen over 249 million views before the band were on the platform.
In July this year bassist Adam Clayton shared that the band would have no problem if frontman Bono decided to go solo after more than four decades together.
Speaking on the Rockenteours podcast, he said: “If Bono wanted to go off and do a solo record, I would encourage him and certainly everyone else would.”
The bassist also said the band were recording stripped back versions of some songs as well as the ‘Sing 2’ track.
“We have been recording acoustic versions of some of our catalogue in different keys and different tempos as a challenge,” he said.
In September last year, The Edge also shared that the band were working on new music before the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
“I was actually working on some new songs with Bono,” he said on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show.
“I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call,” he said, “’cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America so I snuck in and spent the first part of the lockdown with Morleigh in California and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while.”