"Get Out of Your Own Way" - U2

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Background Information

On November 1, 2017, U2 announced the final details of their album Songs of Experience. At that time it made two songs available for download from the album, “Get Out of Your Own Way” and “The Blackout”. Two weeks later an additional track was made available to download, “American Soul” (although in some cases it was made available earlier in error). But all were sold as part of the album Songs of Experience on streaming services and on download sites, with artwork from the album.

Starting on November 2, 2017, the song, “Get Out of Your Own Way” was also sent to radio in Poland, a test market for the song. The song was also used on the BBC during the week that U2 appeared on the EMAs, and as of December 4, 2017, the song was sent to AAA stations in the US for promotion. The version being sent to these markets is a radio edit of the song which runs 03:20. These digitally delivered promo versions of the song are edited to remove the spoken word piece by Kendrick Lamar.

We also know that two different promotional videos have been filmed for the song. One filmed in October with director Jonas Åkerlund, as the band toured in Mexico, features U2 on a rooftop in Mexico City performing the song and celebrating the culture of Mexico. The second video was filmed in November, when U2 performed in Trafalgar Square as part of the MTV EMAs, and that video features U2 playing the song on stage as the audience holds up protest signs provided by the band. At this point neither video has been released, however the Mexico video has been teased as being ‘released soon’ on December 11, 2017, with 23 seconds of footage being shared on YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter.

On December 28, 2017, the first unique single for the song was released on streaming platforms and on iTunes and other platforms for purchase. The song is a remix of “Get Out of Your Own Way” by Switch. Switch is a British DJ, known for his work with Major Lazer, and remixes for M.I.A., Kylie Minogue and other artists. In 2008, he did a remix of Underworld’s “Boy, Boy, Boy“ which is a track listed in our discography due to the participation of Larry Mullen on that track.

The Switch remix was released with artwork that is similar to the cover of the box set, featuring a blue and black design.

It is not known at this time if other single formats will follow.

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