"Dance (RED) Save Lives" - Various Artists
U2 Related Content:
- "Pride (in the Name of Love)" (U2 vs Tiësto) - U2 (04:00)
Full Track Listing:
- Pride in the Name of Love – U2 vs Tiësto (4:00)
- Circuits – Quintino & Moti (4:18)
- Strobelight (Radio Edit) – Laidback Luke & Mortimer (2:58)
- Make Some Noise (Skidka Remix Radio Edit) – Tiësto & Swanky Tunes (3:35)
- L’Amour (Club Edit) – Bingo Players (3:17)
- Annie’s Theme (Instrumental) – Afrojack (5:50)
- White Noise / Red Meat (Radio Edit) – Dada Life (3:14)
- Iced Out (Calvin Harris Remix) – Burns (6:00)
- The Night Out (A-Trak Remix) – Martin Solveig (5:59)
- The End (Radio Edit) – Tommy Trash (3:46)
- Raid – Dyro & Rene Kuppens (6:24)
- Titan – Clockwork (5:17)
- Koko (Radio Mix) – Sander Van Doom (3:10)
- Breaking Up (Radio Edit) – Chuckie & Promised Land (2:43)
- Flare – Dannic (5:30)
- Clockwerk – Feenixpawl (6:43)
- Encoded (Radio Edit) – Hardwell (3:24)
- Bromance (Avicii’s Arena Radio Edit) – Tim Berg (3:38)
- Never Mind – Infected Mushroom (6:05)
- Harlem Shake – Baauer (3:16)
- Express Yourself – Diplo featuring Nicky Da B (4:37)
- Get Free – Major Lazer featuring Amber of Dirty Projectors
This collection of dance music was put together by world famous DJ, Tiësto, and the money raised from sales of the album are used to support Product (RED) and the One organization, with a large portion of the sales of the album on iTunes going to the Global Fund. The album was released to coincide with World AIDS Day 2012. Further, a live stream of the DJ and his set from the Stereostream Festival would be available on YouTube to coincide with the album release. Others DJs involved in the album would also participate in this stream.
The album was first teased by Tiësto on twitter on November 20, 2012 when he released a picture of himself and Bono in the studio. The two are seated behind a mixing console and the tweet read “It was amazing to be in the studio with Bono for @joinRED #fb”. The photograph was taken by photographer Kevin Mazur and was later released to the media with the title “Tiësto and Bono collaborate for (RED) on U2’s ‘Pride’ at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio, Brooklyn” when the album was announced formally a few hours later. The announcement of the compilation also heralded Bono’s involvement in the track, and that he had worked in the studio with Tiësto on the track, a remake of the U2 song “Pride (In the Name of Love)”.
On November 21, u2.com announced a secret U2 event, telling all subscribers they should log in the next day (Thanksgiving in the US) at 8pm GMT to hear some “pretty special audio”. Users earlier that day found they had the ability to listen to this new version of “Pride (In the Name of Love)” in the u2.com media player, whether or not they were subscribers. This added fuel to the fire that it would be some new song release by U2. Instead, at 8pm GMT the site crashed. A few minutes later when subscribers could access the site, there was much disappointment that the song was not new, was just a reworking of something older, and was a song that had leaked on the audio player earlier in the day.
The launch of the album on November 27 did not go smoothly either. The song was made available early in the day on the 27th but after only a couple of hours of availability the entire album was removed from iTunes. It is unknown why the album was posted and then later removed. It wasn’t until late in the evening (8pm EST) that the album was made available again on iTunes. Initially upon reappearing in the store the songs were made available for separate purchase, but this was quickly changed so that one had to purchase the entire album, and no tracks were available on their own.
The song itself is a dance reworking of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love)”. It appears to be a remix of elements of the original track, alongside new vocals recorded by Bono at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio with Tiësto in 2012. The most interesting change of note is that Bono sings “early evening April 4th” finally clearing up the mistake he made in the original version of “Pride” claiming that Martin Luthur King was shot in the morning instead of the evening. The version of the song that was streamed on u2.com and the version eventually released on iTunes were the same version of the song.
Pride (In the Name of Love) (U2 vs Tiësto):
Music and lyrics by U2. Produced and engineered by Brian Eno and Danny Lanois. Additional production by Tiësto.