"Atomic City" - U2

Promotional Release

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Background Information

“Atomic City” is a single released by U2 in September 2023, as they kick off their shows at Sphere in Las Vegas. For more information on the song and the commercial single, please see our main discography entry.

The song was also issued for promotion, with a release on September 29, 2023 in digital formats to radio, and other media. The promotional single was released as a digital release, and at this point we are unaware of any physical release of the song for promotion. If such a release does happen we will update our information below. The promotional track was sent via Universal Music at 12 midnight, which corresponded to the release of the video for the song as well. Digital promotion included the song in either a wave format, or compressed format, digital information about the single itself, and the cover art of the single. Some promotional delivery services were given a second image of the band as well, photographed by Sam Jones in Las Vegas. It was the same version released commercially that was sent out for promotion on this original release.

On October 6, 2023, two further versions of the song were also released digitally to radio together. The “Alternative Edit” is a slightly longer version of the song, with a repeat of the instrumental of the song at the end of the track, instead of the song fading out as it does on the commercial release. A second, much shorter version, the “Edit” chops out a number of verses and one repeat of the chorus to bring the song in at just over two minutes. It too has the ending of the song found in the Alternative Edit. Also on October 6, 2023, a further version of the song was sent to radio by itself. This one is much closer to the commercially released version, but does remove the silence at the start, as well as fading out quicker, and about one second earlier.

On February 9, 2024, two remixes by David Guetta were sent out for promotion to radio. These were released digitally only, and no promotional CD was released. Earlier in the week, both mixes were released commercially following U2’s appearance on the Grammy Awards. (These mixes were also sent out to promotion again on February 23, with the Extended Mix being sent to Mainstream Club stations, and the regular remix being sent to Rhythm Radio.)

Liner Notes

Lyrics by Bono. Music by U2, Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder.
Vocals: Bono and The Edge. Backing Vocals: The Edge and Jacknife Lee.
Guitar: The Edge. Bass Guitar: Adam Clayton. Drums: Larry Mullen, Jr.
Produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite. Engineered by Jacknife Lee and CJ Eiriksson. Additional Engineering by Duncan Stewart. Mixed by Tom Elmhirst. Assistant Mixer: Adam Hong. Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios.
Published by Universal Polygram Int. Publishing Inc./ Sony Melody a division of Sony Music Publishing.
(P) 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited

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