“Atomic City” Releases Digital, Vinyl and CD

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2023-09-29)

“Atomic City” has arrived. We’ve updated our resources throughout U2Songs to cover this single including the following:

The single was released after midnight in each region last night. (Although there were some delays in Asian and other Pacific countries.) Audio formats include CD quality and compressed audio formats, high resolution audio, and an Atmos mix of the song is also available via Tidal. These digital releases are available via Spotify, and also are available to download via online store fronts.

The song lyrics are credited to Bono. The music is credited to U2, Debbie Harry and Giorgio Moroder. (Can we stop the “Blondie will sue” discussions now? They’ve been credited and will receive royalties.) It is produced by Steve Lillywhite and Jacknife Lee.

Also announced yesterday are two physical formats of the single. Both a CD single and a 7-Inch vinyl are being produced. As the songs final mix was only finished earlier this week, these physical formats will take some time to produce, and are being listed with a December 29, 2023 release date on most shops. The vinyl is available to pre-order through most independent retailers in the UK as well as The Sound of Vinyl and Recordstore.co.uk. The CD is a little harder to find for pre-order, but it is available on Recordstore.co.uk. For those in Ireland, both the vinyl and CD are available to pre-order through Record Hub. In France and Germany, the CD single and 7-Inch are available via Universal’s online stores at https://u2-store.fr/ and https://u2.universal-music.de/p30-i3131/. For those looking elsewhere, we expect additional shops to list this item today. We have not yet seen listings for Australia, USA, Canada and other countries to pre-order but will update when we spot anything, but both CD and Vinyl are available via U2.com in the various shops now.

The CD single is a single track CD single. It will be released in a slimline jewel case. It is U2’s first commercial CD single since the release of “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” in 2009. (Other singles have been released, but only on vinyl or digitally.) The 7-Inch single likewise is U2’s first since “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” in 2009, as most vinyl singles since that time have been 12-inch singles. Like the CD the vinyl will feature one track, and the B-side will feature an etched design. The 7-Inch single is being pressed in photo luminescent transparent vinyl. (Yes, it will glow in the dark or under UV light…) More on the commercial release can be found in our “Atomic City” Discography Entry

Promotional materials were sent to radio last night as well, containing just the main song. These were accompanied by the cover art, and a photograph of the band taken by Sam Jones the day of the “Atomic Video” shoot, as well as credits for the song. More information on the promotional release can be found here.

The promotional video was also released in full last night. The video is directed by Ben Kutchins, who also directed the Super Bowl ad that announced U2’s Sphere shows, telling a story about fans coming together to see U2. This video carries on that storyline, showing the giant floating ball taking it’s spot in Las Vegas and the baby awakening. At the end we see the baby come to the life saying “This is not a rehearsal”.

U2’s first show in Las Vegas is tonight at the Sphere. More information on the run of shows is available in our U2 Show Archive. We have also set up a page to track entertainment happening at the Zoo Station exhibit at The Venetian.

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