U2 single to get early release

Canadian Press (1997-01-07)

TORONTO (CP) — U2’s new album was delayed until March, but starting Tuesday fans can hear the much-anticipated first single on radio stations across Canada.

The song Discotheque, a heavy dance tune, has been available on the Internet for sometime but it wasn’t supposed to hit airwaves until Jan. 15.

That’s been moved to Wednesday after influential L.A. radio station KROQ got the jump and started playing it, a spokeswoman for the group’s record company said Monday.

The single will be distributed to about 100 stations for simultaneous release at 9:00 am. The album called Pop and due in stores March 4, disappointed music retailers hoping for a blockbuster release when it wasn’t available for Christmas. The release will be followed by a world tour with dates in Canada.

U2 has sold 70 million records worldwide since the Irish band’s 1980 debut Boy. The last album, 1993’s Zooropa, sold 400,000 copies in Canada.

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