U2 Begin Preliminary Work on "Pop" Follow-up

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Let's face it, every day is a vacation for U2. So, what difference does it make whether they spend it on the bleach-white beaches of some Caribbean island, or in a recording studio jamming with legendary producers/musicians Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. It's all good.

That said, U2 have been unofficially reunited with the producing team that helped mold the sound on what are arguably the pop quartet's best albums (1984's The Unforgettable Fire, 1987's The Joshua Tree and 1991's Achtung Baby) in a Dublin, Ireland, studio. According to a source close to the project, no deal is in place between the band and producers, but both sides of the equation began "working on ideas" last week, and "they'll probably get to the record-making parts next year."

The current session follows the Dublin video shoot for the single "Sweetest Thing," which will appear on The Best of 1980-1990, due out November 3.