Today, U2 made their new song "Invisible" available as a free download on iTunes. But, in a way, the song is even better than free: Bank of America has promised to give one dollar for each download of the track — which Bono has called a "sneak preview" of the band's next record — to (RED), the organization Bono cofounded in 2006 to help fight AIDS.
In total, the bank will contribute up to $8 million through 11:59 p.m. EST Monday night to (RED)'s charitable recipient, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. That organization provides HIV and AIDS treatment, as well as testing and prevention services, to people in the world's poorest countries. (RED) estimated that it would be able to raise up to $10 million from its partnership with Bank of America.
"We're taking all the energy around the Super Bowl and interest in what U2's doing and flipping it into the fight against HIV AIDS," Bono told USA Today recently. He also said that the track, which bursts with optimism as Bono sings about unity in a relationship, was not the first official single from the album. "We have another song we're excited about to kick off the album," he said. "This is just sort of a sneak preview – to remind people we exist."
Although the band said it would debut the track tonight during the Super Bowl, the group put the song on iTunes shortly after noon today. According to USA Today, the song will be removed from iTunes on Tuesday.
Over the past year, U2 have been hard at work with producer Danger Mouse on the follow-up to their last LP, 2009's No Line on the Horizon. The band has not yet announced a release date for the album – in fact, Bono has said he expects to be working on it for a couple months more – but the singer estimated it would come out in the summer. U2 will be Jimmy Fallon's first musical guest when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17th.
The U2 song "Ordinary Love," which accompanied the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and came out on a limited-edition 10-inch in November, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The track was also nominated in the same category for the Oscars; that awards ceremony takes place on March 2nd.