U2‘s new song, “Invisible,” will premiere during this year’s Super Bowl in a commercial that will launch the band’s new partnership with (RED) and Bank of America. The new agreement will reportedly raise over $10 million to fight AIDS.
After its debut, “Invisible” will be available on iTunes as a free download during the game and for the next 24 hours. Bank of America will donate $1 for each download of the song (up to $2 million) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – a service that provides treatment, medicine and prevention services to the populations of the world’s poorest countries. Currently, one of the primary goals of (RED) – which U2 frontman Bono cofounded in 2006 with Bobby Shriver – and the Global Fund is to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.
Thanks to the extra proceeds from Bank of America, (RED) is expected to surpass a quarter-billion dollars raised for the Global Fund. In a statement, Bono said that Bank of America’s commitment to donate $10 million spurred further donations from the Gates Foundation, SAP and Africa’s Motsepe Family totaling $22 million.
The upcoming Super Bowl spot also lines up with U2’s previously reported plan to announce a new album, which should see release sometime this spring. The band has been recording the follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon with Danger Mouse at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. U2 will also be Jimmy Fallon’s first musical guest when he debuts as the new host of The Tonight Show on February 17th.
Despite the long wait between albums, U2 teased fans with a new track this year, “Ordinary Love,” which appeared in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and was released as a 10-inch vinyl single as part of Record Store Day’s “Back to Black Friday” event. The song recently won the Golden Globe for Best Original song and picked up an Oscar nomination in the same category as well.