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U2 OPENS SESSIONS TO FANS,
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Band To Offer Studio Peek At New Album Via Web, Disc Due Later This Year
U2's final weeks of studio work on its new album can be viewed live on the Web, at www.U2.com.

Fans can see updated images of the band as it puts the finishing touches on the new disc, its first since 1997's "Pop."

It's the group's first release since its longtime record company, Island, a division of PolyGram, merged with the Universal Music Group two years ago.

As a result of that reorganization, U2 was reunited with jimmy iovine',390,400);">jimmy iovine',390,400);">Jimmy Iovine, the band's former producer, and current Interscope-Geffen-A&M co-chairman.

After the merger realignment, Interscope, the jewel in UMG's crown, nabbed the rights to U2, and will release the band's highly anticipated new album later this year.

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