Ordinary Love (U2 song)

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"Ordinary Love"

Cover art designed by Oliver Jeffers
Single by U2
B-side"Breathe" (Mandela version)
Released29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)
Format10-inch
GenreRock
Length3:38
LabelInterscope Records[1]
Writer(s)Bono (lyrics)
U2, Danger Mouse (music)[2]
ProducerDanger Mouse
U2 singles chronology
"I Will Follow" (live from Glastonbury)
(2011)
"Ordinary Love"
(2013)
Music video
"Ordinary Love" lyric video at YouTube
 
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"Ordinary Love"

Cover art designed by Oliver Jeffers
Single by U2
B-side"Breathe" (Mandela version)
Released29 November 2013 (2013-11-29)
Format10-inch
GenreRock
Length3:38
LabelInterscope Records[1]
Writer(s)Bono (lyrics)
U2, Danger Mouse (music)[2]
ProducerDanger Mouse
U2 singles chronology
"I Will Follow" (live from Glastonbury)
(2011)
"Ordinary Love"
(2013)
Music video
"Ordinary Love" lyric video at YouTube

"Ordinary Love" is a song by rock band U2. It was written to honour Nelson Mandela and is included in the biography film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The song will be given a limited 10" vinyl release on Record Store Day.[3] "Ordinary Love" is the first song by U2 since 2010.[4] The song was released on 29 November 2013, less than a week before Mandela died.

Writing and recording[edit]

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for years. When movie producer Harvey Weinstein invited the band to write a song for the film's soundtrack, they responded with a quick "yes" according to Weinstein.[5] After seeing early cuts of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2 were inspired to write a song reflecting upon Mandela.[5] The song was mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

It was revealed on 17 October 2013, the band had written a song specifically for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom entitled "Ordinary Love", after receiving an invitation from movie producer Harvey Weinstein.[4] Subscribers of the band's official website were able to hear it first on the same day.[6] It was reported that the song was to get a full preview on U2.com on 30 October but instead a news bulletin was released stating the song was to be released on a 10" vinyl.[3][4] On 21 November 2013 U2 made the previously announced lyric video available for paying subscribers via their official website. The video has been directed by Mac Premo and Oliver Jeffers.[citation needed] The song was given a free download release on the band's website to paid subscribers on 30 November.[7]

"Ordinary Love" was released on 29 November 2013 as part of the Record Store Day's "Back to Black Friday". It will be given a limited release with only 10,000 10" vinyl copies made. During the recording of "No Line on the Horizon", U2 worked on two sets of lyrics for "Breathe". The first version was about Nelson Mandela, and the second was "more surreal and personal".[8] Whereas the second version was included on "No Line on the Horizon",[8] they decided to include the first version about Mandela on the vinyl as a B-side for "Ordinary Love", entitling it "Breathe (Mandela version)".[5] Weinstein has said that he believes U2 have done a "brilliant job honoring the man".[5] Rolling Stone magazine said, "...'Ordinary Love' is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly: down-to-earth, while looking up."[9]

Awards[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryResult
71st Golden Globe Awards[10]Best Original Song - Motion PicturePending
19th Critics' Choice Awards[11]Best SongPending

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for "Ordinary Love" features a "striking painting of Nelson Mandela" by Irish artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.[3]

Personnel[edit]

U2[2]
Additional performers[2]
  • Danger Mouse – piano, additional synthesizers
  • Angel Deradoorian – additional backing vocals
  • Declan Gaffney – piano, additional synthesizers
  • Barry Gorey – synthesizers, Wurlitzer
Technical[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12]57
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13]23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14]10
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[15]37
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16]23
France (SNEP)[17]31
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[18]29
Hungary (Single Top 20)[19]4
Ireland (IRMA)[20]13
Israel (Media Forest)[21]4
Italy (FIMI)[22]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[23]7
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24]20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25]24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26]82

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U2 - Ordinary Love". Record Store Day. 2013. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (Digital) (Release notes). Ordinary Love. U2. Interscope Records. 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Ordinary Love On Vinyl". U2.com. Live Nation. 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c McGreevy, Ronan (22 October 2013). "Video: New U2 song ‘Ordinary Love’ part of Mandela biopic". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Grow, Kory (30 October 2013). "U2 Ready Two New Songs for 'Back to Black Friday'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Ordinary Love'". U2.com. Live Nation. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Download Ordinary Love". U2.com. Live Nation. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (5 April 2009). "Taking care of business". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "'U2, Ordinary Love'". 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Golden Globe Awards Nominations: ‘12 Years A Slave’ & ‘American Hustle’ Lead Pack". Deadline. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Peter Gicas (December 16, 2013). "Critics' Choice Awards 2014: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "U2 – Ordinary Love – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Ordinary Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Ordinary Love" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for U2.
  16. ^ "Danishcharts.com – U2 – Ordinary Love". Tracklisten.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – U2 – Ordinary Love" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 10 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  20. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  21. ^ "{{{artist}}} – {{{song}}} Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – U2 – Ordinary Love". Top Digital Download.
  23. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 52, 2013" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  24. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – {{{artist}}} – {{{song}}}" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  25. ^ "U2 – Ordinary Love – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 - 14th December 2013". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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