Quick Hits: U2, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell, Dave Matthews Band, Christmas In Washington
November 22, 2013

U2's The Edge (photo: Jim Rinaldi)
U2 has released a lyric video for their new song "Ordinary Love," which was written and recorded for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. As previously reported, the song will be released on a limited edition 10" vinyl single on Black Friday. You can hear the full song via U2's Facebook page here. The Irish rockers are rumored to release a new studio album next April.

Lana Del Rey will release her short film Tropico on VEVO on December 5. The film includes three songs from Del Rey's deluxe "Paradise Edition" of her album Born To Die and is described as "an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption and features Del Rey starring as Eve. The three-part story begins in the Garden of Eden and travels through time to modern-day Los Angeles." Tropico was directed by Anthony Mandler who helmed Del Rey’s videos for "National Anthem" and "Ride."

Pharrell Williams has released what is being called the first "24 hour music video," for the song "Happy." The video can be found at 24hoursofhappy.com and runs for a full 24 hours, allowing viewers to fast-forward and rewind the clip. The song was recorded for Despicable Me 2 and features an appearance from its star Steve Carrell, as well as cameos from Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Steve Martin, Magic Johnson and others.

Dave Matthews Band have begun work on their next studio album, as Matthews tells Rolling Stone that DMB has been working with producer Rob Cavallo on new material. Matthews said, "I've been in the studio trying to get a couple of things ready for the band to go back in, having fun. I'm just trying to come up with something that doesn't sound like the past." He added, ""There are some songs the band has been playing for a long time. And then whenever I start messing around in the studio, I start writing, so hopefully we can come up with something worth listening to."

Janelle Monae, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys and Anna Kendrick will all be a part of TNT's annual Christmas In Washington special, airing December 20. The annual event will be recorded on December 15 at the National Building Museum in the nation's capital.

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