U2's free download of the song "Invisible" raised more than $3 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the 36 hours that it was available for free on iTunes, the band announced. Bank of America originally promised to donate $1 for each download up to $2 million, but the success of the campaign prompted the bank to exceed its initial pledge. All proceeds from additional downloads of "Invisible," sold for $1.29 starting today, will be donated to the Global Fund as well.
"Invisible" is touted as a preview of U2's forthcoming album, although Bono said in an interview with USA Today that the song is not the first official single. The singer also called in to Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on Monday night and spoke more about what U2 has in store.
"We listened to all this extraordinary music in the late '70s and started to think about those times and the things that made us who we were," Bono told Lowe. "We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. It opened up a whole valve for me writing and it was a dam burst of sorts. Punk rock and electronic [music] was when it started for us. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk and you can hear both of those things on 'Invisible.'"
Bono also said he hopes to finish the album "in a couple of months," but added that, "Until it's on the radio or online, it's not real. With U2, our album isn't finished until it's in the stores. It's tricky getting us four boys across the line. But we are very thrilled with 'Invisible.' I'm just delighted that there are still people that are interested in us... With all singers, insecurity is your best security. That's why we're such loud people and why we walk all funny. You think, 'Are people interested?' But I think our band has something and they know we don't just put albums out. We do think about it."