Quick Hits: U2, Lionel Richie & Cee Lo Green, elbow, Chuck D / Record Store Day
February 12, 2014

U2 has released the full Mark Romanek-directed video for the song "Invisible," which is slated to appear on the band's upcoming album. The black and white video features Bono crooning into a hang-down microphone while the rest of the band plays in front of multiple video effects. Bono has previously said that "Invisible" is not the first single from the upcoming album, which is due later this year. "We have another song we're excited about to kick off the album," the singer told USA Today. "This is just sort of a sneak preview — to remind people we exist."

Lionel Richie is extending his worldwide All the Hits All Night Long tour, traveling through North America this summer with special guest Cee Lo Green. Richie is first taking this tour on the road in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East throughout March and April. The North American leg will kick off Thursday, May 29 in Vancouver, BC and will run through August 2 in Bethel, NY.

U.K. five-piece elbow will be making a return to North America in support of their sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, which is due for release on March 11 via Concord Music Group. The band will be on the road from May 11 in Washington, DC to May 28 in Los Angeles. Tickets for elbow's North American tour will go on sale this Friday, February 14.

Public Enemy leader Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Speaking about his appointment, Chuck D stated: "The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out... In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store."

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