Ordinary Love (U2 song)

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"Ordinary Love"
Cover art designed by Oliver Jeffers
Single by U2
B-side "Breathe" (Mandela version)
Released 29 November 2013
Format 10-inch
Genre Rock
Length 3:38
Label Interscope[1]
Writer(s) Bono (lyrics)
U2, Danger Mouse (music)[2]
Producer(s) Danger Mouse
U2 singles chronology
"I Will Follow" (live from Glastonbury)
(2011)
"Ordinary Love"
(2013)
"Invisible"
(2014)
Music video
"Ordinary Love" lyric video on 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.

"Ordinary Love" peaked at number one on the Top Digital Download chart in Italy, where it was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[citation needed] U2 won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and in January 2014 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Writing and recording[edit]

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for several years, having played concert performances in South Africa. 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 City.[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] On 30 November, the song was made available as a free download on the band's website to paid subscribers.[7]

"Ordinary Love" was released on 29 November 2013 as part of the Record Store Day's "Back to Black Friday". As a limited release, only 10,000 10" vinyl copies were 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 said, "'Ordinary Love' is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly: down-to-earth, while looking up."[9] As of March 2014, the single has sold 115,000 copies in the United States.[10]

U2 posted a new mix of the song, "Ordinary Love (Paul Epworth mix)", on their official soundcloud 14 December 2013.[11][better source needed]

Awards[edit]

Awards
Award Category Result
86th Academy Awards Best Original Song Nominated
71st Golden Globe Awards[12] Best Original Song Won
19th Critics' Choice Awards[13] Best Song Nominated
2013 Denver Film Critics Society Awards[14] Best Original Song Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association[15] Best Original Song Nominated

Cover art[edit]

The cover art for the "Ordinary Love" single features a "striking painting of Nelson Mandela" by Oliver Jeffers.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e Ordinary Love (Digital) (Media notes). 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. 
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  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. ^ "No U2 Album, Tour Until 2015 (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  11. ^ https://soundcloud.com/u2/ordinary-love-paul-epworth-version
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  13. ^ Peter Gicas (16 December 2013). "Critics' Choice Awards 2014: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Denver Film Critics Society Nominations". Awards Daily. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave Lead BFCA's Critics Choice Movie Awards Nominations". Deadline.com. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Italiancharts.com – U2 – Ordinary Love". Top Digital Download.
  30. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs – December 21, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  31. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 52, 2013" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 21 December 2013.
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  34. ^ "Portugal Digital Songs – December 21, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
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