U2 is back at Number One with the release of its latest album, Songs Of Surrender. The album sits on top of Billboard's Album, Rock, Alternative, and Vinyl charts and peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Across the pond, Songs Of Surrender has topped the charts in Ireland, Italy, Germany, Holland, and Belgium, as well as hitting Number One on iTunes in 35 countries around the world.
The 40-track Songs Of Surrender album was inspired by Bono's best-selling autobiography, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story. We asked bassist Adam Clayton about how his bandmate's memoir inspired and ultimately changed him: “I knew a lot about what he was doing politically but I didn't really, really know what it took. That's a guy who didn't have to get up and go to work every day like that and I wanna be in a band with people that not only are great songwriters, they're great artists — but they're great humanitarians and they're great people. Because I need to be inspired and I need to be led by that same kind of thinking. I believe in music as a higher art and you can change the world with a guitar — and that's what I signed up for.”