Sunday, April 21, 2024

Oscars: Twice Nominated Bono Coming Around Again with an Original Song for “Sing 2”


EXCLUSIVE I’m hearing that Bono — you know, from U2 — is back on the Oscar track.

Paul David Hewson, our Bono, is a featured voice character in the upcoming “Sing 2,” the sequel to the mega international hit animated film, “Sing.”

In the movie, Bono plays Clay Calloway, a reclusive rock star who is being courted by the other characters — voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, etc — to come out of retirement and help them.

The trailer for the film, which includes covers of many hit songs — features the Bono-Edge penned U2 classic, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

But spies tell me Bono has written and recorded a new song for “Sing 2” that will go into competition at the Oscars for Best Song. It’s unclear whether it will be billed as Bono solo or the group U2.

Bono and Edge have written so many classics, radio staples, and personal favorites, that this is exciting news. They’ve been nominated twice in the past. The first time was for 2003’s “Gangs of New York” — the song was “The Hands That Built America.” For “Mandela” in 2014 they were nominated for “Ordinary Love.”

No news yet on the title of the new song or when it will drop, but “Sing 2” will be released here on Christmas. It debuts in Europe around December 2nd, so maybe we’ll hear Bono’s new song late next month.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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