Bono Reveals "Classic" Nature Of Next U2 Album

Bono's been a busy guy lately: he's been splitting his time between ending world poverty and recording the next U2 album.

The singer recently recorded "New Day," a collaborative single with Wyclef Jean to raise money for NetAid and the Wyclef Jean Foundation. The duo performed the song at a charity dinner, and they plan to play it once again at the upcoming NetAid concert (see "Wyclef Jean And Bono To Perform Benefit Single At NYC Club Show").

That's all well and good, of course, though Bono recently told MTV News' Chris Connelly that while he realizes the importance of trying to make the world a better place, he prefers making records to making speeches.

"I'd like to be, to be honest with you... I would much prefer to be making records and writing tunes than making a speech in front of the General Assembly of the United Nations," Bono told Connelly. "And that's what I intend to do starting the day after NetAid."

"We're about two songs away from a classic U2 album,"
Bono added. "It's hard to leave it, actually. It's very exciting, you know, to be making a record with this group, I have to say."

Connelly began, "When you say, a 'classic' U2 record--"

"Did I just say that?" Bono asked, laughing. "I'm always amazed when I hear... because it just slips out, doesn't it? Just throw in 'classic' [when] describing your own music. I was born to be a rock star. That just goes with the job. I probably meant 'classic' in the sense of, it's a record that only our group could have made." [RealVideo]

Tickets for the New Jersey version of NetAid, featuring the Bono-Wyclef duo, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Counting

Crows, former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Sting and others, are on sale now (see "Puff Daddy, Sting, More Join NetAid As Lineups Are Announced; Bono Talks Wyclef").