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"Ordinary Love" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It was written to honour Nelson Mandela and is included in the biography film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The song received a limited 10-inch vinyl release on Record Store Day[3] on 29 November 2013, less than a week before Mandela died.

"Ordinary Love"
Ordinary Love cover art.jpg
Cover art designed by Oliver Jeffers
Single by U2
from the album Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
B-side"Breathe" (Mandela version)
Released29 November 2013
Format10-inch vinyl
StudioElectric Lady Studios (New York)
GenreRock
Length3:39 (single version)
3:47 (Extraordinary Mix)
LabelInterscope[1]
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Danger Mouse
  • Declan Gaffney (add.)
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" 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 the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it lost to "Let It Go" from Frozen.

An alternate version of the song, titled the "Extraordinary Mix", was included on deluxe edition of the band's 2017 studio album, Songs of Experience.

Contents

Writing and recordingEdit

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for several years, having played concerts in South Africa. When movie producer Harvey Weinstein invited the band to write a song for the soundtrack of the Mandela biography film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, they responded with a quick "yes" according to Weinstein.[4] After seeing early cuts of the film, the group were inspired to write a song reflecting upon Mandela.[4] The song was mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York City.[2]

Release and receptionEdit

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.[5] 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-inch vinyl.[3][5] On 21 November 2013, U2 made the previously announced lyric video available for paying subscribers via their official website. The video was 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)".[4] Weinstein has said that he believes U2 have done a "brilliant job honouring the man".[4]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 account on 14 December 2013.[11][better source needed]

The song was performed by U2 with in-house band The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on February 17, 2014.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

Cover artEdit

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

PersonnelEdit

Chart performanceEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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