U2 have scrapped plans to release a new album in 2014 so they can spend more time working with top songwriters/producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth.

The Irish rockers are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015 just weeks after frontman Bono told USA Today he and his bandmates were hoping to release new material this summer (14).

Reports suggest the band has also axed a planned tour that was to begin in September (14). The dates are now expected to begin next summer (15).

Last month (Feb14), drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the group's work on Oscar nominated Best Song Ordinary Love for the album delay, and guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the group had "about 30 songs we're really excited about, in various states of being finished."