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U2's Surprise iTunes Strategy: the Industry Reacts

September 12, 2014

U2's deal to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free via iTunes is not without precedent, but in combining Beyoncé's surprise-album strategy with Jay Z's corporate partnership with Samsung for 2013's Magna Carta......

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U2 Talk 'Zen Artists,' Discipline in Behind-the-Scenes Video

September 11, 2014

It's been a busy week for U2: Nearly 48 hours ago, the band surprised half a billion iTunes users when their 13th LP Songs of Innocence suddenly appeared in their music libraries, and on Thursday, Bono and the gang provided a behind-the-scenes...

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How Lykke Li Wound Up on U2's Secret Album

September 11, 2014

"Most things in life come as a surprise," Lykke Li says the day after U2 surprised the world with their new record, Songs of Innocence. The Swedish-born singer is the lilting voice sublimely singing "Little by little..." amid the swirling strings...

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U2's 'Songs of Innocence': A Track-by-Track Guide

September 9, 2014

U2 took the stage at Apple's product-launch press conference in Cupertino today and surprise-released their new album Songs of Innocence with a mere five seconds of warning. The album, which was delivered free to all of Apple's iTunes users (a half...

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U2's 'Bad' Break: 12 Minutes at Live Aid That Made the Band's Career

July 10, 2014

U2 formed in Dublin as teenagers in 1976. Between 1980 and 1985, they released four albums (Boy, October, War and The Unforgettable Fire). On July 13th, 1985, seemingly every major rock act on Earth played the Live Aid concert for African famine...

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Bono, The Edge Collaborating With ‘Once’ Director on New Project

June 11, 2014

Bono and the Edge will contribute a handful of songs to Once director John Carney's upcoming film, Sing Street, which takes place in Dublin in the 1980s and tells the story of a teenager who starts a band after switching from private to public school. "[T]hey...

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Bono Talks to B.B. King in Exclusive Clip

May 19, 2014

In the 1988 U2 concert film Rattle and Hum, the Irish rockers relish a special moment with a real legend when they share the stage with B.B. King, for whom they'd written "When Loves Comes to Town." Bono gets a chance to revisit that famous collaboration...

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Bono Talks 'Songs of Innocence', New Music in Letter to Fans

September 10, 2014

Soon after shocking the music world by dropping a new U2 album for free on iTunes, Bono penned a long, personal message to fans about Songs of Innocence on the band's official website. "Remember us? Pleased to announce myself, Edge, Adam and Larry have...

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Exclusive: Bono Reveals Secrets of U2's Surprise Album

September 9, 2014

U2 surprised the world today by releasing Songs of Innocence, their first album in five years, as a gift from Apple, available for free immediately to anyone with iTunes. The band made the announcement with Apple CEO Tim Cook at a Cupertino press conference...

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Bono Crowdsources New Ideas to Help Promote AIDS Awareness Charity

June 24, 2014

Bono playfully gibed Apple for their long-standing partnership with the U2 frontman's global nonprofit, (RED), during his presentation at Cannes Lions, Billboard reports. Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest U2 Albums Specifically, Bono leveled his "criticism"...

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Watch Bono Serenade Chef Mario Batali

June 6, 2014

Chef Mario Batali is leading (RED)'s new food movement campaign, EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES., helping to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS. And now Batali has earned a major promotional plug from U2 frontman Bono, who serenades...

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Watch Bono and Amy Poehler Kiss

January 12, 2014

Bono maybe got a little more than he bargained for when he gave Amy Poehler a neck massage during the Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy honor at the Golden Globes Awards tonight. See the Hottest Live Photos From the Golden Globe Awards Red...

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U2 Drop a Thumping Mix of 'Ordinary Love'

December 16, 2013

U2 contributed "Ordinary Love" to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and last week walked away with a Golden Globe nomination for it, but Danger Mouse's film-ready mix is not the only version of the song the band has commissioned. Adele collaborator Paul Epworth...

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Bono and the Edge Cover 'Get Lucky'

November 25, 2013

Although Bono often comes across like a pretty serious guy, he knows how to cut loose, too: the U2 singer threw down with the Edge and Nile Rodgers on a cover of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" this past weekend at a charity auction in New York. Where Does Bono...

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Lou Reed, 1942-2013: Inside the New Issue

November 6, 2013

When Lou Reed died on October 27th, he left behind a legacy as nuanced as one of his beloved songs. To pay tribute to the outsider who forever changed rock & roll, Rolling Stone is honoring Reed on the cover of our new issue (on newsstands...

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McCartney, Bono and Clapton on 'Let It Be'

October 24, 2013

Eleven years after failing to show up at the Beatles' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to his ongoing feud with Yoko Ono and his bandmates, Paul McCartney entered the institution as a solo artist in 1999. This time, he showed up and was...

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Bono Sees Bright Future for 'Spider-Man' Musical

November 26, 2013

Bono believes Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will have a long, healthy life after the musical closes on Broadway next January following a three year run that was as successful as it was injury-prone, The Associated Press reports. Bono and his U2 bandmate...

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Where's the 'Spider-Man' Musical Moving To?

November 19, 2013

The controversy-addled Spider-Man musical, which features music by U2's Bono and the Edge, will end its Broadway run in January and move to Las Vegas, according to The Wall Street Journal. Producer Jeremiah Harris claims the show will reopen in 2015 and...

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Bono Remembers Lou Reed's 'Perfect Noise'

November 6, 2013

Rolling Stone pays tribute to Lou Reed, the outsider who changed the course of rock & roll, on the cover of our new issue. In an exclusive essay for RS, Bono reflects on Reed's deadpan humor and eternal music. Remember Lou Reed with 20 of his essential...

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Arcade Fire Headed to 'Colbert Report'

October 17, 2013

Indie-rock giants Arcade Fire will appear on The Colbert Report this Monday, October 21st, a representative for Comedy Central confirmed to Rolling Stone. The group will be promoting its upcoming fourth LP Reflektor and will perform as...

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