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U2 Back Catalog Sees Massive Bump After New LP Launch

September 14, 2014

After the massive surprise launch of their new album Songs of Innocence on Tuesday, U2 have seen a dramatic chart bump for their back catalog. An unprecedented number of U2's previous albums have now entered iTunes' album chart since the...

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Johnny Cash's 11 Coolest Covers

September 12, 2014

Eleven years ago today, Johnny Cash died at age 71 from complications from diabetes. Arguably country's most cited influence by younger artists, Cash wasn't above being influenced himself. He was forever a student of music, always listening for songs...

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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's 'Songs of Innocence' Is 11 Tracks of Triumphant Rapture

September 11, 2014

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2's duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs rebirth more and so often. But even by the standards of transformation on 1987's The...

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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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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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Flashback: U2 Kick Off Their 2000 Tour With a Rare Club Gig

August 19, 2014

U2 knew they had to make some drastic changes as the 1990s came to an end. Their 1997/98 tour in support of Pop played to stadiums all around the globe, but the disc received mixed reviews and failed to generate a huge hit. And in a few American markets...

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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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Taylor Hawkins Really Hates U2's 'Discotheque'

May 23, 2014

A lot of U2 fans harbor a deep musical hatred for "Discothèque," the band's glitzy 1997 curveball single. But Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins really despises the song – enough to rant about it in A.V. Club's "Hatesong" feature, calling...

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U2 Cover 'Southern Man' In 1987

April 22, 2014

When the four members of U2 first began gigging around Dublin as Feedback in 1976 they barely knew how to play their instruments, let alone write original songs. That meant their show was devoted entirely to the hits of the day, which meant covering Peter...

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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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15 Innovative Album Releases That Shook the Music Industry

September 9, 2014

Album releases can be a monotonous pattern of press releases, cookie-cutter Q&As and by-the-books song premieres. Or they can be industry-stunning moments that show an artist's creative powers go beyond the music studio. As the biz has changed...

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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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U2 Still Planning to Release New Album in 2014

August 18, 2014

U2 fans may get their hands on a new album before the ball drops on New Year's Eve, possibly as early as next month. Reports circulated a few months ago that U2 were delaying the album until 2015 so they would have enough time to work on material with...

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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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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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U2, Everly Brothers Enter National Recording Registry

April 2, 2014

The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry has unveiled its latest crop of inductions. Among the 25 eclectic recordings deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" are U2's landmark LP The Joshua Tree, the Everly Brothers'...

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