Top

2014

News

Bono Defends Spotify: 'Let's Experiment'

November 7, 2014

The same week that Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify and called the music-streaming service a "grand experiment," Bono has voiced his support of the service using the same word as Swift. "It's an experimental period," the U2 frontman said at...

Feature

Is U2 the Longest-Running Band on the Planet?

November 4, 2014

U2 are one of rock & roll's greatest success stories for their artistry, but also for their marathon endurance. Friendship, health and serendipity have kept founding members Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. together since 1978....

News

Florida Georgia Line Score First Number One Album

October 23, 2014

Album sales are down 14 percent and track sales are down 13 percent but who cares because FIVE MORE DAYS UNTIL TAYLOR SWIFT! A MONTH OF SPUTTERING COUNTRY BLOCKBUSTERS: The good news for Florida Georgia Line is the country duo's first-ever Number...

News

U2 Take On the World: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

October 23, 2014

U2, the biggest band left on Earth, make their latest appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in our new issue, hitting stands Friday. In the cover feature, senior writer Brian Hiatt trails the band to Dublin and the French Riviera, where he shares...

News

Bono Apologizes for Forcing U2's New LP on iTunes Users

October 15, 2014

Bono has officially apologized for his part in making U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, a compulsory free download on iTunes. In a Facebook Q&A dubbed #U2NoFilter, the singer answered a "question" requesting that the band never repeat the album...

News

After 'Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album

September 26, 2014

In late 2010, U2 began recording a new album with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton during downtime from their 360° world tour. They had little idea they were kicking off a four-year process, far and away the longest they'd ever spent on a single...

News

U2 and Apple Plot New 'Interactive' Digital Music Format

September 18, 2014

Neil Young isn't the only rock legend attempting to change the way we listen to music. Fresh off the surprise release of Songs of Innocence, U2 and Apple are reportedly working on a new digital music format that, according to Time, "will...

List

Readers' Poll: The 10 Best U2 Deep Cuts

September 17, 2014

Few rock bands have more hit songs than U2. The Irish quartet first landed on the charts with 1981's "I Will Follow" and continued all the way into the 21st century. But there are so many amazing tunes hiding slightly below the surface. Some are album...

List

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...

News

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...

News

U2 Booked for Weeklong 'Tonight Show' Residency

November 4, 2014

The late night music wars are on. Just days after it was revealed that Metallica would spend five nights performing on the last week of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and less than a month after Foo Fighters enjoyed an all-star weeklong...

News

18 Things You Learn Hanging Out With U2

October 30, 2014

What's left to learn about U2 in 2014? Plenty, as it turns out – especially if you get a few days worth of intimate access to the band in three different countries. Here's the best of what didn't fit into the cover story, from the making...

List

U2's 12 Greatest Soundtrack Songs

October 23, 2014

U2 have always made what you might call "cinematic" music. Think of the dramatic soundscapes that build and build before opening up into grand, valley-filling, 360-degree-spinning hooks ("Bad," "Where the Streets Have No Name"), or the moody, montage-ready...

News

Why Are the Black Keys Pissed at U2?

October 17, 2014

Add the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to the parade of artists critical of U2's Songs of Innocence release after Apple dropped the Irish rockers' new LP into roughly 500 million iTunes libraries for free. Speaking to the Seattle...

News

U2 Now Eligible for Grammys After Initial Refusal

September 30, 2014

After U2, Interscope Records and Apple made the band's latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to 500 million iTunes customers, a spokesperson for the Grammys said that the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to...

News

U2 Reveal Intimate Cover Image for 'Songs of Innocence'

September 26, 2014

U2 have unveiled the intimate cover image for their new LP, Songs of Innocence, which will be released in physical form on October 13th. The black-and-white photo, shot by Glen Luchford, shows drummer Larry Mullen Jr. shielding his...

News

Christian Rapper Lecrae Scores First Number One

September 17, 2014

U2 surprised the world with Songs of Innocence last week, but its presence in 500 million iTunes accounts had no effect on total music sales — they're still down 15 percent, while track downloads are still down 13 percent. Also...

News

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...

News

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......

Album Review

Songs of Innocence

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...

Loading...
x