1. Amanda Palmer Gives Kickstarter Tips, Talks Haters, Feminism & Miley Cyrus at Bigsound

    September 13, 2013 4:05 AM EDT Focus on creating a clear, concise pitch video. And set a small, achievable financial target. Take note, because those are Amanda Palmer’s top tips for a winning Kickstarter project.  The Dresden Dolls co-founder, who became the crowd-sourcing standard-bearer when her campaign raised $1.2…

  2. U2 Bassist Adam Clayton Weds Brazilian Girlfriend

    September 04, 2013 5:45 PM EDT U2 bassist Adam Clayton is a single man no more. The 53-year-old rocker wed his longtime girlfriend, Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho of Brazil, at a Dublin registry office on Wednesday. According to reports , Clayton and Teixeira were expected to tie the knot in France but instead opted for a…

  3. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Musical Needs New Star

    July 31, 2013 10:26 AM EDT Reeve Carney, who donned the Spidey suit when the show began, will leave in September. The hit Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is losing its longtime superhero but producers are holding open casting calls for anyone who wants to don the red and blue suit. Reeve…

  4. Bono Awarded France's Highest Honor for Artists

    July 17, 2013 12:27 PM EDT Irish rocker Bono is now a French commander, after being awarded the country’s highest cultural honor in a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday. Culture minister Aurelie Filippetti made Bono a Commander of Arts and Letters in recognition of his contributions to the arts and to charity. “It is…

  5. Bono's Agit8 Campaign Enlists Macklemore, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons

    June 12, 2013 1:30 PM EDT U2 frontman Bono has called on the likes of Macklemore, will.i.am, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons to compile his Agit8 protest song compilation, geared towards raising poverty awareness before next week's G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The compilation is a One Campaign…

  6. From Backup to Big Screen: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Has Its Moment

    June 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Documentaries do not have press junkets. That's for scripted studio films with stars, big budgets and the potential to pull in eight or nine figures at the box office. Yet on June 7, director Morgan Neville gathered in Los Angeles with four of the stars of "Twenty Feet From…

  7. Bono Serenades Warren Buffet at NYC Event

    June 06, 2013 5:00 PM EDT U2 frontman Bono surprised uber-wealthy Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett at this year's Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit Wednesday night with a serenade dedicated to the philanthropist sung in the tune of "Home On The Range." Bono introduced his rendition as "the…

  8. U2 Working On New Album With Danger Mouse

    June 03, 2013 6:59 PM EDT "There were shades of 'Achtung Baby,'" says longtime producer Daniel Lanois Update: sources tell Billboard that the band is aiming to release their next album in December, although no plans have yet been finalized. U2 could be nearing completion of the band's…

  9. Quincy Jones Gets Dinner and a Bono at 80th Birthday Bash

    April 14, 2013 11:36 PM EDT Quincy Jones proved there's no age limit on partying when he and his self-anointed "celestial twin," Sir Michael Caine, celebrated their 80th birthdays this weekend (April 13) at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The sumptuous fete -- the first of four birthday…

  10. Madonna in Bitter Clash With Malawi President

    April 11, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Calling recent comments by Malawi's president "lies," Madonna has pushed back at bitter criticism from officials of her recent trip to the southern African nation to view progress of her humanitarian organization, Raising Malawi. "I'm saddened that Malawi's…

  11. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: 10 Group Lead Singers Who Could Score Solo Success

    April 07, 2013 8:05 AM EDT With Justin Timberlake reigning post-'N Sync, what other famed group lead singers could rule on their own? Plus, chart honors for Crystal Bowersox, Joe Bonamassa and Bob Dylan The top title on the Billboard 200 for a second week belongs to a singer who first made his name as a…

  13. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  14. Spotlight on Herbert Grönemeyer

    February 26, 2013 11:58 AM EST After becoming one of Germany's most successful rock stars, Herbert Grönemeyer is setting his sights on America with his latest album "I Walk," which features English versions of some of his biggest songs and tunes featuring U2's Bono and Antony and the Johnsons'…

  15. Lady Gaga Tour Cancellation: A Look at the Damage

    February 14, 2013 11:00 PM EST The Born This Way Ball cancellation means an estimated $25 million in ticket refunds When doctor’s orders led to the cancellation of Lady Gaga 's “Born This Way Ball” tour yesterday, producers Live Nation Global Touring immediately began the formidable task of shutting down one of…

  16. Remember The Time: Rob Thomas Talks 'Smooth's' Monster Grammy Night

    February 07, 2013 5:50 PM EST Adele was the undisputed champ of last year's Grammy Awards, winning major categories like Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her mega-selling sophomore album "21" and its lead single "Rolling in the Deep." Only a…

  17. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  18. Election Night 2012: Stars React to Obama's Win on Twitter

    November 07, 2012 6:45 AM EST President Barack Obama was elected to a second term on Tuesday night, edging Governor Mitt Romney by holding on to most of the hard-fought swing states that swept him into office in 2008. Throughout the day, celebs were taking to Twitter to voice their anxieties and amusement at the scene of…

  19. PSY Can't Beat Maroon 5 in Close Race For Hot 100's Top Spot

    October 03, 2012 11:50 AM EDT "One More Night" barely tops "Gangnam Style" in the closest race between Nos. 1 and 2 since February. Keep your shirt on, PSY. At least for this week. While the Korean rapper has pledged to perform "Gangnam Style" "topless in a place where everyone can watch…

  20. Muse, 'The 2nd Law': Track-By-Track Review

    October 01, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Beginning with 1999's "Showbiz," Muse launched into a stretch of three thrillingly virtuosic records. But with "Black Holes and Revelations" in 2006, the ascendant English act accelerated their climb up music's beanstalk to find and supplant every last giant. …

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