1. This Just In: Bono Wears Sunglasses Due to Glaucoma

    October 17, 2014 1:50 PM EDT U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are not a rock-star affectation -- he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years. The condition -- a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve -- can make the eyes sensitive to light. Bono told the BBC's  Graham Norton Show that he…

  2. U2 Shares Video for 'The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)': Watch

    October 15, 2014 3:14 AM EDT U2 has taken a beating from Iggy Pop , Tyler, The Creator and countless iTunes account holders, for pushing their latest album onto hundreds of millions of music fans around the world. And they’re sorry for it. But it won't stop them from promoting the record.  In support of the album…

  3. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  4. U2 Talks iTunes Album Release in Facebook Q&A: 'Oops'

    October 14, 2014 5:54 PM EDT To celebrate the physical release of their new album Songs of Innocence , U2 sat down to answer questions posed by fans -- and detractors -- on Facebook. The Edge gave a humorous introduction to the session. "It's gonna be very hard to get Larry [ Mullen Jr. ] to say anything at…

  5. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  6. Exclusive: Alicia Keys to Perform With David Byrne at Black Ball Charity Event

    October 13, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Angel Haze will also take the stage at the annual philanthropic gala. Alicia Keys will take the stage with rock legend David Byrne at Keep a Child Alive’s 11th Annual Black Ball event, a yearly gala offering first-time musical collaborations, Billboard has exclusively learned. This year’s…

  7. 'Saturday Night Live' With Bill Hader & Hozier: 5 Things We Want to See

    October 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bill Hader is coming home! Bill Hader is coming home! The hilarious impression master/former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader is returning to SNL tonight as host. He'll be joined by first-time music guest Hozier . Check out what we hope to see when the two take the stage…

  8. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  9. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  10. Here's How Bono Describes George Clooney's Wedding

    September 29, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In case you haven't been on Twitter lately, George Clooney got married to Amal Alamuddin over the weekend in Italy, and tons of A-list entertainers turned up to celebrate, including Bono . While leaving Venice Monday morning, a reporter for People asked Bono about the nuptials. After…

  11. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Marry! Five Songs for the Happy Couple

    September 27, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sorry ladies, George Clooney is officially off the market! Oscar-winning Clooney, 53, and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, officially tied the knot on Saturday (Sept. 27) during a private symbolic ceremony in Venice, Italy, E! has confirmed . The couple will file the paperwork to…

  12. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  13. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  14. Conan's New Apple Service Will 'Remove Any Memory of the Band U2'

    September 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Apple was quick to offer iTunes users a one-click way to rid their digital libraries of the new (and very free) U2 album earlier this week. But for some anti-U2ites that just isn't enough and Conan O'Brien and team have imagined a rather more extreme service from Apple that can…

  15. What Bono Meant By a 'New Format' For Music

    September 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT In a forthcoming cover feature on U2 and its techno-fueled resurgence in Time magazine, Bono referenced that the band's forthcoming album, titled Songs of Experience and due in a year-and-a-half, will be released in a "new format" that would offer immersive experiences with…

  16. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  17. U2 Posts Making-Of Video for 'Songs of Innocence'

    September 14, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Just two days after millions around the world woke up to find they were suddenly the owner of U2’s latest album -- whether they liked it or not -- the globe-straddling humanitarian rockers have now released a making-of video. In a Twitter message posted Friday, the band shared a video…

  18. Tyler, the Creator Not Pleased With Finding the New U2 Album on His Phone

    September 13, 2014 3:33 PM EDT The rapper offered U2 a few choice words on Twitter. Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator wasn’t too pleased after waking up and finding the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence , on his phone. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the…

  19. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

  20. Exclusive: U2 Manager Guy Oseary Talks 'Songs of Innocence' Rollout & Strategy Shift

    September 10, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Tuesday's release of U2 's Songs of Innocence was a surprise for numerous reasons, starting with the fact that it was given away as a free download to all of Apple's 500 million iTunes customers for the next five weeks. But its track list raised the eyebrows of a few U2 die…

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