1. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of figures from U.K. trade body Entertainment…

  2. Apple Shows You How to Remove That Free U2 Album

    September 15, 2014 3:27 PM EDT It’s a beautiful day for iTunes users who were upset to find a U2 album in their library last week. Apple has launched a one-click support website allowing dissatisfied users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the company gifted the set to 500 million iTunes…

  3. 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…

  4. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  5. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  6. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  7. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15

    September 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The world's second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world's biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it will launch in the United States on Monday the…

  8. How Cancer Reunited The Runaways’ Cherie Currie and Producer Kim Fowley

    September 08, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Once a Sunset Strip scenester of the highest order, nightlife no longer rules legendary Hollywood impresario/producer Kim Fowley , 75, who is currently receiving treatment for an ongoing battle with cancer. But in a strange turn of events, he’s being cared for by Cherie Currie , former…

  9. Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

    September 05, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Photographer demands $2.5 million in damages. Celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman has filed a copyright lawsuit that claims Rod Stewart misused an image she took that adorned the singer's 1989 greatest-hits album as the centerpiece of his comeback tour. Rod Stewart's Hits Tour…

  10. Florida Georgia Line to Perform Live on 'Nashville'

    September 05, 2014 1:49 AM EDT Country duo Florida Georgia Line is heading to Nashville. Composed of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard , the band will perform on the ABC musical drama's Sept. 24 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which will be presented live. Kelley and Hubbard will take the stage on separate occasions…

  11. 'Iron Man 3' Composer Tackles NFL Music for ESPN

    September 04, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Brian Tyler is moving from big-screen superheroes to the gridiron watched on TV, composing new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows.   Tyler, composer on Iron Man 3 , Thor: The Dark World and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and a life-long football fan -- has composed original scores for…

  12. Rod Stewart's Hits Tour Heading to Australia & NZ

    September 04, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Rod Stewart's The Hits Tour will roll into Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The veteran British singer will play arenas and wineries on his trek, which includes his first-ever show in Dunedin, a student town in NZ's South Island. Rod Stewart Tops Hot Tours With $4 Million Gross…

  13. Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs Are Dating

    September 03, 2014 12:52 AM EDT It’s (almost) official: Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs are an item. The Twilight heartthrob has been dating critical darling FKA Twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) for weeks now, sources tell Us Weekly . The British pair was recently snapped in the East village in New York City. According to…

  14. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

  16. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  17. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  18. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  19. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  20. Meghan Linsey Q&A: Her New Single, Calling Out the Bros & Life After Steel Magnolia

    August 26, 2014 6:53 PM EDT 'Try Harder Than That' features rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Meghan Linsey , the charismatic singer best known for her stint in Steel Magnolia , is doing things on her own musically these days, and her first single, "Try Harder Than That," is beginning to make an impact at…

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