1. Of Monsters And Men Preview Tracks From Long-Awaited Sophomore Album at L.A. Listening Session

    February 27, 2015 3:58 PM EST Four years after the release of their 2011 breakthrough debut, My Head Is An Animal , Icelandic alternative rockers Of Monsters And Men are close to returning with their sophomore album. At an intimate gathering at L.A.'s Henson Studios Thursday night, journalists and industry figures…

  2. Hozier, The Offspring & Elle King Surge on Rock Charts

    February 26, 2015 6:36 PM EST Hozier 's "Take Me to Church" spends a 19th week leading Billboard' s Hot Rock Songs chart, tying Lorde 's "Royals" (2013) for the third-longest reign. Imagine Dragons ' "Radioactive" holds the record, having held the No. 1 slot for 23 weeks…

  3. U2's Joshua Tree Has Been Vandalized

    February 26, 2015 4:27 AM EST The Joshua tree immortalized by U2's  award-winning 1987 album has been deliberately damaged. Countless fans of the Irish band have made the pilgrimage into the Mohave Desert to stand and gawp at the tree, which appeared on the cover for U2's fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree .…

  4. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The artist testified -- including musically -- on the second day of the trial, with Pharrell & several members of Marvin Gaye's family present in court. The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed by…

  5. Watch U2 Tackle Love in Violent 1980s Ireland for 'Every Breaking Wave' Video

    February 23, 2015 8:15 PM EST After U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project earlier this month on a short film set in the violent post-punk 1980s Northern Ireland, the iconic Dublin-formed rock band has now condensed the 13-minute Every Breaking Wave to a music video fitting their song by the…

  6. 5 Seconds of Summer Celebrates Winning 'Worst Band' Award

    February 19, 2015 10:30 AM EST “I'm so damn happy right now,” Michael Clifford gushed on Twitter after 5SOS was bestowed with the “honor.” 5 Seconds of Summer was just named "worst band" at an actual awards show -- and the Australian pop-rock quartet could not be more thrilled. During the 2015 NME Awards ,…

  7. The Foo Fighters to Headline Glastonbury Festival

    February 19, 2015 12:33 AM EST The Foo Fighters will headline the granddaddy of Britain's outdoor summer music events, Glastonbury Festival.  Frontman Dave Grohl shared the news at Wednesday night's NME Awards in London during his taped acceptance speech for the Foos' win in the best international band…

  8. Album Review: Imagine Dragons' 'Smoke + Mirrors' Cherry-Picks Musical Styles

    February 17, 2015 1:34 PM EST Could anyone design a band more impervious to criticism than Imagine Dragons ? Formed at Utah's Brigham Young University and graduating to become Las Vegas, and then global, sweethearts, the group combines heartland earnestness with showbiz sheen at such a shameless pitch it's…

  9. Venue Briefs: The Forum's New Bookings, Comcast-Spectacor's New Connections, SMG's New Roster

    February 17, 2015 10:29 AM EST In the competitive venue market of Los Angeles, the newly refurbished Forum is beating its rival Staples Center in concert bookings for the first half of 2015. At press time, The Forum has 19 shows taking place in the first half of the year, most notably the five-night run by U2 from May 26…

  10. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  11. New York Times' David Carr Mourned By Music World

    February 13, 2015 11:30 AM EST On Thursday, Feb. 12, New York Times columnist David Carr was pronounced dead after collapsing at the office. He was a reporter known for many things -- his Night of the Gun memoir, engaging Twitter feed , advocacy for old-school journalism as print publications crumbled around him --…

  12. Watch U2 Revisit Its Irish Punk Past in 'Every Breaking Wave' Short Film

    February 13, 2015 11:00 AM EST The 13-minute clip features 'Songs of Innocence' tracks "Every Breaking Wave" and "The Troubles." U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project to bring two Songs of Innocence tracks to life via a longform music video.  The 13-minute piece…

  13. Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business

    February 13, 2015 10:30 AM EST You didn't have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis ' pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook , senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue , iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats co-founder and title-less Apple executive Jimmy…

  14. Billboard Cover: Imagine Dragons on Being 'Atypical' Rock Stars, and Singer Dan Reynolds on His Depression Struggles and Conflicts With His Mormon Faith

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST At this year's Grammys, during which artists from Katy Perry to Beyoncé sang earnest devotionals, Imagine Dragons staged a bold experiment in how to promote an album: They performed live in a four-minute TV ad for Target. Using 22 cameras, music video director Jonas Akerlund…

  15. Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win for Adult Alternative Radio, Too

    February 10, 2015 9:05 AM EST While the mainstream catches up on 'Morning Phase,' the niche radio format championed the Grammy-winning set early on, marking the latest example of its importance as a tastemaker. Who is Beck? A fair portion of music fans might be searching for the answer to the part-meme…

  16. Grammys 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 08, 2015 11:12 PM EST See the full list of winners from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammys , taking home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year. In an upset, Beck took home album of the year for Morning Phase …

  17. Grammys 2015: Target's Imagine Dragons Commercial Break Cost About $8 Million

    February 08, 2015 10:11 PM EST Instead of seeing the same pirate-themed ad for the fifth time during the Grammys broadcast, big box retailer Target bought out an entire commercial break -- four minutes -- to allow Imagine Dragons a chance to get comfortable (and push Target's new #MoreMusic campaign) and perform new…

  18. Here's the Last 30 Album of the Year Grammy Winners By Age

    February 06, 2015 2:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> With the 2015 Grammys coming up fast, we're looking back on the last 30 years of artists to nab the night's top honor: album of the year. Specifically, we're running through 1985 to 2014 and looking at the age of each artist…

  19. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    February 04, 2015 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  20. Pete Wentz Interview: How Fall Out Boy Came Back Stronger

    February 03, 2015 12:55 PM EST "I think that we didn't really have the time to figure out who we were without Fall Out Boy. That time off gave us that perspective." It's hard out there for a rock band. But Fall Out Boy 2.0 continues to buck trends and stay winning. New album American Beauty/American…

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