1. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Not Eligible For Next Grammys

    September 09, 2014 7:54 PM EDT The iTunes-exclusive album's 'commercial' release date misses the 57th Grammy Awards' Sept. 30 eligibility period deadline. Despite the introduction at Tuesday's iPhone unveiling as the most Grammy Award-winning band in history, U2 's surprise album Songs of…

  2. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  3. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT 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 11 instances of…

  4. Taylor Swift's Five Most Personal Lyrics

    September 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Your move, 'Bad Blood.' The Taylor Swift   Lyric Guessing Game for 1989 began in earnest Monday, when Swift talked to Rolling Stone about her new song "Bad Blood," which addresses an unidentified female celebrity who stabbed her in the back. The Internet zeroed in on Katy…

  5. U2 Releases Free Album 'Songs of Innocence' at Apple Event

    September 09, 2014 2:58 PM EDT "It's the largest album release of all time," Apple CEO Tim Cook says of the group's surprise album launch. U2 has returned in stunning fashion: the legendary rock group has released a new album, Songs of Innocence , for free on iTunes, following its performance…

  6. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The publishing veteran on company culture post-acquisition, the looming battle with PROs and Jody Gerson's exit. When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna …

  7. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  8. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: August 2014

    September 08, 2014 9:21 PM EDT SM Entertainment acts have the top 2 on lock while newbies WINNER and Red Velvet make big splashes. K-pop fans ended their summers watching veteran acts along with a slew of newcomers on YouTube this month. The top viewed K-pop video around the world was "Mamacita" by veteran boy…

  9. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  10. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths and beyond. Playland , Marr’s new solo…

  11. RAC 'Cheap Sunglasses' Remix Premiere: Hear Amtrac’s Take on the Dance Cut

    September 08, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Hear the new remix before RAC's raucous headlining tour kicks off next month. Andre Allen Anjos, the acclaimed dance-pop producer/remixer better known as RAC, is releasing an EP of remixes of his latest single, “Cheap Sunglasses” featuring Matthew Koma, later this month. The Cheap…

  12. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’  30…

  13. Tom Hiddleston Preps for Hank Williams Biopic With Surprise Festival Performance

    September 07, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston surprised concert goers at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival Saturday, stopping by to perform a cover of Hank Williams ' "Move It On Over." Watch the clup below.  Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic The British actor famous for playing the super…

  14. Roger Waters Discusses Emotional Anti-War Documentary ‘The Wall’ at TIFF

    September 07, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "It has a more universal message, which is passionately anti-war," Roger Waters says. If a concert film can be emotional and even require a tissue, Roger Waters The Wall is it. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival Roger Waters , the Pink Floyd…

  15. Lady Gaga Sings Jazz Songs at New York Fashion Week Party

    September 06, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Attendees included Donatella Versace, Liberty Ross, and singers Maxwell and Miguel. If Lady Gaga 's performing onstage, you better listen. And if you don't, she'll stop singing. Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here When a loud crowd still chatted at the Plaza…

  16. Inside Martin Garrix's Lights-Out Set at West Hollywood's 1OAK

    September 05, 2014 7:05 PM EDT L.A.-area club was the site of Suge Knight's shooting almost two weeks ago. There wasn't much of an introduction for Martin Garrix at 1OAK in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The 18-year-old Dutch DJ, who's considered one of EDM's most promising young stars under Scooter…

  17. David Guetta Q&A: The Superstar Producer Talks New Music, the Future of EDM & More

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT After three years, David Guetta is finally wrapping up his sixth album. Admittedly, it has been hard for the 46-year old French producer find studio time with his touring schedule: This month, he’s doing sets Ibiza and Las Vegas every single weekend, with festivals and a Miami show or two…

  18. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

  19. Super Junior's 'Mamacita' Tops World Albums Chart With Only Three Days of Sales

    September 04, 2014 10:01 PM EDT The veteran boy band experimented with Latin dance and New Jack Swing on the LP's lead single Almost a decade into their career,  Super Junior 's still got it. The veteran boy band notched their first No. 1 on a Billboard chart by sending  Mamacita: The 7th Album  to…

  20. U2 Not Launching a New iPhone, But A New Album?

    September 04, 2014 6:29 PM EDT As rumors began swirling -- and later denied by the band themselves -- that U2 would be debuting its next album on the soon-to-launch iPhone 6, signs are still looking favorable that the long-anticipated project could still arrive sometime this fall. As Interscope chairman John Janick…

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