1. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  2. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off…

  3. Bono's Cycling Injuries Were More Serious Than We Thought

    November 19, 2014 10:33 AM EST The singer's injuries include a facial fracture, fractured shoulder, and a fractured humerus. Earlier this week (Nov. 17), Jimmy Fallon had some fun impersonating his pal Bono,  who couldn’t show up on The Tonight Show after enduring a cycling accident. But all kidding aside, it turns…

  4. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  5. Bring Me the Horizon's 'Drown' Debuts Big on Hot Rock Songs

    November 13, 2014 6:09 PM EST Bring Me the Horizon notches its highest debut on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart (No. 11) with "Drown," the British heavy metal band's first new track since its fourth studio album and latest release, Sempiternal, debuted at No. 3 on Top Rock Albums in April 2013.…

  6. Nicki Minaj, Ozzy Osbourne and U2 in the Same Room: Talking to the Architect of the MTV's EMA Awards

    November 08, 2014 9:30 AM EST The 20th annual MTV European Music Awards takes place this Sunday, Nov. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, where host Nicki Minaj will introduce performances from U2 , Charli XCX , Royal Blood , Calvin Harris , Enrique Iglesias , Ed Sheeran , Kiesza and Ariana Grande , among others. Ozzy Osborne…

  7. Jose Gonzalez Releases Lovely New Single 'Every Age,' High-Tech Video

    November 05, 2014 10:50 AM EST Take a trip to the moon (or lower orbit) with the quiet bard. Fresh off his lead position cover of "This Is How We Walk on the Moon" from the Arthur Russell covers compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell , the hush and heavy Jose Gonzalez has released the first single and…

  8. Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS

    November 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Queen is using one of the previously unreleased tracks from its upcoming Queen Forever compilation for a good cause. The group has released "Let Me In Your Heart Again" via iTunes, with proceeds going to Coca-Cola's RED campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS,…

  9. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop…

  10. Listen to Michael Jackson & Queen's Unreleased 'There Must Be More To Life Than This'

    September 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT is a wonderful year indeed if it can bring fans "new" Queen and Michael Jackson music. Okay, the song isn't exactly new. "There Must Be More To Life Than This" was recorded some time around 1982/3 and wasn't released, and then Freddie Mercury  wound up…

  11. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral ,…

  12. Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert & Queen Onstage for 'Another One Bites the Dust'

    August 28, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen , the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, "Another One Bites The Dust," onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday. She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise…

  13. Buckcherry Covers Icona Pop's 'I Love It': Exclusive Stream of 'Say F--k It'

    August 05, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The profane cover is part of the group's new EP-long tribute to the f-word. Buckcherry is not f***ing around now that it's started its own label. The Los Angeles quintet's new F#CK EP comes out Aug. 19 as the first release on the band's newly established F Bomb Records…

  14. William Orbit Working on Queen Project

    August 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT For his next project, William Orbit is working with musical royalty -- Queen.   Though the British producer is keeping mum on details, the recording project is expected to involve an album with previously unheard tracks featuring the vocals of late frontman Freddie Mercury.  Orbit, who…

  15. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  16. Britney Spears Surges Up Trending 140 After Auto-Tune-Free 'Alien' Session Leaks: Listen

    July 10, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Due to a recent controversy over a leaked studio session of Britney Spears' song “Alien,” a cut from her 2013 album "Britney Jean," Britney Spears is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The cut, which can be heard below, features Spears without any vocal…

  17. Zola Jesus Returns With Pop Ambitions: 'I Want To Be Number 1'

    June 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The experimental singer-songwriter discusses her brave new album "Taiga," leaving her longtime label and why she's never been more excited than right now. "I want to be No. 1 on Billboard," declares Nika Roza Danilova, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter behind the…

  18. Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

    June 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year. Thursday,…

  19. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  20. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

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