1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. From Oasis to Led Zeppelin, Remastered Reissues Are Blockbuster Business

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The Beatles go back to mono with a $400 vinyl set as Oasis, Shelby Lynne and others take advantage of new digital technology. Is anyone listening? In these digital times, when most people hear music through tiny, tinny earbuds, does the average music fan appreciate or even seek out a…

  4. Interpol's 'El Pintor': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 09, 2014 12:50 PM EDT If you’re Interpol , you must be hearing the words “return to form” a great deal these days. You’ve played the major label game, and retreated back to your original indie home, Matador Records. You lost your iconic bass player, and have struggled to prove you’re still the same band fans fell…

  5. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  6. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  7. Glen Campbell Sets Release Date for Final Recorded Song

    September 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' will appear on the soundtrack to 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.' A 2011 Alzheimer's diagnosis hasn't stopped Glen Campbell 's prolific music career, with the album See You There arriving just last year. But in a press…

  8. Who Just Became the U.K.'s Top Solo Artist on Spotify?

    September 08, 2014 4:47 PM EDT As of Sept. 8, Calvin Harris is a member of Spotify’s 1 billion streams club. Spotify announced that the 30-year-old Scottish DJ-producer has reached his 1 billionth play, making him the first U.K. solo artist ever to reach that milestone. Yes, that’s right -- ahead of Adele , Amy Winehouse…

  9. Budweiser Doubles Down on Latin Music

    September 08, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Anyone who’s spent time with Marc Anthony knows a cold Bud Light is his drink of choice; it’s the drink he keeps in his dressing room cooler. So it’s particularly fitting that the brand is sponsoring the U.S. leg of his 15-date, 13-city arena tour, which kicked off Aug. 29 in San Diego and…

  10. Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

    September 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) withstood the challenge…

  11. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  12. Inside Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Recording Session

    September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios . Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park'…

  13. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session

    September 05, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When Paul McCartney released his "Early Days" video in July, fans were treated to Johnny Depp's third appearance in a Macca music video (after "My Valentine" and "Queenie Eye"). The clip was interspersed with footage of McCartney, Depp and a group of blues…

  14. Disco Legend Sylvester Remembered With Musical and Rainbow Honor Walk Plaque

    September 05, 2014 1:18 PM EDT It’s been almost 26 years since disco legend Sylvester passed away, but his legacy is having a huge moment right now. As the curtains prepare to open tonight (Sep. 5) on Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical , an off-Broadway musical in New York, visitors to San Francisco’s Castro…

  15. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  16. Chayanne Crowns Top Latin Albums

    September 04, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Latin pop star Chayanne arrives at No. 1 with his latest studio set,while Juan Luis Guerra y 440, Johnny Sky & Farruko make waves. On the Top Latin Albums chart, singer Chayanne springs 17-1 with his latest album, En Todo Estare . Its jump to No. 1 -- fueled by 10,000 copies sold in the…

  17. 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…

  18. Garth Brooks' 'People' Poised for Strong Country Airplay Chart Debut

    September 04, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The format icon returns with 'People Loving People,' which is set for a lofty launch. Garth Brooks prepares to make a head-turning debut on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart with "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years.…

  19. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  20. Interpol Plays Deep Cuts & 'El Pintor' at 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Temple

    September 03, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Interpol claims NYU roots, called Manhattan home before the Brooklyn scene became trendy, and eventually played Madison Square Garden while signed to Capitol Records. But if New York is your home turf, you’ve never quite seen it all. Primed to releasing their first new album in four years,…

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