U2

  1. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company ...

  2. Super Bowl: Bruno Mars, U2 Top Shazam Searches

    February 03, 2014 7:58 PM EST Between Bruno Mars' halftime performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laurence Fishburne's opera and Ellen Degeneres' Beats commercial, which Super Bowl moment nabbed the most Shazams? The music search app beat its own Super Bowl ...

  3. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  4. ‘Spider-Man’ Co-Producer Michael Cohl on Taking Show to Las Vegas and Possible 2016 Arena Tour (Q&A)

    December 11, 2013 9:00 AM EST An interview with Michael Cohl is always a wild ride. From his roots as a strip club operator turned concert impresario in Canada, Cohl, Billboard’s first Legend of Live, became a live entertainment titan as a producer of all the Rolling Stones to ...

  5. 'Spider-Man' Show Spins-Out Of Broadway; Vegas Next

    November 19, 2013 1:19 AM EST Producers are turning the lights off forever on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway early next year, the final chapter in the story of most expensive theatrical show ever that shook off a troubled launch to become a hit and is now limping away to ...

  6. Inside Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness' $30M Live Nation Deal: New Roles, More Leverage and Music From U2

    November 13, 2013 5:37 PM EST As Guy Oseary and Paul McGuinness prep a $30 million deal to merge their management companies under Live Nation, more details have emerged about the pair’s respective plans. U2, McGuinness’ top client at Principle Management, is prepping a n ...

  7. Live Nation In Negotiations to Buy Management Companies of U2, Madonna (Report)

    November 12, 2013 7:25 PM EST Live Nation is negotiating to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to the New York Times , citing people with direct knowledge of the deals. Live Nation would reportedly pay more than $30 million for both Principle ...

  8. Bono Feted With France's Highest Cultural Honor

    July 17, 2013 6:28 AM EDT Irish rocker Bono is now a French commander, after being awarded the country’s highest cultural honor in a ceremony in Paris Tuesday night. Culture minister Aurelie Filippetti made Bono a Commander of Arts and Letters in recognition of his cont ...

  9. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness on Mark Fisher: 'He Turned Everyone’s Wild Ideas Into Steel, Lumber and Canvas Reality'

    June 28, 2013 12:55 PM EDT U2 manager Paul McGuinness had a long and fruitful relationship with late, great architect/set designer Mark Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday (June 25) and was invovled with every U2 tour since 1991. Here’s his thoughts on Fisher's &quo ...

  10. Frank Barsalona Remembered By Paul McGuinness, Rob Light, Jon Landau, More at Memorial

    April 26, 2013 1:49 PM EDT An impressive group of some of the most influential players in the history of the touring industry filled New York City's Irving Plaza last night to pay tribute to pioneering agent Frank Barsalona , who died last year. “Remembering Frank” ...

  11. Producing Magic: Master Session with Steve Lillywhite at ASCAP Expo

    April 19, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Steve Lillywhite has worked on over 500 albums, including the first three U2 records and benchmark follow-ups like The Joshua Tree and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb . In some bit of twisted fate, he says he owes much of it to Ian Curtis. “ ...

  12. Jon Landau, Arthur Fogel, Marc Geiger on the Year's Top Tours: Springsteen, Madonna, Waters, More

    December 14, 2012 8:05 AM EST (Photo: Jo Lopez) While there weren't any record-shattering mega-tours along the lines of U2's "360°" that dominated turnstiles last year, the artists that make up the top 25 tours of 2012 once again showcase the mix of genres, ...

  13. U2's Bono on Frank Barsalona: 'They Just Don't Make Them Like That Any More'

    November 27, 2012 10:56 AM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell -- featuring comments about Barsalona f ...

  14. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  15. Frank Barsalona, Music Agent Who Revolutionized Concert Business, Dead at 74

    November 25, 2012 8:21 AM EST Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent agency changed the concert business, died early Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, a rep for his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. His passing was first repor ...

  16. Producer Michael Cohl on 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Spider-Man Tours

    June 18, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Now that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has conquered Broadway, lead producer Michael Cohl tells Billboard.biz that it is time to start planning to take Spidey to arenas around the world. Cohl's biggest acclaim has come as a producer, of all t ...

  17. Billboard Power 100: U2 & Paul McGuinness

    January 27, 2012 12:11 AM EST No. 27 U2 & Paul McGuinness Rock Band; Managing Director, Principal Manager Twitter: @u2com The Band And The Man On A Mission... If any one figure sums up the power of U2 in the music business today it would be this number: $736,421,586. Or ma ...

  18. The Year In Touring

    December 08, 2011 8:10 AM EST Surprising no one, the final leg of U2's record-shattering 360 tour was enough to make U2 the top touring act of 2011, with $293.3 million in box office and nearly 3 million in ticket sales generated in the time frame of Nov. 1, 2010-Nov. 8, ...

  19. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  20. U2's '360' Tour Gross: $736,137,344!

    July 29, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Claw from U2's all-time record-setting 360 Tour (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImang.com) Tomorrow night in Moncton, N.B., U2 will perform the 110th and final show of its monster 360 tour, wrapping up not only epic technological and musical achi ...

  21. U2 Doc 'From The Sky Down' To Open Toronto Film Fest

    July 26, 2011 3:33 PM EDT Davis Guggenheim's U2 documentary "From The Sky Down" will have its world premiere at the opening night Gala for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Sept. 8, it was announced today. TIFF's lineup has always included ...

  22. U2's 360 Tour 'Claw' Sale: New Details Unveiled

    July 14, 2011 4:05 PM EDT U2's 360 Tour "Claw" (photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com) As previously reported on Billboard.biz , U2's "Claws" -- the alien-like, four-legged structure over the stages of their current "360" tour -- are goin ...

  23. Business Matters: World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views

    July 12, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Visionary or Apostate? U2 Manager Paul McGuinness -- Paul McGuinness has a guest column in The Telegraph titled "The Age of 'Free' is Coming to an End." It's a well-timed article. Last week, U.S. entertainment companies an ...

  24. U2's Record-Breaking 360 Tour Is Culmination of 'Under-Play' Strategy, Says Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    July 05, 2011 3:36 PM EDT U2's 100th show on the record shattering 360 tour came and went Saturday night in at Vanderbilt University's Memorial Stadium, leaving the town buzzing in its wake. This was the band's first visit to Nashville proper since playing V ...

  25. U2 to Sell 360 Tour 'Claws' as 'Permanent Venues'

    June 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT U2's 360 Tour "Claw" (photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com) U2's 360 Tour will come to an end July 30 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. But "The Claw" -- the alien-like, four-legged structure over the stage -- will live ...

  26. Broadway 'Spider-Man' Album To Go On Sale In June

    May 25, 2011 9:01 PM EDT Despite an unharmonious start that turned the "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway into a late-night talk show joke, a cast album will go on sale June 14. The 14-song album "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" written by U2's Bono ...

  27. Update: U2's Bono, the Edge to Perform on 'American Idol' Season Finale

    May 23, 2011 12:38 PM EDT After winning the Top Touring Artist Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 22), U2 members Bono and the Edge are set to perform on the "American Idol" season 10 finale this Wednesday. An announcement posted on U2. ...

  28. U2 Receives Touring Award at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

    May 22, 2011 10:15 PM EDT U 2 took a break from the just-started second North American leg of its 360 World Tour to accept the Touring Award -- for both the biggest tour of the year and of all-time -- at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. After the Black Eyed Peas ' wil ...

  29. U2 Breaks All-Time Tour Gross Record In Brazil

    April 20, 2011 6:56 PM EDT When U2 broke the all-time tour gross record in Brazil on April 10, the second performance of a three-night stand at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, the band entered history in dazzling fashion. The three-show total was $32,754,065, according to Bil ...

  30. Watch: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Calls on Tech 'Geniuses' to Boost Online Music

    April 13, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness has reiterated his belief that tech companies should do more to help artists. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify would get their act together," he said via ...

  31. U2's '360' Is Officially The Most Successful Tour Of All Time

    April 11, 2011 10:58 AM EDT As projected by Billboard.biz last week, U2's "360" officially became the most successful tour of all time , Live Nation announced today. Sunday night's sold-out show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo pulled U2 past the previous ...

  32. U2 To Set Record For Highest-Grossing Tour This Weekend

    April 08, 2011 8:19 AM EDT When the doors open Sunday night for U2's second show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the band's "360" tour will become the highest grossing tour in history. In Sao Paulo, U2 "360" will pass the $558 million ...

  33. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  34. 'Killing Bono' Soundtrack To Feature Pre-U2 Song by the Hype

    February 23, 2011 5:49 PM EST A song from U2's earliest days will appear on the soundtrack to "Killing Bono," the Paramount Pictures film being released April 1 in the U.K. "Street Mission," a song from 1977 when Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen, Adam Clay ...

  35. U2 Talk New Album, Huge South African Concert

    February 11, 2011 5:47 PM EST U2 will play FNB Stadium in South Africa this weekend (Photo: WireImage) U2 open the next leg of their massive 360° Tour this Sunday, Feb, 13, with what may be the biggest audience of the band's 30-year career. The band's manager Paul Mc ...

  36. U2's Upcoming South Africa Concert Marred by Copper Thieves

    February 04, 2011 7:00 AM EST Officials blame thieves for power problems at South Africa's main World Cup stadium, but the stadium manager promised Friday the lights will be on in time for a U2 concert. The theft of power cables in the area around Johannesburg's FNB ...

  37. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Opening Delayed Yet Again

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Broadway's costly "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed again to March 15 to "fine-tune" the high-tech production and work on a new ending even as it proves a hit at box offices in previews. Producers made the a ...

  38. Latest Hit For 'Spider-Man': Injured Actress Quits Show

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the latest disappointment for the ambitious Broadway production of "Spider-Man," one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion during its first preview performance is quitting the show. Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villainess ...

  39. 'Spider-Man' Set To Resume On Broadway With New Safety Measures

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The curtain was to rise again on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after producers of the accident-plagued Broadway musical agreed to new safety precautions to prevent another fall such as the one that left a stuntman seriously injured. Le ...

  40. Broadway Stars Blast 'Spider-Man' Director, U2 Members for Safety Issues

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Broadway stars are speaking out against "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor and the show's producers in light of all the serious on-set injuries. Blasted "Rent" star Adam Pascal on Facebook: "They sh ...

  41. WikiLeaks Document Reveals Italian Prime Minister Feared The Wrath Of Bono

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2 singer Bono may have more influence on world events than previously thought. In the latest round of published WikiLeaks, the Guardian newspaper revealed that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi considered increasing foreign aid to Africa i ...

  42. 'Spider-Man' Musical Resuming Wednesday with New Safety Measures

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The producers of the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway said they have enacted new safety measures ordered by the government and will resume performances on Wednesday night. A spokesman for "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,&quo ...

  43. 'Spider-Man' Opening Appears Delayed, Again

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man," the most expensive show ever created for the Great White Way, appears headed for another delay as producers weigh a decision to push its opening into February, according to media reports on Thursda ...

  44. Rep: Spider-Man 'Previews Will Continue as Planned'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The show will go on for Spider-Man. Despite major problems during the first preview, the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will continue. "There will be no delays in performance schedule," a spokesman told ...

  45. U2's Bono, The Edge Talk About Making 'Spider-Man'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Creating a megamusical is no easy feat, even in the hands of U2 megastars Bono and The Edge. "Easier than we could ever have imagined. Harder than we ever thought," says Bono, resting on a Times Square hotel bed near where "Spider-M ...

  46. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Rush, Sugarland, Paul McGuinness and more at the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness' important message about trade journalism, a key case study with Sugarland, and Rush receiving the Legend of Live honor were just a few of the highlights at the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. Watch the ful ...

  47. U2 To Play Nashville For First Time In 29 Years

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After announcing additional dates in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico City and South Africa, Billboard.biz confirms that U2 will take its record-breaking 360 tour to Nashville's Vanderbilt Stadium on July 2 of next year, the band's first t ...

  48. U2 Working with Danger Mouse, Will.i.am on New Albums

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will likely follow 2009's "No Line on the Horizon" with an album primarily produced by Danger Mouse, according to Bono. The Irish rock outfit's frontman told Australian publication The Age that U2 is prepping three new album ...

  49. U2 To Play South African Soccer Stadiums

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will become the first international act to make use of two stadiums built especially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when its 360 Tour lands in South Africa next year. An announcement made today by Live Nation Global Touring and Big Concerts confir ...

  50. U2 To Wrap European Leg In Rome

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After postponing its second North American leg due to back surgery for frontman Bono, U2 is back in fine form and wraps the sold out second European leg of the record-breaking 360 tour tonight at Olympic Stadium in Rome. The band will take a break ...

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