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U2's next album won't cost you a cent - the rock and roll band is giving away their 13th studio album for free. The Irish rockers - made up of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr - have made their latest offering 'Songs Of Innocence' available cost-free to over a half a billion U2.com subscribers and all iTunes Music Store customers. The autobiographical record features collaborations with Ryan Tedder, Lykke Li, Danger Mouse and Paul Epworth and is intended to reflect the band's varying styles and influences over the decades. The album kicks off by paying homage to the early influence of The Ramones on the band in their track 'The Miracle', before revisiting a Clash gig they attended in 1977 in 'This Is Where You Can Reach Me'. 'California' is a nod to The Beach Boys, while 'Song for Someone' was written for the rockers by Bono's wife, »
Taking a trick from Beyonce’s playbook, U2 dropped its 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” today without warning. The Irish band made the announcement at Apple’s event in Cupertino, Calif. The aptly named “Songs of Innocence,” produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production by Ryan Tedder, Paul Epworth, Flood, and Declan Gaffney, is a song cycle that draws on the band members’ past— a time when they first met and everything was possible. It pays tribute to their influences (The Ramones, The Clash, The Beach Boys), first loves, growing up in the shadow of Ira violence, and the fallout of tough economic times. Bono’s vocals sound fresh and invigorated and the production sparkles. It’s a lovely album that is sentimental without ever losing its edge. Below is a first-listen review: my take on each song by only listening to it once as I play the album straight through. »
- Melinda Newman
'Songs of Innocence' is the band's first release in five years.
Surprise! Apple gifted the world with more than just a new iPhone (make that two) on Tuesday, but also with new music from U2.
News: Everyone Is Freaking Out Over Apple's Announcement... But Not In a Good Way
Bono and co. shocked the audience at Apple's press conference in Cupertino, California, by announcing the release of their latest studio album, Songs of Innocence, which is available now on iTunes for free as a gift from the tech giant. U2 also capped the live-streamed event with a performance of the album's first single, "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)."
"With this, we wanted to wait until we had one that was as good as our very best work," Bono told Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage. "The question is now, how do we get it to as many people as possible, because that's »
U2 has released its new album, “Songs of Innocence,” on iTunes for free. The Irish superstars, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook, made the announcement at the close of today’s Apple event in Cupertino, Calif. The album, which features production by Danger Mouse, as well as Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood, will be free to download to all iTunes account holders until mid-October, according to reports, in all 119 countries where iTunes is available. “Songs of Innocence” will not be eligible to chart on the Billboard 200 because albums must be priced at no less than $3.49 in their first six weeks of release to be considered for chart inclusion. In addition to download availability, the album is available for streaming on Beats music. On Oct. 14, Interscope Records will make the album available to all retailers. "Songs of Innocence" tracklisting The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) Every Breaking Wave California »
- Melinda Newman
Lorde has been working with Paul Epworth to record her Hunger Games: Mockingjay track.
Billboard reports that the London producer flew out to Lakehouse Recording Studios in New Jersey for a two-day session with the 17-year-old.
The Grammy-winning producer uploaded a picture of the pair to Instagram with the caption: "Fun few days hanging out with this lovely lady and the crew from @lakehousestudios Asbury NJ."
The track will play out over the closing credits of the film when it arrives in cinemas this November. The soundtrack will be released three days before the film arrives in theatres.
Epworth won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in »
New York (AP) — Coldplay dedicated its slow tempo tune "Fix You" to Mick Jagger at a concert in New York City. Chris Martin told the crowd Monday before singing the encouraging song about recovering, "It's for Mick Jagger." Jagger's longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, committed suicide in March. A memorial was held in New York last week. Martin doesn't quite have Jagger's moves, but the singer danced wildly onstage with his arms swinging as he sang tunes from the band's catalog, including songs from their new album "Ghost Stories," out May 19. He played the piano and guitar throughout the hour-long set at the Beacon Theatre, performing well-known hits like "Speed of Sound," ''Clocks," and "Viva la Vida" as colorful laser lights beamed and white stars hung from the ceiling above the stage. Confetti burst from the sides of the stage after they performed the dance-flavored tunes "Every Teardrop Is »
After breaking through with”Torches’” hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the most uplifting infectious song ever about a serial killer, Foster the People returns three years later with its second album, “Supermodel.” “Supermodel” relies on synthesizers and electronics as “Torches” did, but also brings in other elements: lead singer and band namesake Mark Foster traveled to Morocco, as well as wrote an orchestral score for the film, “Bella,” and both of these experiences inform “Supermodel”: it is much more expansive in its musicality than “Torches.” For example, an African flair flavors opening track “Are You What You Want To Be,” after it kicks off with a straight-ahead guitar rock riff. Foster the People aren’t veering into “Graceland” territory by any means (or even Vampire Weekend’s “Contra”), but it’s nice to hear the trio stretching a little. Also added here are more acoustic elements: a lovely piano line runs through first single, »
London, March 18: Lily Allen has lashed out at the music business, saying there's a lack of female artists in the industry and insisted that people need to take a stand against sexism.
While speaking to The Sun, the 28-year-old singer said that she's signed to Warner Bros' and have been into many different record company buildings, but is astonished by the lack of female executives.
'The Fear' hitmaker added that one will also notice that there's always a "man behind the woman" piece for successful female artists, like Jay Z for Beyonce, Paul Epworth for Adele and Mark Ronson for her, which does not happen with men.
- Machan Kumar
Washington, March 9: U2 has reportedly postponed the release of their upcoming album and tour till 2015.
According to Billboard, the Irish rock band that performed at 86th Annual Academy Awards, has recently scheduled additional sessions with producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
The band's tour, booked by Live Nation's Global Touring division, which was initially on track for a mid-March announcement, will now begin in summer 2015.
Sources revealed that it seems that the band is taking longer to finish an album, but the great thing is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts.
U2 had also performed at the Golden Globes and the premiere of 'The. »
- Diksha Singh
Los Angeles, March 8: Members of Irish rock band U2 won't release a new album until next year. They have scheduled new sessions with top producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth to perfect tracks for it.
Although the band has performed live, appearing at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", as well as debuted two new tracks, "Ordinary Love" and "Invisible", they are still trying to perfect songs for their new album.
"It seems to be taking longer for them to finish an album as they get older, but the great thing about U2 is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts," contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying.
"That magic that the band always seems. »
- Leon David
Despite the release of new track, “Invisible,” during the Super Bowl, it looks like U2 won’t have an album out in 2014, after all. At least that’s the word from Billboard, which reveals that the band is going back into the studio with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, best known for his work with Adele. The band heavily campaigned for its Oscar-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela- Long Walk to Freedom,” and had previously noted that writing the song took them out of their studio groove for the album, their first since 2009’s “No Line On the Horizon.” (Trivia note: There were five years between “Line” and U2’s 2004 album “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” the band’s longest stretch. However, if Billboard is right and we don’t see a new U2 until 2015, this will be the longest amount of time between sets for the »
The 2014 Brit Awards trophies were handed out during a ceremony on Wednesday night (Feb. 19) on London's O2 Arena Arctic Monkeys were the biggest winners with two awards for British Group and British Album of the Year. Here’s the complete list of the Brit Award winners (in bold) and nominees: MasterCard British Album of the Year Arctic Monkeys, "Am" (winner) Bastille, "All This Bad Blood" David Bowie, "The Next Day" Disclosure, "Settle" Rudimental, "Home" Best Producer Flood and Alan Moulder (winner) Ethan Johns Paul Epworth British Breakthrough Act Bastille (winner) Disclosure Laura Mvula London Grammar Tom Odell »
- HitFix Staff
The 2014 Grammy Awards saw Daft Punk, the electro-pop duo from France, win the night’s top award for their album Random Access Memories.
Daft Punk also took home the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year awards for “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams – who served as the helmet-clad pair’s voice in accepting their awards. In the pre-show, they were awarded Best Dance/Electronica Album.
Tonight was crazy. Thank you to all the fans, @TheGRAMMYs and #DaftPunk. »
That's a wrap for the 2014 Grammy Awards! Daft Punk swept the show, winning album of the year, record of the year, best electronica/dance album, and best pop performance by a duo or a group. Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were also big winners, while Bruno Mars and Jay Z also claimed awards of their own. Take a look to see which nominees dominated music's biggest night! Album Of The Year Random Access Memories, Daft Punk Record Of The Year "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk Song Of The Year "Royals" by Lorde Best New Artist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Best Pop Solo Performance "Royals" by Lorde Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or A Group "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk Best Pop Instrumental Album Steppin' Out, Herb Alpert Best Pop Vocal Album Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars Best Dance Recording "Clarity" by Zedd Featuring Foxes Best Electronica/Dance Album Random Access Memories, »
- Shannon Vestal
Did your favorite artists walk away with Grammy gold this year? See the full list of winners, then weigh in with your response!
Music’s biggest night is finally here! The 56th annual Grammy Awards went down Jan. 26 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and some of the hottest names in the biz showed up to accept top honors. HollywoodLife.com has the complete list of this year’s Grammy winners, so read to find out who won big — and who got snubbed.
Grammy Winners 2014 — Full List Revealed
Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin
Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams
Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
Best Country Song: “Merry Go Round,” Kacey Musgraves
Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley, »
- Andy Swift
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
Los Angeles, Jan 16: American indie pop band Foster The People will release their second album "Supermodel" on March 18.
The band will release it via Columbia Records,
which is the follow up of their 2011 debut album "Torches".
It has a total of 12 tracks including "Coming of age", the first single that was released Monday.
"We didn't have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days. And in the spirit of wanderlust. »
- Rahul Kapoor
It’s been more than a minute since Foster the People broke through in 2011 with “Pumped Up Kicks” from its major label debut, “Torches.” The trio, led by Mark Foster, returns with a new album, the Paul Epworth-produced “Supermodel,” on March 18. First single, “Coming of Age,” hits airwaves today. Foster the People have shifted slightly away from their Beach Boys obsession (although only slightly given how the tune ends) and moved on to new wave and late-‘80s Brit Pop for “Coming of Age,” a shimmering, yet propulsive guitar-and-synth driven track. “I try to live without regrets,” Mark Foster sings, though »
18 items from 2014
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