Posts tagged "U2"

Pink (You+Me), U2 & Jessie J All Land Top 10 Albums, But Florida Georgia Line Rules The Chart

It’s back-to-back-to-back country albums on top of the Billboard 200, as Florida Georgia Line debut at #1 with Anything Goes (197,000 sold) following chart-topping stints by Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean in recent weeks. Also, Bob Seger follows follows the trend of veteran acts making a big showing in the Top 10 lately (see: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Stevie Nicks) by debuting at #3 with his 17th studio album Ride Out (59,000).

That leaves Pink and Dallas Green (aka You+Me) to go in at #4 with rose ave. (50,000), which, if you can wrap your head around it, is actually the third-best chart position ever for a Pink album. The only two that did better: 2008′s Funhouse (#2) and 2012′s The Truth About Love (#1). More »

U2 Apologize (Kind Of) For Surprise ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Release: Morning Mix

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:: Remember that horrible time when U2 added their new album, Songs Of Innocence, to our iCloud accounts? Well now they are finally apologizing…kind of. The band’s frontman, Bono, addressed the fiasco during a Facebook Q&A session: “Oops. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.” [Pitchfork]

:: Tyga spoke with our friends over at Vibe magazine about his experience working with Kanye West on his forthcoming album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty. The Young Money rapper stated, “He just told me to come to the studio one day and just gave me and Big Sean this long speech. He was just saying what it is, and what we need to do as young artists and how we just need to take control of this shit. We got the voice, and people follow what we do.” Read what else Tyga had to say here.

:: Erykah Badu took to the streets of New York City to…sing for money? The artist went to the infamous Times Square to see what it was like to perform for the passing tourists. She ended up making $3.60 at the end. [Pigeons & Planes]

:: Britney Spears‘ Las Vegas residency is making the destination city some major bank! The singer’s Planet Hollywood show revenue has boosted the city’s annual earnings by $20 million. That would explain why they extended her residency for two more years…[PopDust]

:: Ariana Grande will be making a return to acting, as she’ll be starring in the animated film UnderdogsGlee star Matthew MorrisonNicholas Hoult and Katie Holmes are also casted. It is set for an April 10, 2015 release. [MTV News]

:: Next year, a new documentary titled 808 plans to hit the silver screen. The project, which focuses on the instrument that helped to change music in the ’80s, will feature commentary from Pharrell, Diplo, David Guetta, Questlove and more. [Rolling Stone]

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Liam Hemsworth Talks Miley Cyrus Split: Morning Mix

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:: Liam Hemsworth talks ex-fiance Miley Cyrus on the November issue of Nylon Guys. The actor tells the magazine: “There’s not much to say; there’s no bad blood there. You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it’s never a fun experience.” [Just Jared]

:: Gawker has taken it upon themselves to rank all 141 singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100 over the past decade, which is a pretty daunting task! Check out the list to see if your favorite made their Top 10. [Gawker]

:: Hayley Williams is not happy with One Direction‘s new single. The Paramore singer posted a shade-filled tweeting, stating the the British boys ripped off the piano hook from rock band New Found Glory. Williams is dating the guitarist from NFG, which kind of justifies her concern. [SPIN]

:: Everyone’s favorite band of the moment, U2, released the vinyls of their new record Songs Of Innocence earlier than expected. They apparently did so in order to beat the Grammys’ September 30 eligibility cutoff date. So sneaky! [SPIN]

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Aretha Franklin Reveals Title And Release Date For Diva Covers Album: Morning Mix

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:: Aretha Franklin‘s forthcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is out October 21. She will sing songs by Etta JamesWhitney Houston, Adele and more.  [Billboard]

:: Snoop Dogg‘s next album is solely produced by Pharrell and features Charlie Wilson and Stevie Wonder. For a hint of what to expect, watch Snoop tease a song praising a strain of medical marijuana. [HipHopDX]

:: Beyonce would never release a free album like U2 did with Songs of Innocence. “There’s a misconception that recorded music sales are not an important piece of the mix of any artist business,” her marketing manager says. [Financial Times]

:: Is Big Sean dating Ariana Grande? Recent comments point to yes: “I am going to tell you this: Ariana is very, very special. She’s very special to me.” [Ryan Seacrest]

:: Lifetime revealed the debut trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. The biopic stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah herself, who replaced Zendaya Coleman after she dropped out of the role. [THR]

:: The Daily Show responded to complaints from One Direction fans, for a segment comparing the boy band to terrorist groups: “Dear 1D fans: We didn’t know the band members’ names, religions, hobbies, etc,” Just knew they were popular. But not THIS popular.” [Twitter]

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U2′s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Gets Actual Cover Art For Physical Release

Earlier this month, everyone with an iTunes account was gifted with U2‘s brand new album, Songs Of Innocence, for free — a move that, quite frankly, pissed off a sizable chunk of the globe. (“Apple’s devious U2 album giveaway is even worse than spam,” cried Wired — just one of many angry sentiments posted online regarding the release.)

But despite the tornado of ire over the giveaway by the Irish rockers, there actually is a physical CD version of Songs Of Innocence on the way (it’s out October 13), and it’s one you’ll have to do the old-fashioned thing with, i.e. pay for. Above is the cover art for said release, which features U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and his son Aaron Elvis Mullen. More »

Iggy Azalea And Nick Young Celebrated Their First Anniversary At Target: Morning Mix

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:: Iggy Azalea celebrated her first anniversary with basketball player boyfriend Nick Young by shopping at Target. The couple famously went there on their first date. Congratulations! [Instagram]

:: I’m not sure how impressive this is given that it downloaded to your phone whether you wanted it to or not but Apple is bragging U2‘s free Songs Of Innocence LP was accessed by 33 million users. They didn’t say how many people realize they own it. [Billboard]

:: Nick Jonas convinced his girlfriend Olivia Culpo to strip down to her lingerie for his upcoming “Jealous” video. She plays a scantily-clad cellist. The things we do for love. [MTV]

:: It’s time to let this song rest in peace before everyone starts to hate it. Lea Michele revealed that much-performed Frozen ballad “Let It Go” will be interpreted on the new season of Glee. Yay? [Pink Is The New Blog]

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Tyler, The Creator Compares U2′s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ To A Pimple: Morning Mix

:: Tyler, the Creator compared U2‘s surprise release of Songs of Innocence to “WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE.” Like critics, though, he can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. [SPIN]

:: Justin Bieber reveals that he and Selena Gomez are back together, though not in the most romantic way. Bieber’s attorney asked him of their relationship, in regards to a lawsuit filed by a photographer claiming that Bieber assaulted him. [E!]

:: N.E.R.D. (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Shae Daley) may release their first new music in four years. “You’re gonna like this shit we’re gonna release,” Daley said during Pharrell’s recent iTunes Festival performance, before Pharrell himself said, “There will always be a N.E.R.D.” [NME]

:: Big Sean says that he was actually in a relationship, presumably with Glee star Naya Rivera, when he wrote his new song “I Don’t Fuck With You.” “[O]bviously, after a few things went down, I went back and changed a couple words — but, mainly, the song was already there.” he says. [MTV]

:: Chris Brown and Trey Songz teamed up to remix “Tuesday,” the breakthrough song by Atlanta R&B upstart ILoveMakonnen. Drake remixed the song first, then signed ILoveMakonnen to his imprint OVO Sound. [Rap-Up]

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Whatcha Say: U2, Katy Perry Vs. Taylor Swift And Ariana’s Face Got Our Readers Talking

Well, this week certainly was pop drama, wasn’t it?

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (maybe?) swapped subtweets and shady songs, U2 dropped an unwanted (for some of us?) album on us via Apple and Ariana Grande is (possibly) a diva who only likes to be interviewed and photographed on one side of her face. Hmm…

In less dicey news, we premiered AJR return with “Infinity,” launched a contest for BANKS‘ gorgeous Goddess, premiered some stunning artwork to coincide with Kimbra‘s The Golden Echo and took a look back at 13 pop albums that deserved a lot more love than they were originally dealt.

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The Internet Is Pissed About U2′s Free ‘Songs Of Innocence’ Album, And Critics Are Divided: Review Revue

Yes, U2 ‘did a Beyoncé‘ and released a surprise album out of nowhere. But beyond even what Bey did, the band’s Songs Of Innocence LP also showed up on everyone’s Apple user’s iPhone as a special corporate tie-in…whether they wanted it or not.

That lack of consumer choice, perhaps unsurprisingly, led to more than just a little grumbling and snark on the Internet: “A slew of Apple users are complaining that the album is automatically appearing in iTunes and on their iOS devices whether they want it there or not. And there’s no truly quick and simple way to remove it,” tech site CNET concluded. And the reactions — mostly on Twitter — were largely hilarious.

But beyond the inescapable factor, there’s still a new U2 album at hand. So…is it even any good? Read on after the jump to find out what music critics around the globe had to say. More »

U2 Just Released Their New LP ‘Songs Of Innocence’ On iTunes — For Free!

It was only a matter of time before another huge act did a Beyonce by unexpectedly dropping an album with no forewarning. And U2 did just that today (September 9) with the surprise release of their 13th studio LP Songs Of Innocence. Only they upped the ante even further by giving it away for free on iTunes. It will reach other retailers on October 13.

Songs Of Innocence is the Irish band’s first album since 2009′s No Line On The Horizon. The legendary rockers worked with noted hitmaker Ryan Tedder on four tracks including the lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)”. Other collaborators include Adele‘s producer Paul Epworth and Danger Mouse. See the full tracklist and download link after the jump. More »