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The Top Five Pop and Rock Albums of 2014

Yeah…I know…another year-end list. You’re going to find lots of Top 20 and Top 50 lists of best albums of 2014 on the Interwebs right about now, but for this list, I wanted to keep it short—narrow it down to five pop/rock albums that aren’t just really, really good (because there are lots of records that could be on that kind of list), but also albums that broke ground artistically […]



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U2 Drops Surprise Album “Songs of Innocence” Free on iTunes

Album releases officially on October 13

Ever since Beyoncé surprised the world with a complete, previously unannounced full-length album last December, different artists have been trying to top the feat. Whether they were trying or not, it looks like U2 finally did it. Yesterday, at Apple’s much-touted big-reveal press conference announcing iPhone 6 and the new Apple iWatch, U2 was announced as a surprise musical guest. After they played a new song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” […]


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U2 Could Still Release New Album in 2014

Remember earlier this year when U2 was getting all that buzz about a new album release in the spring?  Remember when they won that Golden Globe for their song “Ordinary Love” from that Nelson Mandela biopic?  Remember when they released their song “Invisible” as a free download during the Superbowl and raised like a bajillion dollars for (RED)?  Remember their sparkling appearance during Jimmy Fallon’s debut broadcast as the new […]


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U2 Reportedly Push Album, Tour Back to 2015

There was never actually a release date set for the new U2 album—hell, we didn’t even know the name of it—so the label insists this is not a “delay.”  But as Billboard reported exclusively yesterday, several sources are confirming that the album release and tour are being pushed to next year. No official statement has been made thus far, but it’s hard to believe this was part of the plan.  […]


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Check out U2’s New Music Video for “Invisible”

Apparently, U2 want to make sure their new tune “Invisible” is anything but. This week, on the heels of the song’s official Super Bowl release—which ultimately raised over $3M for (RED)—the band have released the official music video for “Invisible.” Shot in black-and-white, the video was filmed over three days in an airport hangar in Santa Monica, under the direction of Mark Romanek (whose resume also includes videos for Johnny […]


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U2’s “Invisible” Raises $3M for (RED)

“Sneak preview” of new album, Bono says

Within the first hour of its release during Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast, U2’s new song “Invisible” was downloaded from iTunes one million times, Bono recently told Zane Lowe during a phone interview on BBC  Radio 1. During the following 35 hours the tune was available as a free download, over 2 million additional downloads were logged—and with Bank of America donating $1 per download via the nonprofit (RED) toward the […]


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U2 to Release New Track “Invisible” for Free During Super Bowl

U2 has been in the news a lot lately, but interestingly, there’s still a lot we don’t know. We know they’re putting out a highly-anticipated new album in April, we know Danger Mouse is producing it and we know they’ve returned to Island Records, but we don’t know the album’s name. We’ve heard a new song “Ordinary Love” from the new Mandela biopic, and we know the song has won […]


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U2 Release New Song “Ordinary Love” for Mandela Biopic

New album due early 2014

Fans who have been eagerly anticipating U2’s long-awaited new album won’t have much longer to wait, according to bassist Adam Clayton. In the meantime, the band have put out a new tune called “Ordinary Love” for the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Written specifically for the film, “Ordinary Love” is also featured on the movie’s second official trailer. “We can’t fall any farther / We can’t […]


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Bono Receives French Award for Music, Humanitarian Work

On Tuesday, Reuters reports U2 frontman Bono received the highest cultural award given in France, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, for his lifetime contributions to music combined with his tireless work on humanitarian causes around the world. The award was bestowed in Paris in a ceremony by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippeti, who said in a statement, “Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and […]


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Rock Rewind: U2 “One”

Released on the Achtung Baby album in 1991, U2’s “One” is considered by many to be the song that essentially saved the band’s career. One of their most heartfelt and emotional tunes, and one that has served as an anthem for several of the band’s social justice causes, the story behind its origins is just as personal and compelling. After the monumental success of The Joshua Tree, the members of […]


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Rock Rewind: U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

It seems to me that there are very few rock bands in the past 25 years, whether major acts or indie, who cannot cite U2 as an influence. You can hear traces of The Edge’s effected guitars or Adam Clayton’s bass lines in the music of so many other bands, whether or not they ever admit it. U2 has remained one of the world’s most noteworthy rock bands for the […]