U2 to Release Free Song For Charity

U2 are releasing a song for free in order to raise money for the AIDS awareness campaign.

The Irish rockers’ will debut their new song, Invisible, in a commercial for the charity set to air during the Super Bowl telecast in America on February 2, 2014.

The track will then be available for free via iTunes, and for every download during that period, Bank of America will donate $1 to the campaign up to a maximum of $2 million, which will benefit the Global Fund To Fight Aids, Tuberculosis And Malaria.

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Frontman Bono helped found the charity in 2006. He and his partners have raised more than $241 million for the fund, which provides life-saving treatments to millions of people in poor countries.


U2 To Receive The Sonny Bono Visionary Award

Irish rockers U2 are set to receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The award is typically given to film directors, but this January the other Bono and his bandmates will be feted for their “unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” according to festival chairman Harold Matzner.

Previous recipients include Danny Boyle and Quentin Tarantino.

Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks will also be honored at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

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Bono Enjoys Special Lunch With Obama Family

Irish rocker and philanthropist Bono enjoyed a very special lunch date this week (begs17Jun13) after inviting U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama to join him for lunch at his favorite local pub.

The U2 frontman and his wife Ali closed down Finnegan’s of Dalkey in his nativeDublin for the private event as Obama and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, arrived for the meal, but they weren’t alone – around 60 other guests were also in attendance for the luncheon.

Dishes on the menu included fish and chips, cottage pie and smoked bacon, and the owners of the family-run pub even made an extra effort to make the Obamas feel at home by hanging an American flag above the main entrance.

Addressing the high-profile lunch meeting, Bono says, “We talked about everything and nothing. It was a family lunch.”

U.S. President Barack Obama was not in attendance at the meal as he was meeting with world leaders at the G8 Summit in neighbouring Northern Ireland.

Winners List: 2012 Billboard Music Awards

Among the big winners included Adele, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.

Here’s the complete list:


Top Artist:


Top New Artist:

Wiz Khalifa

Top Male Artist:

Lil Wayne

Top Female Artist:


Top Duo/Group:


Top Billboard 200 Artist:


Top Hot 100 Artist:


Top Digital Songs Artist:


Top Radio Songs Artist:


Top Touring Artist:


Top Social Artist:

Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist:


Top Digital Media Artist:


Top Pop Artist:


Top R&B Artist:

Chris Brown

Top Rap Artist:

Lil Wayne

Top Country Artist:

Lady Antebellum

Top Rock Artist:


Top Alternative Artist:


Top Latin Artist:


Top Dance Artist:

Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist:

Casting Crowns


Top Billboard 200 Album:

Adele “21”

Top Pop Album:

Adele “21”

Top R&B Album:

Beyonce “4”

Top Rap Album:

Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”

Top Country Album:

Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”

Top Rock Album:

Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”

Top Alternative Album:

Coldplay “Mylo Xyloto”

Top Latin Album:

Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1”

Top Dance Album:

Lady Gaga “Born This Way”

Top Christian Album:

Casting Crowns “Come To The Well”


Top Hot 100 Song:

LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”

Top Digital Song :

LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”

Top Radio Song:

Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything”

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Adele “Rolling in the Deep”

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Nicki Minaj “Super Bass”

Top Pop Song:

LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”

Top R&B Song:

Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne “Motivation”

Top Rap Song:

LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”

Top Country Song:

Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem”

Top Rock Song:

Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks”

Top Alternative Song:

Adele “Rolling In The Deep”

Top Latin Song:

Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”

Top Dance Song:

LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock “Party Rock Anthem”

Top Christian Song:

Laura Story “Blessings”

Bono Shoots Down Billionaire Reports Following Facebook Flotation

U2 rocker Bono has shut down rumours he is set to become one of the richest rockers in the world after Facebook.com’s flotation on the stock exchange.

The social networking site became one of the US stock market’s largest ever flotations, with the site eventually being valued at £66 billion, more than McDonalds and Amazon.com, when trading closed on Friday.

Bono was rumoured to overtake Sir Paul McCartney in the money stakes thanks to his 2.3 per cent stake in the site which his investment group snapped up for £57 million in 2009.

It was believed the deal would net him around £949 million, outstripping McCartney’s reported fortune of £632 million, but the superstar insists the Beatles legend is still the richest man in music.

He tells MSNBC, “Contrary to reports, I’m not a billionaire or going to be richer than any Beatle – and not just in the sense of money, by the way, the Beatles are untouchable – those billionaire reports are a joke.”

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard 2012 Top Money Makers!

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Adele had huge years in 2011, with major tours, strings of hit singles, Grammy wins and #1-hogging chart-topping albums. But when Billboard magazine compiled its 2012 list of “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers” it was Taylor Swift who ruled them all. In fact, the 22-year-old country pop darling out-earned all of her fellow ladies combined.

According to the magazine’s calculations, Swift earned her #1 spot on the earner’s list thanks to reported earnings of $35.7 million in the 2011 calendar year. Those earnings came from a combination of revenue from quadruple-platinum-plus the sales of Speak Now and its accompanying tour, which grossed $88.5 million in the U.S. alone. Read more>>

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International Debuts At No. 11 on The Billboard 200

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200with the digital and the 4-CD set selling upwards of 22,800 units combined. The 2-CD edition, sold exclusively at Starbucks, sold more than 10,200 copies, debuting at No. 38. The collection, whichsupports Amnesty International’s human rights work, will be released internationally on February 6.
In an exclusive, Miley Cyrus will perform “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” next Monday, February 6. It will be the first in a series of performances by artists from Chimes of Freedom, as Ellen pays tribute to the work of Amnesty International.
Cyrus’ video for the track been added by MTV, VH1, MTV Hits, MTV.com, GAC, CMT, CMT Pure, CMT.com, Music Choice-Video on Demand and Palladia. “Miley covers ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go’ with all of the mournfulness and dusty sentiment that the classic Dylan song requires, pouring her heart into the track and giving the legend his due,” said MTV Buzzworthy, while NPR’s Ann Powersobserved that Cyrus’ “excellent outing recalls her godmother Dolly Parton.”Using her social media sites, Miley has parlayed the video – which has received more than 2,000,000 views since premiering last week – into an opportunity to engage her fans in the human rights cause.
Ziggy Marley, praised by Daily Variety for his “moving, acoustic rendition of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,'” will appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” this Friday, February 3.
Numerous artists have supported the collection by performing their contributions to Chimes of Freedom on television, including The Avett Brothers on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Blake Millsfeaturing Danielle Haim on “Conan” and Joe Perry on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Chimes of Freedom continues Amnesty International’s 40-year legacy of engaging with artists as champions of human rights. Beginning in 1972 when Joan Baez was inspired to devote a full year to building the Amnesty International movement on the West Coast, the organization then went on in the 1980s to stage the “Human Rights Now!” and “A Conspiracy of Hope” rock concert tours in the United States and abroad featuring Sting, U2, Pete Townshend, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen and Dylan himself, among many others. More recently, Amnesty International – through the generosity of Yoko Ono’s donation of John Lennon’s solo catalogue – released in 2007 “Instant Karma,” an album of Lennon songs by U2, Green Day and others to support its work to stop the violence in Darfur. “Instant Karma” debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard 200.
“Dylan’s ‘Chimes’ still resonates across the decades,” observed USA Today.
“What I love about this set is the musical variety,” said Ann Powers, who shared several selections from the collection in a recent Southern California Public Radio review(http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/2012/01/24/22241/new-music-tuesday-with-ann-powers-bob-dylan-tribut/).
Rolling Stone said: “Pete Townshend’s fingerpicked ‘Corrina, Corrina’ captures the grace and grief of Dylan’s best love songs” and the Los Angeles Times praised Queens of the Stone Age’s “raw, sizzling version of ‘Outlaw Blues.'”  Entertainment Weekly noted: “the best covers here come from the misfits (Kesha), the punks (check out Rise Against’s raging ‘Ballad of Hollis Brown’), the outsiders (Mexican pop star Ximena Sariñana’s excellent ‘I Want You’), and the radicals (‘With God on Our Side’ finds Somali-born Toronto rapper K’naan challenging American hawkishness as only a Canadian can)….Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass sound almost revolutionary on their gorgeous, avant-classical ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.'” In a four-star review, The Observer (UK) singled out numerous tracks, including Elvis Costello’s “dubby ‘Licence to Kill'” and Adele’s “intense piano-backed live version of ‘Make You Feel My Love.'”
Chimes of Freedom is dedicated to the thousands of people worldwide who are imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. All of the artists and recording studios worked pro-bono to support the human rights cause.

Lady Gaga Plotting Record Breaking World Tour?

Rumors are spreading that Lady Gaga may be gearing up for a record breaking new tour. According to a new report from Britain’s The Sun, the Mother Monster will soon announce a two-year tour spanning over 450 dates.

The tour could break U2’s record for the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time and the source says that Gaga hopes to move into the pop elite with the tour:

“The Haus Of GaGa is taking things up a gear. GaGa and her team have ambitions to match, and better, huge pop and rock acts from music history like Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones and U2.”

The source continues: “She is planning to kick things off in Asia and India next year and go on a gruelling world tour. As is always the case with GaGa, the plans came to her in her sleep. She has a target of 450 dates. It has never been done before, but she’s doesn’t think that’s a reason not to try.”

U2 Unsure What Their Future Holds

After recently wrapping up their highest grossing tour of all time, it seems as if U2 are not sure what lies ahead for them as a band. “I’m not so sure the future hasn’t dried up,” Bono told Rolling Stone. The singer admitted he’s been taking heat from his bandmates for such talk. “The band are like, ‘Will you shut up about being irrelevant?’ Ironically, being forced to look back at this period reminds me of how we might re-emerge for the next phase.” 

Lady Gaga’s Record Company Allegedly Was Used in Drug-Trafficking Ring

A record company with powerhouse clients like Lady Gaga and U2 has reportedly been used by a drug-trafficking ring involving shipments of equipment cases stuffed with cocaine and vacuum-packed $20 bills. 
A year-long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation has resulted in the indictment of James Rosemond on 18 felony charges that could mean he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted, The Smoking Gun reports. 

A letter filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn details evidence against Rosemond, known as “Jimmy Henchmen,” a music-industry manager who has been in custody since shortly after the indictments. Read more>>