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U2's Bono Reveals Why He Always Wears Sunglasses

October 18th, 2014 10:37am EDT
U2 frontman Bono has a signature look - he always wears sunglasses. But it's not because he's too cool for school. The star has been suffering from glaucoma for over 20 years.

The rock star revealed the news during an interview on "The Graham Norton Show." "I have good treatments, and I am going to be fine," he assured viewers.

Glaucoma can damage the eye's optic nerve and in some cases result in vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment can protect a sufferer from serious vision loss.

The band made headlines earlier this month after releasing its latest album for free o...

Bono 'Sorry' For Forcing Free Album On iTunes Users

October 15th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Bono 'Sorry' For Forcing Free Album On iTunes Users
U2 frontman Bono has apologized to fans who automatically received the group's latest album for free on iTunes, saying the band "might have gotten carried away" with the promotion.

Last month, U2's "Songs of Innocence" was installed on nearly 500 million users' music libraries without their consent to coincide with the release of the iPhone 6. Those who aren't fans of the band were stuck with the album with no way to remove it from their cloud music library. Apple finally made a webpage with a button to delete the album.

U2 was interviewed on Facebook on Tuesday to celebrate the physical ...

Apple Creates Special Way For U2 Haters To Delete Free U2 Album

September 16th, 2014 9:34pm EDT
Apple Creates Special Way For U2 Haters To Delete Free U2 Album
Apple has created a special removal tool for iTunes and iPhone users who don't want to keep U2's latest album, "Songs Of Innocence," which the company released for free to all of its users when they announced the release of the iPhone 6 last week.

Following the release of the latest version of the iPhone, U2 took the stage to play songs from the new album and announce that the entire LP was being given away for free to all Apple users and that the album was already in their cloud.

Unfortunately, for those who aren't fans of the band, they were stuck with the album and no way to remove it ...

U2 Releases Surprise New Album During Apple iPhone 6 Event, Gives It Away For Free To 500 Million iTunes Customers

September 9th, 2014 5:31pm EDT
U2 Releases Surprise New Album During Apple iPhone 6 Event, Give
The hotly anticipated announcement and launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 came with a huge surprise on Tuesday -- the release of U2's 13th studio album, "Songs of Innocence."

The band appeared at the launch event for the new phones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, along with the new Apple Watch, and to close things out they performed new single "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).

Following the debut of the new single, the band announced that the new album is available for free on iTunes to all 500 million Apple customers!

It's no secret that the band had the album in the works, but the releas...

U2 Debuts New Single 'Invisible' During Super Bowl

February 3rd, 2014 8:11pm EST
U2 is hoping to have their 13th studio album out sometime this summer, and during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night the band gave fans a free preview of the album via new track "Invisible."

The song, which lead singer Bono says won't be the first single released for the album, was released as a free download on iTunes until 11:59 p.m. Monday night.

The band partnered with (RED) and Bank of America, and for every download, $1 will be donated (with a $2 million max) to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS by the financial giant.

"Invisible" was produced by Danger Mouse.

"We have another song we'...

Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Bono Take Over The Palm Springs Film Festival

January 6th, 2014 8:41am EST
Amy Adams
A plethora of celebrities attended the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend. Stars including Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts and Matthew McConaughey picked up awards for their acting work.

"American Hustle" co-stars Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner as well as director David O. Russell accepted an ensemble performance award.

Tom Hanks won the Chairman's Award for "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks."

Irish rock band U2 picked up the Sonny Bono Award For "Ordinary Love," a song used in "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." Singer Bono used the even...

Bono Does His Best President Bill Clinton At NYC Conference

September 25th, 2013 8:25am EDT
U2's Bono introduced Bill Clinton at a charity event in New York this week by performing his finest comedy impersonation of the former president.

On Tuesday, the 53 year-old singer was among the guests who were invited to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Manhattan and the star found himself with time to spare on stage when the statesman was late taking over.

Bono tested out his comedy skills by doing an impersonation of Clinton, mimicking his famous southern accent and raspy tones in a short skit, which drew laughter from the audience.

In his impersonation of Clint...

Scientist Names Spider After Bono

January 21st, 2013 9:28am EST
You know you've made it when a creature is named after you. U2 frontman Bono has the dubious honor of having inspired the scientific name for a newly identified spider.

Biologist Jason Bond of Auburn University in Alabama has discovered 33 spider breeds, and he named one "Aptostichus bonoi" after the Irish rocker, who scored the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
The spider was discovered in California's Joshua Tree National Park, the name of U2's classic 1987 album.
But Bono isn't the first to receive such an honor. The scientist previously named his insect discoveries ...

Bono Teams Up With DJ Tiesto For Charity Album

November 21st, 2012 8:43am EST
U2 rocker Bono has teamed up with Dutch DJ Tiesto for a new all-star charity album.

Fellow DJs Calvin Harris and Avicii also feature on Dance (RED), Save Lives, which will benefit Bono's anti-AIDS organization RED.

Tiesto reveals he felt compelled to support the cause after witnessing the plight of those affected by HIV during a trip to Africa in the mid-2000s.

In a statement, he says, "When I went to Africa in 2006, I was struck by the devastating effect of AIDS. Now the world has an incredible chance to make sure that babies are born HIV-free by 2015, and the dance community is goin...

16 Stars With Texas-Sized Egos

October 4th, 2012 8:04pm EDT
Kanye West
Some stars have huge egos and think the world revolves around them.

Their narcissistic ways and self-importance are often laughable and at times frightening.

So which stars are always finding themselves giving pats on the back to... themselves all the time? Read on...

Kanye West once said "I am the number-one human being in music"; and told Entertainment Weekly that he's "too busy writing history to read it." Quotes like these cemented his status as one of the biggest egos in showbiz. He's launched his own fragrance, brand of shoes and energy drinks; and he even had the cojones to cut ...

10 Stars Who Have Been Injured On The Job

August 19th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
Early this week, production was halted on the set of "Iron Man 3" after its star Robert Downey Jr. injured his ankle while performing a stunt. Marvel Studios confirmed this Thursday, saying there will be a short delay in film production. With all the things going on in movie sets and concert stages, being a star can sometimes be hazardous. Here are 10 other celebrities who were hurt while performing their jobs.

During the filming of "The Green Lantern," Ryan Reynolds separated his shoulder and he popped it back into place during the scene. He told People magazine, "My last injury was ...

Adam Levine Will Never 'Go Solo'

May 19th, 2012 7:25pm EDT
Adam Levine
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has vowed never to quit and go solo - because he can't imagine his idol Bono releasing an album without U2.

The Moves Like Jagger singer accepts his band may split one day - but he'd rather form another group than go solo.

He says, "I'll never be a solo artist... Being in a band is much more fun."

And he tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "Look at a band like U2 that has been around forever - I'm not sure how people would react to a record called Bono. I don't want to ever be that person.

"It's much cooler to be in a band with my bros."

Rumor Patrol: Kanye West Writes 'Break Up' Record, Bono's Billions, More

May 19th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Kanye Writing "Break Up" Record: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly still together, but a source told MediaTakeOut Kanye is writing the ultimate break up record. " spoke with a music industry INSIDER who heard a number of Kanye’s NEW TRACKS. And’s insider suspects that Kanye may be creating an ENTIRE DISS ALBUM, which he’ll release after HE goes through a pre-p...

Bono Dismisses Claims He Is The Richest Entertainer In The World

May 19th, 2012 10:29am EDT
U2 lead singer Bono is shooting down speculated reports that he is now the richest rock star in the world following Facebook's IPO Friday.

The social networking site became one of the U.S. stock market's largest ever IPO, with the site eventually being valued at $105 billion, more than McDonalds and, when trading closed on Friday.

Bono was rumored to overtake Paul McCartney in the money stakes thanks to his 2.3 per cent stake in the site which his investment group, 'Elevation Partners' snapped up for $90 million in 2009.

It was believed the deal would net him around $1.5 billi...

Bono Helps Courtney Love Land New New York Condo

March 12th, 2012 9:12pm EDT
U2 star Bono has helped Courtney Love land a condominium in New York's trendy Nolita neighbourhood - she used his name as a reference.

The Hole rocker now has a new Manhattan address after being evicted from a West Village townhouse - and she has the "One" singer to thank.

Bono wrote her "a paragraph" after her new landlord asked her for a character reference.

Love tells the New York Daily News she loves her new pad, but admits she has already upset another tenant - a pregnant neighbor complained about the noise she was making.

She explains, "I've never gotten a noise complaint. It soun...

Invisible Children's Short Film 'KONY 2012' Gets Celeb Backing & Raises Awareness Of Ugandan War Criminal Joseph Kony's Atrocities (Watch The Film Here)

March 8th, 2012 11:47am EST
Joseph Kony
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Bono and Rihanna are just a handful of the big names that are helping raise awareness of a new campaign by Invisible Children.

A new 29-minute video that hit the web on Monday called KONY 2012 is bringing attention to Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which is based in central Africa. Kony and his terrorist group got their start in northern Uganda and have since left the region but are still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

Kony is a monster and needs to be stopped. Th...

Bono & Angelina Jolie Inspired Brad Pitt To Become More Charitable

January 27th, 2012 8:43am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has credited Bono with giving him humanitarian advice that helped him become the man he is today.

In a candid new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the movie star admits he "sought out" the U2 singer after a visit to Morocco made him realize just how severe poverty was in certain areas of Africa.

The life-changing trip forced Pitt to "get off the couch" and join Bono and the other celebrities who attempt to make a difference in the world.

He says, "I sat down with him a few times and got involved in some of the stuff he was doing."

And Pitt reveals it was shortly after th...

Defiant Bono Ignores Kidnap Threats To Perform In Mali

January 17th, 2012 9:36am EST
U2 star Bono gave Mali's annual Desert Festival a big boost on Thursday night by appearing onstage to launch the three-day event.

The Timbuktu-based festival is located in a former warzone, close to an al-Qaeda terrorist hub, prompting music fans to stay away in recent years.

But defiant Bono was among the opening acts performing for an audience made up of lucky tourists, nomads and local music lovers.

Organizers have been criticized for staging the festival just two months after three tourists were kidnapped.

Sean Penn Named Ambassador To Haiti

January 16th, 2012 2:17pm EST
Sean Penn
Actor-turned-activist Sean Penn is celebrating after he was made an official ambassador to Haiti on Saturday.

The Milk star has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for the impoverished nation since it was struck by a devastating earthquake back in 2010 and his efforts were rewarded over the weekend.

Penn was offered the job by Haitian foreign minister Laurent Lamothe at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Beverly Hills, California.

Stepping up to the podium to greet the crowd, the actor beamed, "I do accept. (It would be useful to) change being called, 'Hey you (expletive), to ...

January Jones & Gwyneth Paltrow Named The 'Least Influential People Of 2011'

December 2nd, 2011 8:30am EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actresses January Jones and Gwyneth Paltrow have been spoofed as two of the Least Influential People of 2011.

Editors at GQ magazine have followed up Barbara Walters' annual list of "The 10 Most Fascinating People" of the year by creating their own compilation of celebrities who've failed to contribute something of "value" to the world, and both blonde beauties were nominated for the shameful honor.

Jones was one of 25 selected because the latest season of her hit TV show "Mad Men" was delayed from airing until 2012 and Paltrow was named for "unleashing her awful cookbook on the world."


Bono Feared Dysfunction In The Bedroom Following Back Surgery

December 2nd, 2011 8:25am EST
The German doctor who repaired rocker Bono's back last year told the U2 star that his pioneering operation might wreck his performance in the bedroom.

Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt was candid with the singer and humanitarian when he first asked for help after cancelling tour dates because of his back pain - and told him there may be life-changing after effects.

Bono explains, "The guy's a genius. I was told he was the best and that I was in deep trouble - and now I'm not... I'm very well, rebuilt by German engineering.

"But he said, 'For this procedure... there is some risks... (like...

Bono: 'My Voice Annoys Me'

December 1st, 2011 8:41am EST
Rocker Bono is tired of his own voice and rarely listens to U2 songs when they are played on the radio.

The Irish star admits he's particularly turned off when he hears songs U2 recorded at the beginning of their career.

In a pre-taped interview with TV host Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on her show on Thursday, Bono says, "I do try to avoid it. If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don't like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better."

"I am sort of a macho, Irish guy and particularly in those...

Director Anton Corbijn Lands Top Culture Prize

November 29th, 2011 9:56am EST
Anton Corbijn
Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn was honored with a top culture award in Holland on Monday night, as Bono and Chris Martin sang tributes to the director.

Corbijn, who is also a celebrated photographer, was named the recipient of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Prize for 2011 for his work.

He walked away with a 75,000 Euros grant and also received a musical tribute in his honor.

Bono, Coldplay frontman Martin and German singer/actor Herbert Gronemeyer were backed by the Metropole Orchestra as they sang for Corbijn at the prize giving in Amsterdam.

Officials for the Prince Bernhard Cult...

Bono: 'I Was Wearing The Wrong Shoes'

October 27th, 2011 8:38am EDT
U2 star Bono has confessed he was left disappointed by the band's prestigious headline set at this year's Glastonbury festival, blaming driving rain and "the wrong shoes" for their subdued performance.

The Irish rockers topped the bill at the iconic British festival in June, a year after they were forced to pull out when the singer hurt his back.

However, the hotly-anticipated performance - which took place during a huge downpour - left many fans disappointed, and now Bono has spoken out to explain the reasons for the muted show.

He blames a DJ for accidentally sabotaging the band's e...

Bono Compares Steve Jobs To Elvis; Says He 'Invented The 21st Century'

October 9th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Bono has compared Steve Jobs to rocker Elvis Presley, insisting the late Apple Inc. co-founder "changed music."

The computer entrepreneur, who was the brains behind the iPhone, iPod and iPad, passed away on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with ill health.

Stars including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lady Gaga and Paris Hilton paid tribute to Jobs following his death, and now the U2 frontman has added his own touching memories of the innovator.

He praises Jobs for his dedication to family life and charity work, as well as his inventions, which he claims "literally invented the 21st century."


Bono's Rep Slams Hospitalization Reports

August 22nd, 2011 8:34am EDT
Bono's representative has reacted quickly to shoot down reports the U2 star was hospitalized after suffering heart palpitations and pains while on vacation in the south of France.

According to editors at, the rocker had been admitted to Princess Grace hospital in Monaco on Wednesday. He was allegedly checked by a heart specialist and told to rest, before being released.

However, the frontman has moved to quash the rumors, insisting he did attend the medical facility - but only for a planned routine check-up.

A rep for the star says, "Despite press stories to the contr...

U2 To Donate $7 Million To Irish Schools

August 19th, 2011 12:52pm EDT
Rockers U2 have pledged more than $7 million for schools in their native Ireland.

The cash will be dripped into the education system between now and 2015, according to reports.

The donation from Bono and his bandmates will help schools pay for new musical equipment and salaries for music teachers.

The U2 money will be welcome - Irish politicians recently voted for major cuts to education spending in an attempt to solve the country's ongoing economic problems.

Bono Set To Earn $1Billion From His Facebook Investment

August 17th, 2011 8:30am EDT
U2 rocker Bono looks set to become a billionaire thanks to his shares in

The frontman's investment company Elevation Partners, which he co-founded with former Apple boss Fred Anderson, spent a huge $210 million buying up shares in the world's top social networking site in 2009 - and the gamble has paid off.

After Facebook was valued at a $65 billion earlier this week, Bono's portion of the company has been boosted to a cool $975 million.

U2 are already one of the world's highest-earning groups, pulling in more than $736 million on their recent 360 Tour.

Happy 50th Birthday, The Edge!

August 8th, 2011 10:27am EDT
The Edge
U2 rocker The Edge has plenty of reason to celebrate - he turns the big 5-0 on Monday.

The Irish band recently wrapped up its mammoth 360 Tour and marked the end of the 25-month trek with an all night boozing session at New York hotspot The Spotted Pig last weekend.

But the party doesn't stop there for the guitar great - The Edge will no doubt be raising a toast once more as he rocks into his 50th year.

And to mark the milestone, WENN has dug deep to find 10 fascinating facts about the man born David Howell Evans.

Happy Birthday, The Edge!

- He was born in England, his family is Welsh,...

U2 Documentary Set To Open Toronto Film Festival

July 26th, 2011 11:01pm EDT
Rock band U2's documentary has been selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September.

The film, From The Sky Down, is directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim and chronicles the Irish band's longtime success since its formation in 1978.

The 2011 celebrations will be a star-studded affair - other celebrities set to showcase their latest works include Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Hugh Jackman (Butter), Keira Knightley (A Dangerous Method), and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs).

George Clooney will screen two movies at the festival (The Ides of March, The Descendants), as...