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Bono has family prayers in bed

April 14th, 2014 6:20am EDT
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Bono and his family hold impromptu prayer sessions in their bed.
The U2 singer gathers with wife Ali Hewson and their children Jordan, 24, Eve, 21, Elijah, 14, and John, 12, to ask for help for sick family members or those struggling in life, and the 'One' hitmaker also prays to learn to understand the "will of God" better.
In an interview with Ireland's RTE One, he said: "I pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true, I mean, that's the thing about prayer.
"We don't do it in a very lofty way in our family. It's just a bunch of us on the bed...
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12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!

March 27th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
12 Greatest Opening Lines in Rock Music Ever!
Even if you are not a big fan of rock and roll music, there are some opening lines to songs that grab your attention and keep it. Some of the greatest rock bands in the world have crafted masterpieces, but their opening lines leave a little something to be desired. The following list is purely subjective, but it bears the question, what do you think is the best opening line in rock and roll?

1. "It was 1989 my thoughts were short my hair was long, caught somewhere between a boy and man. She was seventeen but she was far from in-between, it was summertime iin Northern Michigan."

Kid Rock...
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U2 album won't be released until 2015

March 9th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
U2 album won't be released until 2015
U2 won't release a new album until next year.

Although the band have performed live - appearing at The Oscars, The Golden Globes and on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' - and debuted two new tracks, 'Ordinary Love' and 'Invisible', they are still trying to perfect songs for their new album.

A source told Billboard magazine: "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.

"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture i...
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U2 album won't be released until 2015

March 7th, 2014 3:20pm EST
U2
U2 won't release a new album until next year.
Although the band have performed live - appearing at The Oscars, The Golden Globes and on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' - and debuted two new tracks, 'Ordinary Love' and 'Invisible', they are still trying to perfect songs for their new album.
A source told Billboard magazine: "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.
"That magic that the band always seems to capture ... they have yet to capture it...
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Reactions: 86th Academy Awards Recognize Music In A Big Way

March 4th, 2014 3:30pm EST
Jared Leto, Pink and Idina Menzel
The Academy Awards was filled with a lot of predictability ultimately, but there were some interesting moments as well. For the music world itself, there was plenty to rejoice about. Jared Leto, who’s been more associated as the front man of 30 Seconds To Mars as opposed to acting as of late, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for an exceptional role in Dallas Buyers Club. 20 Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers), a brilliant documentary that focuses the attention on the background singers as opposed to the star, won deservingly for Best Document...
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8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards

March 3rd, 2014 7:00pm EST
8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards
Oscars 2014 will forever be known as the year of good vibes, from Ellen DeGeneres' "killing them with kindness" opening monologue to the group victory win for "12 Years A Slave." While the amazing moments that happened were too many to count, here are some of the highlights of the evening (with a few "did that really happen?") events as well!

1. Ellen DeGeneres As Hostess With The Mostess

This was Ellen's second time hosting the biggest awards show of the year. The first time in 2007, she brought a new energy to the tired format and was well-received by critics and celebrities in attenda...
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Bono to write about his dad in new essay collection

February 24th, 2014 3:00am EST
Bono
U2 star Bono has written a new essay about his father to help raise funds for the hospice where the rocker's dad spent the last weeks of his life in 2001.

The rocker's piece will be part of a book that will benefit the Irish Hospice Foundation charity, where Brendan Robert Hewson battled cancer.

The tome will feature a series of essays about father-and-son relationships, penned by high-profile figures from the world of music, literature and film.

Bono had a close connection to his dad and penned the U2 song Kite in his memory.

He was with his father when he died, recalling, "Actually, h...
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Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More

February 22nd, 2014 4:00pm EST
Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More
The list of performers who will take the stage at the 86th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 2 has grown - P!nk was just invited to join the festivities.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement: "We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."

P!nk, 34, shared the news on Twitter on Friday, writing: "Big news!!! I'd like to thank @The...
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Pink is performing at the Oscars

February 21st, 2014 3:20pm EST
P!nk
Pink is set to make a special appearance at the Oscars.
The 'Just Give Me a Reason' hitmaker has joined the list of performers that will take to the stage at the 86th annual ceremony in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 2.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement: "We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."
The Grammy Award-winner, 34, ...
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Bette Midler fielding Oscars song requests

February 21st, 2014 3:10am EST
Bette Midler
Veteran entertainer Bette Midler is fielding song requests from fans to help her decide what to sing at the Academy Awards next month (Mar14).

The Beaches actress and Grammy-winning singer will take centre stage at the biggest night in Hollywood for the first time in her almost 50-year career and although Oscars bosses claimed her performance will be "especially moving", it appears Midler has yet to settle on her set list.

She reached out to her Twitter.com followers for track suggestions on Wednesday (19Feb14), writing, "Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this years (sic) #Os...
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Bette Midler performing at Oscars

February 19th, 2014 6:20pm EST
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is set to perform at the Oscars next month.
The 'Wind Beneath My Wings' hitmaker will take to the stage to sing at the awards show in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the first time on March 2.
It is not yet known what song the 68-year-old star, who was nominated twice for Best Actress in the past, will perform at the star-studded ceremony.
But Bette, who has served as a presenter several times in the past, hinted she hasn't decided yet, as she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (02.19.14): "Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this years #Oscars? (sic)"
Oscar produce...
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Jimmy Fallon makes Tonight show debut

February 18th, 2014 6:20am EST
Jimmy Fallon
Robert DeNiro, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and Mariah Carey were among the surprise guests on Jimmy Fallon's debut 'Tonight Show' last night (02.17.14).
The former 'Saturday Night Live' star anchored his first show from New York and took the time to mock a "buddy" who bet him he would never land the job, prompting a host of famous faces to come out and honur the bet.
Jimmy said: "To my buddy who said that I'd never be the host of The Tonight Show - and you know who you are - you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy."
DeNiro then walked through the curtains and handed the host a $100 bill, and was qui...
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Will Smith, Robert De Niro, U2 and Lady Gaga join Jimmy Fallon for new era of The Tonight Show

February 18th, 2014 3:10am EST
Robert De Niro
Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan and U2 were among the stars who turned out on Monday (17Feb14) to help TV presenter Jimmy Fallon launch a new era of America's The Tonight Show series.

The comedian took the long-running talk show back to New York for the first time since iconic host Johnny Carson moved it to California in 1972, and a slew of celebrities stopped by the NBC studios to celebrate the big move.

Fallon opened his first Tonight Show by thanking his predecessors, including Jay Leno, who stepped down from the programme after 22 years earlier this month (Feb14),...
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Bono wants interactive albums

February 13th, 2014 6:20am EST
Bono
Bono plans for U2's albums to be "interactive".
The 'One' rocker is concerned about the decline in record sales over the years but thinks the key to revitalizing the format is to make artwork important again by embracing technology to give listeners a more complete experience.
Discussing how to boost record sales, he said: "It's album artwork. Not videos, because videos demand your attention. You need to think it's supposed to be on in the background when you listen to the music - a much more ambient experience. People could watch while listening - the way we used to when you'd open up, say...
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U2 to perform Mandela tribute song at the Oscars

February 12th, 2014 8:30pm EST
U2
Rockers U2 will perform their Oscar-nominated song Ordinary Love for the first time at the Academy Awards next month (Mar14).

The track, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, was one of five songs picked for the short list last month (Jan14), but Alone Yet Not Alone from the 2013 period movie of the same name has been disqualified after it was discovered the songwriter, Bruce Broughton, had used his position as a former governor and current executive committee member of the Academy to promote the submission.

The remaining Original Song nominees are: Happy from Despicable Me 2, The Moon Song...
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U2 will perform at the Oscars

February 12th, 2014 7:40pm EST
U2
U2 are set to perform at the Oscars next month.
The Irish rockers will take to the stage to perform their track 'Ordinary Love,' which is nominated for best Original Song, at the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2.
Confirming the news on Wednesday (02.12.14), the event's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said it will be the first time the band perform the song, which was written especially for the 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' soundtrack, live.
Members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge, who are currently in the studio working on their new album, face st...
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U2's New Album Inspired By Neu!

February 5th, 2014 6:31pm EST
U2's New Album Inspired By Neu!
U2's 13th studio album was inspired by krautrockers Neu!. The Irish band unleashed their latest single Invisible during the commercials for the Super Bowl and The Edge has revealed the band listened to a lot of German electronica which inspired them when they first started jamming in the 1970s.

The guitarist told BBC Radio 2: "For us it's been about turning to music that has inspired us in the first place, it's raw and definitely guitar driven and we've been influenced by German music of that era, the krautrock Can and Neu!, the authentic and original electronica that kick-started so many ...
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U2 Debuts New Single 'Invisible' During Super Bowl

February 3rd, 2014 8:11pm EST
U2
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'...
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Bob Dylan dominates Super Bowl ads

February 3rd, 2014 10:20am EST
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was involved in two commercials during the Super Bowl last night (02.02.14).
The 72-year-old musician appeared in an advert for the Chrysler 200, and also allowed the makers of low-fat yoghurt Chobani to use his 1966 single 'I Want You' to soundtrack a commercial featuring a bear stealing the snack from a small convenience store.
The singer's Chrysler advert implored viewers of the iconic sporting event to buy American cars and used iconic US imagery such as highways, billiards and James Dean as Dylan asked: "Is there anything more American than America?"
He then said: "You can't...
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The 5 Best And 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

January 29th, 2014 3:03pm EST
Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars will have the honor of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this weekend. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips. Here are some of the best and worst Super Bowl halftime shows:

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and sco...
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U2 to release free song for charity

January 23rd, 2014 8:30pm EST
U2
U2 are releasing a song for free in order to raise money for the AIDS awareness campaign, (RED).

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 2 February (14).

The track will then be available for free via iTunes, and for every download during that period, Bank of America will donate $1 to (RED) up to a maximum of $2 million (£1.2 million), which will benefit the Global Fund To Fight Aids, Tuberculosis And Malaria.

Frontman Bono helped found the charity in 2006. He and his partners have rai...
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Will Smith and U2 for first Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

January 20th, 2014 10:20am EST
Will Smith
Will Smith and U2 are among Jimmy Fallon's first guests on 'The Tonight Show'.
The 39-year-old comedian will take the reins of the long-running late night talk show from Jay Leno in February and he has landed big A-list guests for his first show, with the set to join him for an interview and the 'One' rockers giving a musical performance.
Jimmy confirmed the star-studded line-up while appearing at a Television Critics Association panel yesterday (01.19.14).
During the conference, the funnyman also said revealed he was insistent on moving 'The Tonight Show' from Los Angeles to his home city ...
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U2 win Golden Globe for Best Song

January 13th, 2014 3:10am EST
U2
U2 took home their second Golden Globe award on Sunday (12Jan14) for their song Ordinary Love from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

The Irish rockers saw off competition from Coldplay, Justin Timberlake and Idina Menzel from Disney's animated hit Frozen to win the Best Original Song trophy.

Their first new track in three years, the song was written in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, who died in December (13).

Upon receiving the award, frontman Bono lauded the civil rights leader, saying, "This really is personal for us. This man turned our life upside down, right-side up, a man...
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Charlize Theron and Sean Penn kiss at gala

January 12th, 2014 12:40pm EST
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were all over each other at his star-studded Help Haiti Home Gala on Saturday night (01.11.14).
The 53-year-old actor and the 38-year-old South African actress, who recently sparked romance rumors after being spotted on several dinner dates in Los Angeles upon returning from a New Year's holiday in Hawaii together, kissed on the lips and were very affectionate with one another after taking their seats at the charity event in the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills.
The couple did not walk the red carpet together but the 'Milk' star sat with his arm around Charlize, ...
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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...
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Meryl Streep wins Icon Award

January 5th, 2014 6:20pm EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep collected an Icon Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last night (04.01.14).
The awards were the first of the New Year but are a more low-key event than the glitzy ceremonies which follow, with winners announced in advance, lending a more relaxed atmosphere to other events.
Picking up her trophy - only the second Icon Award given by the festival in its 25 year history - Meryl told the crowd: "My four children remind me everyday that I am not an Icon.
"I don't feel like an icon. Most of the days I feel like 'I can't.' [But] I feel like I'm an example now in m...
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U2 returning to first record label

December 30th, 2013 3:10am EST
U2
Irish rock legends U2 are returning to Island Records, the company that discovered them more than 30 years ago.

The Beautiful Day hitmakers exited the label seven years ago, but will now return for the release of the band's upcoming 13th studio album in 2014.

U2 had long been associated with Island, which was also home to artists such as Bob Marley, Tom Waits and Grace Jones, but decided to leave when their good friend and label boss Jason Iley was moved to sister company Mercury Records, and the band followed suit.

Earlier this year (13), executives at parent company Universal decided t...
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Bono busks for Christmas

December 27th, 2013 3:00am EST
Bono
U2 rocker Bono hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Christmas Eve (24Dec13) to fulfil his annual tradition of busking for charity.

The Irish star has been teaming up with The Frames singer/guitarist Glen Hansard to serenade last-minute Christmas shoppers on the city's famous Grafton Street for the past five years to raise funds for The Simon Community, which provides support for the homeless.

He honoured the commitment on Tuesday and delighted fans as he staged a free mini-gig with Hansard, singer/songwriter Mundy, and The Hothouse Flowers' Liam O'Maonlai, performing a cover of Slade's M...
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One Direction set for $1b stadium tour

December 22nd, 2013 6:20am EST
One Direction
One Direction are set to launch the world's first $1 billion tour.
The 'Story of My Life' boy band will hit the road for the 'Where We Are' stadium tour in 2014 and early ticket sales have put them in line to break the records held by U2 and The Rolling Stones by achieving huge ticket sales in a single year.
A spokesman told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Until now we hadn't even thought in terms of breaking records.
"But it would be amazing for 1D to climb to the very top of the tour league so early in the group's career.
"That would be a phenomenal testament to the loyalty and support of t...
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Bono writes essay tribute to Nelson Mandela

December 5th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Nelson Mandela
U2 star Bono has penned a tribute essay for Time magazine honouring his friend Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday (05Dec13).

The rocker reveals that the former South African leader was his mentor and hero - and the leading figure behind his decision to become an activist for world change as a teenager.

In the 1051-word piece, titled The Man Who Could Not Cry, which was published on Time's website hours after the news of Mandela's death was released, Bono writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager."

The singer, who has becom...
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