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Bono Says He Almost Died While Making U2 Album

He's also disappointed in the state of today's 'girly' rock 'n' roll music

(Newser) - What you may know: U2's new album, Songs of Experience, came out in early December. What you may not know: Bono apparently almost died while making it. That's per a new interview with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner in which the U2 frontman doesn't reveal exactly what... More »

Lady Gaga Fulfills 'Lifelong Dream'

She's heading for a Las Vegas residency

(Newser) - Lady Gaga is following in the footsteps of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Cher. The singer is the latest to secure a Las Vegas residency, and will be belting out tunes at the 5,200-seat MGM Park Theater at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino beginning in late 2018. She'... More »

NYPD Opens Inquiry Into Russell Simmons

Another woman comes forward to accuse him of an attempted sexual assault

(Newser) - Russell Simmons is now the subject of an NYPD investigation, with 12 women accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct including rape . The investigation was launched based on accounts published by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times this week, reports CNN . "We were made aware of the... More »

Now Available: Same Record We Shipped to Extraterrestrials

'Voyager Golden Record' from 1970s is being released to the public

(Newser) - Somewhere out in the great abyss of space, an alien may be jamming to Chuck Berry this very moment. Now, earthlings can buy the very same record. The Washington Post reports that startup Ozma Records is poised to begin shipping copies of the famed Golden Record that NASA sent into... More »

This Year's Top-Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson earned $75M in last 12 months: 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Celebrities aren't any less mortal than the rest of us, but their earning power can be. Forbes takes a look at the highest-paid dead celebrities of the past year, measuring pretax income as of Oct. 15. Among those included is a celeb who died this month—and another who... More »

Mid-Air Concerts Not Music to Some Flyers' Ears

Southwest announces new deal for in-flight performances

(Newser) - It's a good thing people aren't prone to panic, frustration, and anger when it comes to air travel. The Current reports Southwest Airlines and Warner Music Nashville announced a new deal this week that will see country musicians performing in-air concerts during some Southwest flights. And if that... More »

Canada Just Lost a National Treasure

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie dead at 53

(Newser) - After he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer , the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie didn't wait for death to take him. He embarked on a sold-out concert tour , released a solo album, raised money for cancer research, and put a spotlight on issues affecting indigenous Canadians, leading to his... More »

First-Time Rock Hall Nominees Are an Eclectic Group

Radiohead, Nina Simone, Moody Blues, Rage Against the Machine

(Newser) - British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone, and the Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against... More »

Why Tom Petty's Death Hurts So Much

We've all sung his songs at karaoke and played them on the guitar

(Newser) - Tom Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest, and the tributes are now pouring in. Thanks to a mixup in the media that led to a premature announcement, the tributes actually began a little early, as he was showered... More »

Like These Songs? You Might Be a Psychopath

Small study finds possible link between 30 songs and psychopathy

(Newser) - In news certain to start a whole new round of arguments at record stores (were record stores still a thing), researchers at New York University say the songs you like could give you away as a psychopath, the Guardian reports. Researchers had 200 people already scored on the Levenson Self-Report... More »

Get Some Ice Water for the Sexiest Music Video Ever

We forgot how steamy "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak was

(Newser) - Sex on the beach, a gyrating half-naked Prince, and what amounts to a mostly clothed orgy. These are just some of the sights in the sexiest music videos of all time, according to Rolling Stone . The top five: More »

Slim Shady's Fans May Soon Be Able to Fatten Their Wallets

Company plans on offering unique investment opportunity

(Newser) - Between 1999 and 2013, Eminem released some of his most famous work, including 1999's The Slim Shady LP, 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, and 2002's The Eminem Show. Now a new company has formed to nab the royalties income stream from his songs from that period, and... More »

There's Still Time to Overthrow 2017's Most Popular Album

Drake comes in at No. 1 (so far) with 'More Life'

(Newser) - The year's not yet over, but inquiring minds are already wondering if Lorde has managed to trump Lana and whether it's Jay-Z's tunes or the surprise return of his hyphen that continues to capture people's attention (it appears to be the former). 24/7 Wall St. has... More »

Wu-Tang Has Message for Shkreli, Via a Song

'Lesson Learn'd' will be on group's new album coming out Oct. 13

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli may have once boasted the "rarest album ever created," but not everyone's impressed—most notably, the guys behind that coveted list of tracks. And to show their distaste for "Pharma Bro," Wu-Tang Clan has dedicated a brand-new track on its new Wu-Tang: The ... More »

Shkreli Selling 'Rarest Album Ever Created'

Proceeds of sale of Wu-Tang Clan album to go to 'medical research'

(Newser) - The " rarest album ever created " is again up for grabs. Martin Shkreli, who bought the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for a reported $2 million in a 2015 deal that required he keep it from the public for 88 years, has... More »

A City Preps to Get Its Chris Cornell Statue

Homage to 'Seattle's son' will be placed in his hometown, Cornell's wife says

(Newser) - Chris Cornell's widow has commissioned a statue of the late singer to be raised in his hometown of Seattle as a way of keeping his legacy alive. Vicky Cornell tells the Seattle Times that sculptor Wayne Toth "has already given me a design and the children and I... More »

Hip-Hop Legend Charged With Murder

Kidd Creole accused of stabbing homeless man in Manhattan

(Newser) - One of the founding members of the 1980s hip-hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was arrested in New York City in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man, police say. Nathaniel Glover, 57, also known as Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges, reports... More »

This Is Now Music's Most-Streamed Song

'Despacito'

(Newser) - "Despacito" has become the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms. Universal Music Latin Entertainment announced Tuesday the song by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and the accompanying remix featuring pop star Justin Bieber had surpassed the... More »

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Pits Band Against Ex-Member

Lawsuit seeks to block ex-drummer's account of plane crash

(Newser) - Current members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with representatives of members now deceased, are suing to block a new documentary, claiming it tells only a "compressed" and "sensationalized" story about the group. Judith Van Zant—the widow of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, one of six people killed... More »

YouTube Has a New Most-Viewed Video of All Time

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again,' featuring Charlie Puth

(Newser) - Move over, "Gangnam Style." YouTube has a new top-viewed video of all time. Wiz Khalifa's video for "See You Again" featuring Charlie Puth became the site's most-watched video Monday and has more than 2.897 billion views as of Tuesday, the AP reports. That's... More »

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