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Watch Bruce Springsteen Rock U2 Concert With Surprise Performance

He joined Bono on stage for a rendition of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For"

Taylor Swift isn’t the only one crushing it with surprise celebrity guests. After rumors began circulating that Bruce Springsteen would join U2 on stage during the band’s final performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, “The Boss” surprised the crowd with an acoustic guitar in hand.

Video from inside the venue shows the iconic musician as he joined Bono on stage for a rendition of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The two traded lines just as they did back in 2005 during U2’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame introduction, followed by a rendition of “Stand By Me.”

Despite the chatter, fans weren’t assured going into this concert that Springsteen would actually show up — though Bono did leave a few clues along the way, according to Rolling Stone. He sang six seconds of “Hungry Heart,” one of Springsteen’s more famous tunes that he originally wrote for The Ramones. By the end of “Where the Streets Have No Name,” an additional mic stand was in place and everyone knew what it meant.

“Earlier, when I busted myself up here in the city, we had a gig in Times Square for Red and this man showed up and delivered,” Bono said. “The chairman, the Boss. Mr. Bruce Springsteen.”

It seems like Swift has been dominating headlines with her special guests, including Nick Jonas, Lorde and Jason Derulo, but U2 has also been bringing famous friends on stage at shows. Springsteen joins the likes of Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots, and Paul Simon, all of whom recently guested with the band during its tour.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Dave Grohl Has the Best Response to the 1,000 Italian Fans Who Played ‘Learn to Fly’

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Nick Wass—Invision/AP The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs at RFK Stadium on July 4, 2015, in Washington.

The rocker made a video...in Italian

Rocker Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters loved the video that 1,ooo of his Italian fans made playing “Learn to Fly.”

The fans from the group “Rockin’ 1,00o” made the video to convince the Foo Fighters to do a concert in Cesena, Italy.

In a response video posted on the Foo Fighters Facebook page, Grohl spoke in Italian, saying, according to a rough translation by a Facebook commenter: “Hi, Cesena! I am David, hello. I’m sorry, I don’t speak Italian. Only a little, a little. That video — but how beautiful! Very beautiful. Thank you very much [literally: a thousand thanks]. We are arriving [coming], I promise. We’ll see each other soon. Thank you very much. I love you. Bye.”

The event was organized by Foo Fighters fan Fabio Zaffagnini.

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This Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ Performed on a Harp Is Extremely Soothing

But also a little haunting

A few months ago, we got a Grease version of Taylor Swift’s hit “Style,” and now we’d like to share a very different cover of the same song.

This one comes from Emilie & Ogden, which is the magical combination of singer Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden. She performs a slower, more soulful version of the Taylor Swift tune. The harp adds a very soothing element, while her vocals are at times quite haunting.

Swift has been to known to tweet her support when someone does a great cover of her song, so we’ll have to wait and see if she likes this one.

(h/t Stereogum)


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Meek Mill Hits Back at Drake With Diss Track ‘Wanna Know’

The diss track is Meek Mill's first since his feud with Drake began

This week, Drake took the offensive in his heated feud with Meek Mill by firing back-to-back shots at the Philadelphia MC in the form of two diss tracks. And while Meek spoke out calling “Charged Up”baby lotion soft” and posted a vague single-letter tweet after he released its follow-up, “Back to Back,” he hadn’t responded lyrically until now.

In a new diss track titled “Wanna Know,” which the rapper released late Thursday, Meek finally retaliates, rapping, “I just wanna know / If you ain’t write that runnin’ through the 6 sh– / Tell us, who was Quentin runnin’ through the 6 with?” Listen below:

The track also includes what appears to be the reference track for Drake’s “Know Yourself” with Quentin Miller, whom Meek Mill named as Drake’s ghostwriter when he claimed the Toronto MC doesn’t write his own raps. It’s one of three alleged reference tracks that surfaced online Thursday night—alongside “Used To” and “R.I.C.O.,” the track that started it all—eight days after DJ Funkmaster Flex relased the reference track for “10 Bands.”

Last week, Miller came forward saying he is not ”and never will be” Drake’s ghostwriter, writing, “I’m proud to say that we’ve collaborated … but I could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together.” Meek references Miller in the new track, naming him a featured artist on “Wanna Know.”

Following the track’s release, Drake offered this response on Instagram:

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This article originally appeared on EW.com

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One Direction’s New Single Will Not Drag You Down

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Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 6, 2015 in London, England.

The band introduced their new song, "Drag Me Down," on Friday

Correction appended, July 31, 2015

One Direction has released its first single since Zayn Malik quit the band, and fans already seem very excited about “Drag Me Down.”

The band took to Twitter to announce the single, with Liam Payne calling the song a “bit of a surprise” and writing, “I hope you love it as much as we do.” A Harry Styles fan account tweeted, “Its so good the boys haven’t done such a good job in a very long time.”

Styles sings the top vocals on the track, a part Malik usually filled, USA Today reports. “Drag Me Down” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album, due in November. The band is currently touring in the U.S. and will perform in Indianapolis on Friday night; perhaps Hoosiers will be treated to the first live performance of the song.

Listen to “Drag Me Down” below.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly attributed a Twitter post about the album being “so good” and saying “the boys haven’t done such a good job in a very long time.” The post was from a fan Twitter account.

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The Beatles Probably ‘Forgot’ Dozens of Unrecorded Songs

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Yuliya Christensen—Redferns/Getty Images Paul McCartney performs at Roskilde Festival on July 4, 2015 in Roskilde, Denmark.

"We didn’t have tape recorders"

The Beatles have one of the most impressive catalogues in music history, but fans probably missed out on “dozens” more songs that the band “forgot” before they could record them.

Paul McCartney said in a recent interview that he and John Lennon did not have recording devices when they first started writing music, explaining, “we would write a song and just have to remember it. And there was always the risk that we’d just forget it. If the next morning you couldn’t remember it—it was gone. There must have been dozens lost this way.”

McCartney said today things are very different since songwriters can record their ideas on their phone. Still, he said the technological limitation may have improved their music: “You had to write songs that were memorable, because you had to remember them or they were lost!”

All this begs the question, why didn’t anyone give the lads a pencil and some paper?

[The Guardian]

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Bono Thanks New York Firefighters on Stage For Saving Him After Bike Crash

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Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images Bono and The Edge perform onstage during U2's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on July 18, 2015.

He also invited Paul Simon and the woman who dialled 911 onto the U2 stage

NEW YORK — The special guests at U2’s concert Thursday night included Paul Simon, Lou Reed’s widow and the woman who called 911 when Bono fell off his bike in New York City last year.

Simon joined U2 onstage at Madison Square Garden to sing some of his song, “Mother and Child Reunion.” Before Bono kicked off the tune, he pointed out that Simon was in the crowd, and the audience roared as Simon entered the stage.

Bono also noted that Reed’s widow, musician Laurie Anderson, was in the audience of 20,000. The band performed Reed’s “Satellite of Love” as a video of the late icon singing the song appeared onscreen.

Bono, who crashed his bike in Central Park and suffered multiple injuries last year, called out the woman who dialed 911 and the firefighters who responded to the call. They sat close to the stage.

“I am here today because some people, when I crashed my bike here in the city, a beautiful girl made a phone call to 911. She’s from Denver, but she’s here tonight. And so is Engine 44, the firefighters that picked me up off the ground,” he said.

Bono then handed the microphone to the responders to recount the story.

“So I have to clarify, it’s Alyssa and I’m from D.C., not Denver,” the woman said.

It earned her laughs. But her shine ended shortly after.

“Here’s what happened: I was running in Central Park, there was an accident, obviously I had to stop and help because I’m not from New York, I’m from Virginia, where people are nice,” she said as the audience booed as she tried to finish the story.

Bono, 55, completed surgery after suffering fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow following his fall.

But he was energetic and excited Thursday, working the entire stage at the loud arena alongside guitarist the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr.

The North American leg of U2’s Innocence + Experience Tour ends Friday at Madison Square Garden, which will mark the band’s eighth consecutive show at the famed venue since July 18.

The band will tour Europe in September.

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No Lollapalooza Tickets? Here’s the Livestream Schedule

Performances will be streamed on three channels

According to Mic, tickets for Lollapalooza this weekend sold out within less than an hour, leaving a lot of disappointed music lovers. But there is a consolation: organizers will have a livestream, letting fans watch performances by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes and MS MR from afar.

The Chicago festival will be streaming shows from some of the biggest acts on the bill every day from 2pm to 10pm Central Time, with shows on three different channels so you can pick from simultaneous performances.

You can find the livestream here and the schedule here. Happy planning!

And if there’s nothing like the real thing for you, then there’s still a smattering of tickets left for Osheaga in Montreal, Canada, also this weekend. Some of the top acts playing Lollapalooza—like Florence+The Machine, FKA Twigs and Of Monsters and Men—will also be on the bill at Osheaga.

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Listen to Prince’s New Single ‘Stare’

Prince performs onstage with 3RDEYEGIRL during his "HitnRun" tour in Montreal, Canada on May 23, 2015.
Cindy Ord—Getty Images for NPG Records 2015 Prince performs onstage with 3RDEYEGIRL during his "HitnRun" tour in Montreal, Canada on May 23, 2015.

The song is exclusive to Spotify

Prince continued his 2015 resurgence Thursday morning with the release of another new single, “Stare.” It’s a cut that recalls the legend’s funkiest, most playful music and it features a not-so-subtle homage to his classic song “Kiss” at the 1:25 mark. The single’s release is also significant, because Prince put out “Stare” exclusively through Spotify—less than a month after pulling his catalog from every streaming service besides TIDAL.

“Stare” comes on the heels of “HARDROCKLOVER,” a song Prince dropped in early July that his band 3rdEyeGirl has said will be on his forthcoming, “super experimental” album. These recent tracks follow Prince’s busy spring, when he released “Baltimore” and performed a Rally 4 Peace concert in the city in solidarity with the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Check out “Stare” below.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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The Justin Timberlake Guide to Zayn Malik’s Post-One Direction Solo Career

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Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Zayn Malik poses for photographers upon arrival at The Asian Awards in central London, April 17, 2015.

How the former One Direction member could survive the jump from boy band to solo star

So much for wanting to be a normal 22-year-old. Zayn Malik, who quit One Direction in March of this year so he could “relax and have some private time,” is now getting ready to launch a solo career of his own after revealing on Wednesday that he had signed a deal with RCA Records. “I guess I never explained why I left,” Malik wrote in his Twitter announcement, “it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am!”

But when you’re formerly one fifth of one of the most popular bands in the world, getting a record deal is probably the easy part. Becoming a solo star in your own right is the real challenge—and how many boy-bands of the 1990s have produced a star who’s still relevant and successful today? Justin Timberlake is in a league of his own: he kissed his NSYNC days goodbye, survived a scandal like the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, started an acting career and returned to music after a seven-year break with the biggest first-week sales of his solo career. Malik may want to show the world the “real me,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to glean from Timberlake’s career path. Here are a few lessons Malik could learn:

Find your own sound. Though NSYNC’s last studio album was more in tune with R&B and hip-hop than it is remembered for—the same album that produced “Pop” also spawned a Nelly duet—Timberlake defined himself in opposition to his former band by working with Timbaland and the Neptunes on Justified. The choice wasn’t the biggest risk in the music world, as those producers had notable track records with rap and R&B artists prior to hitting the studio with Timberlake. But the Pharrell we knew then wasn’t the Pharrell we know today—the Neptunes were only just starting to infiltrate pop with Britney Spears and No Doubt credits—and Timbaland hadn’t yet re-invented himself as a pop producer with Nelly Furtado’s Loose and Timberlake’s sophomore effort FutureSex/LoveSounds. For Malik, setting himself apart will be a little easier, as his self-professed love of R&B and hip hop pre-One Direction contrasts the band’s recent move toward the rock sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Take advantage of your new home. When pop fans fondly recall Justified, they probably aren’t doing so because of guest appearances from Janet Jackson, Clipse and Bubba Sparxxx. Yet Timberlake’s diverse slew of collaborators garnered interest from listeners who might have otherwise dismissed his solo efforts as more of the same. Malik, too, could also better articulate his identity as a solo artist by recruiting a few names, and any number of his new labelmates could widen his appeal as collaborators, or at least serve as inspiration. Usher kicked off his RCA career with the Diplo-produced “Climax,” one of the singer’s best songs in years. Tinashe’s mix of edgy beats (like last year’s DJ Mustard hit “2 On”) and mainstream pop ambitions (she’s been in the studio with Max Martin and Dr. Luke) earned her an opening slot on Nicki Minaj’s current tour and gave Nick Jonas some post-boy-band cred. Miguel’s smoky guitar fuzz, though more left-field than fans would expect from an teen idol, has made Wild Heart one of the year’s best albums so far. Or why not learn from the master? Timberlake himself is now one of Malik’s labelmates after releasing The 20/20 Experience with RCA in 2013.

Malik’s already aware of the possibilities. On Twitter after news of the deal broke, he retweeted one fan who wrote, “Zayn got signed to the same record label as Chris Brown, G-Eazy, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Prince Royse and Alisha Keys JUST IMAGINE.”

Get personal. As One Direction got more involved in the songwriting process for their albums, their music also got better. Malik wasn’t driving that change as much as his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne were, at least in terms of the number of credits, but that doesn’t mean he won’t start now. Timberlake had a hand in writing every song on his debut solo album, a big step up from his NSYNC days, and he’s continued that hands-on approach on every subsequent release. Judging by Malik’s promise to show fans the “real” Malik, he already seems willing to put in the work.

Strike while the iron is hot. Timberlake made his solo debut at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards—just a year after he finished touring with NSYNC in support of their third and final album, Celebrity. With his former One Direction bandmates saying the group’s upcoming fifth album is almost complete, Malik probably won’t beat them to the punch with an LP of his own. Yet Timberlake’s speedy transition from NSYNC member to solo star gave him a leg up over JC Chasez, whose talent equals Timberlake’s—even Timberlake has said Chasez was the better vocalist—but whose solo efforts floundered in Timberlake’s shadow. Comparisons to One Direction will be inevitable once Malik is ready to unveil new music, but the longer he waits, the more they’ll matter.


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