U2 gave a tour of their Innocence + Experience set to CBS' Sunday Morning program over the weekend. The set requires 24 semi-trucks to transport, and much of the equipment, notes the Edge, belongs to him. He says that his gear includes "antique amps" and "Guitar World," a trove of instruments stored under the stage because "every guitar in the show has to have a spare."
Luke Bryan has opened about the first song he ever wrote. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bryan said he was inspired to begin writing songs when he was a teenager after seeing another teen playing guitar and getting attention from girls. After contacting a friend with instruments, he secured a guitar and wrote his first song for a performance at church.
Tamar Braxton has released her new single "If I Don't Have You," taken off of her upcoming fourth studio album Calling All Lovers. The soulful ballad was produced by Da Internz. Braxton's new album Calling All Lovers, the follow-up to 2013's Love and War, is due out July 31. Following the release of Calling All Lovers, Braxton will embark on a new tour.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith took time out of his schedule to jam with a group of students for the Little Kids Rock Family Jam. The session took place in Facebook headquarters, where Smith was honored with the Livin' the Dream award. Little Kids Rock is a philanthropic mission, which is near to Smith's heart he told Rolling Stone.
Ciara is the face of the fall/winter ad campaign for designer Roberto Cavalli. The brand said it chose the R&B singer because she "embodies beauty with a hint of wildness." "Aaahh!! I'm So Excited!! Love You @peter_dundas??.@robertocavalli #CiaraForCavalli," Ciara wrote on Twitter. "The story of a world encapsulated in one room," Cavalli notes of the shoot in a presser.
The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers hooked up with Bernard Sumner at the U.K.'s Manchester Academy over the weekend for a cover of the New Order cut "Bizarre Love Triangle." The fan shot footage begins with an opening monologue from Flowers, before Sumner joins him on stage.
Jessie J celebrated being the featured artist on singing app Sing! by Smule by challenging any member of the app to join her in a duet on "Flashlight," her single on the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack. Jessie teamed up with fan Tom Bleasby, which he captured on video and subsequently posted to his Facebook page.
An interview that Joni Mitchell gave in November 1986 has been animated by PBS for its Blank on Blank series. In the sit down, the folk legend disparages fame, saying she doesn't like being the center of attention. "I never really wanted to be a star," she said. "I didn't like entering a room with all eyes on me. I still don't really like the attention of a birthday party."
Chris Brown is owning up to his spat with model Tyson Beckford, saying "I can be a man about it" after threatening Beckford over photos he posted with ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran in Las Vegas. Brown tweeted a series of threats, "U wanna keep walking them runways. I need ta legs for that. Keep playing like I ain't wit the bulls***."
Toby Keith's annual Golf Classic raised $1.2 million for the Toby Keith Foundation, breaking the 2013 record of $1,037,000. The money goes to the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. "The event has grown to where it's a monster," Keith told News OK.
Rihanna stuns in her first video for her new Dior campaign as she tours the halls of the Palace of Versailles. Shot by Steven Klein, the "Secret Garden IV" campaign video features several couture designs. First, she walks up the palace steps in a neutral dress and her second dress is full of sparkle.
The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir has opened up about the band's signature style and says that he was never a fan of the tie-dye shirts and dancing bears. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Weir admitted that it was never his choice to bring the signature hippy style to the band and recounts its origin. "I don't much relate to the dancing bears, for instance."
French pianist Christophe Chassol, who collaborated on Frank Ocean's upcoming sophomore record, says that Frank recorded it at London's famous Abbey Road Studios. Speaking with the BBC, Chassol notes the collab came about at Ocean's request. "Ocean invited me to Abbey Road to record on his album," he began.
Jake Owen has released "Real Life," the first song from his upcoming record, which is due out by the end of 2015. The song sees Jake reflecting on his past. "Well, I grew up in a real town / Where the prom queen had a plastic crown / And we really did just drive around / 'Cause there wasn't s-t to do," Owen sings.
Jessica Lange will make her return to Broadway next year in a revival of American playwright Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece "Long Day's Journey Into Night," the Roundabout Theatre Company has announced. The two-time Oscar winner will reprise her role as the morphine-addicted matriarch, Mary Tyrone, from the London stage production in 2000. She will star opposite Irish actor Gabriel Byrne.