U2 guitarist The Edge is the first rock artist ever to perform at the Sistine Chapel. He performed an acoustic set for the Cellular Horizons conference, playing the U2 tracks "Yahweh," "Ordinary World," and "Walk On," along with a cover of the Leonard Cohen cut "If It Be Your Will." "When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say . . ."
The Rolling Stones have issued a cryptic tweet hinting at a possible appearance at a new fall music festival that is being referred to as a "classic rock Coachella." The update was only a 30-second song snippet, Exile on Main St. track "All Down the Line," and one word: "October." Billboard reports that Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and more.
Supergroup Gone Is Gone has recently announced their first self-titled EP, which will drop this summer. The group is comprised of singer/bassist of Mastodon, Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and At The Drive-In's drummer Tony Hajjar and guitarist/keyboardist Mike Zarin.
Mick Fleetwood, Stewart Copeland, Tommy Lee and Taylor Hawkins joined Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and actor Will Ferrell for a benefit in Los Angeles on Friday, April 29. The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera benefitted Cancer for College (Ferrell's pick) and Silverlake Conservatory of Music (Smith's choice).
Drake's new studio album Views sold 630,000 copies in one night, according to the rapper himself. Drake made the announcement at a release party in his hometown of Toronto, revealing the impressive news to the crowd in attendance, which included Justin Bieber. "I got a text message that we sold like 630,000 something records in one night," he announced to the hometown crowd.
Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood are the latest musicians to pay tribute to the late Prince during a recent stop in Columbus, Ohio with a performance of the classic "Purple Rain." Sporting a frilly purple jacket, Yearwood told the crowd that she and Brooks have "done a lot of Prince in our soundchecks, but we've never had the nerve to do it live."
Chris Brown has announced that his eighth solo album will be titled Heartbreak on a Full Moon. In a since-deleted Instagram post, Brown made the surprising announcement, revealing that the first single off of the impending record would be released on May 5. Fans were quick to save a screenshot of the post, which features Brown leaning against a wall while wearing a white t-shirt.
Dixie Chicks covered Beyoncé's "Daddy Lessons" at their recent show in Manchester over the weekend. The track is taken off Beyoncé's most recent compilation, Lemonade. When lead singer Natalie Maines missed her starting cue for the song, she laughed it off, saying, "I already messed this whole thing up."
Radiohead has erased their entire internet presence, according to Entertainment Weekly. The band has erased every trace of any previous Facebook and Twitter posts. They also reduced the opacity of their official website gradually until it eventually turned into a blank slate. One of Thom Yorke's last tweets, before they were all deleted, said he was "as f-ked off as you."
Justin Bieber was recently criticized by PETA after seen posing with a chained tiger during his father's engagement party, according to the Daily Mail. Jeremy Bieber popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Chelsey Rebelow, in February while vacationing in St. Barts. The couple celebrated their engagement at a private art show in Toronto on Saturday, April 30.
Paul McCartney recently met the women who inspired the Beatles' "Blackbird," which is from their famous White Album, according to Rolling Stone. The former Beatle met the women, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, backstage at his Little Rock, Arkansas concert Saturday night.
Tom DeLonge has spoken out about his future with Blink-182, saying he's not completely done with the group. A few days ago the band released their first single "Bored to Death" with new vocalist Matt Skiba. DeLonge recently posted on his Facebook, "I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land, it is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy . . ."
Carrie Underwood has dedicated her American Country Countdown Award to one of her late 10-year-old fans. The country singer earned the Female Vocalist of the Year award and was given the honor by actor Luke Wilson. "Thank you guys so much," Underwood said. "I would like to thank the good Lord above for Country music and that we are all blessed to be a part of it."
Prince's half brother Alfred Jackson has spoken out about the late singer's estate, a portion of which he will inherit, according to Fox2now. Jackson said, if he had it his way, he would want to release any music Prince hadn't released. "(To) let people know how great he really is," Jackson said.
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan have won a 2016 Daytime Emmy for "Live! With Kelly And Michael." The pair won the honor for Best Entertainment Talk Show during the awards show on Sunday, May 1. Neither Strahan or Ripa showed up to accept the award. Instead Dr. Oz accepted the award on their behalf. "I don't think they're here . . . will accept on their behalf," Dr. Oz said (via Deadline).