A reunited Oasis would be the number one draw at next year's (15) Glastonbury festival, according to a new magazine poll in Britain. Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian headlined this year's (14) event, which concluded on Sunday night (29Jun14), and music fans and organisers alike are already looking forward to next year's Somerset, England festival.
And Oasis, who have headlined the weekend event in the past, are at the top of fans' wish lists for a slot on the bill next summer.
The disbanded group has beaten out David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Muse and Fleetwood Mac among the acts festival fans would most like to see at Glastonbury next year, according to the NME.com poll.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis recently revealed that three headliners have already been booked for next year's festival, and they don't include Prince, who was rumoured to be a special guest artist this year (14).
Bookmakers at William Hill have named Iron Maiden as front-runners to headline Glastonbury 2015 with odds of 7/1, while reclusive Kate Bush, Oasis, Coldplay and U2 all have good odds.
U2 frontman Bono is calling out bosses at Apple for not sufficiently promoting their partnership with his global non-profit organisation, (RED). The Beautiful Day hitmaker spoke at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France on Saturday (21Jun14) to discuss the company he co-founded in 2006 to make businesses and consumers more aware of the battle against AIDS.
Since its inception, (RED) bosses have teamed with executives at big-name companies including Nike, Starbucks, Gap, Armani, Beats Electronics, and Apple, which has branded the signature red colour and logo on many of its products such as the iPod, iPad, and iPhone.
However, when Bono spoke to the audience at Cannes Lions, with Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, sitting on stage with him, the rocker wasn't afraid to criticise Apple.
He explained, "One of the reasons it's such a credit to have Jony Ive on the stage is because Apple is so f**king annoyingly quiet about the fact they've raised $75 million. Nobody knows!"
Bono held up his (RED) iPad cover and noted that the logo was barely noticeable, and said, "Where's the (RED) branding? Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."
Earlier in the day, Bono was presented with the inaugural Cannes LionHeart award to mark his "innovative use of commercial brand power, which has made a significant and positive difference to people or the planet."
The (RED) charity has raised more than $250 million (£147 million) to highlight HIV and AIDS research in Africa, according to the organisation's website.
Jay Z and Beyonce's upcoming On The Run Tour is on track to become the second highest-grossing trek per show in history, despite reports of poor ticket sales. The hip-hop supercouple is embarking on a joint trek across North America this summer (14) and recent speculation suggested the dates were failing to sell out.
However, according to an analysis by editors at Forbes magazine, the On The Run Tour is on pace to sell one million tickets, equalling a gross total of around $100 million (£62.5 million).
With only 20 shows scheduled for the U.S., this will put Jay Z and Beyonce second only to U2's 360 Tour between 2009 and 2011, which grossed $6.7 million (£4.2 million) per show.
The couple is expected to rake in nearly $5 million (£3.1 million) with each performance.
The trek kicks off on Wednesday (25Jun14) in Miami, Florida. Jay Z and Beyonce will make more stops in the U.S. before two dates at the Stade de France in Paris, France in September (14).
U2 stars Bono and The Edge have become directors on the board of legendary guitar company Fender. The Irish rockers will team up with bosses at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to help them pursue new growth strategies and technologies for the business.
Company co-chairman Mark Fukunaga branded Bono a "visionary in the music world" with the business skills and creativity to improve the business, and he hailed guitarist The Edge as an "innovator of unique sounds through his use of technology".
The Edge, real name David Evans, says, "(This is) something of a kid in a candy store situation for me. I've been a fan of Fender guitars from the beginning, playing them on all the most important U2 tours and albums. But I'm most interested in working with the Fender design team on some new ideas."
Bono adds, "When a festival-goer wears a Fender t-shirt, they are saying a lot about themselves. They love music, they're independent-spirited, they're proud of this truly American company, a nexus of technology and culture which, in the end, can't be copied no matter how hard the giants try. I'm excited to be part of developing newer technologies with Fender, as well as helping protect the jobs and commitment to excellence of their age-old craft."
The Rolling Stones have been crowned the kings of the live stage after grossing more than $1.56 billion from their concerts in the past 24 years. Billboard magazine editors have polled the 25 biggest touring acts since 1990 and the Brown Sugar hitmakers, who are currently on their 14 On Fire world tour, have come out on top, playing a total of 538 shows to more than 19.67 million people around the world.
Irish rockers U2 place second on the Top Live Artists list, banking $1.51 billion over 526 gigs, while Bruce Springsteen comes in third with $1.19 billion over 727 shows.
Madonna and Bon Jovi round out the top five, while Elton John, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Metallica and Coldplay also feature in the survey.
The Irish filmmaker behind hit 2007 movie Once is working on a new project with U2. Dublin-born musician and director John Carney has revealed he is returning to Ireland to develop Sing Street, which will feature songs written by U2's Bono and The Edge.
The film, set in the 1980s, surrounds a teenager who is forced out of his private school and into a tough inner-city institution, where he finds refuge in music.
Carney, a former member of Irish band The Frames, wrote the script and will direct the movie, which is loosely inspired by his own life.
Filming is set to start in September (14).
Rare U2 and Velvet Underground recordings are set to hit auction blocks in England and Chicago, Illinois. The four-song recording of U2 performing live in Holland back in 1980 comes with unreleased photos and a previously unheard 15-minute interview featuring frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge discussing their hopes for the band and attacking American rock music.
The rarity package is expected to go under the hammer at Stockport, England's Omega Auctions for $1,600 (£1,000) on 30 May.
Meanwhile, an early Velvet Underground acetate from 1966, which sold at auction in 2006 for $25,200 (£15,750), is on sale again.
The Scepter Studios recording, which features songs that were later released on the group's 1967 debut The Velvet Underground & Nico, is back up for auction via Chicago store Shuga Records.
Ten per cent of the sale will benefit a local animal rights charity.
Legend has it that the band's one-time mentor/manager Andy Warhol paid for the recording time by giving the studio boss one of his paintings.
Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg was awarded France's highest cultural honour at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (17May14). The DreamWorks Animation executive, producer of franchises such as Shrek and Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, was made a Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters a day after premiering his latest movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, at the festival.
Katzenberg was awarded the medallion by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, who praised the movie mogul for his professional and humanitarian achievements during a special ceremony.
Katzenberg said, "I have been blessed to be a part of the Cannes Film Festival Commander of the Order Of Arts And Letters, which is the greatest platform and home of prestigious cinema anywhere in the world. To be on that red carpet, to be in that Palais I think is really the greatest honor any filmmaker can have."
Previous recipients of the award include U2 frontman Bono, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
Stars including Pharrell Williams and Jared Leto turned out to celebrate rock legend Bono's 54th birthday on Saturday (10May14). The U2 frontman gathered his friends and family at his manager Guy Oseary's sprawling mansion in Los Angeles for the big bash.
The party served as a double celebration for Bono's family - he shares his birthday with daughter Jordan, who turned 25. They were treated to surprise performances by Happy hitmaker Williams, Jon Batiste, Herbie Hancock and rapper A$AP Rocky, who personally sang 'Happy Birthday' to Jordan, according to Us Weekly. Master illusionist David Blaine also made a splash at the party, wowing the crowd with underwater tricks.
An insider tells the magazine that Charlize Theron and her boyfriend Sean Penn gave Bono a bizarre gift by hiring a performer who transforms his body into characters with shaving cream. Theron was unable to attend the party as she was hosting U.S. sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in New York.
Bono continued his birthday celebrations the following day (11May14), when he joined George Clooney and fiancee Amal Alamuddin for lunch in Malibu, California to celebrate their recent engagement.
Sir Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell has given the rocker a big boost on Britain's annual Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to a combined £710 million ($1.2 billion) fortune. Shevell's estimated £150 million ($225 million) fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four, behind Zomba Group boss Clive Calder, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Warner Music Group head Len Blavatnik, who tops the rich list with a £10 billion fortune.
The countdown of the 50 wealthiest music men and women in Britain and Ireland also includes Simon Cowell (£300 million/$480 million), Sir Elton John (£260 million/$416 million), Adele (£45 million/$72 million), and the five members of One Direction, who share a £70 million ($112 million) fortune.
Take That star Gary Barlow, who has recently been accused of tax avoidance, also makes the rich list with a £65 million ($104 million) fortune.
The full list will be available in the Times on 18 May (14).
The top 10 is:
1. Len Blavatnik (£10 billion)
2. Clive Calder (£1.4 billion)
3. Sir Cameron Mackintosh (£1 billion)
4. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell (£710 million)
5. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£640 million)
6. U2 (£428 million)
7. Simon Fuller (£382 million)
8. Simon Cowell (£300 million)
9. Mohammad and Kamaliya Zahoor (£300 million)
10. Sir Elton John (£260 million)