Country duo Florida Georgia Line have scored their first U.S. number one album.
Anything Goes has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown with 197,000 first-week sales. The album is the pair's follow-up to Here's To the Good Times, which was released in 2012 and reached number four on the chart. It becomes the third consecutive country release to debut at number one following the success of Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean's albums earlier this month (Oct14).
Meanwhile, veteran rocker Bob Seger has landed his highest debut ever as Ride Out enters the chart at three, behind Aldean, and Pink's new project You+Me debut at four with their first album, Rose Ave. The duo comprises of Pink and City & Colour star Dallas Green. Albums from rappers The Game and Hoodie Allen, U2 and Jessie J also enter the new chart top 10. Meanwhile, Meghan Trainor extends her run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart to seven weeks. All About That Bass also leads a record-extending seventh week of girl power - all five of the top five tracks are hits by women - Taylor Swift's Shake It Off stays put at two for a seventh week, while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's Bang Bang returns to the top three at three and Iggy Azalea's Black Widow and Tove Lo's Habits (Stay High) round out the top tier. And ailing country star Glen Campbell returns to the Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years with his final single I'm Not Gonna Miss You, which debuts at 90. The Rhinestone Cowboy singer, who was forced to retire due to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, last appeared on the countdown in September, 1981 with I Love My Truck.
Britain's X Factor finalist Ella Henderson has topped the U.K. charts with her debut album, Chapter One. The 18 year old discovered she had hit the top of the charts backstage at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday afternoon (19Oct14).
The thrilled teenager tells OfficialCharts.com, "To be a part of the music industry as a whole is something I'm learning to embrace, just seeing my name up there with other artists I admire and look up to is so surreal in itself. Being number one with my very first album is where a dream has met reality. It's a moment in time I will never forget."
Ed Sheeran's X, Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage and Jessie J's Sweet Talker make up the rest of the top five, while rockers U2 score their 16th top 10 album with Songs Of Innocence.
On the singles chart, Meghan Trainor scores a third week at number one with All About That Bass, keeping Taylor Swift's Shake It Off off the top. One Direction's Steal My Girl is a new entry at number three, ahead of Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud at number four. Jessie J's Bang Bang collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj rounds out the U.K. top five.
Rocker Bono has been suffering from glaucoma for 20 years. The U2 frontman famously never removes his sunglasses in public, and he often wears shades with an orange, blue, or green tint.
He has previously blamed his need to don the protective eyewear on his sensitive pupils, insisting the flashes from paparazzi cameras make his eyes swell.
However, he has now spoken out to reveal he has actually been suffering from the ocular disorder glaucoma for two decades.
The One hitmaker tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years. I have good treatments and I am going to be fine... You're not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, 'Ah, poor old blind Bono'."
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney has slammed U2 for offering their new album to fans for free, insisting the stunt "devalued their music". The Beautiful Day hitmakers hit headlines last month (Sep14) when they decided to team up with Apple and offer their new album, Songs of Innocence, exclusively through iTunes.
However the band was under fire when the record was installed into nearly 500 million users' music libraries automatically, with many outraged over the stunt.
The Black Keys drummer is among those who were disappointed in the way U2 went about the release, telling the Seattle Times that by making the album available to listeners for free, it "devalued their music completely".
He adds, "It sends a huge mixed message to bands... that are just struggling to get by. I think that they were thinking it's super generous of them to do something like that."
Meanwhile, Bono has already apologised for upsetting iTunes users, and recently said in a question and answer chat on Facebook, "I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea... might have gotten carried away with ourselves."
U2 frontman Bono has apologised to Apple users who weren't keen to automatically receive their new album, confessing the band "might have gotten carried away" with the idea of doling out a free record. The Beautiful Day hitmakers caused widespread controversy last month (Sep14) when Songs of Innocence was released exclusively through iTunes and installed into nearly 500 million users' music libraries automatically.
On Tuesday (14Oct14) the Irish rockers sat down to answer questions from fans on Facebook.com to celebrate the physical release of the album, but not all who participated in the chat were happy with the way U2 decided to debut the record.
During the interview, a fan wrote in, "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."
Bono replied with a deep sigh, and said, "Oops... I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea... might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.
"There's a lot of noise out there. I guess, we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."
Rocker Noel Gallagher would rather raise the price of his music than give it away for free like U2 and Radiohead. The former Oasis star insists he will not follow in other bands' footsteps as the cost of making his music is always too great to justify handing it over with no cover price.
Asked during a fan question-and-answer session if he had any giveaway stunts planned for his upcoming second solo album Chasing Yesterday, he said, "No, my records in particular cost too much f**king money to make to give them away for free. If anything I want to put the prices up."
U2 teamed up with Apple bosses last month (Sep14) to release their new record automatically to all iTunes users for free, and Radiohead hit headlines in 2007 after telling fans they could pay what they wanted for their album In Rainbows.
U2 plastered walls of buildings in their hometown of Dublin, Ireland with self-promoting posters emblazoned with song lyrics at the start of their career. The Beautiful Day hitmakers have revealed The Edge's mother would drive them around the city so they could cover movie posters with home-made promotional material in the early 1970s.
Speaking to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Bono says, "The Edge's ma (mother) was our first roadie. She had an orange VW Beetle (a Volkswagen car) and I don't (know) how the band fitted into it. We had to put the gear on the top. She went out on runs with us after midnight and we would plaster the city with entire rolls of wallpaper. We'd open out the rolls, write our lyrics and splash them all over movie posters. This is vandalism by the way... Don't try this at home!"
The singer recognises it wasn't a legitimate way to promote their music, adding, "I've seen a photograph of a roll of wallpaper stuck all over other people's work, not nice, saying 'U2 can happen to anyone'."
U2's promotional efforts have changed vastly in their lengthy career - last month (Sep14), the group collaborated with music giant Apple in a multi-million dollar deal which automatically installed their latest record, Songs of Innocence, into iTunes users' music libraries.
Bill Murray reportedly teamed up with U2 frontman Bono to sing at George Clooney's wedding last month (Sep14). The unlikely pair joined forces with model/actress Karen Duffy at a post-wedding brunch during the four-day celebrations in Venice, Italy, and they serenaded Clooney and his new bride Amal Alamuddin with Cole Porter songs, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication, "They sang Cole Porter songs with a eight-piece orchestra and called themselves 'The Venetian Blinds'."
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has criticised U2's controversial collaboration with Apple, branding it "selfish". The Black Sabbath frontman slammed the partnership and the stunt of releasing the Irish rockers' latest album, Songs of Innocence, free of charge to all iTunes users last month (Sep14).
He tells Britain's Shortlist magazine, "I think it's good in one way, and bad in another. People got so p**sed off with it, it was terrific. Trying to find out how to delete it off their f**king phones, or whatever. But U2 can afford to put an album out for free, whereas other bands can't, so it makes it difficult for up-and-coming bands.
"It's f**king selfish, really. They just got a zillion f**king sales from Apple, I suppose. Not everyone is U2, not everyone can get a f**king deal with Apple. There are a thousand bands out there today that aren't going to get heard by f**king anybody because they can't afford to do it."
The veteran rocker's comments come after his wife, Sharon, launched a tirade on Twitter.com about the unusual album release.
She wrote, "U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it... PS, btw (by the way) you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies..."
Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst has released his first solo album for free. The Australian musician is hosting The Sun Becomes the Sea on his website for fans to download free of charge.
The album has eleven tracks and fans can also purchase a CD copy from just three different music stores in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia.
On his website, Hirst writes, "I wanted to record some new songs at an unhurried pace, at our local studio, then invite some brilliant players I know to drop by and add their magic. My daughters Lex and Gabriella also sang along with me on a couple of tracks - for the first time ever - and Gabriella kindly allowed me to 'borrow' her beautiful painted birds for the artwork. It all came together so well: the whole project has been joyful from the beginning to the end."
The star's move to release the album for free mirrors the collaboration between U2 and Apple last month (Sep14), when the Irish rock group's latest album was made available automatically to all iTunes users.