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Plans for U2 to have a week long residency on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show have been cancelled do to injuries sustained by Bono During a cycling incident. reports suggest that Bono's arm will require surgery after reportedly being broken during a bicycle spill in New York's Central Park. Despite having to cancel their week long stay on the Tonight Show there seems to be no hard feelings between the band and Fallon and U2's official website has stated "Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding". U2 hopes to fulfill the Tonight Show residency at a later date.

Read more on Bono's injury and Tonight show cancellation, at NME.

Neil Young has called for his fans to boycott Starbucks products due to the company's ties with Monsanto, a company involved in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over genetically modified organism legislation. A law was passed in Vermont requiring food producers label all foods containing GMOs which prompted Monsanto and other companies to file a lawsuit against the state. Young despite loving his morning coffee hopes that boycotting Starbucks will cause a ripple affect grabbing the attention of other companies. "Monsanto might not care what we think" says Young "But as a public facing company Starbucks does".

Read more on Neil Young's Starbucks Boycott at NME music news.

News that Jimmy Page would be doing several Book Signing events following the release of his new book Jimmy Page has had fans eagerly anticipating the opportunity to have the guitarist sign their copies. Some however may be disappointed to learn that the Signing will actually be a stamping. despite early news that Page would be signing books, official reports have indicated that Page will be using his custom stamp on all books at the events.

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U2's first major project since 2009 has been eagerly anticipated by fans the world over, but when it finally came it was not in the way anyone expected, and it turns out that's just fine. U2 releases their newest album Songs Of Innocence as a free download for the millions of iTunes users across the globe. Songs of Innocence as an album takes U2 back to their roots and like the opening song "The Miracle of Johnny Ramone" many of the tracks pay tribute to the artists and sounds that have been influential to U2 since the early years. 

Read more on Songs of Innocence at Billboard.com.

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For those who weren't captivated by the thrill of Superbowl XLVIII that took place Sunday night, the halftime show must have been quite the treat. Bruno Mars, widely known American singer-songwriter and record producer, performed a full 12 minutes of extravagance that really set the bar high for future halftime performers. Working through some of his top hits and adding in The Red Hot Chili Peppers with their song "Give It Away", Bruno Mars took us through a short tour of musical history ranging from 1960's Motown to current Hip-Hop influence.

Speaking of cool things that came out of the Superbowl that aren't sports, a few commercials really stood out that night featuring pivotal artists like U2 and Bob Dylan. U2 released a single titled "Invisible" which will continue to be free on iTunes until 24 hours after the commercial was debuted. For every download, Bank of America will donate $1 to the (RED) charity to fight AIDS. Bono wants everyone to know that this is not the debut single off of their new album, which they are hoping to release this summer. Check out the commercial:

We saw our good friend Bob Dylan in a commercial for Chrysler last night as well. It seems every year Chrysler get's a quintessential American, like Clint Eastwood or Berry Gordy, to try and make us feel real life feelings about a car company and it totally works. Bob Dylan's homage to American cars finishes with the line "Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car." Can we expect to see counterculture icon, Bob Dylan, in more commercials now?

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The 71st annual Golden Globe awards marked another instance where indie and alternative music artists rose to the top. Front man, Alex Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, an American indie-folk band that has put out three well-received albums, won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for the film "All is Lost."

Ebert was triumphant over intimidating opponents such as Hans Zimmer who has written scores for films such as The Lion King, and The Dark Knight; also John Williams who has written scores for films like E.T and Harry Potter. Ebert is not alone as a successful indie Golden Globe winner, as he will join Karen O and Trent Reznor for their scores in Where the Wild Things Are and The Social Network, respectively.

When Ebert was joined at the microphone by P. Diddy a lot of people were seeing flashbacks of the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident from the 2009 VMA Awards, but Diddy kept it short, just letting people know he and Ebert partied together on a yacht.

U2, highly established Irish rock band, also won an award at the 2013 Golden Globes for "Ordinary Love" which won Best Original Song. "Ordinary Love" was written specifically for the biopic of Nelson Mandela titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" released 20 days after the passing of his life. U2 is well-known for their acts in social justice and activism, so the award for "Ordinary Love" was appropriately given.

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There's a brand new U2 song featured in the newly released movie trailer for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom". The new song, “Ordinary Love”, is heard about halfway through the clip and is the first new U2 song we've heard in three years. The film chronicles South African President Nelson Mandela's early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society. U2 is currently in the studio, wrapping up production on their next album which is slated for release in early 2014. "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" will be in theaters November 29th. Check out the trailer with the new U2 song, "Ordinary Love", below:

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