U2’s being sued for stealing parts of Achtung Baby’s “The Fly”

A British songwriter is accusing U2 of ripping off one of his songs for a single off 1991’s Achtung Baby. Per Billboard, songwriter Paul Rose lodged a complaint against the band on Monday, seeking a songwriting credit and $5 million in damages over allegations that “The Fly” copies elements of his song “Nae Slappin.”

The contentious history of that peace-promoting “Coexist” logo

It’s sad how something that was designed to foster mutual understanding and good will among all people has instead become the subject of litigation and rancor. The infamous “Coexist” logo, with each letter designed to look like an icon representing a different religion or ideology, has become a staple of bumper…

Bono wants to weaponize mockery and send Chris Rock, Amy Schumer to “fight” ISIS

Even though humanity rejected Bono’s beautiful vision of a U2 album in every pot—er, iPod—the U2 frontman isn’t holding a grudge. The three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has continued his humanitarian work and research, recently traveling to the Middle East and East Africa to visit refugee camps. And it was with that…

A new app lets users record with members of Foo Fighters and Roxy Music

Modern technology has not only changed the way consumers purchase and listen to music, it’s changed the way music is recorded. There’s a certain charm (and street cred) to analog recording, but most bands, be they playing stadiums or the bar around the corner from your apartment, record digitally. Plus, in the age of…

Rolling Stone says U2’s free album is 2014’s best, so take that haters

For an album released just a few months ago, U2’s Songs Of Innocence has built quite a complicated legacy. Innocence is pretty good, especially for a band not far from its 40th anniversary. But its quality wasn’t easy to reconcile with its botched release via U2’s partnership with Apple, who saw fit to foist it onto…

Bono had the good sense to change that awful lyric for the new “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

The charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has done an incredible amount of good in the past 30 years, providing famine relief to Africa both with sales from its various versions (1984, 1989, 2004) and by inspiring Live Aid, which raised even more cash. As we reported last week, another group of superstars from…