The Edge is fortunately unharmed after falling off (groan) the edge of the stage during U2‘s Vancouver tour opener on Thursday night, and Bono has a sense of humor about the mishap—as well as about the band’s controversial free-album stunt last year. “Somebody said that the Edge had downloaded himself into the audience without asking permission,” cracked Bono on Friday night. That night, U2 played “When Love Comes to Town” for the first time in 23 years as a tribute to the late B.B. King, who appeared on the song’s original Rattle and Hum version. (Rolling Stone)
Kanye West performed for five minutes and 18 seconds at the Billboard Music Awards, but only four minutes and 16 seconds were audible after profanity was censored in the network broadcast. (Pitchfork) The night’s big award winner was Taylor Swift, who nabbed eight awards for a career total of 20, edging Garth Brooks‘s lifetime mark of 19 Billboard Music Awards. (Business Insider)
FKA twigs is currently presenting a short New York run of Congregata: a music/dance show that includes a new song from an EP she’s expected to release this summer. In an interview with the New York Times, the artist talked about that show as well as about her engagement to movie star Robert Pattinson. She says she’s “so happy” with her life and her art, but admits that the tabloid scrutiny—including “relentless” racial insults—is “really hard—I just can’t begin to explain how awful it is.”
Father John Misty isn’t turning into the next Dan Savage, but Time Out convinced him to try his hand at answering some relationship questions as “Dr. Lovefather.” Among his opinions: you can escape the awkward dutch-or-treat question by just skipping out on the check; and if your partner calls out another name while you’re making out, you should just stop answering to any name but that one.
In a special concert highlighting his B-sides for streaming on Tidal, Jay Z defended his music service in the form of a freestyle rap. Listen to the NSFW freestyle on Billboard.
New York rapper Chinx has died at 31 after being hit in a drive-by shooting on Saturday night. Chinx, whose fame has been rising via popular mixtapes, reportedly planned to release his debut album this year. (Rolling Stone)
A Maton Mastersound guitar played by George Harrison during live shows by the Beatles in 1963 has sold at auction for $485,000. At the same New York auction, a sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson in the 1990s sold for $46,875 and an Elvis Presley tour bus with the King’s signature “Takin’ Care of Business” logo went for $263,000. (Rolling Stone)
On her 49th birthday Saturday, Janet Jackson announced that she’ll be releasing a new album this year, and will be embarking on a world tour. The as-yet-untitled release will be Jackson’s 11th studio album and her first since 2008’s Discipline. (Rolling Stone)
In the year’s most unlikely beef between music luminaries, Dionne Warwick and Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters are at odds over the Middle East. After Warwick criticized Waters’s longstanding effort to get his fellow musicians to boycott Israel, Waters shot back that Warwick is “profoundly ignorant of what has happened in Palestine since 1947.” (NME)
Ahead of their joint tour that begins on July 7 in California, Marilyn Manson and the Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan will hold a joint press conference in Chicago on Monday night. The press conference will be open to fans and will be streamed live on the A.V. Club. (Pitchfork)
The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed that he’s been saving all of his shaved-off facial hair in a Ziploc bag since 2008. “It means something,” mused Flowers in an interview with The Independent.