"I like Pope Francis and I’m happy to sing for him. Anyone who would confine me to a line from 20 years ago is a fool!” (Much applause.) “I had a strong religious upbringing, and the first word on my first LP is Jesus. I did a lot of...

From FYI Music News: Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan will start adding streams and track downloads to the formula behind the Billboard 200, starting 11/30. A new chart incorporating sales and listening data will be published on Billboard’s website on 12/04 and in the print edition available on 12/13. The so-called consumption...

From Bloomberg: The chef with the job of keeping everyone well fed this time is Sam Letteri, who has previously worked with Take That, Elton John, Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai, and Rihanna. He studied at Westminster College in London and got into the music business working at Ibiza Rocks with Popcorn Catering...

From The New Yorker: “We’ve never really been a critics’ darling or anything like that,” Chad Kroeger told Billboard, in 2011. “The people speak. We sell a lot of records and fill a lot of arenas, and we don’t hear many complaints.” This, for many years, was the band’s standard...

Could your career have survived baldness? RP: That's a very good question. I don't think I could survive it. I've never had a nightmare about losing my hair but I did see a bit of our performance on Later… with Jools Holland and I thought, Fuck me! I really need...

During today's snowfall, the Toronto Zoo's cameras caught giant panda Da Mao 'bear-bogganing' in his outdoor exhibit. Perhaps he's discovered a new winter sport? http://youtu.be/yBJ2KCoKGSM

Back in his heyday, Muhammad Ali dressed up as a janitor and snuck into a classroom where kids were being interviewed about the Champ himself. In case if you ever forgot what a legend he was, here you go. http://youtu.be/-yNWfRfaHPU

From CNBC: A British company has launched a £600,000 ($1 million) Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to get to moon and drill into its surface, with punters able to buy memory on a digital time capsule - and even send their hair into space. The Lunar Mission One project will use the initial...

When you obsess over perfection, elevate form and reinvent a category, you attract a lot of attention. That's why Chevrolet is the most awarded car company of the year. And that's how you can get DJ Shadow’s “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt,” the opening song from the...

Cut Video found three grandmas who had never smoked pot and gave them an opportunity to try it for the first time. Then they gave them snacks and had them play cards against humanity. http://youtu.be/nenE0YxBl80

From The Atlantic: Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of...

From Fortune: As Google CEO Larry Page looks backward, he’s realizing how much his musical education inspired critical elements of Google—especially his impatience and obsession with speed. “In some sense I feel like music training lead to the high-speed legacy of Google for me,” Page said during a recent interview with...

From Wired: This morning, Twitter began rolling out a search service that lets you search for any tweet in its archive. Outside services have long offered ways of searching old tweets, including tools like Topsy (now owned by Apple) and Tweet Machine, and such services are still the best way to...

Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Peter Gabriel, Paul Cook, John Lydon, Meatloaf, and ummm...Leif Garrett putting in their two cents on the topic of “Punk.” http://youtu.be/0GKiMvnpqW4