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No New U2

Bono's lazy, so no new music till 2009.

By Amos Barshad

Ten Terrible Musical Slumps

But there's a happy ending! Here's our list of ten artists who, unlike R.E.M., overcame their slumps.

Is U2 Fed Up With Record Labels Now Too?

U2 is reportedly in talks with concert promoter Live Nation over a deal similar to the one Madonna signed last year, which would cover albums, DVDs, touring, merchandise, licensing, and various other Edge-related income streams.

Celebrities Skipping Out at Sundance

Adrian Grenier
Hey, have you noticed how the celebrity supply in New York has been depleted these past few days? (Thankfully, we still have Tom Brady wearing a boot in the West Village.) It's because all of the actors and directors are at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. But it seems like even in the celebrity fustercluck that is Park City right now, planners still can't get enough star power to fuel their events. Apparently, Sundance schedules are so jam-packed with appointments, parties, and swag-suite visits that it's no wonder they don't make half the events they (well, their publicists) say they will. Of course, some no-shows you can see coming: Robert De Niro and Quentin Tarantino "expected" at a dinner for 50 Cent sponsored by VitaminWater? Um, sure. And we look forward to seeing Paris at the poetry reading.

Pavarotti RIP

Dropkick Murphys? Pornographic indie rap? Yes and yes.