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20 most viewed news stories of the week (May 26)

  • The Stone Roses played a rapturously received comeback show at Warrington Parr Hall on Wednesday (May 23) - their first gig in 16 years. It was also the group's first show with drummer Alan 'Reni' Wren since their performance in a big top at Glasgow Green in June 1990.

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    Added: 24 May 2012

  • A new clip of Lady Gaga performing on The Simpsons has been unveiled. In the episode, which aired on Sunday (May 20) in the US, Gaga comes to town on a train, complete with 18 separate outfits, to cheer up a depressed Lisa. As well as this, the singer played a special track during the episode titled 'You're All My Little Monsters'.

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    Added: 25 May 2012

  • Thousands of people turned out to see Muse carry the Olympic torch in their Devon hometown of Teignmouth. Crowds, which were limited to 7,000 by local police, watched as the trio ran over local landmark Shaldon Bridge into Teignmouth with the torch, on the second day of its 70-day relay. All three members of Muse ran with the torch.

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    Added: 23 May 2012

  • A rare photograph showing The Beatles walking 'backwards' across Abbey Road sold for £16,000 at auction on Tuesday (May 22). The snap, taken by late photographer Iain Macmillan, shows the band walking right to left across the zebra crossing outside the London studio where they made their 1969 album - the opposite direction to the photograph which appears on the album cover.

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    Added: 18 May 2012

  • The Stone Roses "have at least three or four new tracks recorded", according to Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during their 1990 Spike Island show. Coghill, the man behind the suitably named Spike Island, said when asked if he'd heard any new music that the reformed legends "have at least three or four songs recorded".

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    Added: 18 Oct 2011

  • Pete Doherty's acting debut in Confession of a Child of the Century has been given scathing reviews by critics. The film, which also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lily Cole, was shown to the world's press at the Cannes film festival over the weekend and got a universal thumbs down.

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    Added: 25 May 2012

  • The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb has died after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have confirmed. The legendary singer, who was 62, had been battling liver and colon cancer in recent years. After making what he had described as a "spectacular recovery", a secondary tumour had recently developed.

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    Added: 25 Nov 2011

  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (£46 trillion) in damages. In October 2010, Limewire was forced to shut down after a judge in the Federal District Court ruled that its main filesharing functions be disabled, but the RIAA is still actively pursuing its owners for damages.

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    Added: 27 Oct 2010

  • 50 Cent has revealed that Eminem told him that he couldn't die because he ate a bad burger. The rapper was admitted to hospital earlier this week with stomach pains after he consumed the tainted snack but was able to avoid surgery and has since revealed on Twitter that he is "feeling better", and should be released soon.

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    Added: 18 Mar 2011

  • The exact whereabouts of the titular bridge in the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1992 song, 'Under The Bridge', has been found. The location of the Los Angeles bridge has remained a mystery for the past 20 years, but Vulture have now pinpointed the "bridge downtown" referenced in the song, narrowing it down to one in MacArthur Park.

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    Added: 25 Jul 2011

  • Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' tour made its debut in London last week (May 18), marking the first of five consecutive shows at the city's O2 Arena. Fans may have been disappointed by the lack of special guests – there was no sign of 'Watch The Throne' guest stars Beyoncé, Bon Iver or Frank Ocean. But the two hour, 40-song set dug deep into the pair's collaborative 2011 album.

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • Jordan's former squeeze Alex Reid has now decided he wants to be a pop star and releases his debut single next month. The track, which is comically named 'Stardust', features so much Auto-Tuning it's almost impossible to tell it's Reid. But, such was the negative reaction when it was debuted online on Tuesday (May 22), it was removed from the internet almost instantly.

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    Added: 23 May 2012

  • Beach House have told their fans that they shouldn't be angry at Volkswagen for mimicking one of their songs in a new commercial, but should blame the advertising agency instead. Fans of the Baltimore duo have commented angrily on the similarities between the band's track 'Take Care', which featured on their 2010 album 'Teen Dream', and the music used in the car company's new Polo advert.

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    Added: 04 May 2012

  • Willie Nelson has insisted that legalising marijuana would save "a whole lotta" lives and money. The country singer – who teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg to release the pro-cannabis track 'Roll Me Up' last month (April 21) – told the Guardian that smoking weed wasn't "dangerous healthwise" and said it should be decriminalised.

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    Added: 15 Mar 2012

  • Matt Cardle, winner of the 2010 series of the X Factor, has parted ways with his record label Columbia. Cardle, who beat off competition from teen magazine fixtures One Direction to take the reality show's crown, has left the label as his debut album 'Letters' has sold poorly, according to tabloid sources.

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    Added: 08 Apr 2011

  • Spinal Tap star Michael McKean is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car on Wednesday (May 23). The actor, who is 64, suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg and facial lacerations when he was hit by a car while walking to a theatre in New York.

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    Added: 24 May 2012

  • Blur's Graham Coxon has hit out at TV talent shows such as The X Factor and The Voice by labelling them as "disgraceful". Speaking to the Independent, the guitarist said that he disapproved of the idea that aspiring artists could achieve immediate success in the music industry and claimed that he believed in "doing things right".

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    Added: 26 Apr 2012

  • Alt-J are streaming their debut studio album 'An Awesome Wave' in full on NME.COM. The album, which contains 13 tracks in all, isn't formally released until next Monday (May 28). It includes the band's most recent single, which is titled 'Breezeblocks'.

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    Added: 23 May 2012

  • Paul Simon has dashed hopes he'll ever record with Art Garfunkel again. The legendary duo haven't completed an album together since 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', which was released shortly before they split in 1970. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Simon said that a problem with Garfunkel's vocal chords had left suggestions the duo could reunite a "moot point".

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    Added: 22 May 2012