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REM, Noel Gallagher and Foo Fighters - this week's biggest news stories

  • REM have split up after 31 years. The band, considered one of the most influential groups of all time, as well as one of the most successful, announced their decision earlier this week (September 21) via their website REMhq.com. Their joint statement read: "To all our fans and friends: as REM, and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band."

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    Added: 10 Mar 2011

  • Foo Fighters fans have hailed the band's attempts to serenade the Westboro Baptist Church groupwith an ode to gay sex. NME.COM users have taken to Facebook to cheer Dave Grohl's band for singing the specially penned 'Keep It Clean', outside Kansas City's Sprint Centre. "Mr. Grohl lets smart assed tom foolery be the wind beneath his wings.... and that is awesome," one fan wrote.

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    Added: 23 Sep 2011

  • The Drums frontman Jonathan Pierce has urged Kings Of Leon to split up. The singer said the Followills should call it a day after spending time in their company while supporting them recently. "I would advise them to split up and stop making music," he said.

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    Added: 15 Aug 2011

  • Thom Yorke has confirmed that Radiohead will be touring in 2012. The band, who announced two shows in New York have so far only played one live show, which consisted of a secret show at Glastonbury, in support of their new album 'The King Of Limbs'. Yorke confirmed that the band would be touring, saying: "The idea is to go out and play next year on and off during the year."

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    Added: 04 Jul 2011

  • Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has admitted he is unsure of his future in the band after the rest of the group went into the recording studio without telling him. The singer has told NME he recently spotted guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong outside a rehearsal studio in New York and he wasn't even invited to take part in the sessions

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • Leaked legal documents have revealed Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray told a paramedic the singer was "fine" as he lay dead. LA paramedic Richard Senneff claims in a statement the doctor stood in front of Jackson and said: "He doesn't have a problem. He is fine. He was practising all night. I'm just treating him for dehydration."

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    Added: 28 Apr 2011

  • London Underground have banned promo posters for Lou Reed and Metallica's forthcoming album 'Lulu' from being displayed in stations. Transport For London bosses made the decision not to allow the image on tubes or in stations after a spokesperson claimed it looked too much like graffiti.

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    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • Serge Pizzorno has moved to clear up recent comments about quitting drugs for the sake of Kasabian's legacy. The guitarist has said his deicision to embrace sobriety came about after the arrival of his son Ennio last year rather than during the creation of the band's fourth album 'Velociraptor!'

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    Added: 12 Jan 2011

  • Adele's hit single 'Someone Like You' has officially been banned from being played at a shop in Dublin. The move comes after workers at the Opus ii instrument store got sick of customers trying to play the piano ballad on their keyboards. A sign has now been put up in the shop window stating: "Strictly NO Adele".

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    Added: 23 Sep 2011

  • Blink-182 have said that they are unfazed by the massive expectations surrounding the release of their new album 'Neighborhoods' and that they are conscious that not all of their fans will be happy with what they hear. Bassist Mark Hoppus said that though the band were aware that expectations were large, they were prepared not to appease ever

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    Added: 16 Aug 2011

  • Shaun Ryder has admitted that he has no memory of what happened during 16 years of his life. The Happy Mondays man, who has just released his autobiography Twisting My Melon, told The Daily Star that he has no idea what he did between 1990 and 2006 as he can’t remember a thing.

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    Added: 23 Sep 2011

  • Coldplay have announced plans for a UK arena tour. The jaunt, their first in two years, will see the band play three shows including a night at London's O2 Arena in December. Tickets for the tour went on sale at 9.30am on Friday (September 23).

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    Added: 23 Sep 2011

  • Jessie J has revealed she broke down in tears after having to scrap plans to join Katy Perry on her US tour. The 'Do It Like A Dude' singer announced she wouldn't be able to take part in Perry's 'California Dreams' tour this November as she continues to recover from foot surgery.

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    Added: 20 Aug 2011

  • The Strokes, The Futureheads and Zane Lowe are among those who have paid tribute to REM on Twitter, following the band’s announcement that they are to split. Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes simply posted a link to a live version of ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ – which can be seen below – and the words “RIP REM”.

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    Added: 01 Apr 2011

  • Sinead O'Connor has sparked concern for her welfare after tweeting about having suicidal thoughts. The Irish singer took to her feed Twitter.com/howryeh and apparently fantasised about taking her own life, saying she wishes to "go to heaven". She wrote: "Had to go to the psychiatrist for routine renew prescription etc. She says I'm a bad mum and mental for talking so openly about sex in public."

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    Added: 19 Sep 2011

  • The Maccabees have announced plans for a comeback UK tour next month. The five-piece will hit the road on October 21 at Gloucester Guildhall before wrapping their jaunt up at Bristol Trinity on November 2

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    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Noel Gallagher has compared quitting Oasis to splitting up with a girlfriend. The guitarist, who walked out on the band after a row with his brother Liam in Paris in August 2009, said he was sick of arguing all the time. He said: "I'd liken to it when you know when you're about to dump a girl, I don't know what made it any different. We'd had worse fights, worse arguments.

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    Added: 29 Jul 2011

  • Simon Cowell is reportedly going to double the salaries of Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland to entice them back to X Factor next year. In doing so, he's seemingly shut the door for Cheryl Cole to return to the talent show. An insider told The People: "Simon loves Kelly and Tulisa and there is zero chance of either of them losing their place on the panel next year."

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    Added: 10 Jun 2011

  • Guns N' Roses have announced their first US tour in five years. The Axl Rose fronted group have lined up more than 30 dates in America starting at Orlando's Amway Centre Arena on October 28, reports Billboard. The band are also due to appear at the Rock In Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro on October 2.

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    Added: 14 Oct 2010