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The week's 20 biggest news stories (25 February)

  • Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher shared a hug after the Brit Awards on Tuesday (February 21). The embrace came after both parties confirmed they had buried the hatchet in recent NME interviews. In this week's issue, Damon explained he had a beer with Noel last year and said his former Oasis rival has "great charisma".

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • A$AP Rocky has spoken out over the issue of homophobia in hip-hop, claiming that the genre will "fail" if artists don't become more open-minded about sexuality. The rapper said that he is concerned that sexual orientation is too much of an issue. He claimed that while pop "doesn't discriminate against people", hip-hop is "so retarded" when it comes to issues of homophobia.

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    Added: 16 Dec 2011

  • The video for the new Paris Hilton featuring single 'Drunk Text' by Manufactured Superstars, has been taken down from YouTube after being panned by bloggers and critics. Featuring spoken word lyrics from the socialite, eOnline reports that the song contains such nonsensical couplets as: "If you take the word 'sex' and mix it with 'texting,' it's called 'sexting".

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    Added: 24 Feb 2012

  • You can hear Lana Del Rey cover of Shirley Bassey's classic single 'Big Spender' now on NME.COM. The singer recorded the track, which is a duet with rapper Smiler, in 2010 when she was recording in the studio next to the rapper. The track will be released on Smiler's new mixtape 'All I Know' on February 27.

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    Added: 21 Feb 2012

  • Kanye West and Jay-Z will play a joint UK tour this summer. The pair will tour their joint album 'Watch The Throne' in early summer, playing dates in May and June in London, Manchester and Birmingham. The shows begin at London's O2 Arena on May 20, before moving on to Manchester's Evening News Arena on June 11. They then finish off at Birmingham's LG Arena on June 13

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • Lady Gaga has responded after NME dubbed 'Born This Way' the "most pretentious album ever". The singer took to Twitter to vent her anger after she read our recent blog post - titled The 10 Most Pretentious Albums Ever here. Gaga wrote: "Oh the irony of winning "Most Pretentious Album Ever" from none other than NME. *eyeroll* I might laugh forever + then return to narcissism."

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    Added: 09 May 2011

  • Blur closed the Brit Awards with a triumphant five-song set at London's O2 Arena. The Britpop legends picked up this year's Outstanding Contribution To Music award before kicking off their set with 'Girls & Boys'. After moving on to an energetic 'Song 2', they were then joined by Phil Daniels for 'Parklife', played 'Tender' with a 32-piece gospel choir and closed their set with 'This Is A Low'.

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    Added: 22 Feb 2012

  • The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess has revealed that he has teamed up with Kellogg's to launch his own breakfast cereal, which is called 'Totes Amazeballs'. Production of the cereal, came about after Burgess tweeted a joke that he wanted to launch his own cereal. Bizarrely, Kellogg's then got in touch with the singer and asked him if he wanted to produce the cereal.

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    Added: 22 Feb 2012

  • Brit Awards host James Corden has admitted he's "upset" he was forced to cut Adele's speech short after the singer won the Mastercard British Album Of The Year gong. Speaking after the show on ITV2, Corden admitted: "I don't understand quite why I was made to [cut her short]."

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    Added: 21 Feb 2012

  • Bobby Brown has issued a statement after he stormed out of the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown left the service in dramatic fashion 20 minutes after arriving. Brown said: "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions."

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    Added: 18 Feb 2012

  • Black Sabbath have reworked their summer reunion gig schedule as guitarist Tony Iommi continues to battle lymphoma. The metal legends, who announced they were reuniting with their original line-up last year, will still headline Download festival on June 10 but have replaced many of their previously announced European festival dates with Ozzy & Friends gigs.

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    Added: 10 Nov 2011

  • Coldplay's Chris Martin has said that his band only triumphed at last night's Brit Awards (February 21) because there wasn't any other competition. He told the Daily Mirror: "To be honest, most British bands have split up. Blur have gone, Pulp have gone, Take That are on holiday, we're the only British band left on the pitch! But we'll take that. "

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    Added: 22 Feb 2012

  • John Peel's record collection is to be made into an interactive online museum. Peel's collection, which contains 25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs, will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC.

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • Gorillaz have released their new single 'DoYaThing' as a free download. The track, which is a collaboration with OutKast's Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, is available from Converse.com/doyathing.

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    Added: 23 Feb 2012

  • Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has paid tribute to Whitney Houston by performing a cover of 'I Will Always Love You'. The ex-Audioslave man played the 1974 Dolly Parton song at a fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential re-election campaign in San Francisco on Thursday (February 16), a gig which also saw him play version of songs by John Lennon and Bob Marley.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2012

  • Kiss, Faith No More and Queen with Adam Lambert will headline this summer's Sonisphere festival. The festival takes place at Knebworth Park on July 6-8 and will also see Evanescence, Incubus, The Darkness, Mastodon and The Blackout play sets.

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    Added: 07 Nov 2011

  • Domestic violence experts have warned Rihanna not to become too close to Chris Brown again. Executive director of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Rita Smith cited his recent Twitter rant in which he launched a verbal attack on people who had criticised the platform. She said: "The response was fairly belligerent and didn't really indicate that he had changed much."

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    Added: 13 Feb 2012

  • Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash has announced details of his second solo album 'Apocalyptic Love'. It will feature Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy as the singer on each of its tracks. Kennedy had previously guested on two tracks on the guitarist's solo debut, which were titled 'Back From Cali' and 'Starlight'.

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    Added: 05 Oct 2011