The week's 20 biggest news stories (4 November)

  • Muse's 'Hysteria' has been voted as the track which features the best bassline of all time. In a new poll conducted by Musicradar.com, the bassline from the Devon trio's 2003 hit single came out on top, with Rush's 'YYZ' in second place.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot – otherwise known as Flattus Maximus – has been found dead (November 3). The band’s frontman Dave Brockie announced: "It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the members of Gwar must announce the passing of their longtime guitarist and beloved friend Cory Smoot, also known to thousands of metal fans worldwide as Flattus Maximus," he wrote.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Blur and Gorillaz mainman Damon Albarn's new opera Doctor Dee is to be given a run at London's Coliseum next summer. The opera, which ran in Manchester earlier this summer as part of the Manchester International Festival and received considerable praise from critics, details the life of 16th century scientist John Dee.

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    Added: 02 Nov 2011

  • Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl has revealed that he was annoyed at being named as one of the contributors to Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Michael' as he doesn't actually appear on it. Grohl was credited as appearing alongside Lenny Kravitz on a track titled '(I Can't Make It) Another Day' but said that despite being listed in the sleeve notes, his drumming does not feature.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Next year's Reading And Leeds Festivals will have "terrific" headliners, according to the event's chief. Melvin Benn, managing director at organiser Festival Republic, told BBC Newsbeat that he's already locked in some "very exciting" bookings for 2012. He said: "I couldn't be happier overall with where we're going with all the festivals."

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    Added: 26 Aug 2011

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced three massive UK and Ireland shows for next summer. The band, who released their tenth studio album 'I'm With You' earlier this year, will play Knebworth Park near Stevenage on June 23, Sunderland's Stadium Of Light on June 24 and Dublin's Croke Park on June 26.

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • Justin Bieber's manager has claimed that the singer's "balls have dropped". Scooter Braunt, who looks after the pint-sized popstar, said that Bieber had found recording a duet of 'All I Want For Christmas' with Mariah Carey difficult as his voice had broken and was not as high as it used to be.

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    Added: 11 Aug 2011

  • Amy Winehouse will release a new, posthumous studio album later this year. The album, which is titled 'Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures', will be released on December 5 and has been put together by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi using tracks that the singer left unfinished when she passed away earlier this year.


    Added: 31 Oct 2011

  • Arctic Monkeys paid tribute to Jimmy Savile during their gig at London's O2 Arena while introducing guest Miles Kane. The frontman told the crowd: "Jimmy Savile, rest in peace. I don't know if this was his work, but I think tonight he fixed one more thing for us – put your hands together for Miles Kane."

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    Added: 28 Oct 2011

  • Noel Gallagher has revealed three Manchester United players snubbed guestlist places at his homecoming earlier this week following their humiliating defeat to the singer's beloved Manchester City last weekend (October 23).

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    Added: 24 Oct 2011

  • The Stone Roses' Mani has revealed that he's eating dozens of bananas every day to get in shape for the band's huge reunion gigs next summer. He commented: "I'd forgotten how good they taste. They're brilliant. I hope they'll do the trick and get the old fitness levels sorted for me."

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    Added: 18 Oct 2011

  • U2 frontman Bono has said that the “wrong shoes” were the reason why his band’s headline set at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival was a disappointment. He said: "There were a couple of things... I walked out and realised that the stage was like an ice rink and I was wearing the wrong shoes. I couldn't move – I was stuck on the spot. We were a bit freaked out."

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    Added: 24 Jun 2011

  • Blur have been meeting up "regularly" and recording again, Damon Albarn has confirmed. In an exclusive interview which you can read in this week's issue of NME, he said the track was put together in response to the brief threat that this year's Notting Hill Carnival would be cancelled. "If they'd have cancelled the carnival – and thank God they didn't – maybe we'd have put it out," he said.

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    Added: 20 Jun 2011

  • Lawyers for the country star have sent a letter to celebrity gossip site Celebrity Jihad demanding that they take down the photographs, or they will file a lawsuit for trademark infringement. The website posted the pictures online with a caption reading 'Taylor Swift Topless Private Pic Leaked?' and claimed that the model in question "bears a striking resemblance " to the singer.

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    Added: 13 Sep 2010

  • Radiohead's drummer Philip Selway has said that the band were "astounded" by some of the remixes they were given for the new remix album of 'The King Of Limbs'. Selway said: "The remix album of 'The King Of Limbs' has just been released, which is really interesting. Out of all of our albums, 'The King Of Limbs' lends itself to remixing and some of the stuff that's come out of that is astounding."

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    Added: 29 Mar 2011

  • New Order have announced a one-off London show for later this year. The band revealed that they had reunited earlier this year when they announced that they would play two benefit gigs, but also confirmed that bass player Peter Hook would not be part of their line-up. The group will play London's Troxy venue on December 10. The gig will be New Order's first UK show for over five years.

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    Added: 01 Nov 2011

  • Kings Of Leon's Nathan Followill has slammed Qantas Airways after the carrier's flight cancellations 'fucked up' the band's tour plans. Writing on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/doctorfollowill, the drummer said: "Dear Qantas, u suck, thanks 4 fucking up my trip 2 Oz. Joberg-Dubai-Sydney. 24 hours in the air. That's how much I love Oz."

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    Added: 07 Mar 2011

  • Max Rafferty, former bassist with The Kooks, has denied he was sacked from the band in 2008 due to drug addiction - and instead blamed musical differences for the bust-up. Rafferty said: "I didn’t think 'Konk' was very good, and I said that. I was unhappy with the whole situation, but it was made to sound like I had a massive drug problem."

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    Added: 12 Jul 2011

  • Nickelback have been named as the biggest musical turnoff, according to a new survey. Music-based dating website Tastebuds.fm, which matches potential partners based on their taste in music, has carried out the research to find out what their users biggest musical turnoffs were and the Canadian arena rockers came out on top.

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    Added: 01 Nov 2011