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The week's 20 most viewed news stories (August 6)

  • The ultimate indie couple Alex Turner and Alexa Chung have decided to go their separate ways, bringing their four year relationship to an end. Alexa's spokeswoman confirmed: "It's completely amicable- but yes it's true. They have split".

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    Added: 01 Aug 2011

  • Following recent concerns about Caleb's health, Kings Of Leon have axed the remainder of their US tour dates. The band had to cut short their performance in Dallas on Friday (July 29th) because Caleb walked off stage, apparently due to 'overheating' and 'nausea'. Jared has admitted that the band have 'big problems'.

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    Added: 11 Jun 2011

  • A selection of The Smiths' songs are going to be used as the inspiration behind a new comic book: 'Unite And Take Over: Comic Stories Inspired By the Smiths'. Shawn Demumbrum is the mastermind behind the project, and the book will be unveiled at the 'Tuscon Comic Con' on November 5th-6th.

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • In spring this year, the Foo Fighters' performed in the garages of diehard fans. You can watch the full 40 minutes of intimate tour footage on NME.COM

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • A spokesperson for Amy Winehouse’s family has revealed that the songs she recorded before her death will document her divorce from Blake Fielder-Civil. The material will allegedly be released next year and the proceeds will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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    Added: 23 Jul 2011

  • The album artwork has been released for Blink-182's 'Neighborhoods'. It is their second studio album and is due to be released on September 26th. The album artwork is entirely black and white and features the band's logo written on top of a city skyline.

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • X-Factor star Cher Lloyd has admitted that online criticism of her debut single 'Swagger Jagger' has make her consider quitting music. The video for 'Swagger Jagger' has received double the number of 'dislikes' on YouTube as 'likes' and Cher claims she has received abuse from "old men" on Twitter.

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • Speaking in this week's issue of NME, The Horrors bassist Rhys Webb talks about the band's chemical indulgences and musical ambitions in the making of their third album 'Skying': "It was massively inspired by taking loads of pills, loads of ecstasy. We want to make music that people enjoy and lose themselves in".

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • According to the Sunday Mirror: Pete Doherty and French president Nicolas Sarkozy's wife 'Carla Bruni', are set to make music together after becoming close friends. After meeting "several times" they have apparently "really hit it off", regularly sending each other letters and speaking on the phone.

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    Added: 28 Jan 2011

  • Lady Gaga was devastated and heartbroken by the news of Amy Winehouse's death, so much so she couldn't speak for two days. She described Amy as "the most lovely and kind woman" and added that the world "needs to be kinder to superstars".

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • Former Smiths singer Morrissey received heavy criticism following comments he made at a gig in Warsaw last Sunday (July 24th), where he branded the actions of the man responsible for the shootings in Norway as "nothing" compared to the slaughtering of animals for fast food. He reasserted that all innocent beings count.

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    Added: 24 Jun 2011

  • Miley Cyrus' seventh tattoo is an equals sign along with the words: "All love is equal" on her finger, representing her support for the gay rights movement. She posted a picture of the etching via her Twitter account on Friday (July 29th).

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    Added: 01 Aug 2011

  • Cheryl Cole is set to re-record the vocals on a Will.i.am track which was intended for Cher Lloyd. According to one source Cheryl "didn't think twice about recording a version after she was sure it would not be appearing on Cher's album". M Is For Music reports that it will appear on her third album.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Music legend George Clinton was performing at a family event in Cleveland, Ohio last Saturday (30th July) when a gunman opened fire in the crowd. Police confirmed that the shooting left one dead and three injured but there have been no arrests.

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    Added: 01 Aug 2011

  • Beyonce said that her mum ordered her to take a sabbatical from music last year. She told The Sun: "I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance. My mother was very persistent and she kept saying that I had to take care of my mental health".

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    Added: 04 Aug 2011

  • Professor Green got into a Twitter spat with Nash's boyfriend, The Cribs' Ryan Jarman, last year after apparently trying to hook up with the 'Foundations' singer during her October UK tour: "I ask Ryan Jarman how you can accuse me of clucking over Krusty The Clown; that’s an insult in itself", he said.

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    Added: 05 Aug 2011

  • Noel Gallagher's debut solo album 'High Flying Birds' will tour this October. He is going to perform just three shows in Dublin, Edinburgh and London and plans to air some classic Oasis tracks on top of his solo material.

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    Added: 29 Jul 2011

  • According to The Sun, the Arctic Monkeys contract with independent record label 'Domino' is due to expire once they have finished promoting their latest album 'Suck It And See'. This means that the Sheffield four-piece could be at the centre of a bidding war between major record labels.

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    Added: 06 Apr 2011

  • U2's 360° Tour has grossed a record-breaking $736,137,344 (£448 million) according to Billboard.com, breaking The Rolling Stones' previous record of $558 million. The success has been attributed to the band's ground-breaking 360-degree production, which can increase the stadium capacity by 25%.

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    Added: 25 Jun 2011