The week's most viewed news stories (2 July)

  • A member of a top Japanese pop group was not actually a real human being, it has been revealed. Eguchi Aimi was supposed to be the newest member of all-girl group AKB48, but she was actually a composite of six of her bandmates.


    Added: 28 Jun 2011

  • Former Smiths sticksman Mike Joyce has criticised Morrissey for singing the band's songs at Glastonbury. The drummer took to his Twitter page immediately after the show last week (June 24) to make his feelings known.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 24 Jun 2011

  • Dave Grohl has spoken this week of the time he, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and live second guitarist Pat Smear played 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the first time in 17 years.

    Photo: Dan Dennison

    Added: 24 Feb 2011

  • Liam Gallagher has claimed he's frightened of Muse, declaring that their music is "fucking creepy shit". The Beady Eye man told GQ that although he respects the Devon band's guitar-based approach, singer Matt Bellamy's voice isn't to his liking.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 29 Jun 2011

  • U2 have approved calls to turn the giant claws currently being used as part of their stage set-up into permanent venues. Following their Glastonbury performance last weekend, the band are due to wrap up their two-year 360 Tour up on July 30 in Canada. U2 tour director Craig Evans said three of the full, four-legged, 29,000-square-foot steel structures will be sold off.


    Added: 13 Apr 2010

  • John Lennon would have abandoned his left-wing views and voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 - if he had been allowed to vote in the US - his former personal assistant has revealed. Fred Seaman, who worked as Lennon's personal assistant from 1979 to his death in 1980, has said in new documentary Beatles Stories, that The Beatles man had become embarrassed by his earlier radicalism.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Dec 2010

  • Graham Coxon has revealed that Blur gave each other black eyes while on tour in America in 1992. Speaking to NME backstage at Glastonbury, Coxon said the bust up occurred when the band were exhausted on an early North American tour.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 20 Apr 2011

  • American singer Aaron Carter has said that Michael Jackson gave him drugs and alcohol when he was a teenager. The 23-year-old, who is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter and was a close friend of the late star, said he was troubled by the experiences he had with Jackson.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 28 Apr 2011

  • Lou Reed has said that he believes his collaborative project with Metallica is "the best thing done by anyone, ever." Speaking in New York Magazine, Reed revealed he and the thrash titans have re-recorded some of the music he wrote as a score for a musical version of German playwright Frank Wedekind's Lulu.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 13 Jul 2010

  • Muse's Matt Bellamy has spoken about his first sexual experiences as a teenager at Reading Festival. He said, "I didn't lose my virginity at Reading, I'd lost it just before. But I definitely followed through and learnt a bit more how to do it there.” Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 28 Sep 2010

  • Paul McCartney has hinted that he could be on the verge of collaborating with Gorillaz. He said: "We have kind of talked - nothing serious but I like what they do. It's got near a couple of times but we never had the time." Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 17 May 2011

  • Radiohead played a 'surprise' show at Glastonbury festival. Playing on the same stage frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood performed an unannounced set on at the festival last year, the band were joined by an extra live member, Clive Deamer, who played as a second drummer. Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 24 Jun 2011

  • Arcade Fire headlined their biggest UK show ever at London's Hyde Park. The Montreal band played a host of tracks from all three of their albums plus new track 'Speaking In Tongues', which features on the repackaged version of their 2010 LP 'The Suburbs'. Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 01 Jul 2011

  • Amy Winehouse's official website AmyWinehouse.com has been hacked by a group calling themselves SwagSec. The group have sabotaged the site by turning her page into a flashing screen, with bizarre expletives and a slogan which reads: "Swagger Security - Winehouse = No Swag." Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 15 Feb 2010

  • Beady Eye's frontman Liam Gallagher has said that he's quit drinking alcohol after 20 years. "If I have a drink, I'll be on the Christmas special, I haven't had a drink since New Year's Eve," he said before adding: "I'm having a bit of a break. I went 20 years drinking and messing about. It's rubbish." Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Andy Whitton/NME

    Added: 06 May 2011

  • Diana Vickers has parted ways with her record label. Writing on her Tumblr she said: "Yo guys! I just want to let you know what the crack is at the moment down in the Vickers camp. Myself and RCA have decided to part company, purely based on a creative level." Click here to read the full story.


    Added: 17 Jul 2009

  • The opening of Bjork’s ambitious new multimedia project ‘Biophilia’ at Campfield Market Hall, Manchester was ushered in with lightning, giant pendulums, a 24-piece female choir – and David Attenborough. The BBC presenter provided an introduction and narration. Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: Carsten Windhorst/Press

    Added: 27 Jun 2011

  • The collaborative album between Jay-Z and Kanye West is apparently set for release this coming Monday (July 4). MTV reports that several media outlets were saying the album release was imminent, citing All Hip Hop, who have said that 'Watch The Throne' would be out as a digital-only release next week. Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 10 Jan 2011

  • Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has said he adopted his lyrical style after he had an epiphany after falling out of a window. "My breakthrough came when I stopped trying to be profound. That was precipitated by an accident where I ended up falling out of a window and being in hospital for about a month." Click here to read the full story.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 25 Jun 2011