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The week's most viewed news stories (February 5)

  • The White Stripes have announced they have split up. A statement posted this week (February 2) on their official website, Whitestripes.com, explained that the Detroit duo would make "no further new recordings or perform live".

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Rihanna's steamy new video for 'S&M' has certainly proved controversial. So far it's been banned in 11 countries, MTV are considering re-editing it for daytime play and YouTube are making sure users confirm they're over 18 before watching it. The video features Rihanna sucking on a banana, simulating sex with a blow-up doll and leading celebrity blogger Perez Hilton around on a dog's lead.

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  • Pete Doherty has suggested The Libertines are considering offers to play live again. Writing on his blog at Albionrooms.com, Doherty described a phone call from his manager late last year, in which he was told there have been "some offers for Libertines gigs" in 2011.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Kings Of Leon have postponed tour dates in Australia and South Africa due to drummer Nathan Followill having surgery. The sticksman went under the knife after suffering a torn bicep and can't play live for three months, meaning a series of shows that had been set for March have been pulled.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • The Pigeon Detectives are set to return with their third album and a new UK tour this spring. The Leeds band will release the album, 'Up, Guards And At 'Em!', on April 4 and its lead single, 'Done In Secret', on March 28.

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  • Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has branded his Shockwaves NME Awards rival Jay-Z as "nonsense" and a "parody". The pair are both nominated in the Best Book category this year, Lydon for Mr Rotten's Scrapbook and Jay-Z for Decoded.

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  • Jo Whiley is to leave BBC Radio 1 after 17 years presenting on the station. The DJ will move to BBC Radio 2 in April to begin a Monday-to-Wednesday, 8pm-9:30pm (GMT) slot. The news was announced via BBC.co.uk.

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    Added: 01 Feb 2011

  • The Rolling Stones had been planning a 2011 tour, according to details in a lawsuit between concert promoter Live Nation and its former chairman Michael Cohl. Cohl is being sued by Live Nation over a contract he signed with the company when he left in 2008, reports Hollywoodreporter.com.

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  • Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has hinted that he could be Velvet Revolver's new frontman. Rumours had been circulating that he could fill the spot which has been vacant since vocalist Scott Weiland quit the supergroup in 2008.

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  • A woman is suing P Diddy for $1 trillion (£635 billion). Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks, 31, has filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the rap mogul, his former girlfriend Kim Porter and Rodney King, the man who was a victim of assault by the Los Angeles Police in 1991.

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  • Kurt Cobain once tried to get one of his songs featured in cult '90s cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show - according to one of the voice actors who starred in it. Billy West, who provided the voice of the feline simpleton character Stimpy, has claimed that the Nirvana frontman showed up at the Los Angeles offices of Spümcø, the animation company behind the show.

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  • Fleet Foxes have called their second album 'Helplessness Blues' - and will release it on May 2. The title track is streaming and is available to download free from the band's website, Fleetfoxes.com.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Noel Gallagher has managed to recover his rightful domain name after a decade without it. An unnamed Spanish Oasis fan snapped up the Noelgallagher.com domain name ten years ago and Noel has been trying to buy it from him ever since. And now he's finally succeeded.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • The Killers have announced their return by confirming their first comeback gig at the new Lollapalooza festival in Chile. The band, who have been on a hiatus since early 2010, will make their return at the two day event which will be held on April 2-3 at O'Higgins Park in Santiago.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Glee creator Ryan Murphy has snubbed plans to use a track by Eminem for the show after the rapper's record label demanded $200,000 (£126,000). The musical series was set to feature the 2002 chart topper 'Lose Yourself' but the song was pulled after Aftermath Entertainment demanded a huge fee for the rights.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • Blur look set to reconvene again in 2011 - according to drummer Dave Rowntree. However, he admitted any plans for any new material from the four-piece are still up in the air. Rowntree, who was speaking to NME in his role as an ambassador for the Featured Artists Coalition, said though the band are "in touch" they’ve got no "concrete plans".

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  • According to the Daily Star, Peter Andre has bagged an invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Andre will head to the Westminster Abbey event on April 29 to see the pair tie the knot, and has unfortunately had to cancel a fundraising performance for autistic kids in Preston so he can make it. No word on whether he'll actually be let near a microphone on the big day, mind.

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  • Carl Barat has postponed his forthcoming UK tour. The Libertines man was due to kick off a 10 date solo jaunt on February 18 starting in Norwich, running until March 2. But he has rescheduled five shows and axed two, including his opening performance at Norwich UEA and Bristol Anson Rooms three days later.

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011

  • U2 will release their new album in May - according to one online retailer. Although no official release date for the record has been announced, the German version of retailer Amazon, Amazon.de, has listed a new release for the band for May 27. U2's spokesperson told NME: "As has been widely reported U2 are in the studio working on a new record but no release date has been set."

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    Added: 04 Feb 2011