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  • The Beatles' back catalogue became available on iTunes for the first time this week. All 13 albums by the band, along with their officially-released compilations plus assorted live footage, have been added to the download service, making it the first time their music has been legally available to download.

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    Added: 17 Nov 2010

  • The Strokes finished recording their new album this week - and are planning to release it within the next few months. Julian Casablancas gave the news on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/casablancas_j, explaining that the record needed to be mixed but that the main recording process wrapped up on Monday (November 15).

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Isle Of Wight Festival tickets went on sale on November 19th. The event takes place on June 10-12 and will be headlined by Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian. Tickets for the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011, which take place on August 26-28, go on sale at 9am (GMT) on December 3. It was also announced that T In The Park Festival 2011 tickets go on sale from 9am (GMT) on December 3rd.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Courtney Love is still on rocking form, even when stating the things about herself she's not 100 per cent happy with. "The things I'm not very good at include casual sex, knitting, sewing, giving up smoking and playing hard to get when it's most important," she has explained, matter-of-factly (Daily Mirror).

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has given fans an update on the band's new album and future touring plans. Writing on their official blog at Radiohead.com/deadairspace, Greenwood explained that the band are currently "in the studio" but that they "haven't quite finished" the follow-up to 2007's 'In Rainbows' yet.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Take That performed live together with Robbie Williams for the first time in 15 years on The X Factor on November 14. The five-piece appeared on the ITV talent show to play their new single 'The Flood', which was kept off the Number One spot in the UK singles chart by Rihanna earlier this evening.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Beyonce's TV advert promoting her new fragrance Heat has been banned from being aired in the UK before 7.30pm (GMT). The decision was made by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), who deemed it too "sexually provocative" to be shown before this time.

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    Added: 17 Nov 2010

  • Patti Smith has called on publishers and readers not to let technology kill off traditional books. The singer made the statement after winning a National Book Award for her memoir, Just Kids. She collected a $10,000 (£6,250) prize for winning the non-fiction category at the awards ceremony in New York on November 17th, reports BBC News.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Kasabian have been announced as the Sunday night (June 12) headliners of next year's Isle Of Wight Festival. The Leicester band will close the event, which takes place on June 10-12. Kings Of Leon will headline the Friday of the festival, with Foo Fighters set to headline the Saturday, playing after Pulp.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • John Lydon has written a letter congratulating Prince William and Kate Middleton on their engagement. "When I heard William had popped the question to Kate, I had a nice cup of tea for them," he writes, before going on to explain that he thinks Wills has "done very well for himself – she's bang on the money!"

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Damon Albarn has told NME this week he has been recording a new Gorillaz album on his iPad. "I hope I'll be making the first record on an iPad," he said. "I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I've made a completely different kind of record."

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Amy Winehouse has announced a comeback tour set for January 2011 in Brazil. The singer will play what is being billed as a "one-off tour" in the country, taking in a headline show at the Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena on January 11.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has laid into Pavement, reigniting a 15 year-long feud between the two bands. Writing on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/Billy, Corgan said "They represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part."

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    Added: 19 Nov 2010

  • Beady Eye have premiered the music video for their debut song 'Bring The Light' online. The song from Liam Gallagher's post-Oasis band was released as a free download on November 10th, with the debut album expected to be released in early 2011.

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    Added: 09 Nov 2010