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  • Kanye West has said that his joint album with Jay-Z, 'Watch The Throne', is "coming in one week". The rapper made the declaration while partying with Jay-Z at the Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve (December 31), reports Billboard.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture has said that the band's long-awaited fourth album will be out "by March", before the five-piece embark on a world tour. The bassist told BBC Radio 1 that the record was currently being mixed, and compared the sound to the New Yorkers' second and third albums.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Liam Gallagher launched a bitter attack on his brother Noel in an interview with Uncut magazine. He said: "I've heard his fucking new record 'cos I fucking sang on half of it. When I was in America for 'Dig Out Your Soul'. And he swiped some off 'cos he obviously knew he wanted to do a solo album. So he can talk all the bullshit about, 'Oh, I was intimidated,' and all that. Fucking nonsense."

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    Added: 22 Dec 2010

  • The Rolling Stones have reunited with their former bassist Bill Wyman to record a tribute song in honour of their late pianist Ian Stewart. The song, a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Watching The River Flow', is set to be included on a tribute album for Stewart, who died of a heart attack in 1985.

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  • Paramore have revealed that they have begun work on their fourth album despite brothers Josh and Zac Farro leaving the band last month. "Tonight (December 30) @itstayloryall [guitarist Taylor York] sent me the 1st official demo for me to write lyrics to," said Singer Hayley Williams on Twitter. "And I am so hopeful and motivated for the future!!"

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Muse's Matt Bellamy has said that the band have had "real" discussions about the possibility of playing a gig in space. The frontman told The Sun that although his plan seemed rather ambitious, he hoped that technology would allow the Devon three-piece a shot at performing a show in orbit one day.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Japan bassist Mick Karn has died aged 52. Karn, who revealed in June 2010 that he had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, passed away at his Chelsea home on January 4th, according to a statement on Mickkarn.net.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • The Vaccines have named their debut album 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?'. The album from the London four-piece, who feature in this week's issue of NME - features 11 songs and clocks in at under 35 minutes. It will be released on March 21.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Foo Fighters have finished recording their seventh studio album, frontman Dave Grohl has confirmed. Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Grohl said the band were in the process of mastering the as-yet untitled album, which has been recorded in Grohl’s house.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Pulp have promised that they will not let fans down during their reunion shows this summer. The Sheffield band, who announced in November that they are reuniting, are confirmed to headline both the Isle of Wight and Wireless festivals this summer.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Beady Eye are set to release their first official single, 'The Roller', on February 21. The song will be the first taken from Liam Gallagher's post-Oasis band's debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', out on February 28.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2011

  • Chuck Berry had to be helped offstage on January 1st at a gig in Chicago after collapsing during his set. The 84 year-old, who was performing at Chicago’s Congress Theatre, is said to have slumped over an accompanist’s keyboard an hour into the show.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Lady Gaga has announced the release date for her new album 'Born This Way'. The singer made the announcement via her official Twitter page, Twitter.com/ladygaga, writing that the record will be released on May 23 and that the album's title track will be made available on February 13.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Billy Bragg has become the target of a hate mail campaign aiming to drive him out of the village he lives in. The singer, famously a campaigner for left-wing causes and anti-fascist organisations, has seen dozens of letters sent to his neighbours in the village of Burton Bradstock, Dorset, with some describing him as a "hypocrite" and "anti-British".

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Manic Street Preachers have confirmed that ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ will be their next single. The new single is the title track from their 10th studio album, which was released in September last year.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • HMV is to close 60 of its UK stores over the next 12 months, the company has confirmed. The music retailer has seen shares fall drastically recently, with Christmas sales also down 10 percent. By closing the stores, it is hoped that the company will be able to control its costs more efficiently, reports BBC News.

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  • A planned re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s autopsy, which was due to air in the UK on January 13, has been cancelled. Discovery Televsion Network said in a statement “Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week ... the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely.”

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • According to reports kicking around the papers on January 4th, Eminem and Arctic Monkeys have signed on to headline next summer’s V Festival. Festival chiefs are also reportedly hoping to secure Rihanna, with hopes that she'll join Eminem onstage for 'Love The Way You Lie'.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • Gerry Rafferty has died aged 63. The 'Stuck In The Middle With You' and 'Baker Street' singer-songwriter died on the morning of January 4th after a long illness, reports The Guardian. His family said he passed away peacefully.

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011