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This week's news in pictures (16 May 2009)

  • Lily Allen has revealed that she is certain to vote for Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the next General Election. Despite Brown currently facing pressure from other Labour Party members to step down, Allen says she still supports him. "Of course I'll still vote for him," she told The Times, adding that she considers Brown "a nice man", although she didn't elaborate on further reasons for her choice. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Noel Gallagher has revealed he's written a bunch of new songs during Oasis' tour of South America. Gallagher has been blogging regularly at myspace.com/oasis, and in his latest post he revealed that in between playing stadium shows, he's been
    hard at work writing music."Had to scarper after the gig," he wrote. "Would have loved to have stayed and re-lived the '90s but the writing bug has gripped me.Nearly wrote five new songs on this leg alone! Gotta get them down while it's still happening." Pic: Dean Chalkley

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  • Manic Street Preachers have courted controversy once again, with supermarkets refusing to display their new album cover. 'Journal For Plague Lovers' is set for release on Monday (May 18), but major supermarket chains will only stock it in a blank slipcase because they fear that the cover image will offend.

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  • Marilyn Manson has made the video for his new single, 'Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon', available to watch exclusively on NME.COM. The single is out on Monday (May 18) and is set to appear on the God Of Fuck's forthcoming new album, 'The High End Of Low', set for release on May 25. Head to NME.COM/video now to view.

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  • 50 Cent has been tapped to play a lead role in a modern-day version of Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’. The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, will star alongside Forest Whitaker in the movie, which is about a doctor who concocts a potion that creates an evil alter ego, reports Variety. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Ladyhawke and Blood Red Shoes have signed up for a new series of Mercury Prize-sponsored sessions.Both acts are set to appear at the first monthly Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions show, set to take place at London club Hospital in Covent Garden on May 29. Pic: Ed Miles

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  • Jarvis Cocker, Doves and Echo And The Bunnymen have been confirmed as the three headliners for the John Peel Stage at this year's Glastonbury. Cocker will headline the tent on the Saturday (June 27) night of the festival, while Echo And The Bunnymen will close the stage on the Sunday night. The band are planning to perform their classic 1984 album 'Ocean Rain' in its entirety at the gig. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has revealed how the Sheffield band's forthcoming third album was almost scuppered – because his lyrics book was stolen. Singer/guitarist Turner told NME.COM that the book he kept all his works-in-progress in was nicked last year, so he had to start from scratch. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Renowned Hollywood director Martin Scorsese is set to direct a biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra, it was announced this week (May 13). This will be the first feature-length film about the legendary crooner, who starred in several films himself during his lifetime. Universal Pictures and Manadaly Pictures have been developing the project since they secured the rights to Sinatra's music and life story. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Pete Doherty used his recent trip to Portugal for a solo gig to record a batch of new songs. Taking a break from performing in Porto last Friday (May 8), Doherty headed to Boom Studios in Gaia City, where he recorded a number of unreleased songs, according to Portuguese blog Diazepam 05.

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  • Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Danger Mouse and David Lynch have teamed up to put together the 'Dark Night Of The Soul' album, featuring vocalists including The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop and Frank Black. But due to what Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) described in a statement as an "ongoing dispute" with the label, it won't be officially released. The book will still be released next month, but will come with a blank CD bearing a sticker with the message: "For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."

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  • Kings Of Leon have announced that they will give their first live performance on MTV at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards later this month.The Followills will share the bill with Eminem for his first live public performance since 2005. The show is set to take place at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre on May 31, and will be broadcast live on MTV. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Eminem's rare 1996 debut album 'Infinite' has been released online as a free download. The album, which was released before he found fame and fortune and has since been deleted, is available to download in full via the rapper's chum 50 Cent's website, Thisis50.ning.com. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Fall Out Boy, Santigold, the All-American Rejects and Gomez are all set to join the fight against AIDS in Africa by taking part in the (Red)Nights series of shows.Lisa Hannigan and The Veronicas are also among the acts who will turn one of their upcoming concerts (Red), using live music to raise awareness of (Red)’s mission to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Pic: PA Photos

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