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This week's news in pictures (30 October 2010)

  • Foo Fighters have announced details of two upcoming shows at Milton Keynes Bowl on July 2 and 3, 2011. Support at both gigs will come from Biffy Clyro, while Death Cab For Cutie and Tame Impala will open on July 2 and Jimmy Eat World and The Hot Rats will support on July 3.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Kings Of Leon have gone straight in at Number One on the UK Official Albums Chart with their fifth album ‘Come Around Sundown’. The record-breaking 183,000 sales are the biggest first week digital album sales in chart history.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 28 Oct 2010

  • Over 400,000 Family Guy fans have signed up to a Facebook group aiming to get The Trashmen's song 'Surfin' Bird' to the Christmas Number One spot in the UK singles chart ahead of this year's X Factor winner. 'Surfin' Bird', which features the refrain "bird is the word", featured heavily in a 2008 episode of Family Guy, where Peter Griffin becomes obsessed with the song.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Elton John was joined by Plan B at the Radio 2 Electric Proms in London on October 28th for a rendition of the singer's classic hit 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues'. The rapper, who was dressed in a grey suit, sang vocals on the 1983 track while John played the piano in front of a six piece band, a brass section and four backing singers at the Camden Roundhouse.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Take That gave an official update about sales for their forthcoming European tour on October 29th after selling agents struggled to cope with demand when tickets became available to the public at 9am the same morning. Some ticketing sites have been struggling to handle the amount of people logging on but the band's spokespeople have said that they are "confident" all enquiries will be dealt with.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Coldplay have topped a poll of acts most likely to help people fall asleep. According to a survey by Travelodge, Chris Martin and co came top of the list, followed by Michael Bublé and Snow Patrol.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • The Cure's Robert Smith has lent his vocals to the new single by Crystal Castles. The Toronto digi-dance duo are re-releasing the updated version of 'Not In Love' on December 6, with Smith on singing duties.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Russell Brand has lifted the lid on what he and Katy Perry will be getting up to celebrate their marriage. The couple are reportedly heading to the Maldives for their honeymoon following their recent Indian wedding, and Brand joked that he is now planning on "taking Katy through the Kama Sutra" to celebrate their union.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • La Roux's Elly Jackson has said she thinks 1980s inspired synth music is "so over". Though making her name by singing electro-influenced songs such as 'Bulletproof' and 'In For The Kill', Jackson says she now wants to move on.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • A limited edition photographic autobiography from the Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has sold out - despite not being officially released yet. 'Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page' cost £495 and has sold out on pre-orders alone.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Gregory Isaacs, the reggae singer best known for his 1982 album 'Night Nurse', has died aged 59. BBC News reported that the Jamaican musician died on October 25th at his home in London after suffering from lung cancer.

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    Added: 25 Oct 2010

  • Damon Albarn has said he was "fucking gutted" that Boyzone beat Gorillaz to Number One in the UK albums chart earlier this year. Gorillaz' 'Plastic Beach' went to Number Two in the chart in March, losing out to Boyzone's album 'Brother'.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 15 Oct 2010

  • My Chemical Romance made a dramatic return on October 23rd, debuting a clutch of songs from their new album in London. The New Jersey-born rock stars unveiled their new style at Hammersmith Apollo, with singer Gerard Way debuting his new bright red hair, appearing as his new alias Party Poison.

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    Added: 25 Oct 2010

  • Tony Wilson's memorial headstone has been unveiled, having been designed by his long-term Factory Records cohort Peter Saville and his associate Ben Kelly. The black headstone, which is made of granite, is now sitting at The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester, reports Creative Review.

    Photo: Jan Chlebik

    Added: 26 Oct 2010

  • Michael Jackson has been named the top-earning dead celebrity of 2010, beating the combined earnings of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. According to Forbes.com, the late singer earned £173.5million, beating Elvis Presley who came second on £38million.

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    Added: 27 Oct 2010