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This week's news in pictures (5 June 2010)

  • Rage Against The Machine singer Zack de la Rocha has launched a new protest group opposing the state of Arizona's controversial new immigration law. The star and other acts including Sonic Youth, Massive Attack, Kanye West and Serj Tankian say they will not play any gigs in the state until the bill, called SB 1070, is amended.

    Photo: Andy Wilsher

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Dizzee Rascal has scored his fourth UK Number One hit with one-off single 'Dirtee Disco'. The rapper shot straight to the summit, knocking last week's chart topper B.o.B into second place with 'Nothin' On You'. The star previously went to Number One with 'Holiday', 'Bonkers' and 'Dance Wiv Me' which were all lifted from his 2009 album 'Tongue N' Cheek'.

    Photo: Tom Oxley

    Added: 22 Sep 2009

  • MIA has claimed that Facebook and Google were developed by the CIA. The singer told Nylon magazine that she thought it was important for users to be aware that the people behind the sites were intent on "fucking you up" in terms of the protection of personal information.

    Photo: Pamela Littky

    Added: 10 May 2010

  • Slash has paid his respects to Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper who died over the weekend (May 29) aged 74 from prostate cancer. The ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist paid tribute to the legendary film star, who was best known for his famous roles in Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet, on his Twitter page.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Veteran music journalist Nick Kent has reiterated that his role in the writing of Keith Richards' autobiography is minimal, after parts of his recent talk at the Hay Festival were taken out of context. Kent told NME that he was interviewed for the book once by the co-writer James Fox and is not working with the guitarist on the volume.

    Photo: Andy Wilsher

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Dizzee Rascal has recorded a cover of Tears For Fears' 'Shout' with comedian James Corden as an England World Cup song. Called 'Shout For England', the song has also been backed by Simon Cowell, reports BBC News. Corden and Dizzee Rascal are now calling on England fans to contribute to the song, by singing the chorus via a free phone line on 0800 049 49 49.

    Photo: PA Photos

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Lady GaGa has revealed she was set to support Michael Jackson during his 50-date run at the London O2 Arena. The singer was due to begin the residency at the venue at the time of his death last June. Speaking to CNN's Larry King, Lady GaGa explained she was one of the artists being lined up to open the shows.

    Photo: PA Photos

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Paul McCartney serenaded Michelle Obama in the White House in Washington, DC yesterday (June 2) as he played a gig in the home of the US President, Barack Obama. The former Beatle accepted the third Gershwin Prize For Popular Song from the President at the event and played a show.

    Photo: PA Photos

    Added: 03 Jun 2010

  • Klaxons have confirmed that former Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando has joined the band as an "official" live member. Although Rossomando has not recorded any music with the band, he will be playing live on their forthcoming tour dates. Recent gigs have seen him play keyboards and Q Chord, standing towards the back of the stage.

    Photo: Roger Sargent

    Added: 04 Jun 2010