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This week's news in pictures (6 November 2010)

  • Damon Albarn has formed a new band featuring drummer Tony Allen and Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea. The band, who are currently unnamed, have "three-quarters finished" their debut album, according to Albarn.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • The University Of South Carolina is to start teaching an academic module about Lady Gaga. Called Lady Gaga And The Sociology Of The Fame, the course will be taught by Professor Mathieu Deflem, who claims to have seen the singer live 28 times.

    Photo: Pa Photos

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Arcade Fire have had a gig in Portugal cancelled by NATO. The band were due to kick off European dates at the Atlantica Pavillion in Lisbon on November 18, but are being forced to postpone the show by the military alliance. Authorities are refusing to allow the gig to go ahead because of security resources being stretched by the close timing of events.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • A new Joy Division box set of seven-inch vinyl discs is set to be released next month. The set, named '+-', will feature ten discs, some of which have been released previously and some that have been created for this release.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Lily Allen's spokesperson has confirmed that the singer has suffered a miscarriage. Allen, who is 25, was around six months pregnant. Her spokesperson said that both Allen and boyfriend Sam Cooper have requested privacy regarding the matter.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Happy Mondays' dancer Bez is on the run from police. He's reported to have broken a restraining order by phoning and texting ex-girlfriend Monica Ward repeatedly, and has now fled his home as police try to find him.

    Photo: James Quinton/NME

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • George W Bush has broken his silence about Kanye West's 2005 outburst, in which the rapper apparently accused the then-US President of being racist. Now Bush has told NBC News that he thought West's criticisms marked a "disgusting moment" in his presidency.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • REM have revealed that their new album will feature collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. Due for release in early 2011, 'Collapse Into Now' is set to be more "expansive" than 2008's 'Accelerate'.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 24 Sep 2010

  • Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island prison this week (Nov 4) after serving eight months of his sentence on a gun charge. In March, the rapper was given a year in prison after pleading guilty to attempted weapon possession in relation to a gun being found on his tourbus. He was let out early for good behaviour.

    Photo: Ed Miles/NME

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Cult stoner rock band Kyuss are set to reunite for a European tour in 2011, it has been claimed. Thesilvertongueonline.com states that the band's original line up of singer John Garcia, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork are on board for the dates, although original guitarist Josh Homme is not involved.

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • John Lennon is set to appear on a new commemorative £5 coin. The late Beatle won the Royal Mint's public vote with 92% and is set to be immortalised on a limited-edition coin as part of their 'Great Briton' series.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • The View have said that their forthcoming third album will be "more articulate" than their previous efforts. Singer Kyle Falconer told the Daily Record that his vocals will be "a lot clearer" on the LP, which is set to be released in spring 2011.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 27 Oct 2010

  • Brett Anderson has told NME this week about how he and Bernard Butler reunited in the studio to work on the mastering of Suede's new 'The Best Of' compilation. Butler left Suede in 1994 then worked with Anderson again in 2005 when the pair formed The Tears.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Kanye West has been sending pictures of his penis to random women over social networking sites. The pictures have since surfaced online and - if you dare - you can view it yourself by clicking here (at your own risk).

    Photo: PA

    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Cheryl Cole beat Rihanna to Number One in the UK singles chart on October 31st. The Girls Aloud singer sold over 157,000 copies of 'Promise This', edging out Rihanna's 'Only Girl (In The World)' by around 31,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company. The tracks are now the first and second biggest-selling first-week singles of the year.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 05 Nov 2010