15 Things NME Learnt This Week (16/5/14)

  • It's been a busy old week in music, but also a climactic one in the top tier of England's football league. Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr were among the fans watching Manchester City extinguish Liverpool's slim hopes and clinch the title.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 12 May 2014

  • As well as confirming that the next Foo Fighters album is due this autumn, frontman Dave Grohl has also been given his own television show by the HBO network in which he'll expand on his Sound City film and look at iconic recording studios across North America, including locations in New York, Seattle and Nashville.


    Added: 17 Feb 2012

  • Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange released a statement about the much talked-about CCTV footage which appeared to show Solange attacking her brother-in-law in a lift. It said: "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred... They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."

    Photo: TMZ

    Added: 12 May 2014

  • Carl Barat posted a photo of himself with Pete Doherty in Barcelona. It's the first image of The Libertines frontmen since they announced their reunion earlier this year. The Good Ship Albion sails again!

    Photo: Twitter

    Added: 16 May 2014

  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has said that the band's Hyde Park gig this July could be their last. "It could be the last ever Sabbath show," said Iommi. "I don't want it to be, but there's nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don't want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad."

    Photo: AEG

    Added: 03 Apr 2014

  • Alan McGee has confirmed that has relaunched the management arm of Creation Records and has signed The Jesus And Mary Chain as his first client. The band are set to perform their classic 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy' at three UK shows this November, and McGee will oversee the shows ahead of festival dates in 2015.


    Added: 01 Nov 2010

  • Morrissey has posted his first message on Twitter, in a move apparently designed to coincide with the release of the title track from his new album 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'. Bigmouth strikes again...

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 24 Apr 2014

  • Frank Turner has defended comments he made about Radiohead in which he labelled the band "petty" for not playing one of their biggest songs at live shows. He also called Bob Dylan's live show "shit". Funnily enough, Bob Dylan couldn't be reached for his thoughts on Turner's oeuvre.

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 01 Oct 2013

  • Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has hit out at the new Michael Jackson album. He said: "[It's] some fucking bullshit that sucks so bad that it took them three years after he died to make it listenable. Like he had to be dead for three years for it to be released."

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 02 Apr 2014

  • Neil Young and Jack White recorded a song straight to vinyl during the filming of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 12. The pair used the same 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth from Third Man Records in Nashville which was used to record Young's latest album 'A Letter Home.'

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 09 Apr 2014

  • Lily Allen took to Twitter to hit out at Gary Barlow in light of allegations that the Take That man, alongside bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen, had invested in a tax avoidance scheme. She wrote: "I dedicate my next sick to to you lot. #taxdodging... Can't get through to NHSDirect , no midwives in your area ? Well at least the Queen got a nice birthday party/jubilee , whatever @GaryBarlow."

    Photo: Getty Images

    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • Kasabian debuted brand new track 'Bumblebee' on Later…With Jools Holland. The song appears on the band's forthcoming fifth album '48:13', which is due for release on June 9. The LP is named for its running time, which is - take a wild guess - a total of 48 minutes and 13 seconds.

    Photo: Ed Miles/NME

    Added: 15 Jan 2014

  • BC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw lost half a million listeners in the first quarter of 2014. According to Music Week, the radio presenter's reach fell seven per cent from 5.78 million from 6.29 million at the end of last year – a loss of 510,000. However, the host – who was given the job to help bring a more youthful audience to Radio 1 – has increased his younger audience by 130,000.

    Photo: BBC

    Added: 12 Sep 2012

  • Adele is the wealthiest musician under the age of 30 in the UK, according to The Sunday Times' latest Rich List. Having made £15m in the past 12 months, the London born singer is at Number One with an overall wealth of £45m.

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 06 May 2014

  • Albert Hammond Jr has revealed that he emailed Alex Turner to ask if he could support Arctic Monkeys. "I'm trying to get an Arctic Monkeys support," he told NME in a video interview. "I wrote Alex an email… I have a feeling, maybe he just doesn't like me. I dunno."


    Added: 22 Jan 2009