The past seven days have been rather hectic, eh? Lots of exciting news to shift through this week, starting with the terrific reveal that a new Foo Fighters album is “fucking on”. The band have started work on the LP, which will be their eighth studio effort and their first since 2011’s ‘Wasting Light’.
Tom and Serge are no fans of ‘Hannah Montana’, then, after the Kasabian duo stuck the boot in to controversy-magnet Miley Cyrus in an NME interview. “She’s just a fucking accumulation of internet porn, fucking hip-hop, fucking Disney world. She’s just a fucking nightmare of the 21st century,” said Serge.
Bassist Colin Greenwood said that Radiohead’s plans for a new album are “up in the air”. According to Colin, he and his bandmates are so busy with side-projects they’re not sure when they’ll be able to start work on a ‘King Of Limbs’ follow-up.
Shy and retiring type Madonna has been in the headlines this week after apologizing for using a racial slur in an Instagram post. The singer said sorry after she captioned an image of her son ‘#disnigga’, but insisted: “I am not a racist. There’s no way to defend the use of the word.”
Interpol were revealed as headliners of the NME Awards Tour 2014 with Austin, Texas, with the New York band set to debut new material on the March jaunt. Support will come from Temples, Circa Waves and Royal Blood.
Gird your loins, Beatles obsessives: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be performing together for a TV special. See the former bandmates, who will also appear at this year’s Grammys together, grace the stage for ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles’.
Lucky Kate Moss, who turned 40 in style this week after she was serenaded with a ‘Happy Birthday’ song by none other than Noel Gallagher. Florence And The Machine and Mark Ronson also reportedly performed at the supermodel’s bash.
Alex Turner says that it can be a bit of a drag playing the band’s oldest hits at gigs. “Sometimes it’s tough to get through one of the old ones live,” he recently admitted. “You know, you don’t feel like that any more.”
One Direction’s Liam Payne has been feeling sorry for himself after he was criticised for praising US reality show ‘Duck Dynasty’ on Twitter shortly after one of its stars, Phil Robertson, was exposed for his homophobic slurs. “Oh my god can someone literally not be a fan if a show without being labeled WTf,” he sniffed. “I bought dinner the other day it made a news story.”
Terrific news for Sheffield’s finest this week: they’ve topped the US Alternative Songs for the first ever time with their single ‘Do I Wanna Know?’. Does transatlantic domination beckon? Will North America be able to handle Alex’s quiff? So many questions.
Holy collaboration: this weekend’s Grammys will be closed out by the star-studded hook-up between Dave Grohl, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails. Make sure to tune in for that this Sunday (January 26), eh?
Not content with picking on Miley, Kasabian are also taking a pop at critics, too, by claiming that their new as-yet-untitled album is a ‘fuck you’ to any snooty doubters. “It’s a real fucking ‘up yours’,” said Tom Meighan. There are a lot of bands who try and do this kind of music but fail because they’ve got no songs.”
Everyone worked themselves up into a lather this week after Damon Albarn performed a solo gig at the Sundance Film Festival. And presumably everyone was so excited because…
… he’s also confirmed his first ever solo release. The long-awaited individual debut from the Blur singer is now imminent, with his ‘Everyday Robots’ record set for release on April 28 of this year.
And finally, Courtney Love broke down in court this week upon hearing businessman Phillip Gross discuss Nirvana’s legacy. The Hole singer ‘began to sob’ when listening to accounts of her late husband’s band, say reports – she is currently in court defending an allegedly defamatory tweet she wrote in 2010 about lawyer Rhonda Holmes.