15 Things NME Learnt This Week

  • Alex Turner has banned his mum from coming to festivals. The Arctic Monkeys frontman said he can’t “be naughty” if his mum’s there after she went to see them at Glastonbury. They’ve agreed to coordinate their appearance in future, with Penny Turner going to festivals the Arctic Monkeys aren’t playing.

    Photo: Jenn Five/NME

    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • Klaxon’s Jamie Reynolds has made a film about Adam Ant. Reynolds produced ‘The Blueblack Hussar’, documenting Adam Ant’s first tour in 15 years. The film premiered on September 11, and also features Mark Ronson.

    Photo: Pamela Littky/NME

    Added: 02 Jun 2011

  • JK Rowling will pen a Harry Potter spin-off film. ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ is inspired by a Hogwarts textbook of the same name and will focus on its fictional author Newt Scamander.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 12 Sep 2013

  • The average length of a song on Justin Timberlake’s new album is over six minutes 30 seconds. ‘The 20/20 Experience – Part 2’ features four songs that rack in at over six minutes, with closing track ‘Not A Bad Thing’ coming in at an epic 11.28.

    Photo: Pooneh Ghana/NME

    Added: 15 Jul 2013

  • Kylie Minogue will be joining ‘The Voice UK’. She’s signed up to be a coach following the departure of Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue of the script. She’ll take her place on the panel alongside remaining judges Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 03 May 2012

  • Courtney Love wants to work with Jay Z. She’s apparently looking for a more ‘modern’ sounding track for her forthcoming album. She also claims that Jay Z said her version of ’99 Problems’ was “brilliant”.

    Photo: Press

    Added: 18 Nov 2011

  • Nicky Wire says the secret to good music is junk food. “Mumford & Sons obviously eat really well. And that’s why their music’s so fucking awful. Do you think Kurt Cobain was eating well when he made ‘In Utero’? Bad food equals good music.”


    Added: 15 Mar 2011

  • Sigur Ros will have appearance in the next series of ‘Game Of Thrones’. The Icelandic band are apparently favourites on set, with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss listening to their music while shooting.

    Photo: Pamela Littky/NME

    Added: 09 Feb 2012

  • Bob Geldof is going into space. The singer will be onboard a commercial flight taking 100 people into space next year. Tickets cost $100,000 (£64,000), and will make Geldod the first Irishman in space.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • Police forces forked out £660,000 in 2012 to allow staff to listen to music at work. The Metropolitan Police had the highest expenditure, paying £246,297 to the Performing Right Society to play music in police offices, warehouses and training buildings.


    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Illegal music downloads have fallen by a third over the past year. Ofcom found that the number of pirated tracks have dropped from 301m last March to 199m in March 2013. Despite this, one in six UK internet users admit to illegally streaming or downloading music.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 29 May 2013

  • Michael Eavis says that Johnny Cash was one of the best Glastonbury bookings. Speaking of Cash’s 1994 Glasto performance, he said: “He was so good. I can't choose one song as my favourite, I’d have a shortlist of 100”.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 11 Sep 2013

  • Major Lazer’s Jillionaire says ‘we need to teach kids how to do drugs safely’. He compared the need for drug responsibility to teaching safe sex. His comments come after a spate of ecstasy related deaths at North American EDM events.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 25 Aug 2013

  • Vampire Weekend will guest edit a US newspaper. The band will take over the editing of Metro, which is given out in New York, Boston and Philedelphia.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • 'Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman will get his own show. The spin-off will look at the morally questionable lawyer’s life before he met Walter White and is working under the title 'Better Call Saul'.

    Photo: AMC

    Added: 11 Dec 2012