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15 Things We Learned This Week

  • We learned Arcade Fire need to 'pry themselves out of their own asshole', at least according to Noel Gallagher, who doesn't like their tendency to release double albums. "This is not the '70s, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album?"

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 20 Apr 2012

  • Jake Bugg may currently be vying with Robbie Williams for the UK Album Charts' 1000th number one, but Simon Cowell doesn't sound too clued up on the 19-year-old. "What's that?" was his response when asked about the 'Shangri-La' songwriter.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 12 Apr 2011

  • Ja Rule has denied leaving his wife for his prison cell mate, after alleged claims from the recently incarcerated rapper's spouse. Even if it were true, it'd still rank below 'Ja Rule pens prison microwave cookbook' in a list of the year's weirdest Ja Rule stories.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • The Rolling Stones' revival is set to continue long into 2014, with Mick Taylor joining the group for tour dates in East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Good news if ever we heard some.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • Wellies at the ready, dig out those tent-pitching manuals - festival season is in view once more, with Blink-182, Jake Bugg and Disclosure the first acts confirmed for this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.

    Photo: Jo Mccaughey/NME

    Added: 07 Oct 2013

  • It's official - Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' is NME's Album Of The Year 2013. Bow before Alex Turner's mighty award-winning riff-slinging.

    Photo: Jenn Five/NME

    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • A 'stripped back' sound beckons on Muse's seventh studio album, according to Matt Bellamy. which doesn't mean a loungey sounds like the sort of bongos and acoustic guitar dullardry you'd hear soundtracking a yoga class, but rather a return to their rock roots.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • Well, that didn't last long. Pixies' new bass player Kim Shattuck was fired from the band sparking a fiercely debated poll on NME.com - which Kim should replace her? Kim Gordon, Kim Jong-un or Kim Possible?

    Photo: Ed Miles/NME

    Added: 05 Dec 2013

  • Iron Maiden and Metallica will be bringing the noise at Sonisphere 2014, where they'll headline the festival's return. Devil horns in the air, people.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 07 Jun 2012

  • Bob Dylan has been charged with incitement to hatred in France following comments he made about Croatians in the September issue of the French version of Rolling Stone magazine.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 02 Dec 2013

  • Lana Del Rey named her new album 'Ultraviolence'. A Clockwork Orange inspired album of classical string-laced psycho terror awaits, we're guessing.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 31 Jul 2013

  • Amid rumours Outkast are to reunite at Coachella next year came this photo. Here's hoping immediately after this photo was taken the pair hopped in that car and drove to meet Michael Eavis to firm up their Glastonbury slot, too.

    Photo: Big Boi/Instagram

    Added: 02 Dec 2013

  • Last but certainly not least, Lupe Fiasco began to publish his debut novel via Twitter this week. Its title? Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective. Brilliant, right?

    Photo: PA

    Added: 03 Dec 2013

  • According to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West 'laughed so hard' at James Franco and Seth Rogen's 'Bound 2' parody. Us too, Kim.

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    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • A petition to award the horse that kicked Dappy in the face the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' gong at this year's Brit Awards has now amassed more than 8,000 signatures.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 03 Dec 2013