20 most viewed news stories of the week (June 16)

  • A set of long lost photos of The Beatles have resurfaced, almost 50 years after they were originally taken. The images were shot at one of the band's early gigs in Croydon on 25 April 1963 – barely a month before the release of their debut LP 'Please Please Me' – and are part of a previously unpublished collection of pictures of the band before they hit the big time.

    Photo: Getty

    Added: 12 Jun 2012

  • The Stone Roses have confirmed that all their summer shows will still go ahead as planned, despite frontman Ian Brown calling the band's drummer Reni a 'c**t' onstage in Amsterdam on Tuesday night (June 12). Ian Brown returned to the stage at the end of the gig and told the audience: "the drummer's gone home... I'm not joking, the drummer's gone home. Get all your aggro out on me, I can take it."

    Photo: konzerttagebuch.de

    Added: 13 Jun 2012

  • Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan has laid into Radiohead, declaring them "pompous". The singer, whose band release their new studio album 'Oceania' on Monday (June 18), said that Oxford band were a symbol of the current culture of "valuation" which he despises.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 30 Sep 2011

  • Madonna flashed during her June 8 gig in Istanbul. The singer – who had the words 'No Fear' etched on her back - was performing a striptease during her song 'Human Nature' when she pulled down her bra and flashed the crowd one of her nipples.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 10 Feb 2012

  • Lady Gaga has hit back at Madonna after footage emerged online last month showing Madonna teasing Gaga while performing in Israel. Madonna sang "she's not me" as she mashed up her classic track 'Express Yourself' with Gaga's 'Born This Way'. Gaga hit back at her gig in Auckland, New Zealand, telling fans: "I don’t want to be your fucking queen, I want to be your friend."

    Photo: PA

    Added: 30 May 2012

  • Former Oasis frontman and Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher has spoken about The Stone Roses reunion and compared it to classic cult film Quadrophenia. The reformed legends kicked off their first tour in 16 years in Barcelona on June 8/9, playing 90-minute sets at the city's 1,900-capacity Razzmatazz venue.

    Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

    Added: 08 Sep 2011

  • The Strokes have begun work on their next studio album, according to reports on Tuesday (June 12). The band, who were last in the UK to headline last summer's Reading And Leeds Festivals, have reportedly been working on new material at the famous Electric Lady Studios in their home city of New York, according to Billboard.

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Added: 21 Dec 2011

  • Radiohead's Thom Yorke has hinted that he could be set to collaborate with Jack White. According to Billboard, the singer made a cryptic announcement from the stage during the band's set at the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Tennessee, America suggesting that he and the former White Stripes man had some exciting plans in the pipeline.


    Added: 18 Feb 2011

  • Black Sabbath brought Download 2012 to a close last Sunday (June 10) with a career-spanning set. The metal pioneers played to a full crowd on the last night of the 10th annual weekender at Donington Park. Coming onstage to a montage of vintage photos, they opened with their eponymous track from their eponymous debut album.


    Added: 10 Jun 2012

  • Green Day have confirmed the full release details of their new trilogy of studio albums '¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!'. The pop punk veterans announced late last year that they would be releasing three albums, one in September, one in November and one in January and have now revealed exactly when the albums will come out.

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Added: 25 Apr 2012

  • The Prodigy brought the first night of Download 2012 to a close on Friday 8 June. The rock rave pioneers headed a packed bill to mark the tenth anniversary of the metal festival at Donington Park. The band arrived onstage 20 minutes late to the tune of the national anthem, before launching into 'World's On Fire' and 'Breathe'.


    Added: 09 Jun 2012

  • Metallica played a two-hour set to a gigantic crowd at the end of the second day of Download 2012 (June 9). The band played their famous 1991 eponymous album, commonly known as 'The Black Album', in its entirety amongst numerous other well-known tracks.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 10 Jul 2011

  • Biffy Clyro have revealed that they have changed the title of their forthcoming of their sixth studio album. The trio had previously said that their new album would be called 'The Land At The End Of Our Toes' and 'The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones', but NME has learned that this will no longer be the case.


    Added: 10 Jun 2012

  • Westlife singer Shane Filan has been declared bankrupt. The singer, whose band have sold over 44 million records during their career, was declared insolvent earlier this week at Kingston County Court in Surrey after admitting that he could not pay his debts.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 14 Jun 2012

  • Smashing Pumpkins are streaming their new album 'Oceania' online via iTunes. Visit iTunes.com to hear the record. The album isn't formally released until next Monday (June 18), but can be heard in full now. The album is the seventh full-length effort of the band's career.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 09 Sep 2011

  • Slipknot have unveiled full details of their new 'Best Of' compilation 'Antennas To Hell'. The collection, which will be released on July 23 in the UK and July 24 in the US, features a total of 19 tracks, including classic singles 'Wait And Bleed', 'Left Behind', 'Duality' and 'Psychosocial'.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 25 Nov 2011

  • Azealia Banks has insisted that she no longer wants to be seen as a rapper. Posting on her Tumblr site, the '212' star claimed that she wanted to be perceived as a "vocalist" instead – and also revealed she was deleting her Twitter account as it made her "too accessible".

    Photo: Joey Maloney/NME

    Added: 16 Apr 2012

  • Passion Pit have debuted a brand new track, which you can listen to exclusively on NME.COM. 'I'll Be Alright' is the second track to be taken from the electro-pop wonderkid Michael Angelakos’ second album 'Gossamer', which is slated for release on July 23. It is the follow up to 2009's 'Manners' and 2008's 'Chunk Of Change' EP.

    Photo: Dean Reinford

    Added: 08 May 2012

  • Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has spoken out about his row with Erykah Badu by saying that the singer is hankering after controversy. Badu blasted Coyne last week (June 7) after he leaked an unapproved edit of the highly NSFW video to 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', from 'The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends' collaborations album, and told him to "kiss my glittery ass".

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 22 Mar 2011

  • Biffy Clyro showcased material from their forthcoming new double album during the second day of Download 2012 festival. The band, who showed up onstage to a shower of red and orange fake fireworks and other visual effects on the big screens, drew upon their back-catalogue to play a hit-packed set - but also aired two new tracks from their forthcoming sixth album.

    Photo: Andy Willsher

    Added: 20 Jan 2011