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MIA (aka Maya Aprulpragasm) returns with her third studio full-length album, set for release later this year. “I wanted to make something that you could play that isn’t trendy just for three months, or the length of a DJ’s attention span,” Maya says of the record, which is due in May or June.

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The writing and recording of We Are Scientists' fourth album ‘Barbra’ has taken them all over the globe. Frontman Keith Murray tells this week's NME, "We could have actually recorded the album in a week, but instead it was stretched over three months." A large part of the time was waiting for former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows to become available. Photo: Andy Willsher

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According to the band, Supergrass' new album is halfway finished and is in a healthy chaotic state. “It’s gonna be a psychedelic, new Supergrass record,” teases singer Gaz Coombes in this week’s NME new album special. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Leaving Empire Of The Sun to return to electro band Pnau has certainly paid off for Nick Littlemore. Elton John heard their self-titled 2007 album while on tour in Australia and recruited Nick for his new album. In return, Sir Elton has provided musical guidance for Pnau’s forthcoming ‘Soft Universe’. “We’ll never match his genius but we can try man,” insists Littlemore. Photo: Emilie Bailey

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Pendulum have been working on and off for two years on their follow-up to ‘In Silico’. Their third album (working title: ‘Immersion’) sees a return to their electronic roots, and reportedly features a number of collaborations. The group aims for a May release, but producer/vocalist Rob Swire admits that “there’s still a lot of work to do”.

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Mystery Jets recruited a bagpipe-playing penguin to help with their fourth album. “We found him on Google,” singer Blaine Harrison recalls. “He started playing the ‘Star Wars’ theme on his midi bagpipes while wearing a penguin mask”. The album was written largely in a caravan and produced by Chris 'Pink Floyd' Thomas. NME. Photo: Richard Johnson

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New Young Pony Club's sophomore album 'The Optimist' is, according to the band's guitarist Andy Spence, their "mature" album. The self-produced effort is scheduled for release on March 1. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Recorded away from their native Salford, in Berlin, The Ting Tings' new songs are shaping up to be “super-pop-sounding, but in other parts quite dark”. The album's due out in June.

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The first Massive Attack album since 2003’s ‘100th Window’, 'Heligoland' features guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Toply-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe. Its released in early February.

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Dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man are working on their debut album for Columbia. The three-piece is made up of (from left to right) Artwork, Skream and Benga. The LP is set to be released later this year.

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Lightspeed Champion releases his second album ‘Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You’ on February 1. "I thought it would be kind of cool to write parts that were really hard and if really good musicians played them it would sound cool,” he explains to NME in this week’s issue, which is a new albums special. Photo: Ben Rowland

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LCD Soundsystem’s third and as-yet-untitled album is set for release in April. “This is definitely better than the other two. It’s a littler more generous,” LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy tells NME in this week’s issue.

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Recorded in May and June last year with Ethan Jones, producer of Kings Of Leon and Ryan Adams, Laura Marling's second album ‘I Speak Because I Can’ is set for release in March. Photo: Joe Plimmer

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Klaxons called in producer Ross Robinson for their second album, whose past clients include Limp Bizkit and Slipknot. Their label Polydor even sent them back into the studio after they deemed some parts ‘too experimental’. The band cite dubstep, dance and folk music as influences for the belated follow-up to 2007's 'Myths Of The Near Future', which they aim to release by June. Photo: Pamela Littky

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Black Lips’ new album is going to be full of “three-minute pop songs”, explains Cole Alexander. The band is hoping their sound will be “enhanced” with the help of a human skull bought off the New York black market. The record is set for release later this year.

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As well as supplying drums for We Are Scientists, Andy Burrows has been busy recording a solo album in London. “I started working on songs a couple of weeks after I quit Razorlight,” Andy explains. “I needed to get on with something creative straight away.” Having teamed up with Bloc Party producer Eliot James, the tubthumper expects the album to be released next summer.

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Pete Doherty himself admits that it's quite a feat that Babyshambles have even made it as far as their third album. However, the group have honed 20 songs for the forthcoming release at guitarist Mik Whitnall's studio in Old Street, east London, so watch this space. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Battles have been beavering away above a sex shop near New York's Times Square recently working on music for their second album. With Pawtucket's Machines With Magnets studio (where they recorded 'Mirrored') booked for recording, expect what they're calling their "bubblegum pop" record soon. Photo: Ben Rowland

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The Shins' James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse have been working together as Broken Bells sporadically for several years now, but have finally whittled down their ideas to a "succinct" ten tracks ready for release later this year.

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After four years, two cities and three producers, Courtney Love insists Hole's latest record 'Nobody's Daughter' will see the light of day in 2010. “I want every song to be an A-list song,” she said of the record, due out later this year. Photo: Guy Eppel

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With ‘Falcon’ due for release on February 23, The Courteeners are putting the finishing touches to their second album. The Manchester quartet revealed some of their of their new material during last summer’s festivals and released the first single from the album, ‘Cross My Heart and Hope To Fly’, as a free download available on their website. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Carl Barat’s first solo album, set for release later this year, was written mainly on his home piano. “I simply wanted to write a record that comes from the heart and that I want to connect with other people's hearts,” Barat explains. You can read more about the album in this week’s NME. Photo: Joe Plimmer

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Friendly Fires are currently recording their second studio full-length, set for release later this year. “We didn’t sit around and draw up a manifesto of what the album is going to sound like. We just unpacked the gear and each played something”, guitarist Edd Gibson explained. Photo: Richard Johnson

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Kate Nash's as-yet-untitled second album has a more complex orchestral feel than 'Made Of Bricks', and sees her arranging violin and trumpet in addition to playing Spanish guitar and an organ. We're not sure what the rabbit played. Photo: Richard Johnson

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NME was only allowed to hear three instrumental songs from the ever-awkward Crystal Castles' second album, but one in particular sounds stadium dancey enough to propel them to the next level in their career. Track names include 'Young Love', 'Violent Dreams' and the charmingly-titled 'Pap Smear'.

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Blood Red Shoes have quashed rumours that their next release sees them moving in a more pop direction. “The vocals are a bit more pop, with a few more hooks… but the music is actually heavier,” singer/guitarist Laura-Mary Carter reassures NME in this week’s issue. ‘Fire Like This’ is due for release in March. Photo: James Perou

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The Modfather returns with a new solo album due for release in April. Recorded in Weller’s Black Barn studio, ‘Wake Up The Nation’ sees Weller teaming up with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields. “It didn’t matter at all that our styles are completely different,” explains Weller. “We both bring different things to the party.”

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The first post-Verve Richard Ashcroft album is not actually his solo album. Ashcroft teamed up with big name hip-hop producer No ID to form a new band called United Nations Of Sound. You can read more about the band in this week’s NME. An album will be released at the end of March.

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Miles Kane, having been a Rascal and a Puppet, is set to release his solo debut in 2010. “I’m feeling great about the album," says Kane in this week’s NME. The record is being produced by Craig Silvey and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals. A release date is yet to be set.

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Glasvegas are currently recording their second album in a beachfront studio in LA with Rich Costey and Rick Rubin. Check out this week's mag for a special postcard from the band.

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Hot Chip are due to release their fourth album on February 1. 'One Life Stand' sees the band moving out of their bedrooms and into the studio for the first time. “Some demos were recorded at home but we brought everything to the studio,” explains Alexis Taylor. “The record has a bigger sound as a result.” Photo: Danny North

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Lil Wayne's much-delayed rock album has been pushed back again. ‘Rebirth’ – originally scheduled for release last April – will be available from June 22. On his rock crossover, the New Orleans rappers said, “I wanted to grow as an artist and I wanted to show my growth as well. I wanted people to see my growing pains.” The New Orleans rapper begins a prison sentence on Feb 9 for gun charges.

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Things are looking good in the Radiohead camp. Having started work on their new album last summer, the band has returned to the studio this month. "We’ve got to take it to another level,” explains guitarist Ed O’Brien of their next record. “We’ve got the potential to make a really different record which is always what we’re trying to do, and that’s the thing that excites us.”

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Following the departure of his brother, Liam Gallagher is set to release an album alongside his old Oasis bandmates. Liam claims the album is already halfway there, and will be out by the summer. The singer reassures us that we can expect the same iconic sound. He said: “It ain’t a new direction. We’re not making reggae music or rap music.” Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Jack White continues to throw himself into further musical ventures. As well as alluding to solo plans, The Dead Weather hope to get their second album recorded this winter. “We’d love to have the second record out within a year of the first one,” Jack recently told NME Radio. It seems that fans will have to continue to hold out for that seventh White Stripes release. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Nearly three years since ‘Neon Bible’, Arcade Fire are preparing for their third release. Amidst rumours that it would be available by May, the elusive rockers have confirmed that fans can expect a release in the “second half of 2010”. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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Amy Winehouse is set to release her third album after a four-year break. Producer Salaam Remi, who also worked on 2006's ‘Back To Black’, says the 26-year-old’s new material is sounding “sensational”. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Interpol have benefited from bassist Carlos D’s sideline as a soundtrack composer, says singer Paul Banks in this week's mag. “What we’ve worked on is making a real step forward,” he says. The currently untitled album will be released later this year.

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Adam Green released his sixth album on January 11, after showcasing it online in full. ‘Minor Love’ was recorded in “a total state of isolation” in which Green played most of the instruments himself. He kicks off his UK tour later this month. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Liars frontman Angus Andrew endured "illegal sex parties" and people "bleeding do death from gunshot wounds on [his] doorstep" in the LA suburb of La Brea while working on his band's new album 'Sisterworld'. Find out the full gory story in this week's NME.

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MGMT return with the follow-up to their 2008 debut 'Oracular Spectacular' in spring. “On our last album we didn’t have the confidence to leave rough around the edges, but I like mistakes on albums. They’re real moments,” Ben Goldwasser tells NME in this week’s issue. The record will be called 'Congratulations'. Photo: Ben Rowland

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Julian Casablancas has put his solo side-project to one side to concentrate on Strokes’ first new album since 2006’s ‘First Impressions of Earth’. Frontman Julian and guitarist Nick Valensi began writing new material a year ago and are “fucking excited” about their January demo sessions. The album is due out later in the year. Photo: Phil Wallis

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2010 will also see a third solo album from Mark Ronson. The 34-year-old has been busy recording in New York with the aim to get the record out by spring. There are reports that unlike his debut, ‘Version’, the new album will contain no covers, but fans can expect the usual parade of collaborations. Photo: Danny North

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The Gaslight Anthem return this year with their third album, ‘American Slang’. “We recorded the last record in Los Angeles in the summer so it was very bright and warm,” explains frontman Brian Fallon. “With this one it was in winter in New York. It’s going to make a rougher record.”

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The Coral have been working with legendary producer John Leckie for their fifth full-length album, and first since the permanent depature of guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. Leckie was the man behind The Stone Roses' debut and Radiohead's 'The Bends' - here's hoping he brings that magic to this. Photo: James Quinton

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After trying out various producers, Foals finally settled on ex-Clor man Luke Smith, and decamped to a studio in Gothenburg, Sweden, to work on their follow-up to 'Antidotes'. Yannis says the music being laid down for the record is "a lot darker" than they'd anticipated. Pic Dave Ma

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Warren Ellis spoke to NME about the second Grinderman album: "All I can tell you is it's very much finished and is very different to the first Grinderman album. I think NME readers are going to adore it because it's very challenging, modern and chaotic...like stoner rock meets Britney." Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Having delayed the release of their eighth album 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt 1' last year due to Adam Yauch's cancer treatment, Beastie Boys are expected to reschedule soon. The album's a mash-up of hardcore and hip-hop.

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These New Puritans just scored a rare 9/10 for their brand new album 'Hidden'. head over to nme.com/video to see the beautiful video for lead single 'We Want War'.

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Luke Steele (left) insists that Empire Of The Sun are still going despite the departure of Nick Littlemore (right), and has been working on the second album with Adelaide band The Swiss. "Some of it is like Mylo and a bit more Prince," he tells this week's NME.

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