Continuing with our end of 2010 round-ups, it’s time to look at the biggest news stories of the year. In November we learned that the original Pulp line-up would be reforming in 2011 for festival appearances, including Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 3). Read the original story.
39. March 15: Liam Gallagher explained why he snubbed his brother Noel while accepting Oasis’ Brit Award , claiming he was trying to take the attention away from Noel and focus on the other bandmates. “I’m sick of it all being about me and Noel,” he wrote online. Read the original story.
38. September 17: The Drums confirmed that guitarist Adam Kessler quit the band. A friend of the band, Tom Haslow, stepped in as a temporary replacement for the remainder of their US tour, but he wasn’t a permanent addition. Read the original story.
37. November 19: The Klaxons released an extremely bizarre, NSFW music video, directed by Saam Farahmand. Singer/bassist Jamie Reynolds told NME, “Saam has taken what stems from an innocent discussion regarding the meaning of the song and turned it into a visual playground.” Read the original story.
36. September 14: Marilyn Manson’s directorial debut of a new ‘Alice In Wonderland’ film was shut down before it was even released, due to the nudity and disturbing images seen in the teaser trailer. Read the original story.
35.May 3: Stereophonics stormed offstage at a gig in Singapore in May after lead singer Kelly Jones was hit in the face by a sandal. Security guards hauled the man responsible outside, before Jones and his bandmates returned to the stage to finish their set. Read the original story.
34. October 9: A monument to John Lennon was unveiled in Liverpool by his first wife Cynthia and son Julian. This was in honour of what would have been his 70th birthday. The statue is designed to be a monument for peace and a shrine for fans who want to pay tribute in Lennon’s home city. Read the original story.
33. January 11: A new Jimi Hendrix album featuring a host of unreleased studio material was released in March. The tracks were recorded at several studios in London and the US between 1968 and 1970. Read the original story.
32. April 1: After holding a press conference in London, The Libertines spoke about the possibility of writing new material following Reading and Leeds Festival. “We might do man, we’ll see what crops up,” Pete Doherty said. “Yeah, who knows really? Isn’t that what people want?” Read the original story.
31. January 2: The NFL was urged to remove The Who from the Super Bowl halftime show in America. A child abuse prevention organisation objected to Pete Townshend’s appearance due to his 2003 arrest and police caution for accessing child pornography. The NFL ran the set, despite the protests. Read the original story.
30. January 18: Former Verve man Richard Ashcroft announced his return with new band United Nations Of Sound, revealing his comeback video for track ‘Are You Ready?’ exclusively on NME.com. Read the original story.
29. November 10: Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye made their debut single ‘Bring The Light’ available as a free download last month. Their debut album is expected to be released in 2011. Read the original story.
28. November 15: Damon Albarn has said that Blur have discussed doing something “small” as a band together in January 2011. “We did talk about doing something in January,” he said. “Something small, no career-based world domination ideas.”Read the original story.
27. June 6: Muse forced Slayer off MTV at Germany’s Rock AM Ring festival in June. Their UFO stage prop was so big, it blocked the channel’s signal from the event, preventing Slayer’s performance to be aired live. Read the original story.
26. December 9: Gorillaz are set to release a new album, recorded on Damon Albarn’s iPad, on Christmas Day as a free download. This is the final piece of the band’s advent calendar that has been running on their website. Read the original story.
25. January 13: Memphis garage rocker Jay Reatard was found dead at his Midtown home in January. It was later revealed that the 29-year-old died from “cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death.” Read the original story.
24.October 29:Ticket sellers struggled with the number of people trying to purchase tickets for Take That’s 2011 tour. The band told fans that “The technology available has not been able to keep up with demand. However, ticket agents are confident they will be able to process all enquiries.”Read the original story.
23.September 22:Muse’s cover of Nina Simone’s version of ‘Feeing Good’ was named the best cover song of all time, according to a reader poll on NME.com. The band beat The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash. Britney Spears’ cover of ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ was voted the worst of all time.Read the original story.
22. January 31: Noel Gallagher played his first post-Oasis gigs in March, at the Teenage Cancer Trust. He joined Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, a reformed Suede, The Who, Depeche Mode and JLS on the line-ups for the charity gigs at the London Royal Albert Hall.Read the original story.
21. July 5: Prince told the Daily Mirror that the era of the internet is already over, and shunned downloading of his new album ’20Ten’. “The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated,” he said. “All these computers and digital gadgets are no good.” Read the original story.
20. February 4: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean made her singing debut, as part of a ‘gang’ on a Dresden Dolls side-project. The track, titled ‘My Space’, also featured My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Andrew WK and Weird Al Yankovic. Read the original story.
19. April 9: Blur released a newly recorded song for Record Store Day in April. “We want independent record stores to continue, they’re an important part of our musical culture,” frontman Damon Albarn said. “Music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it.” Read the original story.
18. March 3: Flight Of The Conchords announced a UK and Ireland tour in May 2010. Kristen Schaal, who plays superfan Mel in the HBO series, dprovide support in Dublin, Birmingham and Manchester while Arj Barker who plays the band’s friend Dave, opened the show in London. Read the original story.
17. September 2: Axl Rose was bottled offstage at a Guns N’ Roses’ Dublin gig. The band walked off after 20 minutes, but later returned to complete the set. “If you don’t want to have fun, all you’ve got to do is let us know,” Rose said. “We’ve got no problem – we’ll go on our way.” Read the original story.
16. February 19: Liam Gallagher’s ex-Oasis bandmate Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs backed the singer over his controversial antics at the Brit Awards. “I didn’t know I’d be getting a mention,” he said. “I think good on him for chucking the award into the audience – it sums the Brits up really.”Read the original story.
15. September 4: Morrissey described the Chinese people as a “subspecies” because of the nation’s track record of animal welfare. “Absolutely horrific,” he told the Guardian. “You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.” Read the original story.
14. February 6: When Liam Gallagher revealed that he was forming a post-Oasis group, he told Xfm the new band’s name was “not Oasis, that was a shit name anyway…I’m glad to see the back of it.” So he settled on Beady Eye instead… Read the original story.
13. June 7: Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable was found dead at his Aberdare home in June. It was later determined that Cable, 40, likely died from substance abuse. Read the original story.
11. February 26: Before the Gorillaz released their promo video for ‘Stylo’, they gave NME.com an exclusive glimpse. “Someone was chasing me through the desert! Luckily I had my camera crew following me and they captured it all, so I’ve cut it up and stuck it back together” Murdoc told NME. Read the original story.
10. February 16: Kings Of Leon announced their London Hyde Park show, which was their biggest UK headline gig to date. It was the band’s first live appearance in the UK since headlining the Leeds Festival last August. Read the original story.
9. November 12: Damon Albarn told NME that his new Gorillaz album was recorded on an iPad. “I’ve made it on an iPad – I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad,” he said. “I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record.” Read the original story.
8. April 12: The Sun reported that Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson was lined up to play Kurt Cobain in a new film, while Scarlett Johansson might portray Courtney Love. Universal later stated that these claims were false. Read the original story.
7. March 7: Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, 47, committed suicide in March. According to the New York Times, Linkous’ manager, Shelby Meade, explained that he shot himself in the heart in an alley near a friend’s home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Read the original story.
6. February 17: Liam Gallagher wrote “Listen up fat fuck…” to Peter Kay after the Brit Awards. This was in response to Kay calling the singer a “knobhead” for his acceptance speech. “As a real northerner I was brought up 2 say shit 2 people’s faces not behind their back,” he added. Read the original story.
5. January 20: Gorillaz revealed details for their album ‘Plastic Beach’, including guests (such as Lou Reed, Mark E Smith and Snoop Dogg). They also revealed the tracklisting and release date. Read the original story.
4. October 25: Foo Fighters announced two 2011 Milton Keynes Bowl gigs, where they will be playing alongside Biffy Clyro, Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Eat World on July 2 and 3. Read the original story.
3. February 18: The Brit Awards-related feud between Liam Gallagher and Peter Kay continued after the event. Kay, who had called Liam a “knobhead”, wrote on his website that Noel Gallagher “sadly didn’t get a mention (and who thankfully isn’t a knobhead).” Read the original story.
2. August 20: One of the most tragic news stories of the year, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer Charles Haddon committed suicide after his group performed at Belgium’s Pukkelpop festival. According to accounts, the singer jumped from a mast backstage at the event. Read the original story.
1. May 28: And so to the most viewed news story of the year – 50 Cent’s shocking weight loss. This photo was taken after the rapper had shed four stone to play a cancer patient in a film. The rapper had lived on a liquid diet and spent three hours a day on a treadmill. Read the original story.