Michael Jackson is to keep control of his Neverland estate in California. The self-styled "king of pop" was set to have his estate auctioned on March 19 due to unpaid arrears of $25m. However, Jacksonâ
The Game has been released from jail after serving only eight days of a 60-day sentence. The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was convicted last month of possessing a firearm in a school zone, as previously reported. Pic: PA Photos
One of London’s most popular live music venues, the Astoria Theatre, looks set to finally close. Rumours about the closure of the central London venue have long circulated, with 35,000 people reportedly signing a petition in attempt to prevent its demolition. However, London’s Mayor Ken Livingstone has revealed this week in a report that the Astoria will close due to a new building and transport development in the area. Pic: WENN
Lethal Bizzle teamed up with Transport For London this week to promote their new Oyster Photocard capaign for free travel for under-16s.
Iggy Pop and the Stooges covered two classic Madonna tracks at her induction into the Music Hall Of Fame this week in New York City. Justin Timberlake inducted the superstar, telling how she herself gave him a B-12 shot while the pair were working on her forthcoming album ‘Hard Candy’. He said she pulled out a syringe and told him to "Drop ’em", but, according to Madge, he misquoted her and she corrected him, saying: "I didn’t say ‘Drop ’em,’ I said, ‘Pull your pants down’." Pic; PA Photos
Demand for Glastonbury tickets is down on last year, according to the numbers of those registering for tickets. Organiser Michael Eavis has put the drop down to the lack of massive headliners at this yearâ
Iron Maiden are to release their new 80s best of, ‘Somewhere Back In Time’, as a free high-quality download from their website.
However, the 320 kbps WMA file can only be played three times before it expires, when listeners will be able to purchase the album as a DRM-free download. Pic: PA Photos
REM frontman Michael Stipe paid tribute to Heath Ledger during the band’s rousing set at South by Southwest this week. Stipe dedicated the new song ‘Until The Day Is Done’ to the actor, who passed away in January. Pic: Andy Willsher
The Enemy will re-open Camden venue Proud with a show on April 3. The Coventry threesome will headline the opening night of the Proud Camden Reopening Weekend.
Proud, a grade II listed building, closed last year but is set to reopen after a Â£750,000 redesign and expansion. Pic: Guy Eppel
Mary J Blige has announced an English arena tour, due to take place in the summer. The jaunt, in support of Bligeâ
Crystal Castles have been announced as the headliners of the forthcoming Topman NME New Noise Tour 2008. Friendly Fires (pictured), Team Waterpolo and White Lies complete the bill for the tour, which begins at Oxford Carling Academy on May 2. To check the availability of Topman NME New Noise Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: Tom Oxley
Muse have revealed they might ditch the album format and only release new material as singles from now on. Although the band are currently in an Italian studio working on new material, the Teignmouth trio have admitted they want to experiment with the way that new material reaches fans. Speaking to NME.COM frontman Matt Bellamy said: "I donâ
Sir Paul McCartney has added his support to a campaign to halt the culling of kangaroos in Australia.
The former Beatle is fighting against the proposed culling of 500 kangaroos near a military base close to the Australian capital of Canberra. Pic: PA Photos
Nick Cave is working on a second screenplay for director John Hillcoat – and is planning on writing a second novel. The screenplay would be the singer’s second for director Hillcoat, who previously filmed Cave’s script for ‘The Proposition’, released in 2006.
Elbow’s Guy Garvey has spoken out against iTunes, asking them to give artists the right to lock albums. The singer believes that allowing users to buy individual tracks from albums is leading to the death of the music form. Laying out his demands, Garvey said: "Ultimately, iTunes is a device for selling hardware, MP3-playing hardware, so they should give the artists the freedom to lock their records if they want and it’s something that I’m personally gonna see if I can make happen because it’s fucking important."
Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor has criticised the unconventional release of Radioheadâ
Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced the details for their debut release as The Last Shadow Puppets. The duo will release single ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ on April 14. The single will be backed by new song ‘Two Hearts In Two Weeks’ plus two covers. The pair have done David Bowieâ
The Horrors have revealed they will record their second album with video director Chris Cunningham. Cunningham, best know for directing music videos for Bjork and Aphex Twin, will produce a record for the first time. Pic: Ed Miles