Whitney Houston’s death was allegedly caused by an overdose of prescription drugs, according to reports. The singer passed away on Saturday (February 11) and was discovered in the bath, leading reports to circulate that she had died as a result of drowning. However, according to TMZ.com, ‘family sources’ have said that Houston died as a result of an overdose of Xanax mixed with alcohol.
Adele is planning a five-year break from music following on from her Grammy success on Sunday. The ‘Someone Like You’ singer has revealed that she wants to take time off to focus on her relationship with new boyfriend Simon Konecki. Speaking to the US edition of Vogue, Adele explained: “I am fucking off for four or five years. If I am constantly working, my relationships fail.”
Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he didn’t actually see Lana Del Rey perform on Saturday Night Live. The actor, who was presenting the flagship US television show when the ‘Born To Die’ star made her appearance has now revealed he didn’t hear her perform. He told GQ: “I haven’t had a chance to yet but I’m sure it’s very good.”
The classic line up of Guns N’ Roses will reunite to attend their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April. The band will be inducted along with the Faces/Small Faces and Beastie Boys at a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14, and keyboardist Dizzy Reed has said that all those who contributed to the band’s seminal album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ will be there.
Foo Fighters, Adele, Bon Iver and Kanye West were the big winners at last night’s 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ was named Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year and ’21’ was awarded the Album Of The Year prize. During her speech for the final award, she said “Mum! Girl done good.”
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has apparently found rare Joy Division and New Order master tapes when digging up the basement of a new restaurant in Manchester. The new restaurant, which is being built in a former branch of Midland bank, was being excavated when the tapes were found, alongside guns, gold and jewellery.
The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has admitted that it used to “piss” him off that his band weren’t bigger. In an interview with The Sun, he said: “Stuff used to piss me off and I’d moan about it. Like ‘Why aren’t we up here on the bill? Why aren’t we playing a higher festival slot?”
Noel Gallagher has revealed that his collaboration album with Amorphous Androgynous may not be released until next year.
He said: “I’ve got a break in the middle of this tour in July, so now the plan is to do something then, and then to finish it off after the tour in October. So it might come out at the end of the year, but it’s more likely to be next year now.”
Skrillex is dating Ellie Goulding, according to reports. US Weekly claims that the dubstep producer met through mutual acquaintances in Los Angeles last year. They said: “It’s a really cool new romance and they get along perfectly. They’re really good together. Everybody think it’s awesome. Both of them are so talented. It’s a great LA romance for her now that she hasn’t been in London.”
A host of musicians have taken to Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute to Whitney Houston, who was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton. Aretha Franklin, who was Houston’s Godmother, said: “I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”
The Cribs have announced full details of their forthcoming fifth studio album. The Wakefield band, a trio once more after the departure of Johnny Marr last April, will release ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ on May 7. The album was largely recorded in New York with producer David Fridmann, there were also further sessions at Abbey Road in London and with Steve Albini in Chicago.
Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl has unveiled a teaser trailer for his forthcoming documentary on Sound City Studios. Grohl has spent the last few months making the film, which pays tribute to the studio complex where countless classic albums including Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled effort were recorded.
Jack White has announced plans for his debut solo live shows, which are set to take place in March in the United States.
Prior to his previously announced show at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend on June 23-24, alongside Lana Del Rey and The Maccabees, Jack White will play a number of Stateside shows, in the south of the country, appearing in Chattanooga, Birmingham, Memphis and Tulsa.
You can hear Sleigh Bells’ new album ‘Reign Of Terror’ in full on NME.COM now. The album isn’t officially released into shops until Monday (February 20), but you can hear it in full now. ‘Reign Of Terror’ is the follow-up to the band’s debut record ‘Treats’ and contains a total of 11 tracks. The band’s guitarist Derek Miller has also acted as producer on the album.
Beyonce is working on two new albums, according to one of her co-writers. Ryan Tedder told MTV that the pair had already started conversations about the follow-ups to ‘4’. Tedder said: “The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening. All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she’s this phenomenal filter.”
Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes has said that he is relieved to have gone solo and doesn’t miss being in a band. Speaking exclusively to NME, Coombes said: “With my solo album I’m making the kind of music I want to make. I don’t have to have a discussion with a bandmate where I’m trying to convince them of the direction I want to go in. Right now I don’t want to to be in a band.”
Radiohead have confirmed that they will headline this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The festival, which runs from June 7–10, will be headlined by the Oxford band as well as Phish and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Adele has showed off the new £7 million mansion she has moved into in a new US TV interview. The mansion, which is costing the singer around £15,000 a month to rent, is situated in a remote part of West Sussex. The house has 10 bedrooms in total, two swimming pools, a helicopter hangar and landing pad, tennis court and a media centre. It is set in 25 acres of private land.
Osama bin Laden, former leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda, was a huge admirer of Whitney Houston and had openly said that he wished to marry her, a former friend has claimed. Kola Boof, a poet and activist, said that the terrorist often spoke of his desire to go to the US and meet Houston. She added that he said he was prepared to spend “vast amounts of money” to do so.
Paul McCartney has revealed that he’s given up smoking marijuana for his daughter. He said: “I smoked my share. When you’re bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you’re lucky, at some point. Enough’s enough – you just don’t seem to think it’s necessary.”