Mumford and Sons played a brand new song last week (March 17) at the premiere of the Emmett Malloy directed film Big Easy Express at SXSW. You can watch fan footage of the song on our news story.
Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Clash are among the artists releasing new records as part of this year’s Record Store Day. The event, which happens on April 21, will see over 300 artists offer up new vinyl releases, with new material, cover versions, rare tracks and studio outtakes all set to be released.
Jack White has said there is “absolutely no chance” he will ever reform The White Stripes and said he would only consider it if he “went bankrupt”. The singer, with whom you can read a world exclusive interview in the new issue of NME, has said that he can’t imagine ever feeling the need to reconnect with former bandmate Meg White and it “would be a really sad thing” if the duo actually reformed.
Adele has overtaken Pink Floyd in the UK’s all-time biggest selling albums list, according to the Official Charts Company. The singer leapfrogs Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ with her second album ’21’, which was released in 2011. This comes just three weeks after it was announced that Adele had surpassed Michael Jackon’s sales for ‘Bad’.
NME announced today (March 21) that it is launching a new search to find the Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years. To celebrate NME’s 60th birthday, we’re going to be crowning the ultimate musical icon from the magazine’s lifetime and we’re leaving the decision about who it is entirely down to you. Find out more.
Animal rights group PETA has heavily criticised Noel Gallagher over his recent comments that he wants to bring his sons on a trip to Ireland so they can “throw stuff at cows”. Speaking over the weekend, Gallagher said he was planning a trip to visit his grandmother in County Mayo, Ireland to bond with his sons Sonny and Donovan in an unusual way.
Goldie Hawn has hinted that Muse’s Matt Bellamy and her daughter, actress Kate Hudson, are now married. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Hawn – who has starred in Hollywood films such as The First Wives Club and Death Becomes Her – seemingly let slip that Bellamy and Hudson have tied the knot in secret.
Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson have joined forces to cover Carly Simon’s 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’. The song will appear as a bonus track on Manson’s new album, ‘Born Villain’, with the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor playing drums and lead guitar and Manson providing the vocals.
A$AP Rocky’s final SXSW show ended in chaos when a large brawl broke out between the rapper and his crew and the crowd. The fight erupted late on in the Harlem rapper’s set at the Vice Kills Texas party in a downtown Austin warehouse venue. During a raucous set, one stage-diver stole a do-rag from a member of the A$AP Mob.
Odd Future’s new album ‘OF Tape Vol. 2’ has been leaked online ahead of its official release. The rap collective are officially putting out the new LP on March 19 in the UK and March 20 in the US but, according to fans on Twitter, copies of the record are already circulating around the internet.
Noel Gallagher has said The Stone Roses’ Manchester reunion gigs are “going to be mega”. The former Oasis man has said he is looking forward to the historic gigs, which are due to take place on June 29, 30 and July 1, and says they’ll be a huge success as long as “it doesn’t rain”.
My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has recorded a new track with dance titan Deadmau5, which is titled ‘Professional Griefers’. The track appeared online this week (March 22), but neither Deadmau5 or Gerard Way have formally confirmed that they feature on it. However, a spokesperson for the My Chemical Romance man told NME that he does indeed appear on the track.
The Streets’ Mike Skinner has said Damon Albarn should give up performing and call it a day, just like he has done. Speaking to The Guardian, Skinner said: “It’s like, well, Noel Gallagher has always just stood there and sung a song, and I think you can take that right through to middle age.”
Blink-182’s Travis Barker last night (March 21) held a ‘drum-off’ with Animal from The Muppets. The drum battle took place on US talk show Jimmy Kimmel… Live! and saw the two drummers each showing off their considerable skills in front of the studio audience, reports TMZ. Click here to see footage of the incident.
The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has said he hopes The Smiths never reform as it would “destroy their legacy”. The beloved indie band split in 1987 and have batted away suggestions about a reformation ever since, with guitarist Johnny Marr recently joking to NME that he will only reform The Smiths if the current UK government steps down.
Lana Del Rey has unveiled her video for her new single ‘Blue Jeans’, click here to watch it. The video, which is entirely black and white, features Del Rey in a swimsuit playing in a pool with actor Bradley Soileau, the same actor who co-starred in her video for ‘Born To Die’.
The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has ruled out booking the current line-up of Guns N’ Roses again, but revealed he’d love to get the band’s original line-up to play the event. The band last played the event in 2010 and were booed by the crowd after arriving onstage more than an hour late.
Tom Jones has said that Simon Cowell is “not qualified” to judge musicians’ singing abilities, as he is just “a record man”. The singer spoke out against the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge, since he is set to judge competing talent show ‘The Voice’.
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has spoken out about the band’s newly inked record deal, which has seen them sign to Frenchkiss in North America and Cooperative Music in the rest of the world. The band, who are recording the follow up to 2008’s Intimacy in New York, released their first three albums through independent label Wichita.
Soulwax have remixed Arcade Fire’s ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’. The Belgian dance-rock pioneers have reworked the track, taken from Arcade Fire’s third album, ‘The Suburbs’. You can listen to the track, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show last night (March 19), on our news story.