Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield has argued many new bands are filled with people on gap years from conventional careers. Speaking to the Daily Record, Bradfield said that being in a band is no longer a “badge of honour” – and claimed he struggles to find “amazing or great” new bands.
Amy Winehouse made her live comeback at the Summer Soul Festival in Brazil this week.
Playing her first full live show since 2008, the singer included a cover of Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ in her set at the Il Divino venue in Florianopolis.
The Strokes’ bassist Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the band will release their new album in the US on March 22.
Fraiture used Facebook to respond to speculation about the release, answering a fan’s question about when the record was coming out.
Peter Andre has been recognised as the hardest-working artist in the British music industry last year.
The Australian singer topped the annual PRS For Music poll, which was compiled based on the number of arena gigs bands and artists played during 2010.
Mumford and Sons have confirmed their first live date for 2011 – set for Arkansas in June.
The band will play at the Wakarusa festival in Ozark in the US state on June 4. My Morning Jacket, Langhorne Slim and Sharon Jones are among the other acts on the bill.
Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno has said that he wants the band’s next album to emulate Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’.
Pizzorno, speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now or available digitally, explained that the writing process for the follow-up to ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ is already well underway.
Arctic Monkeys have started work on their fourth album with producer James Ford – and are hoping to release it later this year.
NME understands that the Sheffield four-piece started sessions at the end of 2010 in London, and are continuing work on it in Los Angeles.
Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, The xx and Florence And The Machine are among the acts nominated for the Brit Awards 2011.
Tinie Tempah bagged four nominations.
Aerosmith may have planned to start recording their new album this month, but they’ve got a bit of a problem in that the band have no idea where guitarist Joe Perry is.
Singer Steven Tyler told Rolling Stone: “We’re having trouble getting Joe [Perry]. I don’t know where he is.”
Glasvegas have named their forthcoming new album ‘EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\’.
The Scottish band are set to release the follow-up to their 2008 self-titled debut in the spring.
Dave Grohl is to be crowned Godlike Genius at next month’s Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London.
The former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman will pick up the honour at the the O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 23. Foo Fighters will also play a set on the evening.
The Cheeky Girls’ Gabriela Irimia has received a police caution for shoplifting supermarket groceries.
The singer was detained by security staff at a Sainsbury’s store in Wilmslow, Cheshire this week before attending a local police station, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch has clarified his current health condition after reports circulated that he had been given the all-clear from cancer.
The rapper released a statement to fans on the group’s email mailing list, stating that reports of him being cancer-free are “exaggerated”.
Anthony Jones, the 26-year-old convicted of stabbing Professor Green in the neck with a broken bottle in May 2009, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Jones, who was a student at London Metropolitan University, was convicted of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in October. This week he was handed the sentence in the same court.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin has revealed the band’s new album will be about “love, addiction [and] OCD”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1, the frontman explained that the album, the band’s fifth, will be inspired by “working for someone you don’t like”.
Robert Plant has again said that there will be no more live dates from Led Zeppelin – because he “can’t relate” to the band any more.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Plant has decribed the continued calls from fans for more shows as “a bit of a pain in the pisser”.
Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are set to record a rap album together.
The two actors starred in the 2008 film The Step Brothers, with director Adam McKay confirming that work had already started on the album.
Interpol frontman Paul Banks has layed into ex-member Carlos Dengler, calling him an “a-hole”… but also a “genius”.
Bassist Dengler left Interpol in May 2010, in what the band described as an amicable decision, and was replaced in the band’s live line-up by former Zwan and Slint bassist David Pajo.
Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania have placed an advert looking for a one-armed drummer.
According to a picture posted on Stereogum.com, the Texas band are looking to replicate the exact look of the British metallers and have placed an advert that begins with the words: “Seeking one-armed drummer (No prosthetics)!”
Queens Of The Stone Age’s self-titled album from 1998 is set to reissued on March 7.
The remastered album will feature three additional songs – ‘The Bronze’, ‘These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For’ and ‘Spiders And Vinegaroons’.