Rapper Nate Dogg has died at the age of 41. His death was confirmed late on March 15 in his home town of Long Beach, California by the Press-Telegram. The cause of death is not yet confirmed. Dogg, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, had suffered two strokes previously – one in 2007 and another in 2008.
Jack White has explained some of the comments he made about The White Stripes split. Speaking to journalists at the SXSW festival, he explained that “At a certain point as an artist, you paint your painting, you do your sculpture or your music, and you release it into the world. You don’t own it anymore. You have no control over it… You can only hope for the best.”
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s new collaborations with Burial and Four Tet have appeared online. The two songs, ‘Ego’ and ‘Mirror’, are available to hear at the bottom of the original story on NME.com. They are set to be released on 12-inch vinyl through Four Tet’s record label, Text Records.
Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders has told NME that the band’s new album ‘Suck It And See’ is “more poppy” than their last effort. The album, out on June 6, was produced by James Ford at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. It features 12 new songs including ‘Brick By Brick’.
Snoop Dogg has paid tribute to Nate Dogg, who died on March 15. Writing on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/snoopdogg, Snoop hailed his rapper friend, who he met as a teenager. “We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B,” he wrote. “One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at Poly High [Long Beach Polytechnic High School] where we met.”
The Strokes have already started work on songs for the follow-up to new album ‘Angles’. Frontman Julian Casablancas said that the New Yorkers had been due to knuckle down on the new material already, but sessions were delayed due to the mixing process of their fourth album.
Carl Barat has explained why he and Pete Doherty will not be getting The Libertines together for shows in the near future. “As perfect as last year was, Peter and I have not written anything new together at this point.” He added: “Truly moving as it was to play Reading, Leeds and the [warm-up shows at the London] Forum it would not be right to do this every year without new material.”
Charlie Sheen could be taking life advice from an unlikely source: The X Factor losers Jedward. The duo recently attempted to contact troubled actor Sheen by tweeting at his Twitter.com page, Twitter.com/charliesheen. They told him to “stay cool, stay focused” and compared his antics to their own, writing: “He is not crazy, he’s just attention seeking. He saw that it worked with us and our hair.
The Darkness have confirmed that they are reuniting. The spandex-loving rockers are set to make a new album this spring and play the Download Festival in June.
Gorillaz’ album ‘The Fall’ is set to come out on CD, vinyl and paid-for download in April. Damon Albarn’s band gave the album away as a free download to fanclub members last December. It was recorded on an iPad by Albarn and produced by Stephen Sedgwick.It will now be released on 180g vinyl on April 16, for Record Store Day. The CD release will follow on April 18.
The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has given NME his track-by-track guide to the band’s new album ‘Angles’. Head to NME.COM/blogs to read the singer’s guide to the record. In it he reveals how he harnessed some “early REM vibes” and also which ‘Angles’ song has been kicking around “for about 10 years, at least.” The new album is officially released on Monday (March 21).
P Diddy has topped a list of the world’s richest rappers after amassing a $475 million (£295 million) personal fortune. The hip-hop mogul – real name Sean Combs – came out on top in the Forbes poll, which looked at the net worth of hip-hop performers.
The Beach Boys’ lost album ‘Smile’ is set to be released after being shelved for 44 years. The album, which was never completed by the band after fractious sessions in the 1960s, will be released by Capitol Records as ‘The Smile Sessions’, reports Billboard.com. Three versions of the project are set to be released – a two-CD set, digital download and limited-edition boxed set.
Faithless are set to split up after their current European tour ends. Rapper Maxi Jazz made the announcement on the band’s website, Faithless.co.uk. Their last gig is scheduled for April 8 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Jazz explained: “After 15 years and six albums I think we’ve probably made our collective point by now and that it’s time to close the book and return to the library.”
Justice are set to make their comeback this year with a new single entitled ‘Civilization’. The French dance duo posted a message on their Facebook page, Facebook.com/etjusticepourtous, announcing a release date of April 4 for the track.
Green Day’s new live album ‘Awesome As Fuck’ is streaming exclusively on NME.COM. The album features 17 tracks recorded at 16 different locations on the band’s 2009/10 world tour. It includes the little-played ‘Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?’ from the band’s 1992 album ‘Kerplunk’ and ‘Going To Pasalacqua’ from their vinyl-only debut album, ’39/Smooth’.
Liam Gallagher has criticised brother Noel once again, blaming him for the look of Oasis’ music videos. The Beady Eye man also hit out against his brother’s treatment of the rest of the band. Speaking to Spin magazine, he said: “Some of the videos we did were fucking shocking. ’Lyla’ for example – we look like fucking Culture Club on shit acid.”
Courtney Love wanted to snort the ashes of her late husband Kurt Cobain, according to one author. Writer Neil Strauss, who is preparing to release new book Everyone Loves You When You Are Dead: Journeys Into Fame And Madness, has made the revelation to Radaronline.com.
50 Cent has been slammed for posting jokes about the natural disasters in Japan online. The rapper posted the comments on his Twitter page. He made jokes about floods in the country as well as the tsunami and was slammed by other users and media sources. After news agencies began to circulate his comments he wrote: “Some of my tweets are ignorant… Hate it or love it. I’m cool either way.”