The line-up for Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 was announced, with Muse and My Chemical Romance headlining, while The Strokes and Pulp will play co-headline slots. Beady Eye, The Horrors, The Vaccines, Pete Doherty, Jane’s Addiction, Crystal Castles and Friendly Fires are also on the bill. Click here to read the full story.
Mercury Records, the label home to U2, The Killers and Arcade Fire, has decided to stop the production of physical singles, now relying solely on digital downloads – except for on “rare occasions”. Mercury lost money on singles releases in 2010, as manufacturing costs increased. Click here to read the full story.
Blink-182’s Travis Barker called fans “Nazi bastards” for criticising his hip-hop collaborations. “It’s like, fuck you, man! Open up your ears, you Nazi bastard,” he told Complex.com. “Don’t be so closed-minded.” Click here to read the full story.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes began offering 2-1 odds that Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ will become the most-viewed clip ever on YouTube. Currently, the most-viewed video on the site is Justin Bieber’s song ‘Baby’, with nearly 500 million views. Click here to read the full story.
My Chemical Romance have said they scrapped the album they recorded before ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ because they “needed a new mission”. Speaking to NME in a video, they revealed why they they ditched a full-length record’s-worth of new songs. Click here to watch the video and to read the full story.
Liam Gallagher has declared that he and his Beady Eye bandmates “aren’t fucking scared of The Strokes” as their competition at this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals. “We weren’t fucking scared of them the first time we heard them,” he said. “We’re not fucking scared of them now!” Click here to read the full story.
The Vaccines have said that they are happy with Liam Gallagher calling them “boring”. Gallagher told NME that he thought the four-piece were dull in December. The Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan told The Sun: “It was a good thing. If Liam says you’re a good band then you’re as good as dead.” Click here to read the full story.
Daft Punk’s former manager has condemned Disney for the way they put together the forthcoming Tron: Legacy remix album. He posted a statement about the album on his official website, Busyp.coolcats.fr, writing that he was “100 percent sure Daft Punk were not involved in this side project.” Click here to read the full story.
U2’s Bono was ignored while giving out copies of REM’s ‘Collapse Into Now’ in New York. According to the New York Post, a source is quoted as saying: “He was asking people loitering outside if they wanted a CD. Bono was largely ignored, with some looking at him like he was a crazy person.” Click here to read the full story.
In this month’s issue of Uncut, The Who’s Pete Townshend declared that he wishes he had never joined a band. “What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band,” he said. “Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.” Click here to read the full story.
Dave Grohl slammed the chief behind TV programme Glee. He told Hollywoodreporter.com: “The guy [Murphy] who created Glee is so offended that we’re [Foo Fighters] not, like, begging to be on his fucking show. Fuck that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee.” Click here to read the full story.
Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders said he doesn’t mind if people interpret the new album title ‘Suck It And See’ as rude. “I don’t think it’s a saying that people worldwide would use or even understand,” he told NME. “In America people will probably interpret it as rude. Which is fine, it’s quite funny.” Click here to read the full story.
Radiohead thanked Drew Barrymore on the sleeve for ‘The King Of Limbs’. The credit reads: “A big thank you very much indeed to Drew Barrymore.” Fans have speculated that they may have recorded the album at her home. They are known to have held album sessions in Los Angeles, the city she has a home in. Click here to read the full story.
A Charlie Sheen Twitter impostor is one of the latest people to wade into the Rebecca Black ‘Friday’ debate on Twitter. “Rebecca Black, we don’t hate you because you’re famous. You’re famous because we hate you,” wrote the impostor at fake account Twitter.com/charliesheeny. Click here to read the full story.
According to You Me At Six singer Josh Franceschi, ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher is working on new material in a Los Angeles studio. Wednesday night (23) Franceschi wrote on Twitter.com/joshmeatsix: “Can hear Noel from Oasis blasting his new tunes from the studio next door. Absolutely mental.” Click here to read the full story.
Jack White admitted he doesn’t know what his former White Stripes bandmate Meg is up to these days, telling Pitchfork: “I don’t know. I’ve never known.” Click here to read the full story.
Duran Duran have said that the making of their 2007 album ‘Red Carpet Massacre’ (produced largely by Timbaland) was a “fucking nightmare”. The band told The Quietus that the pairing was their record company’s idea. Click here to read the full story.
Nirvana’s rare ‘Hormoaning’ EP is set to be re-released on Record Store Day, April 16. The EP was originally only sold on the band’s 1992 Australian tour. It features covers of songs by DEVO, The Vaselines and The Wipers plus two of the band’s own songs: ‘Aneurysm’ and ‘Even in His Youth’. Click here to read the full story.
Muse have said they are likely to play some songs from their ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ album for the “last time” at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals. Frontman Matt Bellamy said that the band want to mark the 10-year anniversary of ‘Origin Of Symmetry”s release in some way at the shows. Click here to read the full story.