Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has given the strongest hint yet that the band will release their new studio album later this year. It is two years since Arctic Monkeys released their last effort, 2011’s ‘Suck It and See’, and speaking to NME at the NME Awards in London recently, Helders spoke about the relaxed atmosphere the band have enjoyed while recording in America.
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Muse have cited Oasis’ track ‘Live Forever’ in response to Noel Gallagher’s jibe at drummer Dom Howard for smoking electronic cigarettes at the Brits. “Dom took Noel’s lyrics ‘I want to live I don’t want to die’, ‘maybe I just want to breath’ and ‘you and I are gonna live forever’ literally,” singer Matt Bellamy tweeted. “He’s switching to real cigarettes based on Noel’s apparent U-turn.”
Liam Gallagher aired a brand new Beady Eye track from the band’s forthcoming album at London club night This Feeling, which takes place at the Queen Of Hoxton pub. Gallagher went to the club to see his Beady Eye bandmate, guitarist Andy Bell, DJing, and gave Bell the green light to play an unnamed track thought to be the band’s next single.
Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill has admitted that he was “too drunk” last night to finish sequencing the band’s new album. In a series of tweets, Followill gave an update on its progress. “Wine isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely for me,” he wrote. “Just tried for a sequence to the new album. Very exciting stuff. I can’t quite nail it down due to the being too drunk. ?#Tomorrow”.
David Bowie’s wife Iman has hinted that the legendary singer could tour again off the back of his new album ‘The Next Day’. His spouse, with whom he has 12-year-old daughter Alexandria, let slip that Bowie’s family won’t be able to join him on the road because of their daughter’s schooling in New York.
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Green Day have been confirmed to headline this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, joining fellow headline acts Eminem and Biffy Clyro on the line-up. The US pop-punk icons will perform at Reading on Friday, August 23 before moving on to perform at Leeds Festival on Saturday, August 24.
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Liam Gallagher has said “Justin Bieber rules”, presumably defending the singer after he clashed with paparazzi this week. The Beady Eye frontman declared his support for the Canadian pop singer on Twitter on 9 March, as a video of the teen star lashing out at photographers outside a London hotel leaked on the internet.
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Noel Gallagher has said that it was only the “middle class” bands that refused to play at the forthcoming Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Gallagher, standing in for The Who’s Roger Daltrey, has curated a week of huge shows at the London venue, including headline appearances from Kasabian, Paul Weller, Primal Scream and Noel himself.
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Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has issued a statement denying allegations made against him as his child sex case was adjourned. The statement, issued on behalf of Ian Watkins by his solicitor Sarah Williams-Martin of Watkins & Gunn Solicitors reads: “Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name.”
Lana Del Rey was at Anfield on 10 March to see Liverpool defeat Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League match. The singer, who released her debut album ‘Born To Die’ in 2012, made an appearance on Merseyside to watch the team win 3-2 in a game which continues Liverpool’s impressive run of recent form.
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A hacker has published personal and private financial information about Jay-Z and Beyonce online. A host of other public figures were also subject to the attack, including Hollywood actors Ashton Kutcher and Mel Gibson, socialites Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, US government officials Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and FBI director Robert Mueller.
Azealia Banks has embarked in yet another Twitter feud, this time by wishing death upon The Stone Roses. Both acts are currently playing the Future Music Festival in Australia and, judging by Banks’ Tweets, her anger stems from claims she has made that the Manchester band tried to sabotage her set by checking their equipment while she was performing.
Angie Bowie has spoken about the moment she allegedly walked in on David Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in a bed together. The former wife of the ‘Where Are We Now?’ singer has talked in an interview with The Sun about the morning in 1973 when she saw The Rolling Stones frontman with Bowie in the marital bed of her home in London, saying: “they were naked.”
Iron Maiden have launched their own brand of beer. The cask ale, named Trooper after their 1983 single, will first be made available in pubs around Stockport, near the Robinsons brewery where the beer will be made. Singer Bruce Dickinson told The Sun they also plan to sell bottles of the 4.7 per cent strength beer at gigs, before rolling out the brand across the UK, and later worldwide.
Dave Grohl delivered the keynote speech at SXSW in Austin, Texas on 14 March. The Foo Fighters frontman took to the stage in the Austin Convention Center at 11am (CT) and, donning a pair of glasses, opened by saying: “I hope I still look like a rock star.” During the 50-minute talk, Grohl spoke to the packed room about this musical career and inspiration.
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Noel Gallagher has said that his experience of the Brit Awards was summed up by seeing a member of Muse smoking an electronic cigarette. Gallagher was at the ceremony alongside Damon Albarn of Blur to award War Child with a special recognition award for their work in music and charity. However, he left unimpressed by the ceremony, which was also criticised by Kasabian this week.
Atoms For Peace unveiled their debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix last Saturday night (March 9), featuring previously unheard Thom Yorke and Radiohead tracks. As well as cuts from Oneohtrix Point Never, Actress, Aphex Twin and DOOM, the mix also featured a new Thom Yorke track titled ‘Has Been’ as well as unreleased Radiohead guitar loop ‘Harmonics Loop’.