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The week's 20 biggest news stories (8 January)

  • Arctic Monkeys are reported to have ruined a New Year's Eve countdown at a festival in Australia, after they left the stage at 11.58pm on December 31. The band were supposed to welcome in the new year at Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria, but had not been informed of their significant role.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • Katy Perry encouraged Russell Brand to file for divorce from her rather than arranging the split herself to avoid upsetting her religious parents, according to a report. The couple announced the end of their 14-month marriage yesterday (December 30), citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters has collaborated with members of 1980s metal band, Ratt. Grohl has joined forces with Ratt's Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Warren DeMartini (guitar) to record a brand new song. The track is apparently for a new Grohl project currently referred to simply as 'TBA'.

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    Added: 29 Oct 2010

  • Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has insisted that there is a "drought" of rock'n'roll bands in the charts. Meighan said: "There's a rock 'n' roll drought at the moment, so I'm glad we're here. People are frightened of making records that sound good on the radio."

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • Lana Del Rey has signed a modelling deal with the Next Model Management agency. The singer has landed a contract with the company's talent wing, which has previously pulled in Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner's ex Alexa Chung.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2011

  • The Black Keys have admitted they believe rock and roll is dying. Drummer Patrick Carney claims there's a lull in guitar groups coming to the fore at the moment, blaming Nickelback for its decline. He told Rolling Stone: "Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world."

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    Added: 07 Nov 2011

  • Kele Okereke has confirmed that Bloc Party will release a new album later this year. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Radio 1 today earlier in the week, the frontman said that a follow up to their third album, 2008's 'Intimacy', will be out at some point in 2012. The band have been working on their fourth album in New York.

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    Added: 20 Apr 2011

  • An image of Morrissey has been hidden in Google Earth, outside the iconic Salford Lads Club. A pixilated image of The Smiths singer can be seen outside the venue's posting on the site, apparently hidden by a clever fan of the band working for the company.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • Biffy Clyro have revealed that their sixth studio album will be a double album. The band are currently working on the follow-up to their fifth LP 'Only Revolutions' and have said that they hope to complete work on the album by April. Speaking to Q, the band's frontman Simon Neil said that the album will be mostly recorded in Los Angeles and they hope to have it done by April.

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    Added: 10 Jul 2011

  • Lily Allen has reportedly named her daughter Ethel Mary. The 'retired' popstar gave birth to her and husband Sam Cooper's first child in November last year. The name of the baby had been heavily guarded but NME understands that the news slipped out when Allen's mother Alison Owen mentioned the child's name on Facebook.

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    Added: 06 Dec 2011

  • Coldplay have scored the first Number One single of 2012 after 'Paradise' climbed to the top spot tonight (January 1). The rise of the track, which was released 10 weeks ago, has been partly attributed to the band's performance during the final of The X Factor last month.

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  • Paul McCartney has revealed that his new album will be called 'Kisses On The Bottom'. Following reports in The Sun that the LP's title had been leaked online, representatives for the singer have confirmed that 'Kisses On The Bottom' is the name of the new record from the Beatles legend.

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    Added: 10 Sep 2010

  • Mani played his final gig with Primal Scream at Edinburgh's annual Hogmanay bash last week (December 31). The bassist, who is leaving to concentrate on playing with the recently reunited Stone Roses, pretended to wipe away a tear as he took to the stage at the gig, which was held at the city's West Princes Street Gardens.

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    Added: 31 Jan 2011

  • Lady Gaga has been accused of partaking in a Satanic ritual, after leaving a bathtub full of blood in a London hotel. The incident happened during the summer of last year at the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital. One of the hotel workers has now revealed to Truthquake their thoughts on the matter, and has said that the singer was "bathing in blood as part of a Satanic ritual".

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    Added: 03 Jan 2012

  • London's Abbey Road Studios are set to welcome members of the public into the legendary Studio Two, which has been used by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush. Two talks will take place on March 10 as part of the studio's 80th anniversary celebrations. Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan will deliver an audio visual presentation entitled 80 Years of Recording at Abbey Road Studios.

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    Added: 04 Jan 2012

  • Footage of Bono busking in Dublin over Christmas has emerged online, playing 'Silent Night'. The U2 frontman hit Grafton Street in the Irish capital for his annual festive fundraising performance on December 24, where he was joined by Damien Rice and The Frames singer Glen Hansard.

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    Added: 25 Jun 2011

  • The Killers' Brandon Flowers has revealed that the band will "definitely" release a new album this year. In an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, the singer said: "It's just whether it's [released in] the summer time or the winter time."

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    Added: 21 Dec 2010

  • Miles Kane has confirmed that he will reunite with Arctic Monkeys' singer Alex Turner to record again as The Last Shadow Puppets, possibly as soon as at the end of this year. 'The Colour Of The Trap' singer is currently on tour with the Arctic Monkeys across Australia and has said that he and Turner will record the follow-up to 2008's 'The Age Of The Understatement' "when the time is right".

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    Added: 04 Jan 2012

  • Solange Knowles – pop star sister of Beyonce – has shot down rumours that her older sister had already given birth to Jay-Z's child. On January 1, Solange tweeted: "Shout out to my sister for being THE cutest pregnant woman ever." Last week social networking site Twitter was buzzing with the news that Beyonce had given birth to a girl, who she had named Tiana May Carter.

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    Added: 06 Jan 2012

  • Paul McCartney has hit out at bands who play live using backing tapes. The former Beatle said he was dismayed when his sound engineer Paul Pablo Boothroyd revealed many major artists rely on tapes for much of their shows. McCartney commented: "We are glad at the end five of us take a bow and there is nobody hidden under the stage either which I hear some naughty people do."

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    Added: 06 Dec 2011