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The week's most viewed news stories (23 July)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has revealed that the band wrote 70 songs for their new album 'I'm With You'. The California punk funk band are set to release the album on August 30. The album's first single 'The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie', dropped on Monday (July 18). Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Blur/Gorillaz mainman Damon Albarn is set to write and record a new album in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has been announced. Albarn will travel to the African country with a team of producers and other artists with the intention of recording an album in a week. Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 05 Nov 2010

  • Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor has told fans not to waste their money buying the latest reissue of their debut album 'Pretty Hate Machine'. The singer took to Twitter to urge people to "ignore" the new re-release, which he criticised for being a "record label bullshit move". Click here to read the full story.

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  • The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture has revealed the worst venue the band has played. The bassist said that a New York venue was the worst place the band ever took to the stage. Asked what the crappiest venue he played at was, Fraiture said: "Spiral in New York City." Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 10 Jul 2011

  • Britney Spears' personal hygiene has been called into question in 'leaked' court documents that also allege she took drugs and paraded naked in front of her minder. Fernando Flores is suing the singer for more than $10 million (£6.2 million) after alleging he was sexually harassed by Spears. Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 31 Mar 2011

  • Life Of Agony's Keith Caputo has said he is undergoing surgery to become a woman. The singer, who is currently on a farewell tour with the Brooklyn metal band, has begun to refer to himself as "her" on his official website Keithcaputo.com and has tweeted that he will be undergoing a sex change. Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 15 Jul 2011

  • Fans have slammed Blink-182's comeback single 'Up All Night'. The California pop punk trio posted the track, which is the first to be revealed from their as yet untitled sixth studio album, earlier today and fans have been giving their opinions in droves, with reaction generally pretty negative. Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 17 Mar 2011

  • Noel Gallagher has posted a trailer for the video for his debut solo single 'The Death Of You And Me' online. The trailer contains a snippet of music, but is mostly Gallagher joking around with the promo's director Mike Bruce on a set that appears to resemble the Wild West. Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2011

  • Lady Gaga has denounced cocaine as "the devil" after once again admitted to having had a drug habit in the past. Gaga told Howard Stern: "I think that I was lonely and there was something about the drug that made me feel like I had a friend." Click here to read the full story.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2011

  • A new track from Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative 'Watch The Throne' album has surfaced online. The track, entitled 'Otis', which features Otis Redding, was posted on the album's official website watchthethrone.com earlier in the week (July 20). Click here to read the full story.

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  • Slash's cameo appearance in the upcoming Phineas And Ferb TV movie has been previewed online. The Velvet Revolver man gets animated to perform his new single 'Kick It Up A Notch' in the Disney film, which is titled Phineas And Ferb: The Movie – Across The 2nd Dimension.

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  • Unseen pictures of The Beatles' first US concert have been sold at a US auction for more than $360,000 (£223,600). Fifty silver gelatin prints from the band's Washington Coliseum show on February 11, 1964, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, were sold individually at Christie's auction house in New York.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2011

  • Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has said that fans should not take the band's single 'Monster' as an indication of what the Tennessee pop punkers next studio album will sound like. Speaking to Spanish website Rockzone, the singer said that she did not believe 'Monster' was a clear signpost to what the follow-up to 2009's 'Brand New Eyes' will contain.

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  • Foo Fighters are now streaming last week’s show at London’s Roundhouse online. The gig took place as part of the month long iTunes Festival and hit the headlines after frontman Dave Grohl threw a fan out of the venue for starting a fight in the crowd.

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    Added: 12 Jun 2011

  • Producer and N.E.R.D man Pharrell Williams has launched an alcoholic drink just for women. The drink, called Qream, is being launched in conjunction with drinks giant Diageo. As well as developing the cream liqueur's flavour, the producer is said to be designing the bottle, along with having a hand in marketing and advertising.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2011

  • Adele, PJ Harvey, Elbow and Tinie Tempah are among those shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. They are joined by Katy B, Everything Everything, Metronomy,James Blake, Anna Calvi, Ghostpoet , King Creosote & Jon Hopkins and Gwilym Simcock.

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  • Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has hinted that the band will release fresh material this summer. Speaking exclusively to NME at Latitude, the singer said that band were poised to release "new stuff."

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    Added: 11 Jul 2010

  • Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has said the band recorded their eighth studio album 'St Anger' in a manner which would "hurt the listeners". Speaking to Classic Rock, via Rock News Desk, about the album, Ulrich says the band now view 'St Anger' as "an isolated experiment". The album was released in 2003, almost six years after the band's previous studio effort.

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