Alan McGee, who founded the Creation record label, signed Oasis and went on to manage bands including The Libertines and The Charlatans, has said he has quit the music business. McGee told BBC 6music that although he was through with running record labels and managing bands, he would continue to put on club nights. Pic: PA Photos
All Tomorrow’s Parties have revealed details of the line-up for their double bash in May this week. Week one, which takes place at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead from May 8-10 will feature DEVO, Sleep, Spiritualized and Grails. Week two takes place at the same venue from May 15-17 and sees The Breeders curate a bill of more than 40 artists including Bon Iver, Teenage Fanclub and Holy Fuck. Pic: PA Photos
The Enemy are set to play a one-off hometown show before Christmas. The band will play a charity gig at Coventry’s Kasbah venue for Alexandra Emery, who is suffering from Alexander Disease, a form of Leukodystrophy. Tickets went on sale Saturday (November 1) and can only be brought in person from the Kasbah’s box office. Pic: Tom Oxley
Elvis Presley is the highest earning dead celebrity in a list compiled by Forbes.com this week. The singer came top for the second year in a row aided by the 30th anniversary of his death in August 2007, which saw his estate take $52 million last year – thanks to new ventures including the Elvis Sirius Satellite Radio show, merchandise and visitors to his Memphis home Graceland. Pic: PA Photos
The Hives are set to be sued for alleged plagiarism by Los Angeles-based songwriter Jason Shapiro. Shapiro is planning to sue the Swedish band for allegedly plagiarising his song ‘Why You?’, recorded by The Roofies in 1997 then again by Three Way in 2002, on their 2007 single ‘Tick Tick Boom’, reports the LA Times.
Beck released a new video for ‘Gamma Ray’ featuring actress Chloe Sevigny on Wednesday (October 29). In July Beck put together the first version of the video – however, it appears that was a stop-gap measure.
The Cure frontman Robert Smith has spoken about his band being named the 2009 NME Godlike Geniuses. In an interview on the NME Blog, the singer spoke ahead of picking up the honour at next year’s ceremony, to held at London Brixton Academy on February 25. He said: "I’ve probably gone through a curve where at one point I would have given a much more po-faced answer about the nature of genius, it’s discovering something that no one has ever discovered before and having the mental capacity to see things in an entirely different light."
Lily Allen has followed news that she has completed her second album by announcing a north American release date for the record. As previously reported on NME.COM, ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ features 12 tracks and will come out in the US and Canada on February 10 – a day after its UK and Ireland release.
The White Stripes’ Jack White was among those who attended the premiere of new James Bond film ‘Quantum Of Solace’ in London on Wednesday (October 29). The Raconteurs man composed and performed the film’s theme song, ‘Another Way To Die’, with Alicia Keys. Pic: PA Photos
Oasis’ Noel Gallagher has said he is "outraged" at the furore surrounding his friend Russell Brand’s radio scandal. Presenters Brand and Jonathan Ross were suspended from the BBC after making prank calls to actor Andrew Sachs. Brand has subsequently quit. Gallagher said: "It was a juvenile prank that wasn’t unfunny but it’s hardly offensive. I feel bad for Russ, ’cause he really loved doing the show. I loved being on it as well." Pic: Dean Chalkley
Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek, who has released a solo album as Roses, Kings, Castles, announced details of his forthcoming Christmas single on Thursday (October 30). The drummer-cum-solo artist will release ‘Horses’ â
A new version of the Rock Band computer game featuring the music of The Beatles is set to be released, it was announced Thursday (October 30). Apple Corps, the Liverpool legends’ label, finally ended months of speculation and confirmed they will be developing a version of the game with Harmonix and MTV Games, which owns the Rock Band brand. The new partnership is the first time the band’s songs will be used in a computer game. Pic: PA Photos
Just a day after Jermaine Jackson announced that The Jackson Five would reunite to record new material and tour in 2009, brother Michael declared he won’t be taking part. The singer issued a statement shortly after the announcement saying he would definitely not be involved (October 31). Pic: PA Photos
Take That have sold 300,000 tickets in less than an hour for their 2009 summer stadium tour of the UK. Tickets for the shows went on sale at 9am (GMT) on Friday (October 31) and have all sold out, leading the band to add three more dates – at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on June 19 and Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground on June 23 and 24. Pic: PA Photos
Little Boots and Heartbreak are set to hit the road together later this year it was announced on Friday (October 31). The acts will combine for the Automatic Lovers Tour, which kicks off in November. Pic: Guy Eppel
Gruff Rhys has cast doubt over the future of his side-project Neon Neon in a recent interview. Speaking to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat on Thursday (Otcober 30), the Super Furry Animals singer said we was not sure whether another record would appear under that name. The band’s 2008 debut album ‘Stainless Style’ was nominated for the Nationwide Mercury Prize, but was beaten by Elbow’s ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’.
Bruce Springsteen cancelled his annual Halloween celebration at his New Jersey mansion on Friday (October 30). In a posting on his website, The Boss said that he and his wife Patti Scialfa were forced to abandon their usual Halloween tradition because it has become too successful. Pic: PA Photos