Lily Allen has changed the title of her forthcoming new album. The ‘Smile’ singer will now call the album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, according to the Daily Mirror. The album, set for release on February 9, 2009, was previously reported to be named ‘Stuck On The Naughty Step’, with ‘Brilly Allen’ another rumoured title. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Foo Fighters have denounced the use of their song by John McCain in his ongoing presidential campaign. The band said that the US Republican presidential hopeful has been "perverting the original sentiment" of their song ‘My Hero’ by using it for his purposes without their permission. Pic: Tom Oxley
The Broadway musical for which U2 frontman Bono is scoring is set to become the most expensive production in theatre history, according to reports today. ‘Spider-Man’, directed by ‘The Lion King”s Julie Taymor, is currently operating on a budget of $40 million and the show is expected to have a weekly running cost of $1 million.
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Rufus Wainwright’s first ever opera is to be staged in Manchester next year. The singer has composed Prima Donna, which will run at the Palace Theatre on July 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19. The opera, which is set in Paris, is being held as part of the Manchester International Festival, which will take place across the city throughout July.
Green Day are working on new material with former Nirvana producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig, according to Vig’s bandmate Shirley Manson. Manson confirmed that Vig was working with the band in an interview on ‘MTV’s Last Call With Carson Daly’. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Killers’ forthcoming UK and Ireland arena tour sold out in two-and-a-half hours, after tickets went on sale at 10am Friday (October 10). The band are set to hit the road on February 20, beginning the jaunt at the Dublin O2 then ending it at the Manchester MEN Arena on March 9.
Britney Spears rejected a plea deal in her ongoing driver’s license case this week (October 8). Her attorney said that he would not agree to the deal’s stipulations that would have placed the singer on a year’s probation and required her to pay $150 fine. Pic: PA Photos
Franz Ferdinand revealed to a New York audience at their gig on Wednesday (October 8) that their third album should be called ‘Tonight’. The band previewed six new songs during the intimate show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, including opener ‘Bite Hard’, ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Katherine, Kiss Me’, all of which they have previously road-tested live.
Peaches is working on a new album, and has enlisted Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism to help out. The raunchy electro-rock artist told radio station Triple J that she had been recording in London with Simian Mobile Disco, and had completed a song with Digitalism.
Take That have reunited with former member Robbie Williams. The boyband have "buried the hatchet" with Williams, according to the Daily Mirror this week (October 10). "Rob’s looking really well at the moment. We went for dinner and he was telling us he’s been chilling out," Jason Orange told the newspaper. Pic: PA Photos
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart are working on a new musical project together, according to US reports. According to Hollywoodinsider.ew.com a spokesperson for Stewart confirmed that the pair were working together, but the details of the project have not been revealed. Pic: PA Photos
Adam Ant is planning a comeback – and wants to work with Kaiser Chiefs. The singer, real name Stuart Goddard, reportedly told The Sun on Wednesday (October 8) that he had written a new album which could potentially be released next year. "They’ve [Kaiser Chiefs] got it just right," he said. "I’d record with them in a flash." Pic: PA Photos
Keane announced three free gigs on Thursday (October 9) to coincide with the release of their new album ‘Perfect Symmetry next week (October 13). The trio will play at venues in Edinburgh, Leeds and London on the mini-tour. Pic: Danny North
Kaiser Chiefs played a homecoming show on Wednesday (October 8) to launch the new Leeds Academy venue. The band were supported by The Hair and Red Light Company, playing a two-hour set to welcome local music fans to the new live haunt. Edinburgh, Leeds and London on the mini-tour. Pic: Danny North
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The theme of Lil’ Wayne’s birthday on Tuesday night (October 7) was very much money, with the rapper receiving the ultimate birthday gift in hard cash from a record label pal. Head of Cash Money Records, Bryan ‘Baby’ Williams aka Birdman presented Wayne with a Louis Vuitton briefcase containing $1 million at his party at Miami club Mansion, reportedly leaving Wayne speechless. Pic: Ed Miles
The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture as announced details of his first-ever solo show, taking place in the UK next week. Nickel Eye will perform at the Borderline in London on October 15, and Fraiture has enlisted the help of South as his backing band. Fraiture is the fourth Stroke to pursue a solo career, following Albert Hammond Jr, Fabrizio Moretti’s band Little Joy, and Julian Casablancas’ solo work with Pharrell and Santogold.
Beck took over US satellite radio station Left Of Center on Friday (October 10) for the whole weekend. The singer is expected to share stories about the recording of his recent album ‘Modern Guilt’ as well as play songs from his entire catalog and artists who have influenced him throughout his career.
Guns N Roses will release their long-awaited new album, ‘Chinese Democracy’, on November 23 in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed. The album will be released on a Sunday in the States â