Snoop Dogg has been appointed Creative Chairman of Priority by the imprint’s owner EMI. In a statement about the appointment posted on Priorityrecords.com, Snoop Dogg hailed himself the “Boss Dogg” of the label. Priority’s catalogue has included the likes of NWA, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Jay-Z, as well as Snoop Dogg himself.
Arctic Monkeys have announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for this winter. The band, who remain top of the UK album chart with third record ‘Humbug’, will hit the road in November. To check the availability of Arctic Monkeys tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
Speech Debelle has won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 for her album ‘Speech Therapy’. The rapper, who sold only around 3000 copies of her record before the ceremony, was named as winner of this year’s honour by presenter Jools Holland at the award ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday night (September 8).
Glasvegas frontman James Allan briefly went missing, the band have cagily admitted. The singer was absent from the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize meaning the group were unable to perform as planned. “We did a festival in Italy and came back and the last I’ve seen of him was at the airport,” guitarist Rab Allan told NME.COM in a video interview. “I got told today he’s ill. Missing in action? Yeah something like that.”
The Beatles’ remastered back catalogue looks set to feature heavily in the UK albums chart this Sunday (September 13), early sales figures show. The remastered versions of each of the band’s albums went on sale yesterday, and The Official Chart Company states that five of the releases are currently on course to feature in the Top 20 of the album chart on Sunday evening.
Friendly Fires played their hit ’Jump In The Pool’ at the Mercury Prize this week (September 8). Drummer Jack Savidge was present for the show – earlier in the day he had discharged himself from hospital after suffering from a virus to attend the ceremony. “Thank you, this is a beautiful award to be at,” guitarist Ed Gibson said, accepting the band’s nomination gong. “We’re very glad Jack could make it out of hospital to be here today.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O features on a new advert aiming to combat obesity in youngsters in the US. The advert showcases O’s song ‘All Is Love’, which is taken from the soundtrack of forthcoming film ‘Where The Wild Things Are’. O scored the film under the name Karen O And The Kids, and has enlisted her bandmates to appear, as well as members of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Raconteurs and Deerhunter.
Michael Jackson is to make a live return of sorts as part of a secret duet with his brother Jermaine at a forthcoming tribute concert in Vienna, it has been announced. In a press conference in London this week (September 9), Jermaine Jackson suggested that his brother’s image and voice would appear for one song as part of the September 26 show.
Jamie T and his band The Pacemakers played a tiny club show on Wednesday night (September 9) at Ginglik in London – a venue converted from a former public toliet. The fan club gig was the singer’s first since the release of his second album ‘Kings & Queens’ on Monday (September 7) and featured various songs from the new record.
The Horrors have announced details of a new UK tour for December. The Barclaycard Mercury Prize-nominated five-piece will play a run of gigs kicking off at the Nottingham Rescue Rooms on December 3 and ending at the London Forum on December 20. Meanwhile, they are set to release a new single, ‘Whole New Way’, on October 19.
Former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have criticised Activision, the makers of the ‘Guitar Hero’ computer games, for making the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain a character in the latest version of the game. The pair said they had been unaware that the Cobain character in ‘Guitar Hero 5’ could be used in such a way, and has urged the company to alter the game so he can only play the two Nirvana songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Lithium’, featured, reports BBC News.
Danny Dyer has labelled Sid Vicious “talentless” ahead of playing the Sex Pistols bassist in a new play about him and Kurt Cobain. Speaking after a rehearsal for ‘Kurt And Sid’, Dyer said he finds it difficult to fathom exactly why Vicious has become so revered among fans.
Video Nasties have split up, according to reports appearing online in the last few days. The band, who released debut album ‘On All Fours’ in April, were due to play London’s Club Fandango on September 11. Both Loudandquiet.com and Clubfandango.co.uk are currently stating that the band have split, and that they’ve been replaced for the September 11 gig by Wild Palms.
Klaxons have announced details of a new single to be released this
October. The band release a cover of Suicide’s ‘Sweetheart’ as a
download and 10-inch vinyl (limited to 3,000 copies) on October 1. The
song is one of a number of releases in the past few months celebrating
Suicide mainmain Alan Vega’s 70th year. Pic: Tom Oxley
Nick Cave has released a soundtrack to accompany his new book ‘The
Death Of Bunny Munro’. Fans can hear the soundtrack on the audio
version of the book, which is available to buy from the iPhone App
Store now. As well as the audiobook featuring the soundtrack, the app
includes an enhanced e-book and videos of Cave reading ‘The Death Of
Bunny Munro’. Pic: PA Photos
Marilyn Manson has announced details of a new set of UK live dates for
December, including some relatively intimate venues by his standards.
The usual arena-filler will play three mid-sized venues this winter,
kicking off at the London O2 Academy Brixton on December 9. To check
the availability of Marilyn Manson tickets and get all the latest
listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.