The Futureheads, Art Brut and British Sea Power are among the artists featured on a free album of The Cure covers to be given away with the NME on February 25. The CD also includes new covers of the 2009 Godlike Geniuses by The Dandy Warhols and Lostprophets. Keep checking NME.COM for the full tracklisting.
The line up for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs has been announced. Kasabian, Stereophonics and Antony & The Johnsons will headline the shows, which take place in March, with Florence And The Machine supporting Antony & The Johnsons. ‘Gavin And Stacey’ comedians Mathew Horne and James Corden are also set to appear at the event’s annual evening of comedy.
51st Annual Grammy Awards – Show – Los Angeles
Radiohead, Coldplay and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were among the winners at the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles this week (February 9).
Coldplay won three gongs – the Best Rock Album Award for ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends’ and the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance (by a duo or group with vocals) for near-title track ‘Viva La Vida’.
‘Boombox’, the song by US comedy writers Lonely Island, featuring The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas on guest vocals, has appeared online. The song, set to feature on the ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedy team’s forthcoming album, ‘Incredibad’ (out February 23), is available to hear in full at Stereogum.com now.
The Village People’s lead singer Victor Willis is suing the current incarnation of the group for $1 million (Â£675,000) over image issues.
Willis, who dressed as a policeman, is seeking the damages from promoter Sixuvus Ltd, agents the William Morris Agency and Can’t Stop Productions, who own the rights to The Village People band name, reports BBC News.
MTV Video Music Awards 2008 – Los Angeles
Rihanna lost consciousness after an argument with boyfriend Chris Brown, during which he allegedly choked her, according to reports this week. An argument between the pair escalated to violence as they left Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party in a silver Lamborghini. Brown pulled over to the side of the road during the argument, and Rihanna then apparently tossed the keys out the window, according to eonline.com.
The newly-reunited Limp Bizkit have confirmed their first live date, at 2009’s Download Festival. Fred Durst’s band join the line-up with Def Leppard and Trivium as tickets for the event went on sale yesterday (February 13). Slipknot, Motley Crue, Korn, Pendulum and The Prodigy have already been confirmed for the festival, which takes place at Donington Park between June 12-14.
Brit Awards 1995 – Alexandra Palace
Tickets for Blur’s confirmed UK dates are available now. As was reported on NME.COM, the band have announced a show at Manchester this summer. Blur will play the MEN Arena on June 26, as well as London’s Hyde Park on July 2 and 3. For more tickets and information, head over to NME.COM/TICKETS.
The artist whose work "inspired" the sleeve for Green Day’s forthcoming album ’21st Century Breakdown’ has spoken about the story behind the image. Sixten’s original stencilled graffiti image provided the basis for the kissing couple, pictured, who feature on the sleeve.
Responding to the interest of Green Day fans on his blog, Sixten explained that he didn’t know who the couple were, but had met them via friends.
Blink-182 have announced they are to reform for a tour and new album. The band, who have been on hiatus since February 2005, released a statement on their official website Blink182.com confirming that all three original members – Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker – are currently in the studio together. "To put it simply, we’re back," the statement said.