Carl Barât says a reformation of The Libertines is likely to happen next year. The band split in 2004, though Barât and his co-front man Pete Doherty have reunited for one-off events since then, most notably at London venues Hackney Empire in 2007 and The Rhythm Factory in May last year. Pic: Joe Plimmer
Florence And The Machine’s debut album ‘Lungs’ has finally topped the UK albums chart – after spending 28 consecutive weeks in the Top 40. Florence Welch and her band originally released the record in July 2009. Pic: Guy Eppel
The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft has revealed exclusively to NME.COM that the working title of his forthcoming new album is ‘Redemption’. The singer/guitarist is returning this year with a new band, which he has named United Nations of Sound. The album is expected to be released in late March. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Jay Reatard has died at the age of 29. The Memphis garage rocker – real name Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. – was found dead at his Midtown home this by his flatmate in the early hours of Tuesday morning (January 12). Pic: Tom Oxley
Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Glastonbury festival organiser Emily Eavis have urged people to donate to Oxfam’s appeal for eathquake victims in Haiti, which was launched in reaction to the deadly quake that struck the country. Both Martin and Eavis visited the island with Oxfam in 2002. Pic: Tom Oxley
Elbow drummer Richard Jupp has said that new album sessions with the band are going so well they’re hoping to release their next full-length effort this year. The band are working on new material for the follow-up to their hit 2008 album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, with Jupp saying the five-piece are excited about their new recording sessions.
Blur film No Distance Left To Run is set to be released on DVD. The film, which was premiered on January 14 with a screening attended by the band at London’s Leicester Square and begins a nationwide cinema run on January 18, will be released as a two-disc set. Pic: PA Photos
LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has told NME.COM that his forthcoming new album may be his last under that moniker. He added that in order to move on musically he needs a change – though also admitted that it’s not the first time he’s made such statements.
Vampire Weekend overcame a power failure to play a free gig at the ice rink at London’s Somerset House on January 14. The band packed out the venue’s courtyard for the early evening show, which also saw a large number of fans skating around the venue’s tempoary ice rink during the set. Pic: Andy Willsher
The final studio album by Johnny Cash is set to be released next month. Called ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’, the Rick Rubin produced album was recorded in 2002, a year before Cash died in 2003. Pic: PA Photos
Ellie Goulding, Mystery Jets, Hadouken! and Marina And The Diamonds are among the bands confirmed for the Next Big Thing multi-venue London festival this year. The event takes place from February 5 across six venues in the UK capital. Pic: Tom Oxley
Yoko Ono has hinted that she may write about life with The Beatles and her late husband John Lennon in her memoirs. Answering fans’ questions on her website, Imaginepeace.com, she said that she planned to write her next book within the next five years – which would give insights into her life influences. Pic: PA Photos
MIA has released the video for a new song. It is not known whether the new song, which she has tagged with the name ‘THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE’, will feature on her forthcoming new album.
Lady Gaga has cancelled a gig in Indiana due to ill health, after being treated backstage by paramedics after she passed out. The singer was at the Purdue University venue (January 14) when she was taken ill with an irregular heart rate, she revealed on Twitter. Pic: PA Photos
Gossip have been added to the bill of Wireless festival this July. The band will play the gig in London’s Hyde Park on July 2 – the same day as Pink and The Ting Tings. The three-day event is set to continue over the weekend, ending on July 4 (though no other acts have been announced at present). Pic: Dan Dennison
N-Dubz’s Dappy has been caught sending death threats to a mum, after she texted Chris Moyles’ Radio 1 show to poke fun at him, according to The Sun. Pic: Andy Whitton
Gorillaz are currently mixing their new album, their ‘frontman’ Murdoc Nuccals has revealed via Twitter. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn’s cartoon creations are set to release their third album ‘Plastic Beach’ in March, and according to the group’s ‘spiritual leader’, the record is nearing completion.
The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has said the band are working “night and day” on new material for their fourth album. He told NYmag.com that the atmosphere in the band is “different than before”, with all five members coming together as a group.
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Guns N’ Roses’ former guitarist Slash has revealed that he has turned down “seven, eight digit kinds” of sums to reunite with his old band. He said that despite the huge amounts of cash being put on the table for him to hook up with frontman Axl Rose – who is fronting the current incarnation of the band – he is still not interested in a reunion. Pic: PA Photos
Lostprophets have announced that they are set to return to the secondary school the band members used to attend. The invite-only gig at Pontypridd’s Hawthorn Secondary has been organised as part of the Valleys Homecoming campaign – which aims to highlight contributions to music, arts and comedy culture in the Welsh Valleys. Pic: Tom Martin