Depeche Mode will release their new album ‘Sounds Of The Universe’ on April 20. The band, who announced an arena tour last year, recorded the album in Santa Barbara and New York. The record features songs written by both Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, as was the case on their 2005 album ‘Playing The Angel’.
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LL Cool J, Akon, Mos Def, Young Jeezy and T.I. are among the acts who will celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. next week. Russell Simmons, MC Lyte and Dave Chappelle will also attend the event entitled â
Franz Ferdinand are set to premiere a track from their forthcoming third album exclusively on NME Radio a week early on Monday (January 19). ‘Can’t Stop Feeling’ features on ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, which is released on January 26. However the song will be aired in full on Neil Cole’s show at 11am (GMT), only on NME Radio.
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U2 have revealed the tracklisting and artwork for their highly anticipated forthcoming album, ‘No Line On The Horizon’. The album features 11 tracks including ‘Magnificent’, ‘Unknown Caller’ and the album’s first single, ‘Get On Your Boots’, which is set to be released digitally on February 15 and physically on February 16.
Gorillaz mainmen Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are set to start recording sessions on their third album in March – despite jokingly splitting up live on radio this week (January 14). The pair confirmed work on the follow-up to 2005’s ‘Demon Days’ would begin in earnest with a collaboration in Syria.
Gallows have revealed details of a new UK and Irish tour for May – and the name of their new album. The band, currently finishing off the record with Rage Against The Machine producer Garth Richardson, will play 15 dates as part of the tour, including a show at the London Forum. They have revealed this week (January 14) that the new album will be entitled ‘Grey Britain’.
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Ryan Adams has announced he is leaving The Cardinals, the band he formed and has fronted since 2004. Writing in a lengthy blog on Cardinology.com, Adams said that he will quit the band at the end of their current tour, which ends in Atlanta on March 20.
Blur’s Graham Coxon, who plays guitar on Pete Doherty’s forthcoming solo album, has spoken about why he chose to hook up with the Babyshambles man and how he got frustrated with him. The guitarist said that the promise he heard in the initial demos for the album convinced him to sign up. He also spoke about Doherty’s personal life, calling him a "scumbag magnet". See NME.COM/BLOG for a track-by-track guide to the album, plus music snippets to give you a taster of what to expect.
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Pete Doherty has revealed the title of his forthcoming solo album. The record, which is now set to be released on March 16, is called ‘Grace/Wastelands’. A single, ‘Last Of The English Roses’, is released on March 9. ‘Grace/Wastelands’ features guest appearances from Blur’s Graham Coxon, Dot Allison and Doherty’s Babyshambles bandmates.
Boy George has been sentenced to serve 15 months in jail. The former Culture Club singer, tried under his real name George O’Dowd, will start serving his sentence straightaway. O’Dowd was found guilty of false imprisonment in December.
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Glasvegas played their very first show in Los Angeles last night (January 14) for a sold-out, star-studded crowd at the Troubadour. Fans queued for hours trying to get tickets for the hotly tipped show, some paying more than three times the face-value ticket price to see the Glaswegians perform.
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The Ting Tings have announced the dates of an extensive North American headlining tour this spring. The 22-city jaunt is set to kick off on March 16 in New York, and will hit cities including Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Denver and Seattle before wrapping up in San Francisco on April 15. The band are supporting their recent debut album, ‘We Started Nothing’. The album’s next single, ‘That’s Not My Name’, is due to hit US radio on January 27.
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Former Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg has said that the band may reform soon – and that their booking agent has had talks with Coachella festival chiefs about them performing at the event. He did, however, warn that despite negotiations having taken place, it was more likely that the band would reform after 2009 had finished.
The London Astoria closed its doors for good this week(January 16) with a special club night featuring Cajun Dance Party, Good Shoes and DJ sets from Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong and Lightspeed Champion. The acts all gave the iconic venue a fitting send off in its small hall, Astoria 2 with club night PUSH hosting proceedings. You can view a photo gallery celebrating the Astoria’s history at NME.COM/PHOTOS.
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Josh Homme has spoken about his role as producer with the Arctic Monkeys. As has been widely rumoured, the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman has been working with the band for sessions that may end up on their third album. Appearing as a special guest on Biffy Clyro’s BBC Radio 1 takeover this week (January 16), Homme confirmed the news.
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Coldplay, Lil’ Wayne, and Katy Perry have all been announced to perform at the 2009 Grammy Awards taking place next month. Disney teen hunks Jonas Brothers and country super star Kenny Chesney will also perform at the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.
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The track Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell wrote with Florence And The Machine is unlikely to feature on the singer’s debut album, NME.COM understands. The Razorlight man recently revealed he had written a song with Florence Welch, and even played a track during a recent radio appearance. However sources close to the band have told NME.COM, though although grateful for his help, the singer’s album has evolved further and those early compositions will not feature.
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Metallica and Run DMC are among the artists that will be nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Both bands formed in the US approximately 25 years ago and are widely considered to be among the most influential bands in their genres.
PJ Harvey has confirmed the tracklisting of her new album, a collaboration with John Parish. As previously reported, the pair have teamed up for the first record since 1996’s ‘Dance Hall At Louse Point’. ‘A Woman A Man Walked By’ is released on March 30.