Jane’s Addiction played a rare intimate gig in London this week (July 16).The band – fresh from playing the O2 Arena over two nights with Nine Inch Nails – got up close and personal with a crowd of 300 at Centro in Holborn. Surrounded by fire-breathing strippers and projections of pornographic images, the band played a tight set despite guitarist Dave Navarro feeling unwell. Pic: Phil Wallis
Coldplay have become the first artists to sell more than one million full digital albums in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.This adds to the band’s total of more than two million complete albums that have been sold worldwide. The figures include downloads of Coldplay’s four full-length albums, as well as a live album and a full-length EP. Pic: Tom Oxley
Blur in concert
Blur defied illness to headline the final night of T In The Park 2009 last weekend (July 12), playing what frontman Damon Albarn described from the stage as the foursome’s “last gig”. The reunited band’s guitarist Graham Coxon rushed from a nearby hospital to play the show after being struck down ill. As a result they didn’t arrive on the Main Stage until 10:15pm (BST) – nearly an hour-and-a-half later than their scheduled stage time. Pic: PA Photos
Pete Doherty has spoken about the next Babyshambles album, which he says is close to being written. In an interview with French radio station Inter on July 6, Doherty revealed that Babyshambles’ guitarist Mik Whitnall is writing all of the music for the album, leaving him to focus on the lyrics.
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Oasis have announced a one-off show next month.The band, who finished their three night run at Wembley Stadium this week (July 12), will play Bridlington Spa on August 20. Support will come from Detroit Social Club.Tickets go on sale at 10am (BST) on Wednesday (July 15) and are limited to four per person. To check the availability of Oasis tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: Andrew Whitton
Golden Silvers will headline this year’s NME Radar Tour. The Londoners will joined on our new talent showcase by Marina And The Diamonds, Local Natives and Yes Giantess for the 15-date tour, which kicks off in September.The bands follow in the footsteps of acts like La Roux, who headlined the April leg of the tour this year.
The Dead Weather have added two shows to their tour of the US, extending it into October. The band will perform on October 2 at Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA and October 3 at House Of Blues in New Orleans, LA. Pre-sale tickets are currently available here, while general sale of tickets start at 10am today (July 18). Pic: Pieter M van Hattem
Artists including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, REM’s Michael Stipe and Pixies’ Frank Black have contributed to a covers album for Miracle Legion and Polaris frontman Mark Mulcahy. ‘Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs Of Mark Mulcahy’, is released on September 14 in the UK and 29 in the US.The 21-track album also features the likes of Ben Kweller, Juliana Hatfield and Mercury Rev.
T in the Park – Scotland
It’s been another busy week, and as usual, our favourite musicians have been letting off steam on Twitter. What we’ve learnt from their posts, include Patrick Wolf’s eight-inch stilettos, Lily Allen’s declaration that “tits are tits”, and Graham Coxon revealing the source of his food poisoning, which almost forced Blur to pull out of their T In The Park headline slot last Sunday (July 12). Pic: PA Photos
Kid Sister has revealed details of her highly-anticipated debut album. The Chicago-based rapper will release ‘Ultraviolet’ in the US on October 6 via Downtown Records. The album, which was executive produced by A-Trak, features a guest spot by Kanye West on the single ‘Pro Nails’, as well as a turn by Estelle on the track ‘Step’. Pic: PA Photos
Madonna has released a statement regarding the tragic deaths of two workers at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. The as-yet
unidentified victim died after the roof collapsed while the stage was
being constructed at the stadium on Tuesday (July 14). At least six
people were rushed to hospital, two of them are in serious condition.“I
am devastated to have just received this tragic news,” the singer said
in a statement. “My prayers go out to those who were injured and their
families along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this
heartbreaking news.” Pic: PA Photos
The potential new boss of torrent website The Pirate Bay – which is set to become a legal music venture once its sale goes through – has outlined his future plans for the site. Wayne Rosso, whose Global Gaming Factory X AB company will acquire The Pirate Bay in August, revealed he is working with London music executives to create a viable legal version of the notorious torrent website.
Girls Aloud have reassured fans they will not be splitting any time soon.The group’s future has been in doubt after Cheryl Cole made the announcement she was working on solo material, in addition to her other job as a judge on reality TV show ‘The X Factor’. Also this week Sarah Harding added fuel to the recent rumours by telling Heat magazine she wanted a break, as well as appearing in the BBC drama ‘Freefall’.
The Cribs’ Gary Jarman has issued a statement about his recent throat operation to remove nodules from his vocal chords. The singer and bassist had surgery on Monday (July 13) at an undisclosed location. In an email to fans on The Cribs’ mailing list, Jarman explained that although the operation was a success, he is now not allowed to speak for two weeks. He stated that the procedure’s success was “a massive weight off my mind”, before explaining that he has been struggling with his vocals since touring with The Cribs in 2005. Pic: Andy Willsher
Paleo festival – Switzerland
Muse have hidden several USB sticks in a worldwide treasure hunt – allowing fans to hear a new song.Fans can search for the USB sticks in Berlin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Moscow, Paris and Dubai, where “agents” are looking after them. Each USB stick contains a code which must be entered at Ununitedeurasia.muse.mu for a puzzle that, when solved, unlocks a part of new song ‘United States of Eurasia’ from forthcoming album ‘The Resistance’. photo credit: PA photos