Lady Gaga was the big winner at the Brit Awards 2010 on Tuesday night (February 16), scooping three awards for International Female Solo Artist, International Album for ‘The Fame’ and International Breakthrough Act. Pic: PA Photos
Arctic Monkeys and Wild Beasts are set to feature on a free CD to mark Shockwaves NME Awards CD. The compilation, also featuring Pavement, Animal Collective and These New Puritans, is free with the next issue of NME, out on February 24. Pic: Guy Eppel
Oscar-nominated songs won’t be played live at the Academy Awards ceremony for the first time this year. Normally the songs are performed live at the annual event in Los Angeles but from this year, when the ceremony takes place in Hollywood on March 7, they will simply be showcased via clips from the films they are taken from, reports BBC News. Pic: PA Photos
Conservative Party leader David Cameron has said that he thinks Lily Allen’s music is “unsuitable” for his six-year-old daughter. The Tory leader went on to tell Shortlist magazine that he had bought Florence And The Machine’s album ‘Lungs’ recently, and added: “I have the occasional country and western moments too. Eilen Jewell – very good.” Pic: PA Photos
Robbie Williams picked up his Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Brit Awards 2010 on Tuesday (February 16). The former Take That man then performed a medley of his greatest hits, including ‘Angels’, ‘Let Me Entertain You’, ‘No Regrets’ and ‘Rock DJ’. Pic: PA Photos
Abbey Road studios are being put up for sale by record label EMI. The legendary recording studios in northwest London, where The Beatles recorded many of their songs and which were immortalised on the band’s 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’, are being offered to bidders as the label’s owners, venture capitalists Terra Firma, look to reduce the company’s debts, reports the Financial Times.
Liam Gallagher picked up the award for Brits Album of 30 Years for Oasis’ 1995 album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’, at this year’s Brit Awards (February 16). The singer took the opportunity to thank his former bandmates – neglecting to mention brother Noel Gallagher – before throwing the mic and award into the crowd. Pic: PA Photos
Kings Of Leon have announced details of what will be their biggest headline UK gig yet – a show at London’s Hyde Park on June 30. The show, now sold out, is currently scheduled to be their first live appearance in the UK since headlining the Leeds Festival last August. Pic: Andy Wilsher
Courtney Love finally debuted her new Hole line-up on February 17 with a comeback Shockwaves NME Awards Show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The first show under the name in 11 years saw Love play a series of Hole classics alongside new material from her forthcoming album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’. Pic: Andy Wilsher
Manic Street Preachers helped celebrate the 20th birthday of Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Thursday (February 18), playing a set of favourites and obscurities. Bassist Nicky Wire slammed Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien during the gig, calling him a “cunt”. “Apparently, Ed O’Brien called me a wanker, I’m really fucking scared, go back to your boarding school you cunt!” he exclaimed. Pic: Drew Farrell
Simon Cowell is apparently very keen to sign up Noel Gallagher to replace him as a judge on American Idol. The ex-Oasis star, however, would be in contention with US radio host Howard Stern and Piers Morgan for the role. “I know Noel quite well,” Cowell claimed. “I like him. He is very funny and a brilliant songwriter – it’s a possibility.” Pic: Dean Chalkley
Apple have announced they are giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift-voucher to celebrate their ten billionth download via their iTunes store. The company have also revealed the Top 25 downloaded songs via iTunes since the store opened in 2001. Topping the list was Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Gotta Feeling’, followed by Lady GaGa’s ‘Poker Face’ and Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Boom Boom Pow’ coming in third.
Jay-Z has spoken out about the music industry, telling Radio 1 Newsbeat that record labels need to be “smarter” in order to survive. “Records are not selling as many as they were before,” he explained. “People have to be smarter about how they A&R, and what they put out, record companies need to catch up to that, someone needs to send them the memo.” Pic: Dean Chalkley
MGMT have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming new album ‘Congratulations’. The Brooklyn duo have teamed up with cartoonist Anthony Ausgang for the surreal cover. The band joined forces with Ausgang after they met through experimental musician Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum, who helped produce ‘Congratulations’.