Toy manufacturer Lego has created plastic figures of Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Cliff Richard. See pictures of the music stars in Lego form at Dailymail.co.uk. The figures were created by the company to mark the 30th anniversary of the plastic building blogs.
Foals and Holy Fuck are set to release a split 12-inch vinyl single, featuring each band covering a song by the other. Writing on the Foals MySpace blog, frontman Yannis Philippakis revealed that the Oxford band would cover ‘Super Inuit’, the opening track of the Canadian band’s 2007 album ‘LP’.
‘Tapes’, the band’s first mix album, will be released on October 20. The album will feature a selection of songs from the 1970s to the present day based around a ‘New York underground’ theme.
InMe are set to judge a talent competition with the actor who played Darth Vader. The band are joining Dave Prowse, who starred as the baddie in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy (though did not provide the voice), but now manages rock bands.
The Enemy, The Automatic, Iglu & Hartly, Cage The Elephant and The Cuban Brothers are among the acts confirmed to play at the 4Freeze In London event next month. The bash will take place inside the Battersea Power Station on October 23-26.
Morrissey has written an article for a new book on the New York Dolls. The former Smiths singer wrote the afterword for ‘New York Dolls: Photographs’, a book of pictures of the seminal glam rockers whose praises he has sung throughout his career.
Eminem is working on new material and planning a comeback, according to his former protÃ©gÃ© 50 Cent. Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, 50 Cent said Eminem was planning to return from his musical hiatus soon. "You’ll be seeing him shortly. He’s working. I spent the weekend at his house. Even though he tries to relax and stay home it’s impossible for him to stay in," he declared.
Metallica played a fan club-only ‘Death Magnetic’ launch party at the London O2 Arena this week (September 15). Following rumours of a low key stage set-up, the band played their set ‘in the round’ on the venue’s floor, without any of the pyrotechnics that have characterised recent shows. Check out our gallery of images from the gig, as well as NME.COM’s ’25 things you didn’t know about Metallica’ picture gallery, online now.
Black Lips played a chaotic gig this week (September 16) at London’s Heaven venue, which saw numerous stage invasions, the plug being pulled on the sound and a spectacular finale from guitarist Cole Alexander, who topped the show by playing his instrument with just his penis.
Oasis’ Noel Gallagher has revealed to Blender that he hopes the four members of Oasis would each undertake solo projects following the release of forthcoming album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’. "I’d like for us to do separate projects after this record…we’d all have to agree on it, so it will probably never happen," he said.
The Wombats are set to release a new single, ‘My Circuitboard City’, on February 9, after releasing a charity single, ‘Is It Christmas?’, on December 15. Drummer Dan Haggis told NME.COM that the trio were looking to sign up scouse TV presenters Les Dennis or Paul O’Grady to deliver the spoken word intro to ‘Is It Christmas?’, the proceeds of which will go to MENCAP.
Kings Of Leon have revealed that avoiding drugs and girls has helped their music. "We consider ourselves to be better than a lot of those bands that are big now, like Panic At The Disco or Fall Out Boy," they added. "We would love to kick their arses out of there."
Pink Floyd’s keyboardist and occasional singer and songwriter Rick Wright passed away earlier this week (September 15) aged 65. The musician (pictured on the right), who formed the influential band with Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Syd Barrett in 1965, died after "a short struggle with cancer", according to a spokesperson.
The Libertines’ Pete Doherty and Carl Barat reunited onstage in London this week (September 17). The Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things frontmen played a short acoustic set together in Camden’s Prince Of Wales pub, where Doherty had been due to play a solo show as part of London Fashion Week.
Jack White and Alicia Keys previewed their new ‘James Bond’ theme song online, this week (September 18). You can stream ‘Another Way To Die’, written and produced by The White Stripes’ frontman, at his Third Man Records website now. The new ‘Bond’ film, ‘Quantum Of Solace’, is due to hit theatres in November.
Foo Fighters are set to take a "long break" from music and have warned fans not to expect a new album any time soon. Frontman Dave Grohl told BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles that the band were set to go on hiatus then return with a new sense of purpose further down the line. "We’ve never really taken a long break, I think it’s time," he said.