UK bookmakers lost Â£100,000 as a result of Paul Weller winning the BRIT Award for Best British Solo Male Artist on Wednesday (February 18). Prior to the bash, all BRIT Awards bets were suspended by bookmakers including William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power after a flurry of suspicious bets on Weller winning were placed within a short space of time of each other. Seven men placed several bets in outlets in London and Guildford – near to Weller’s Woking birthplace – prior to the awards.
Lily Allen has recorded an impromptu cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Womanizer’ with US TV host Ellen DeGeneres. The duo made the lo-fi recording on the same day Allen appeared as a guest on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ earlier this week (February 18). She is seen sitting next to DeGeneres in a bathroom before launching into the song.
The Specials’ singer Terry Hall has denied the claims of founding member Jerry Dammers that he was "kicked out" of the band ahead of their forthcoming reunion. The ska legends are touring this year to celebrate their 30th anniversary without their keyboard player and main songwriter.
The Sunshine Underground have announced details of a new UK tour set for May â
The Charlatans have curated the line-up for the Big Top Stage for the Sunday night (June 14) of the Isle Of Wight Festival. Tim Burgess and co will headline the stage at the bash and, according to a statement from the festival organisers, have had "complete control" over which bands will play before them â
Guns N’ Roses’ long awaited comeback album ‘Chinese Democracy’ is set to be made available on the ‘Rock Band’ series. The 2008 LP is to be released this spring as a full record of downloadable content, reports MTV.COM.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron has apologised for being a fan of Morrissey and The Smiths. Cameron was speaking on the BBC programme ‘The One Show’ when he made the admission. Morrissey was the main guest on the show, footage of which can be watched at bbc.co.uk/theoneshow for a limited time.
The Killers have joined the line-up for this year’s T In The Park festival. Brandon Flowers and co will headline the event, marking their fourth appearance at the bash. They also headlined the event in 2007.
The band join the likes of Blur, Snow Patrol and Kings Of Leon at the festival, which takes place between July 10-12 near Kinross in Scotland.
Peaches has announced that she will release a new album, ‘I Feel Cream’, on May 4. The album was produced by Peaches alongside members of Simian Mobile Disco, Digitalism, Soulwax and Drums Of Death. It will be preceded by a double A-side single, ‘Talk To Me’/’More’, on April 27.
Elbow were presented with the Best British Group award at the BRIT Awards 2009 this week (February 18). The Bury band were announced as winners by actor David Hasselhoff, with frontman Guy Garvey later saying how honoured he was to meet the ‘Knight Rider’ star. "You wouldn’t believe how long it’s taken us to get this close to The Hoff," quipped Garvey.
Coldplay and The Killers – joined by special guests from U2 and Take That – played a rare joint gig in London this week (February 18).
With all the acts rushing across from the nearby BRIT Awards ceremony to play the intimate charity show in aid of War Child – and also marking the launch of newly rechristened O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – the gig kicked off well after 11pm (GMT), with The Killers taking to the stage first.
Duffy has done the treble, winning the coveted Best Album award at the BRIT Awards this week (February 18) to take her total tally this year to three. Previously, the star won the Best British Female and Best British Breakthrough Act trophies. Taking to the stage to collect her gong from fellow Welsh national Tom Jones, the singer promised not to cry, although she didn’t quite manage to keep her pledge. Her emotional speech saw her well-up while stating that she had worked hard for five years to get to this position.
Patrick Wolf has changed the name of his forthcoming album. The record was due to be titled ‘Battle’, but will now be released as ‘The Bachelor’ on June 1. Originally Wolf had intended to release the album as a double, split into two parts called ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Conqueror’, and naming the record after the Sussex town where he recorded the music. The singer has now decided to release both parts seperately, "so as not to overload people with too much information at one time".
The few remaining Zavvi stores are to either be sold or shut down, it has been announced. As a result, the high street music, DVD and games retailer will cease trading completely. The company ran into trouble after its main distributor Entertainment UK went into administration in November. On Christmas Eve, Zavvi itself went into administration, and since then it has announced the closure of a number of stores.
Marilyn Manson and ZZ Top have been added to the 2009 Download Festival line-up. Killswitch Engage are also a new addition to a bill that already features the likes of Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, The Prodigy and Motley Crue.