Coldplay, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Shakira are among the acts confirmed to appear at Hope For Haiti gigs on Friday (January 22). The shows will take place in London, New York and Los Angeles as part of a telethon to raise money for the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.
Amy Winehouse has pleaded guilty to a common assault and public order charges following an attack at a pantomime at the Milton Keynes Theatre last December. Appearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court this morning (January 20), the singer admitted to hitting theatre manager Richard Pound during a performance of Cinderella on December 19. Pic: PA Photos
Rufus Wainwright has paid tribute to his late mother Kate McGarrigle, who passed away on Monday (January 18). The singer said that although his musician mother – who enjoyed success with her sister Anna, releasing ten albums as a duo – had battled cancer, she had still led a “fruitful” life to the end of her battle. Pic: PA Photos
Thom Yorke could be set to play this year’s Coachella Festival with his unnamed supergroup. The singer is already confirmed to play the Californian event in April with the likes of Gorillaz, Jay-Z and Muse, but with Yorke billed by organisers as ‘Thom Yorke????’, it is now rumoured that he could be playing with his all-star backing band at the event. Pic: PA Photos
The Bronx have released a live documentary centring around their visit to London last year. Featuring the group playing as themselves and also as the Mexican-flavoured Mariachi El Bronx, the 30-minute documentary is being streamed at Babelgum.com/TheBronx. Pic: Danny North
The White Stripes are set to release their first ever official live album. The band will release the 16-song record on CD and vinyl on March 15 to accompany the regular DVD release of Canadian tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights. Pic: Andy Willsher
Primal Scream bassist Mani has revealed that the band have begun work on their next album. The former Stone Roses man explained that the group will be spending the rest of the year working on the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Beautiful Future’. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Chapman Family are set to play a Shockwaves NME Awards show at the London Barfly on February 22. The band join the likes of Hole, Babyshambles, New Young Pony Club and Delphic – also set to play Shockwaves NME Awards shows in February. See NME.COM/tickets for more details. Pic: Tom Martin
La Roux’s Elly Jackson has said that her vocal style will be different on the band’s second record compared to the duo’s 2009 self-titled debut. The singer said that writing sessions with Ben Langmaid, the other half of the band, were well underway. She added that the new material would see them move away from their trademark ’80s-influenced pop sound. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Pendulum have revealed that they have a series of “major” collaborations on their forthcoming new album ‘Immersion’. The album is set for release this spring, with frontman Rob Swire telling NME.COM that it will see the band returning to their electronic roots after the rock influence of their 2008 album ‘In Silico’. Pic: Danny North
My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has hinted the band will tour “punk clubs” for their new album, the recording of which is nearing completion. “The record we’ve made reflects the size of the venues we’re going to play them in,” Way explained. Pic: Pamela Littky
Aerosmith have revealed that they are set to hold auditions next month for a replacement for singer Steven Tyler. Tyler recently checked into rehab to get treatment for painkiller addiction. He insisted he still planned to work with the band, but now guitarist Joe Perry has said that another frontman will be sought soon. Pic: PA Photos
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos has laid into the band’s US record labels Epic and its owner Sony for allowing one of their tracks to be used on a McDonalds website. Kapranos used his Twitter.com account to vent his anger at the song being used on Latenightmcdonalds.com. The site has since been taken down. Pic: Tom Oxley
Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz have been announced as headliners for the Coachella festival this year. The Los Angeles event, which take splace on April 16-18, will also see Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem and MGMT play.
Beyonce and Madonna have been added to the line-up for the ‘Hope For Haiti’ benefit gigs tomorrow (January 22). Organised by George Clooney, the concerts will see Madonna play at the New York show, whilst Beyonce will perform in London. Pic: PA Photos