Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and The Smiths’ Johnny Marr were among those who helped Africa Exprez kick off the 2008 BBC Electric Proms with seven hours of live music this week (October 22).
Following on from March’s concert in Liverpool, the show at London’s KOKO saw Western and African musicians collaborating together, despite only having been introduced to each other early in the evening.
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Morrissey has revealed that he is set to write his autobiography. The former Smiths singer told Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 that the book would span his career in the music industry, although he did not reveal how far through writing it he was, or when he hoped to release it. "So much crap is written about me, it’s hard to live with sometimes," he said. "It all gets burned down in history and becomes a part of your legacy." Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
AC/DC are beating Kaiser Chiefs in the race for the Number One slot in the UK albums chart this week (beginning October 20). The Australian rockers’ new album, ‘Black Ice’, is predicted to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the week, HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo told BBC 6music. It has sold around 25,000 copies more than Kaiser Chiefs’ new album, ‘Off With Their Heads’.
Green Day have posted a new in-the-studio video which sees them recording their forthcoming new album. The video shows drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt recording with former Nirvana producer Butch Vig.
‘The Mighty Boosh’ are planning a move to the big screen, they have revealed. The comedy duo are currently on a live tour of the UK, but Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt are already planning their next project, likely to be a feature film.
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The Last Shadow Puppets are set to play two shows in New York and Los Angeles next week, supporting the release of an exclusive EP release.
The US-only version of ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’, an eight-song EP, came out this week (October 21) and will be released on CD on November 4. Tracks on the EP include a live version of ‘Paris Summer’ (made famous by Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra) featuring Alison Mosshart of The Kills. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Kooks’ Luke Pritchard is in talks to appear in a forthcoming horror movie. The singer/guitarist is currently in discussions with a director to appear in the film, which is set to be a "cheesy" B-movie, reports The Sun. "I’m currently talking to a female American director about a possible movie," he said. "It’s a scary horror B-type film."
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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s comic strip could be made into a film, he has revealed. The success of the first run of the singer’s superhero series ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has led to the title being optioned as part of a deal between publishers Dark Horse and Universal. Director Alfonso Cuaron has first refusal on the project, but Way told SFX that he is not getting ahead of himself.
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Johnny Marr is to make his debut as a university lecturer next month.
The legendary guitarist from The Smiths and now The Cribs will address students at Salford University on November 4 in a lecture entitled ‘Always On The Outside: Mavericks, Innovators and Building Your Own Ark’. Pic: Tom Oxley
Beyonce Knowles has unveiled a bizarre alter-ego for her new album.
The superstar will go under the alias Sasha Fierce for the new album, entitled ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’, set for release on November 17. Pic: PA Photos
Jay-Z has announced that he will host a rally in support of US presidential candidate Barack Obama in Cleveland next week. The rap star is set to perform at the free event on Wednesday (October 29), which will be hosted by NBA superstar LeBron James. Pic: PA Photos
Lily Allen is previewing a new track from her forthcoming album online.
‘Everyone’s At It’, which is rumoured to be the first single on the follow-up to 2006’s ‘Alright, Still’, is streaming from the singer’s MySpace page. Allen’s new album is tentatively titled ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ and is due to be released on February 9, 2009. Pic: PA Photos
50 Cent is set to return to acting, having landed a role in a remake of the French-language film ’13 Tzameti’. The rapper will appear alongside Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham in the movie, which is to be remaned ’13’, and will be directed by Gela Babluani.
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Fall Out Boy played their smallest ever UK show at the London Dungeon this week (October 23).The show came just a day after the emo heroes played a triumphant set at Wembley Arena in the same city.
The first ever concert to take place at the ghoulish tourist attraction was watched by just 80 people, made up of competition winners, fan club members and selected media.
Glasvegas have announced the release plans for their Christmas Album. The record, called ‘A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)’, will be released as a download on December 1. The album will also be available physically in a special two-disc limited edition of their self-titled debut album on the same day.
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Pendulum have announced the location of the Halloween party they are playing a DJ set at next week. The drum’n’bass outfit will play their final DJ set of the year next Friday (October 31) at The Crossfire Halloween Massacre, but until now the venue had been kept secret.
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Day one of CMJ 2008 kicked off in New York this week (October 21), with a packed house at Club NME at Annex. Apache Beat kicked-off the four-band bill, joined onstage for their entire set by Lightspeed Champion’s Dev Hynes on guitar, followed by Violens, who experienced a five-minute delay in their set as they battled with a blown amp.
Bloc Party played a one-off gig inside Berlin’s historic Tempelhof International Airport this week (23 October). Taking to the stage in Tempelhof’s dining lounge shortly after 10pm, Bloc Party played an hour-long set a in full view of the airport’s runway.
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