Rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was released from jail on $19,000 bail this week (August 28) after being picked up on assault and drug charges in Las Vegas. Knight was taken into custody when police responded to a domestic violence call. The music boss has been accused of beating his girlfriend while brandishing a knife, and possession of a controlled substance. Pic: PA Photos
The Charlatans have announced a tour of UK and Ireland that kicks off in October. The band, who release ‘Oh! Vanity’ as a single on October 20, hit the road from October 1. For more information see NME.COM/Gigs. Pic: Marc Haydon
Lightspeed Champion’s Dev Hynes has confessed to playing "some of the worst shows ever". Hynes apologised to fans at his Milton Keynes gig earlier this month for forgetting lyrics and being out of tune. He added in his blog this week that he fears he may have lost his "thirst". Encouraging fans have posted numerous messages of support. Pic: Sam Jones
Mike Skinner has reiterated that the album that follows his next effort, ‘Everything Is Borrowed’, will be his last as ‘The Streets’, saying he is "fucking sick" of the name and its implications. He told The Guardian that he wanted to become a more eclectic artist and leave The Streets as a finite body of work. Pic: Sebastian Artz
British Sea Power have said being nominated for the 2008 Natiowide Mercury Prize made them feel touched – because they used to be a "complete shambles". Should the band win, they have revealed what they would do with the winner’s cheque – claiming they’d spend the money hiring a hitman to assassinate entertainer Jim Davidson. Pic: Tom Oxley
Slipknot have announced details of a third London show this December.
The masked band, who pulled their recent Reading And Leeds Festivals slots due to injury, were already playing two dates at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of their UK tour, but have now added an extra gig. For more information see NME.COM/Gigs.
The DVD release of The Rolling Stones’ live concert movie ‘Shine A Light’ is due to come out on November 10. The Martin Scorsese-directed film will feature a Collectors Edition on DVD boasting extra features.
Neil Diamond has been forced to cancel two shows on his North American tour after coming down with laryngitis. The singer, who is on the road promoting his â
R Kelly has been named in a fraud case, which saw over a million dollars deposited to the singerâ
Oasis kicked off their world tour in Seattle last night (August 26).
The band – supported by Ryan Adams – played ‘Rock N Roll Star’, ‘Lyla’, ‘Slide Away’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Wonderwall’ in the set, along with new songs ‘The Shock of The Lightening’, ‘Ain’t Got Nothin”, ‘To Be Where There’s Life’ and ‘Falling Down’, among others. Pic: Ray Carr
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has revealed the details of a new booking scheme for next year’s festival. Festival-goers who want to purchase tickets for the 2009 event will be able to buy, or reserve them, for a Â£50 deposit, from October 5.
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Iceland Airwaves have announced further acts for this year’s event, including Vampire Weekend, Lykke Li and El Perro Del Mar.
Bands already on the line-up include CSS, Young Knives, White Lies, Crystal Castles, Florence And The Machine, These New Puritans and Simian Mobile Disco. The event takes place from October 15-19 in Reykjavik. Pic: Jo McCaughey
Jack Osbourne is set to produce a documentary about his father, Ozzy Osbourne titled ‘John’ â
Pixies frontman Black Francis has once more told NME.COM that a new album from the band is a distinct possibility. Ever since the indie legends reunited for a world tour in 2004, rumours have been circulating that the band would record a new album.
Former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash has slammed the blogger who allegedly leaked nine songs from the Axl Rose-produced ‘Chinese Democracy’, declaring "I hope he rots in hell". The FBI arrested Kevin Cogill earlier this week in Los Angeles after he posted the songs on his website. Cogill has been released on $10,000 bail – but could face up to three years in prison. Pic: PA Photos
P. Diddy has taken to blogging about increasing oil prices, and says that for now he is flying commercial in order to save money on gas. In a YouTube blog, the rap mogul, who earned $35 million last year according to Forbes, says that the next president of the US needs to work to bring gas prices down: "Gas prices are too motherfucking high." Pic: PA Photos
Muslim youths in Malaysia were ordered by the conservative Islamic party to protest outside an Avril Lavigne concert scheduled for August 29. Lavigne was recently given the go-ahead to perform in Kuala Lumpur, despite protests that her performance might be too racy for Malaysian youths.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich used Noel Gallagher as inspiration to give up cocaine. The drummer set he decided to quit the drug a few years ago: "I was like, enough of this. I don’t need it’. If he can do it, anyone can."
MIA has spoken out about her comments onstage at Bonnaroo in June, when she told the audience that it her last gig ever. The Brooklyn-based Sri Lankan said â