Eminem’s new album, ‘Relapse’, has sold more copies in the US during its first week in stores than any album so far this year. ‘Relapse’ sold 608,000 copies during the past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. This is the rap star’s fifth album to debut at the top of the US Billboard chart, and his first release since 2004’s ‘Encore’.
Bat For Lashes and Jack Penate have both been added to the line up for this year’s iTunes Live festival in London.They join the likes of Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian, all of whom are confirmed to play the month-long festival, which takes place at Camden venue The Roundhouse throughout July.
Brody Dalle’s new band Spinnerette have announced that they will play shows in New York and Los Angeles next month to celebrate the release of their debut album. The former Distillers frontwoman and her new band, which includes former Distillers band mate Tony Bevilacqua, Alain Johannes and Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers), are set to release their self-titled debut in the US on June 23.
Grace Jones is set to play a one-off gig in Ibiza this summer. The soul legend will play the ‘We Love… Space’ night at the Space superclub on August 9 on the Balearic island. The gig is being billed as a celebration of the 15th birthday of Jones’ record label, Wall Of Sound. Also set to appear on the night are Aeroplane, Ocelot and Lottie. Pic: Andy Willsher
Jay-Z is reportedly close to signing a deal with Sony with that will see him distribute all new material via the company’s Epic leg. The rapper last week announced his departure from Def Jam, a move that cost him $5 million in order to retain control of future master recordings, reports Reuters. Pic: PA Photos
Kasabian, Maximo Park, Akron/Family and Elvis Perkins in Dearland have just been added to the bill for 2009 Bumbershoot Festival. In addition, Jason Mraz, Vivian Girls, Telekinesis and Everest will join previously announced headliners including Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, De La Soul and Sheryl Crow at the 39th annual music and arts festival, set to take place in Seattle, Washington over Labor Day Weekend (September 5-7). Pic: Andy Whitton
Yoko Ono has once again recruited a star-studded list of contributors to help out on her new album, which is due out in the US this autumn. Titled ‘My Head And The Sky’, the album features Sean Lennon (her son with John Lennon), Cornelius and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, among others. It is due out in the US in September. Pic: PA Photos
Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire suffered a back spasm this week (May 26) during a gig at the Llandudno Venue Cymru Arena. The band managed to continue with the gig, although the bassist’s movement was impaired. A message from Wire posted on Manic Street Preachers’ official website assured fans that the band were planning to carry on with live commitments, but that he might not be quite as energetic on stage as a result of his spasm. Pic: Andy Willsher
Blur have announced that they will release a new career-spanning compilation in the US this summer.The double CD, ‘Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur’, is due out in the US on July 28 via Capitol/EMI. In addition to containing 24 tracks from the band’s seven studio albums, as well as the long-deleted 1992 single ‘Popscene’. Pic: Pennie Smith
Courtney Love is being sued by credit card company American Express over alleged unpaid credit. The firm alleges that the former Hole frontwoman owes $350,000 (£220,000), reports BBC News.The company has filed court papers in Los Angeles, claiming that Love has “failed and refuse” to pay off the debt on her gold credit card. They are seeking damages and legal costs on top of the debt. Pic: PA Photos
Sigur Ros have announced that they have been busy recording a new album in their native Iceland. In a posting on the band’s website, they wrote that they have been working in their Sundlaugin Studio the past few weeks recording the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust’.
Following the selling-out of their July 16 show, The Dead Weather, have announced a second gig in New York, to take place on July 17. The gigs, which will take place at Terminal 5, are part of the band’s upcoming debut tour of North America, which kicks off in Louisville, KY on June 11.
The Streets’ Mike Skinner has revealed that his next studio album will be released in February. The star revealed the information while meeting fans on London Bridge in the UK capital. Skinner had sent a message via his Twitter page, Twitter.com/skinnermike, saying he would give £95 to the first fan who said “Messi messed up the reds” to him at midday (BST) on the bridge, referencing Wednesday’s (May 27) Champions League final. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Morrissey has cancelled the remaining tour dates of his current UK tour because of illness.The former Smiths singer’s two shows at the London O2 Academy Brixton, which had been set to take place on Thursday (May 29) and Friday (30) have been pulled. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Lawyers for Phil Spector are seeking a reduction in his sentence for the murder of Lana Clarkson.The record producer was expected to be sentenced to 19-years-to-life in prison on Friday (May 29), four of which represent a sentencing enhancement for use of a gun.The mandatory conviction for second-degree murder is 15-years-to-life. Pic: PA Photos
The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess has revealed the secrets behind his choices for the Big Top tent at this year’s Isle Of Wight festival.In a video interview with NME.COM, which you can watch at NME.COM/video, Big Top curator Burgess chatted about how he convinced the likes of The Horrors, Killing Joke, Hatcham Social and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart to play for him on the closing day of this year’s bash (June 14).