Dizzee Rascal is to have his life story told in a new book, provisionally titled The Dizzee Rascal Story, set to be released in October. The book will be published by Canongate Books and Dirtee Books – a new publishing arm of the rapper’s Dirtee Stank label.
LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has revealed he’s given his new album a joke title, because he hasn’t had time to think of a proper name for it. Despite the album being given a release date of May 17, Murphy told NME Radio’s Jon Hillcock that he’s resorted to using a working title, ‘Internet Sensation!’, for it for the moment.
Snoop Dogg is now able to apply for a visa to enter the UK after two senior immigration judges ruled that authorities were wrong to deny him entry to the country in 2008. The rapper was denied entry two years ago, scuppering plans to play live shows.
The Flaming Lips have announced details of their upcoming US tour and the physical release of their ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album. Beginning in Virginia on April 15 and finishing in Kansas on April 23, the group have a number of shows and festival appearances planned before and after the tour, including Bonnaroo and SunFest.
Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon McClure has escaped with a reprimand after being found by police with cannabis in an Inverness hotel. The singer/guitarist was arrested in the Inverness Ramada hotel in the early hours of this morning (March 4) and found with a quantity of the drug – but has escaped with a caution.
Kate Nash has exclusively revealed to NME.COM that the title of her forthcoming second album will be ‘My Best Friend Is You’. The follow-up to 2007’s ‘Made Of Bricks’ is set for release on April 19 and was produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The first single from it, ‘Doo Wah Do’, will be released on April 12.
The Streets’ next – and final – album has not leaked online, despite a compilation called ‘Computers And Blues’ appearing online amid claims it was the new record. Fans started sharing the 14-song file batch of Mike Skinner songs, believing it to be the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Everything Is Borrowed’.
Lil Wayne’s jail sentencing has been postponed this week (March 2), after the Manhattan court building he was due to be sentenced in caught on fire. The blaze, which broke out in the court’s boiler room, resulted in the building being evacuated and closed for the rest of the day.
Gallows, Funeral For A Friend and Madina Lake are among the acts added to the line-up for this year’s Sonisphere Festival. Taking place at Knebworth House between July 30 and August 1, the acts will join the likes of Iron Maiden and Rammstein at the rock bash.
Hurts, Everything Everything and Darwin Deez are set to play on the NME Radar Tour this year. The first two acts will be joint headliners with Darwin Deez supporting, with local acts set to play further support slots around the country.
Paul McCartney is to headline the Isle Of Wight and Hard Rock Calling festivals this year, as well as his own shows in the UK and Ireland. Along with heading up the two festivals, the former Beatle will play gigs in Dublin, Glasgow and Cardiff in June.
Smashing Pumpkins released the next song in their ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ series this week on their official website, Smashingpumpkins.com. The song, entitled ‘A Stitch In Time’, is the third in the ‘Teargarden…’ series. Billy Corgan and co plan to compile 44 ‘Teargarden…’ songs the band plan to eventually release on a one-off basis, via forthcoming EP releases.
Lily Allen and Courtney Love are embroiled in a Twitter feud after coming to blows at last week’s (February 24) Shockwaves NME Awards. The two had a verbal argument during the O2 Academy Brixton ceremony, and although Allen initially denied having a “bust-up”, she did post a number of Tweets revealing more details about the altercation from her point of view.
The Courteeners, Mystery Jets and The King Blues are among the acts who have been added to the line-ups for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust gigs. These New Puritans, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Plan B have also been added.
Elbow, Girls Aloud and Goldfrapp are among the artists to have their songs covered on the Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Swap album in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight. The eight-track album is available to download for free from Cadburymusic.com, and sees The Big Ghana Band covering tracks including ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow and ‘Sound of the Underground’ by Girls Aloud.
Kings Of Leon and Kasabian are set to play headline slots at this year’s V Festival, it has been announced. Florence And The Machine, The Prodigy, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, La Roux and Faithless are also on the bill for the two-site event, it was revealed today (March 1).
Ian Brown, UNKLE and Bernard Sumner’s band Bad Lieutenant have been confirmed to play a Manchester Warehouse Project gig together in June. Scratch Perverts, Mr. Scruff, Peter Hook and Mike Pickering will also be making DJ appearances at the event, set for Platt Field Park in Fallowfield on June 11.
Hole have announced details of their first UK tour in a decade. Following on from their recent Shockwaves NME Awards show at Shepherds Bush Empire, Courtney Love and co will begin the gig-run in Glasgow (May 3), before playing in London (5) and Birmingham (9).