Oasis’ Liam Gallagher has apologised to fans for this week’s (June 4) show at Manchester’s Heaton Park, which saw the band leave the stage twice due to technical difficulties.The rockers were offstage for a total of around 40 minutes following a stuttering start to the 70,000-capacity gig due to a generator failure.They offered refunds to fans after returning to complete a full 23-song set. Pic: Danny North
After admitting that last week’s stunt, in which Sacha Baron Cohen’s film character Bruno landed on Eminem’s lap at the MTV Movie Awards, was staged, the rap star has added that he was thrilled it went off without a hitch.Speaking to RapRadar.com, Eminem admitted that the stunt, as well as his swift exit from the theatre, were completely rehearsed and that they had planned it months ago. Pic: PA Photos
Jay-Z has topped the ‘Power 30’ list compiled by influential hip-hop magazine The Source. Although he hasn’t released a new studio album since 2007, the rap star topped the list due to his business ventures with Live Nation and Rocawear, and his part-ownership of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, reports the Associated Press. Also featured on the list were P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Will.I.Am and Lil Wayne. Pic: PA Photos
Whitney Houston is to release her first studio album since 2002’s ‘Just Whitney’ on September 1. Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am, Akon and Sean Garrett have been named as producers/songwriters on the as-yet untitled record. New track ‘Like I Never Left’, a duet between Akon and Houston, leaked last year – it has not been confirmed whether it will appear on the new album or not. Pic: PA Photos
Tickets are now on sale for Muse and Fleetwood Mac’s forthcoming UK arena tours, plus Lostprophets’ upcoming jaunt. Muse’s arena tour kicks off on November 4 at the Sheffield Arena. They then call at Liverpool, Dublin, Glasgow and Birmingham, before playing two nights at the London O2 Arena. Pic: PA Photos
Danger Mouse has revealed he is to release an album with London-born folk singer Helena Costas. Working under the name Joker’s Daughter, the duo are set to release ‘The Last Laugh’ on June 15. The album also features the horns of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Scott Spillane and string arrangements from frequent Danger Mouse collaborator Daniele Luppi. Danger Mouse, real name Brian Burton, said that he first discovered the singer in 2003, and has been working on tracks with her since then.
The Cribs have nearly finished recording their fourth studio album, and are aiming to release it in September.The band spent several weeks recording in Los Angeles this spring with producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave) at his home studio in Laurel Canyon. Pic: PA Photos
The two living Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, appeared together onstage at Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo this week (June 1) at the University of Southern California to promote the all-new Harmonix game, ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’. The pair took to the stage to make a brief introduction to a preview of the game, with McCartney playing air guitar as he walked on. Pic: PA Photos
Coldplay’s Chris Martin has said the band’s next record will be a concept album revolving around a secret story. The frontman revealed that the band want to take a break from touring to work on the follow-up to ‘Viva La Vida’, which he says will be more stripped-down than its predecessor. “We spend an awful lot of time creating,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Maybe it’s because we’re about to turn 33, but I just feel hungry to write all the time.” Pic: Tom Oxley
‘Flight Of The Conchords: The Complete Second Season’ will be released on DVD on August 3. A combined DVD pack featuring both the second and first series of the HBO comedy is also released on the same day. As well as the 10 episodes from series two, the new DVD boasts a number of special features, including deleted scenes (23 minutes), outtakes (eight minutes), Dave’s Pawn Shop commercials (6 minutes), Flight Of The Conchords: Taking Off (30 minutes) and Easter Egg: Doggie Dance (two minutes). Pic: Tom Oxley
Fleetwood Mac are bringing their ‘Unleashed’ tour to the UK, having announced details of five arena gigs for October. The veteran group will be playing six dates in the UK starting at the Glasgow SECC on October 22, before finishing up at Birmingham NIA on November 3. Tickets are available at NME.COM/tickets now. Pic: PA Photos
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon has claimed that Radiohead showed up smaller, poorer bands with the release of 2007’s ‘In Rainbows’, calling their release plan a “marketing ploy”. Radiohead let their fans pay as much or little as they wanted for the download release of the album, with many fans choosing to download it free. Gordon has refuted the idea that the Oxford band put out the album off their own backs, criticising the plan.
Britney Spears kicked off the European leg of her ‘Circus’ tour in London this week (June 3), with her stage show including pyrotechnics and a performing dwarf. Watched by stars including Patrick Wolf and Adele, the singer played in the round across three circular stages with a host of backing dancers and circus performers.The show was the first of eight set to take place at the O2 Arena over the coming days before more shows in Manchester, Dublin and the rest of Europe. Pic: Planet Photos
Fucked Up, Buzzcocks and Wounded Knee have been added to the line-up for this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties: Nightmare Before Christmas festival. The December 4-6 bash is curated by My Bloody Valentine, and also features the likes of Sonic Youth, The Horrors and De La Soul. Tickets for the festival, which takes place at Butlins in Minehead, are on sale now. Pic: Danny North