Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has died aged 64. He had been suffering from cancer and died on Thursday morning (April 8) in Switzerland. His body is set to be flown to London to be buried in Highgate cemetery.
Sex Pistols’ frontman John Lydon, Vivienne Westwood and New York Dolls’ guitarist Sylvain Sylvain have paid tribute to Malcolm McLaren. In a statement, Lydon said that he will “miss” the punk mogul, adding that he was “always entertaining”.
The UK government has passed the controversial Digital Economy Bill, following its third reading in the House Of Commons. Despite opposition from a number of Labour and Liberal Democrat members, the bill received last minute support from the Conservative party and was pushed through with ease.
Gang Of Four are set to give away bottles of their own blood in exchange for money contributions to aid the recording of their new album ‘Content’. The post-punk veterans are funding the album through Pledgemusic.com – where users can contribute cash to the process and be rewarded with album-related products, including the vials of blood, in return.
Plan B’s single ‘She Said’ is continuing to fight it out with Lady GaGa’s ‘Telephone’ in the UK singles chart, according to midweek sales figures released by the Official Charts Company.
Glastonbury has announced details of a brand new stage at this year’s festival, which will feature performances from the likes of Mos Def, George Clinton and Devendra Banhart. Called the West Holts Stage, it will be held at the same location as the Jazz World Stage, which it is replacing.
Swans are to headline this year’s Supersonic festival in Bimingham – playing their first UK gig since 1997. The event takes place in and around the Custard Factory venue in the city on October 22-24, and more acts are due to be announced soon.
Madonna was the most-played artist in the UK during the last decade. The singer topped the People’s Artist Chart, a poll compiled by PPL for BBC Radio 2.
Blur will release two new songs as a limited edition seven-inch vinyl single for this year’s Record Store Day, which takes place on April 17. Details of the tracks, including titles, will be announced nearer the release.
Lil Wayne has got a job monitoring inmates on suicide watch – as he serves a one-year prison sentence for gun crimes. The rapper, real name Dwayne Carter, started the jail-term in New York last month.
A new single by Dr. Dre and featuring Jay-Z will be released “in the next two weeks”. Called ‘Under Pressure’, the track is the first issued from the long-awaited album ‘Detox’, which the rapper/producer has also revealed will be coming out later this year, rather than the previously announced 2011.