My Chemical Romance have announced plans this week to release ‘The Black Parade Is Dead!’ as a CD/DVD package on June 23. The DVD was filmed last year – on October 7 at Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes and October 24 at the tiny Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. It will apparently be presented in a limited edition box housed in a pinewood coffin box, featuring a hand-painted Day Of The Dead mask created by a band member. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Enemy have been added to the Oxegen 2008 line-up this week. Other new additions include The Pigeon Detectives, The Go! Team, The National and Feeder. The festival takes place from July 11-13 at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare. Pic: Tom Oxley
Arctic Monkeys, winners of the Best International Album at the NME Awards USA, are yet to get their trophy back from Klaxons, it emerged this week. The Sheffield band were unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony last month, so Jamie Reynolds from Klaxons got up onstage and swiped Arctic Monkeys’ award from model Agyness Deyn when it was handed out. Pic: Andrew Kendall
The Teenagers and Metronomy have joined the line-up for the Zoo Thousand festival this week. The bash is set to take place at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent between July 4-6. Both bands are appearing on the Main Stage, with Metronomy appearing on Friday (July 4) and The Teenagers performing on the Saturday (5). Pic: Tom Oxley
Items, including a signed cymbal, used by the supergroup who recorded a special track, ‘Consequences’ for homeless charity Crisis are to be auctioned off. The likes of Beth Ditto, Paul Weller, The Enemy and Supergrass recorded the track earlier this year. Based on the party game ‘Consequences’, each artist worked on it separately, entering the studio on successive days, picking up where the previous artist had left off. Twelve signed and framed prints that were shot during the recording sessions will be up for auction too.
The Streets’ Mike Skinner has announced his intention this week to walk from Britain to the south of France. The rapper-producer is making a "music video-type music video" for new song ‘The Escapist’, and has decided to make the epic walk the focus of the clip. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Gorillaz have been added to the Creamfields 08 line-up this week. Damon Albarn’s ‘cartoon’ group will play under the Gorillaz Sound System moniker, which will feature 360-degree Gorillaz visuals delivered from 20 old-school projectors, accompaning four DJs. The dance music festival will take place on August 23-24 in Daresbury, Halton, Cheshire.
Santogold has revealed this week that she’s recorded a new song alongside producer Pharrell Williams which features Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. The untitled track is to be launched in connection with a new campaign for Converse.
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Courtney Love has reportedly scrapped an entire album recorded with pop songwriter Linda Perry this week. The singer was working on ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ for three years with Perry and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. Love is now said to be teaming up with Micko Larkin, the former guitarist in Larrikin Love who joined her live band last year. Pic: PA Photos
Pete Doherty leaves a service station in central London with a copy of this week’s NME, which features his first interview since being released from Wormwood Scrubs prison. On the day of his release he was met outside the prison by NME photographer James Quinton, who gave the Babyshambles frontman a lift home in his car.
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The Ting Tings closed the first day of musical action at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in the early hours of Friday (May 16) at Club NME in the Barfly. The biggest queues of the festival so far had formed for the show, with hundreds of fans waiting on the pavement for a chance to get inside. The band’s new single, ‘That’s Not My Name’, is expected to get to Number One after topping the midweek charts. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The Prodigy and The Zutons are set to headline the forthcoming Jersey Live festival. Foals, The Courteeners and The Music are also confirmed to perform on the Main Stage at the bash, which takes place on the island of Jersey on August 30 and 31. Pic: Guy Eppel
White Denim have announced a trio of headlining shows this week. The indie-rockers will play Birmingham, London and Manchester. They’ve also been added to the line-up of The Mighty Boosh’s festival. The band will hit the road in July, and tickets went on sale Friday (May 16). Pic: Tom Oxley
M.I.A and The Raconteurs have been added to the line-up for the second Hove Festival in Tromoya, Norway . The bash, which takes place between June 23 and 27, will also host the likes of Jay-Z, Babyshambles and Panic At The Disco. Last year, 15,000 visitors descended on the Norwegian island each day.
Neil Diamond has scored his first-ever Number One album on the Billboard chart this week with the Rick Rubin-produced ‘Home After Dark’. The record is Diamondâ
Guns N’ Roses are re-releasing their ‘Greatest Hits’ album, apparently in time for Father’s Day (June 15). According to a press release about the album, which will be reissued on June 2, the collection is out again "especially for Fatherâ
The Kooks’ frontman Luke Pritchard has revealed a secret feud between his band and Arctic Monkeys’ singer Alex Turner this week. Pritchard told The Daily Mirror: "We have had a weird relationship with the Arctics since we first met. I had to kick Alex in the face after he tried to pull the leads out of my guitar pedals while we were on stage." Pic: PA Photos
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie has announced this week that heâ
Paramore have been added to the line-up of Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival this week, along with Band Of Horses, The Black Keys, The All-American Rejects, Sons & Daughters and Estelle. The bands will join headliners Beck and Stone Temple Pilot at the event, which takes place from August 30 to September 1. Pic: James Looker
‘The Mighty Boosh’ boys have booked their hero Gary Numan to play their very own festival on July 5 at Kent’s Hop Farm. White Denim, Polar Bear and The Charlatans are also set to play, with the Boosh headlining the music and comedy event. Pic: Andy Fallon
Pete Doherty checks himself out on the cover of the new issue of NME. Earlier he’d given us his first post-prison interview, in which he admitted to cheating on a drugs test. Read the full story in NME, onsale now.
Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty leaving Winehouse’s flat in Camden, north London (May 14). They had planned to party at one of Winehouse’s favourite local bars, Jazz After Dark. However, it was closed, so they headed to petrol station instead for supplies, before heading to Soho to meet friends.