Carl Barât has blamed Dirty Pretty Things’ split on his inability to escape from a “whisky and cocaine comfort zone”. Check out our video interview with this week’s magazine cover star.
Katy Perry’s duet with Sesame Street’s Elmo has been pulled from US TV after programme makers objected to the singer’s low-cut dress. In the clip, the singer serenades the muppet with her 2008 hit single ‘Hot N Cold’ wearing a lime dress and bride’s veil.
London concert venue the 100 Club is facing the threat of closure, its owners have admitted. The basement venue on Oxford Street, which has seen performances from the likes of Oasis, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Queens Of The Stone Age, could be shut down in a few months due to spiralling overhead costs.
Amy Winehouse has apologised to Mark Ronson after slagging him off via her Twitter account last weekend. Writing at Twitter.com/Amyjademermaid, the singer appeared to apologise for earlier suggesting that Ronson – who helped produce her last album ‘Back To Black’ – was “dead” to her.
Lady GaGa has attacked the US military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) policy after joining a gay rights group for a march on September 20th. Appearing in front of an American flag wearing a blazer, tie and large glasses, the singer addressed the crowd at Deering Oaks Park in Portland, Maine in a bid to have the controversial law abolished.
The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury has joined The Charlatans as a temporary replacement for brain tumour victim Jon Brookes. Brookes collapsed onstage during the band’s Philadelphia gig on September 15th, and has now flown back to the UK to receive further treatment for a brain tumour.
Pete Doherty has reportedly moved into Amy Winehouse’s house. The ‘Rehab’ singer has apparently offered The Libertines singer a place to live in London and the two are also writing a song together.
REM have revealed that they have finished recording their new album. The as-yet-untitled studio effort was produced by Jacknife Lee, who previously worked with the group on 2008’s ‘Accelerate’, and who has also produced the likes of Kasabian, Snow Patrol and Editors.
Ozzy Osbourne defied medical advice to headline the UK leg of Ozzfest at London’s O2 Arena on September 18th. The singer had postponed his previous date, at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, just a few days before after sustaining a back injury, but cut short the four days rest he was advised to take to play a two-hour set in London.
Wyclef Jean has confirmed he will not run in the Haiti presidential campaign. The singer, who announced his intentions to run in August, has faced problems registering his candidacy due to him not living in the country for the five years before the election, as is required by authorities.
The Zutons’ frontman Dave McCabe has been found guilty of assault after headbutting a man outside a Liverpool nightclub. The singer, who denied the charge, told a jury at Liverpool Crown Court on 22nd September that he acted in self-defence when he broke student Peter Appleby’s nose at 03.30 GMT on February 21 outside the city’s Korova bar on Hope Street because he was scared of being attacked.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs surprised fans with a secret show in New York on September 22nd. The gig at the Secret Project Robot, a tiny art space located just feet from the East River in Brooklyn, was staged to mark the trio’s tenth anniversary as a band.
MIA has announced that she is working on Kanye West’s forthcoming new album. The singer wrote on her Twitter page that she has teamed up with the rapper for his fifth studio effort ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy’.
Muse’s cover of Nina Simone’s version of ‘Feeing Good’ has been named the best cover song of all time. The Devon trio beat the likes of The Beatles’ version of ‘Twist & Shout’ and Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ to the title, after over 15,000 music fans voted online in an NME.COM poll.
Manic Street Preachers are battling it out with Phil Collins for Number One in the UK albums chart this Sunday (September 26). The Welsh trio are leading their way with their new studio album, ‘Postcards From A Young Man’, but have sold just 10 per cent more copies than Collins’ ‘Going Back’ in the midweek figures.
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has recorded a song for charity with Leicester band SuperEvolver. The single entitled ‘Viva Le Revolution’ is being released to help raise funds for UNICEF’s Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal and the Harley Staples Cancer Trust.
My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has admitted recording sessions for their new album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ were difficult following the success of their 2006 concept album ‘The Black Parade’. The singer said the band hit a low when drummer Bob Bryar quit the band earlier this year.