The Blur rumours are finally put to bed this week as Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reveal exclusively to NME that Blur will definitely play together next year. Get this week’s issue, on newsstands now, for the full momentous interview.
Did you know former Mercury Rev frontman David Baker once instigated a fistfight because Grasshopper was using talcum powder on the tourbus and he was worried that breathing in the particles could cause cancer? Get educated by Mercury Rev as they tell us what rock’n’roll has taught them, only in NME this week.
Vampire Weekend, Sam Sparro, Dizzee Rascal and Glasvegas have made it into the Top 50 tracks of the year, but who is number one? Get the full list in this week’s NME while there is still time to put those missing gems on your Christmas list.
Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding shares embarrassing drunken moments we can all relate to in the latest NME issue. She recalls one such night: "I was saying some right old shit to Johnny Borrell ‘cos I was so hammered".
Keeping this week’s celebratory vibe, ‘Gutter’ takes the opportunity to hand out some awards of its own. This year’s categories include the person you’d really regret chatting up and the most shruggable let-down.
The votes are in and the numbers verified, so we can now reveal the top 50 best albums of 2008 in this week’s NME, dated December 10. We won’t ruin the surprise for those yet to buy the issue. However â
As 2008 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the best releases of the year. Bloc Party, Beck, Los Campesinos! and Hot Chip have all made the Top 50. But who has made it into the Top 10? Find out, only in NME this week.
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It’s the album that got us all talking – but did the notorious Gallagher brothers deliver as much as promised with Oasis’ seventh studio album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’? Read the full Top 50 Albums shortlist in NME this week to see how they ranked, if they made the cut at all…
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Dev ‘Lightspeed Champion’ Hynes and Late Of The Pier’s Sam Eastgate have tried their hand as cover artists, after being drafted in by Video Nasties to design covers for their forthcoming new EP, ‘Albatross’. Read the full story in this week’s NME.
"I felt I had a responsibility in some way to create a new really neat and positive chapter in the Blur story really," Coxon tells NME in a world exclusive interview. "A lot of people are confused by this fractured bit which I was a big part of creating. It confuses a lot of fans." Learn the truth behind the fall out in the latest NME issue.
Telepathe are joined by A Place To Bury Strangers in this week’s Live section. Get the full low-down on the shows as we deliver our definitive verdicts in the latest issue of NME.
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Franz Ferdinand make a memorable return in Live this week, showcasing new songs from forthcoming album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’. After the show, frontman Alex Kapranos told NME: "Tonight was rough, crazy and fucked up. I love it".
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Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, exposes a sensitive side in ‘My Music’ as he shares his ‘tearjerker’ song, telling NME: "I’ve probably failed some girls in my time, and this song makes me feel bad about being a bloke and not being grown up enough." Find out which track Skinner is referring to in NME, out on newsstands now.
Former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle is kicking off her musical comeback thanks to Eagles Of Death Metal. The singer, who now fronts Spinnerette, appears on husband Josh Homme’s side-project after Eagles mainman Jesse Hughes begged Dalle to "save" one of the songs. Pic: Tim Cochrane