Jay-Z has offered to help plan Robbie Williams’ wedding to girlfriend Ayda Field – and even proposed that he sing at the bash. Despite Williams not actually confirming his plans to wed yet, Jay-Z has invited him round to his and Beyonce’s house to discuss the entertainment for the do, which he says thinks should be held at the Dominion Republic. Pic: PA Photos
Jack White has revealed details of his solo album, which he says he may record this year. The White Stripes frontman hinted that he could get around to recording material for the album in the near future, though he admitted to Rolling Stone that he doesn’t know what form it will take. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Travis’ Fran Healy has revealed that Paul McCartney is set to feature on his upcoming debut solo album. With a working title of ‘Wreckorder’, the album includes McCartney playing bass on one of the tracks. Pic: PA Photos
The Rolling Stones man Ronnie Wood’s ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova and Basshunter were among the contestants who entered the Celebrity Big Brother house this week (January 3). Lady Sovereign, Sisqo and former Another Level singer Dane Bowers also made their bow on the Channel 4 program’s final series. Pic: James Quinton
With heavy snow falling over much of the UK this week, some gigs were cancelled due to the weather conditions, including Hearts Under Fire’s show at the Dublin Castle in Camden, north London, and Petty Thief’s gig at the Night And Day Café in Manchester. Pic: PA Photos
Russell Brand has confirmed that he and Katy Perry are engaged. The comic reportedly popped the question to Perry while the couple were on holiday in India recently. Pic: PA Photos
Aaron Johnson, the 19-year-old star of new John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, is to have a child with the film’s 42-year-old director. The actor, who plays Lennon in the film, first hooked up with director Sam Taylor-Wood on the set of the film, with the couple being described by an anonymous source as being “very, very happy” about the news. Pic: PA Photos
Former Sugababes member Mutya Buena launched a drunken Twitter attack on former bandmate Heidi Range. Writing on the site while listening to music, Buena said of Kesha’s song ‘Backstabber’: “Reminds me of a certain someone in my life lol”. Pic: PA Photos
Jonathan Ross’ decision to leave the BBC could have a big impact on British music gaining exposure on primetime television, a leading industry figure has warned. The talk show host announced today (January 7) that he his quitting the corporation – including his radio and film shows along with the TV staple Friday Night… With Jonathan Ross. Pic: PA Photos
Beyonce’s sister Solange is set to appear on the new album by Of Montreal. The band’s singer Kevin Barnes confirmed that Solange will guest on the album, which will also feature R&B singer Janelle Monae. He told Stereogum that the album, which is due out in late summer/early autumn, will either be called ‘False Priest’ or ‘The Controller Sphere’. Pic: PA Photos
Iggy Pop is set to feature in a new TV advert for Swiftcover insurance. In the advert, which you can watch here, Pop is seen teaming up with a puppet called ‘Little Iggy’, who has been designed by the team behind satire puppet programme Spitting Image.
Actor Christopher Lee is set to release a ‘symphonic metal album’, and you can see a video of him talking about the record below. Entitled ‘Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross’, the 87-year old actor, who has featured in films such as Dracula, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars, will release the album on March 15.
Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has hailed a new range of Royal Mail stamps featuring classic British album covers. The set of ten stamps, which entered circulation January 7, features iconic album covers including Blur’s ‘Parklife’, The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV’. Pic: PA Photos
Santigold has revealed that she is producing new material by DEVO. The singer, real name Santi White, didn’t reveal how the two parties hooked up but said that the collaboration was “amazing”. Pic: Richard Johnson
Courtney Love has previewed new Hole material online. You can watch a short clip of a new song, named ‘Honey’, which Love and Hole bandmate Micko Larkin played before the band’s impromptu New Years Eve (December 31) gig at New York’s Boom Boom Room.
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Album sales in the UK declined by 3.5 per-cent in 2009 compared to 2008 sales, new figures released today (January 7) reveal. Data from the British Phonographic Industry revealed the fall in total album sales.
Muse have won the Best Art Vinyl 2010 award for the artwork for their latest album, ‘The Resistance’. The artwork, designed by La Boca, was voted the best album cover of the past year by the public, pipping Manic Street Preachers, Fever Ray and Massive Attack to the title.
Annie Mac is curating a Shockwaves NME Awards Show next month. The Annie Mac Presents… night will take place at KOKO in London on February 6. Pic: Emilie Bailey
Morrissey has issued a statement saying he has ceased working with his current management team. The statement, posted on True-to-you.net distanced the singer from Front Line Management. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Muse’s Matt Bellamy says the band have been asked to write the soundtrack for the upcoming remake of Clash Of The Titans. The film, which is due out on March 26, is a remake of the 1981 sci-fi classic. It stars Liam Neeson and Gemma Arterton. Pic: Dean Chalkley