This week's news in pictures (7 February 2009)

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Albert Hammond said he wants to collaborate with his son, The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. In an interview with The Independent, the 64-year-old songwriter revealed his thoughts on his son's music, adding that he "dreams" of a collaboration. Hammond, as revealed in NME's special on The Strokes last year, loaned the band money to get their career started, who went on to say that he thinks his music taste helped to shape his offspring's career. Photo: PA Photos

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Marilyn Manson has announced the title for his new studio album. The hard rocker revealed that the new record will be called 'The High End Of Low' on his official site Marilynmanson.com. The singer explained that the title referred to "a self-described state of being that I'm in. You're going to be fucking freaked. It's the shit". Photo: Danny North

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Blur will headline this year's T In The Park Festival, NME.COM can reveal. The reunited band will top the bill on the Saturday night (July 11). "It's fantastic that Blur have reformed and we're delighted to be able to confirm them for T In The Park this year, especially as the last time they played the festival was ten years ago," festival organiser Geoff Ellis told NME.COM. Photo: Pennie Smith

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The Cramps' frontman Lux Interior died in Glendale, California this week (February 4). The frontman of the highly influential New York punk band was 62. Interior, whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser, passed away at Glendale Memorial Hospital at 4:30am (PST) due to a previously existing heart condition. Photo: PA Photos

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A spokesperson for Pete Doherty has quashed tabloid rumours that the Babyshambles man has been evicted from his Wiltshire home. Various UK newspapers claimed that Doherty was set to be booted out of his rented home after his landlord, the Earl Of Cardigan, became irritated with the state he was keeping the property in. Photo: PA Photos

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Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand and Friendly Fires are set to play live before The Cure at the Shockwaves NME Awards at the London Brixton Academy on February 25. NME.COM has a very limited number of tickets for the ceremony are on sale now. See NME.COM/awards/tour for more information and ticket details. Photo: Andy Willsher

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MIA has been added to the list of performers for this year's Grammy Awards, set to take place on Sunday (February 8). The Record Of The Year nominee is about to give birth to her first child, and the due date is the day of the ceremony. Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Smokey Robinson will also perform at the event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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Franz Ferdinand have confirmed that they will play at the Glastonbury festival this summer. The Scottish band listed the festival on their gig listings page on their official website, Franzferdinand.com, revealing that they will play on the Saturday (June 27) of the Somerset bash. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Estelle and The Ting Tings are set to perform onstage together at this year's BRIT Awards - although they are yet to reveal what they will perform. The awards are set to take place on February 18 at the London Earls Court venue, with Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, Duffy, Girls Aloud, Take That and U2 all set to play on the night. Photo: Claire Morris

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Bruce Springsteen has angrily spoken out against ticketing giant Ticketmaster after fans were redirected to a 'scalper' site owned by the corporation.

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PJ Harvey is to play her only UK solo show of the year at Camp Festival this July. The Dorset bash, which takes place at Lulworth Castle from July 24 to 26, has announced its full line-up this week (February 5). Photo: PA Photos

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A judge in New York has thrown out a $50 million lawsuit against the rapper 50 Cent, brought by his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins. Tompkins, who is the mother of 50â

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Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has said he "can't believe" Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Vicious died of a heroin overdose 30 years ago on February 2, while on bail over Spungen's death in October 1978. Photo: PA Photos

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Prince launched his new website by playing a private gig at his Los Angeles home at the weekend (January 31). The show, witnessed by a handful of competition winners, journalists - including NME.COM and invited guests including soul singer Anita Baker and Prince's protégée Bria Valente - saw the "purple one" perform a mammoth set with a full band in the basement of his Beverley Park mansion until around 3am. Photo: PA Photos

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N.E.R.D will headline the Relentless NASS festival in Somerset in July. The show is currently the group's only UK scheduled performance in 2009. Pharrell Williams and co will headline the Friday night (July 10) of the bash, which continues until the Sunday (July 12) at The Bath And West Showground in Shepton Mallet. Photo: Richard Johnson

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Robbie Williams and Mark Ronson are set to record in Los Angeles together soon. Ronson told BBC 6music that the pair were set to complete work on a song which had originally been intended to appear on Williams' previous album, 2006's 'Rudebox'. Photo: PA Photos

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White Lies will release a new single, 'Farewell To The Fairground', on March 23. The song is taken from the band's recent Number One album, 'To Lose My Lifeâ

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Little Boots made her Los Angeles debut this week with a performance at Club NME Los Angeles this week (February 4). Backed by a drummer and keyboardist, the solo project from Dead Disco frontwoman Victoria Hesketh won over the packed house, which included members of No Doubt, Mika and Lily Allen producer Greg Kurstin. Photo: Rachel Carr

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