15 Things NME Learnt This Week (19/10/2013)

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Another week, another avalanche of news stories from the busy world of music. But what have we learnt? Well, for starters, we’re now wise to Lady Gaga’s apparent interest in astrology, after the ‘Telephone’ singer announced her new single will be called ‘Venus’.

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Morrissey released his long-awaited autobiography, lifting the lid on his early life, which included a cameo on Coronation Street, and his various relationships. The book went on sale on Thursday at midnight and prompted queues outside Manchester and London bookstores.

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Glastonbury is only 10 months away, guys! Alright, that’s still quite a wait and we’ve got a winter of sodding rain to get through first, but at least with the announcement of the 2014 festival’s first band, Bristol DJ duo Stanton Warriors, it feels a little bit closer.

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Paul McCartney is said to have assembled an all-star cast for his upcoming video to new album cut ‘Queenie Eye’, with Kate Moss and Johnny Depp all reported to have filmed cameos. Oh and Gary Barlow.

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Noel Gallagher has hit out at BBC Radio 1 bosses for neglecting “great records” from the likes of Temples and Jaguwar Ma this year. His comments follow news earlier this year that BBC Radio 1 will no longer playlist his music, feeling his songs are more in keeping with Radio 2.

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The Strokes drummer Fabio Morreti debuted a new art installation in New York this week, following in the footsteps of other great drummers-turned-artists like Ringo Starr and… that’s it.

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Albert Hammond Jr. has revealed further details of his drug addiction that threatened to derail the Strokes, telling US publication The Talks that his band mates were “concerned that I’d kill myself.”

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Laura Lush, bassist in US punk band Get Shot, this week protested controversial religious group the Westboro Baptist Church by filming a video masturbating on the lawn outside their Kansas HQ. “I wanted to spread my legs and cause controversy,” said Lush.

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Wading into the never-ending Miley Cyrus media fracas this week was Sufjan Stevens, who rather than voice his anger at the pop star’s comments about Sinead O’Connor’s mental health or raunchy VMAs display, wrote an open letter criticising her grammar.

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U2 are well on the way with their follow-up to 2009’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’, with bassist Adam Clayton suggesting work on their new album could be completed as soon as November.

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Metallica have thrown their name into the hat for next year’s Glastonbury, with Lars Ulrich telling Michael Eavis this week to call him to discuss a potential headline slot. “Look us up in the Yellow Pages, we’re ready to go!” he said in an interview.

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After being bumped from a planned appearance for an interview with Kanye West last week, Arctic Monkeys appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live a week later than planned, playing ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ from ‘AM’. Better late than never…

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Finally, we learnt this week Trent Reznor looks badass sitting on a throne. Namely, the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, which he was pictured on after a visit to the set of the HBO show in Belfast this week.

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