Lostprophets have split up
The band issued a statement on their Facebook page stating that they could no longer make music under the name Lostprophets after the band’s former frontman Ian Watkins was charged with 23 sexual offences.
Ricky Gervais is furious over ‘disgusting’ secondary ticketing prices for David Brent Tour
The star of The Office has lashed out at touts re-selling tickets for his first ever live music gigs, which are being sold at prices over £1,000 each. Responding to a fan who tweeted the comedian a site which had been advertising three tickets for £3,545, he declared it ‘fucking disgusting'.
Blur’s Damon Albarn will make radio presenting debut on BBC Radio 2
Britpop icon Damon Albarn will make his radio debut this Saturday (October 5), covering for regular presenter Dermot O’Leary on his 3pm show. The BBC has stated that Albarn will play music ‘from all over the world’ and will be joined by actor Idris Elba and The Clash’s Paul Simonon.
Reading and Leeds Festivals organiser has booked ‘two out of three’ 2014 headliners
Melvin Benn has announced that two of the three headline acts for next year’s festival have been booked. Asked for clues as to the acts’ identities, he stated that ‘they are bands, actually. They are American and English’.
David Bowie’s 100 favourite books revealed
The curators of the David Bowie… Is exhibition in Canada have released a list of Bowie’s 100 favourite books. The ‘voracious reader’s’ favourites include George Orwell’s 1984, Homer’s Iliad and British satirical comic Viz.
Elbow unveil sixth album details, announce new UK tour
Guy Garvey of Elbow has revealed to NME the details of the band’s sixth studio album. ‘All At Once’ (a working title) will be released on March 3, 2014. Garvey also hinted at plans for a live album and an appearance at next year’s Glastonbury festival.
Online streams of Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’ up 9000 per cent following ‘Breaking Bad’ finale
The global streams of 1971 song ‘Baby Blue’ by Badfinger have increased by 9000 per cent after it was used during the highly popular US show’s finale on Sunday (September 29). The show’s musical supervisor, Thomas Golubic, praised the choice of the song as ‘perfect’.
Kanye West deleted foul-mouthed Twitter tirade against comedian Jimmy Kimmel
Responding angrily to a parody interview on Kimmel’s TV chat show, the rapper declared that Kimmel was ‘OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS’, and, displaying the subtlety and nuance the he is known for, labelled the comedian a ‘MANIPULATIVE MEDIA MOTHERFUCKER’.
Justin Timberlake announces spring 2014 UK arena tour
Justin Timberlake has announced a 2014 UK tour. The singer, who has just released his album ‘The 20/20 Experience’, will play five dates at Sheffield, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham from March 30 to April 11. Tickets went on-sale on October 4.
Emily Eavis ‘close to securing two’ Glastonbury headliners
Emily Eavis has confirmed that she is on the verge of confirming two names to headline Glastonbury 2014. Speaking to NME, she said that ‘we’re definitely getting close to securing two and there are a few options for the third.’ Over one million people have registered for next year’s event.
The Wombats unveil new track ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ – listen
Manchester’s The Wombats have revealed their first new material since the release of 2011’s ‘The Wombats Present… This Modern Glitch’. Frontman Matthew Murphy told NME that the track was written about a paparazzi he saw trying to shoot Harry Styles outside a party.
Alan McGee: ‘Oasis won’t reform next year’
Former Creation boss Alan McGee has claimed that whilst Oasis ‘will come back at some point, I don’t think it’s going to be next year.’ His suggestion that Oasis would probably reform for ‘big bucks’ aligns itself with Noel Gallagher’s insistence that the band would only reform if he was broke.
Paul McCartney wants to work with Thom Yorke
Paul McCartney has said that he is open to a collaboration with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, but is scared that he would not be interested. Speaking in this week’s NME, the ex-Beatle stated that he often thinks about working with Yorke and Blur frontman Damon Albarn. His new solo album ‘New’ is released October 14
Disclosure responded to Azealia Banks
In an interview with Triple J, Disclosure (Guy and Howard Lawrence) have responded to Azealia Banks’ criticism of the duo as ‘rude’. According to Guy, ‘we apologised and everything. It didn't seem to matter that we apologised ... We made the beat on the way there in the car, so I don't give a damn if she uses it.’
Arcade Fire have a lot of celebrity friends
Bono, Ben Stiller and James Franco were among the stars who had cameos in NBC’s post-Saturday Night Live Arcade Fire special on September 23. During the special, which was directed by Roman Coppola, the band debuted ‘Here Comes The Night Time’, ‘We Exist’ and ‘Normal Person’, taken from upcoming album ‘Reflektor’.