An online petition asking for U2 frontman Bono to "retire from public life" has so far raised $390. The petition is published on Thepoint.com. It's stated aim is: "To get Bono to retire from public life (so he'll stop leading misguided counter-productive philanthropy efforts)." Pic: PA Photos
Snow Patrol have revealed details about their new album. The title of the follow-up to 2006's 'Eyes Open' is 'One Hundred Million Suns', reports the Belfast Telegraph. Speaking from Berlin, drummer Jonny Quinn said: "We recorded the album at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland and the same studios in Berlin (Hansa) where U2 recorded 'Achtung Baby'." Pic: Tom Oxley
Alicia Keys and Jack White are set to go down in history as the first duet to record the James Bond theme. Following rumours that Duffy was a 'dead cert' to sing the track, the pair will reportedly record the theme to 'Quantum Of Solace', entitled 'Another Way To Die'.
The Killers premiered two new songs in New York last week (July 29). The Las Vegas band debuted the new tracks during a gig for their fanclub, The Victims, at the last minute-announced show at the 700-capacity Highline Ballroom.
The Streets have been offering a new track, 'The Escapist', as a free download since July 30. The song is the closing track from Mike Skinner's forthcoming fourth album 'Everything Is Borrowed', out September 15, and is available to download from Myfreedownload.co.uk/thestreets. Pic: Danny North
AC/DC have confirmed their first world tour in eight years, an 18-month jaunt set to kick off this October. The tour will be in support of the band's new album, set to also be released this autumn. The record, rumoured to be titled 'Black Ice', is the band's first since 2000's 'Stiff Upper Lip' and in the US will only be available through Walmart stores.
Madonna, along with a string of other superstars, have been enlisted to collaborate with super-producer Timbaland on his forthcoming album 'Shock Value 2'. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna and T-Pain will also collaborate with Timba on the release, which he likens to a 'Now [That's What I Call Music!]' compilation.
Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional have been lined up to co-headline the first ever Rock Band Live tour this fall in North America. The Cab will join the bands on the outing, which will see fans compete in head-to-head Rock Band video game competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the tour acts' sets.
A preview of Oasis new single 'The Shock Of The Lightning' has been uploaded to YouTube. The clip of the song comes after a short compilation of the band's releases to date, including 'Rock 'N' Roll Star', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Lyla'. The section of 'The Shock Of The Lightning' previewed appears to feature the song's intro and a verse.
Primal Scream will headline this year's NME Rock 'N' Roll Riot tour, which kicks off in Oxford on November 20. Frontman Bobby Gillespie are promising to play tracks from new album 'Beautiful Future', a host of classics - and even some songs they haven't even written yet for the winter dates. Get tickets from NME.COM/GIGS. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Keane have revealed details about their new album. Called 'Perfect Symmetry', the album will be released on October 13 and is said to 'ignore the rules of good taste'. In a posting on their official website, the band revealed that the album was recorded in various locations, namely Paris, Berlin, London and LA.
Amy Winehouse was hospitalised last week (July 28) for a "bad reaction to medications". Reports have since claimed that a friend allegedly spiked her drink with ecstasy. Pic: Tom Oxley
Eight unreleased songs by The La's are set to be available to buy online for the first time this September. The songs will be available on Lost Tunes - a new online download store launched on July 30 that is dedicated to exclusive, rare or overlooked classics.
Guy Ritchie's new film 'RocknRolla' has a character based on Pete Doherty. According to Empire magazine, the character Johnny Story (played by Toby Kebbell) is a shambolic musician who hides out in a London crack den. Pic: James Quinton
Metallica have announced that they will play two club shows to celebrate the release of their forthcoming studio album. In a posting on the band's website, they announced gigs in Berlin and London on September 12 and 15 respectively.
Radiohead have placed a new video download on their website. The video for 'House Of Cards' is notable because no cameras were used to make it. Instead, images and performances were captured by 64 lasers and structured light. Pic: PA Photos
The Kills have announced a UK headline tour this November. The band, who released last album 'Midnight Boom' in March, will visit Glasgow, Nottingham and London on the tour. Check NME.COM/news for dates.
The Vines new album 'Melodia' will be released on October 6. As NME.COM previously reported, the follow-up to 2006's 'Vision Valley' is currently being streamed in its entirety on Myspace.com/thevines. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Crystal Castles have cancelled their autumn UK tour. The duo have pulled the dates due to recording commitments. They will however still play their show at London's Electric Ballroom on September 8, along with their festival appearance at Reading And Leeds, Jersey Live, Hydro Connect and Electric Pinic. Pic: Tom Oxley
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor has revealed that hearing Johnny Cash's cover of his song 'Hurt' for the first time felt "like someone kissing [his] girlfriend". Reznor added that the 2002 cover matters much more to him than industry accolades like the Grammys.