Photo Gallery: This week’s news in pictures (July 11)

Plan B

Plan B will release his new album himself after his record label rejected his return to hip-hop. After this year’s ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’, a concept soul album, it seems the record company were not too keen to see him return to the genre he started out in, suggesting they were “over the moon” when he announced he would release the project without them.


Heavy rain has fallen at this weekend’s (July 9-11) T In The Park festival site – although there should be some sunny periods. Forecast service BBC Weather predicted heavy rain on Friday and Saturday on the Kinross site in Scotland, while sunny intervals are expected on Sunday, the final day of the event.


MIA says she has written the “perfect song” for Jay-Z. The rapper recently remixed the singer’s track ‘XXXO’, appearing on the new version, and now she wants to return the favour. “I really want to produce for him. … I have got the perfect song for Jay-Z,” MIA told MTV News.


Music Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber may face a tour of North Korea – as the result of an internet vote to choose a country for a gig, determined by online users worldwide. The teenage singer held a poll on his official website, Justinbiebermusic, asking fans where they thought he should perform.


Nick Cave’s novel The Death Of Bunny Munro is to be made into a TV mini-series. The musician and screenwriter told Empire about the adaptation at June’s Dundee Literature Festival, stating he originally wrote the story as a screenplay, but had it published as a novel after it failed to move forward.

Capital Radio Summertime Ball – London

Cheryl Cole has contracted malaria, her spokesperson has confirmed. The singer is thought to have been bitten by a mosquito while holidaying in Tanzania with dancer Derek Hough. After reports in the tabloids that she collapsed during a photoshoot, Cole’s spokesperson said she is now being treated in hospital for the infectious disease.


Julian Casablancas has predicted that The Strokes’ next album will be released in March 2011. The singer said the album, which his other Strokes bandmates have been recording without him, is “almost halfway done” at present.



LCD Soundsystem lashed out at the crowd during their headline set on day two at the Wireless Festival this week (July 3) after fans threw several bottles onstage. The band, who recently released their third album ‘This Is Happening’, stopped their set midway through to chastise the lively audience members.


Eminem is set to play T In The Park this weekend (July 10) – after organisers moved to quash rumours he was on the verge of pulling out. The rapper is also set to make a similar headlining appearance at Ireland’s Oxegen festival. According to reports a bogus website was claiming that Eminem was going to drop out of his live commitments.


The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding opened his latest solo art exhibition last weekend (July 3). The comedian kicked off Bryan Ferry vs The Jelly Fox with a champagne and cake reception at Maison Bertaux Gallery in London.


Snoop Dogg is trying to associate himself with two Manchester legends. Rather than Morrissey and Oasis, the rapper has expressed his desire to link up with Manchester United and Coronation Street. Snoop achieved the first part by hanging out with injured defender Rio Ferdinand at Ordsall Youth Centre in the city, and even showed off his football skills.


Emirates George Michael

George Michael has been arrested after he crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps in north London. The singer, 47, was arrested by police on Sunday night (July 4) on suspicion of being unfit to drive, reports BBC News. He is said to have crashed his car into a Snappy Snaps on Hampstead High Street, near to where he lives. He has now been bailed by police to return in August.


Pete Doherty has reportedly been hospitalised after missing a gig in France. Concertgoers were apparently on their way into Nice’s Theatre de Verdure (July 8) for a solo show by the singer when it announced the performance would be rescheduled, reports WENN.COM.


Elbow’s Guy Garvey has declared that producing I Am Kloot’s latest album was more satisfying then his own work. Speaking in this week’s NME, which is on UK newsstands now, the singer said that his and bandmate Craig Potter’s work with John Bramwell and co on ‘Sky At Night’ was in many ways more enjoyable than his work with Elbow.


Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr in a Beatles reunion at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday (July 7). In the finale of the drummer’s 70th birthday celebration gig, Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, Nils Lofgren, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and others joined Starr to sing ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.