The X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has announced that he will be launching a new TV talent show which aims "to find the world's greatest DJ's". The show will operate in a similar manner to the X Factor, with DJs battling it out to secure fame and fortune. Cowell described DJs as "the new rock stars" and said that the show will capture the rise of "DJ phenomena".
Disney's Joy Division inspired Mickey Mouse t-shirt has been withdrawn from sale. Pitchfork reports that a representative from Disney has said: "As soon as we became aware there could be an issue, we pulled it from our shelves and our online store to review the situation further."
Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. He penned 'Man Or Muppet' which features in The Muppets. He is up against only one other track in the category, 'Real In Rio' from the film Rio.
Users of a new legal high known as 'Roflcoptr' are being warned about possible unknown longterm dangers of the drug. A report in the current issue of Mixmag say users claim the drug gives them "feelings of warmth and enlightenment". However Dr Valerie Curran says: "People are playing Russian roulette when they take something like this, because there's been no research on its effects."
Nickelback have taken it upon themselves to respond to insults directed at them on Twitter. The band recently received a tweet saying: "Was driving down the street, and a @Nickelback song came on. I had an aneurism and violently shit myself at the same time." The band quickly went on to reply: "I bet it was the best day you've had in awhile. #yourwelcome."
Pete Doherty played his first shows of 2012 on January 21 with a double-header at the Brixton Jamm venue in south London. The Libertines and Babyshambles man played an early evening and late show at the venue – with the latter interrupted by some rather inebriated fans invading the stage, resulting in tussles with security guards.
Lana Del Rey swore on a live radio broadcast on January 23 uttering the phrase "fucking hell" during an interview on BBC 6Music. During the interview for her first UK radio session, she was asked by Morgan if the hype sounding her 'bugged' her out, to which she said: "Not really, I mean, only because it's been so long that I've been singing now."
Neil Young has hit out at the sound quality of 21st century recorded music. He told MTV News: "I'm finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today. I don't like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we're in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we've ever had. It's worse than a 78 [rpm record]. Where are our geniuses?"
Peter Hook told NME to say that he felt it was "quite a compliment" that Disney used Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' artwork in the Mickey Mouse item of clothing. The former bassist with New Order suggested that the garment was a "tongue in cheek compliment" to the defunct band.
Lana Del Rey's co-star in the video for 'Born To Die' has said he often gets quizzed about whether he got a "boner" during filming for the clip. He told Billboard: "Embracing her [Del Rey] was easy. Everyone asks the same question, did you have a boner? Ha! No, I didn't. There's a huge crew of people staring at you shouting, moving around, bright lights everywhere. Madness."
Pulp have announced three more live dates for this summer. The band will play the dates in April, beginning at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 11, they then play Coachella on April 13 before journeying to San Francisco to play the city's Warfield venue on April 17.
Wrestling star Hulk Hogan has revealed that he almost joined an early version of Metallica. He told The Sun: "I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days but it didn't work out."
You can watch the video for Arctic Monkeys' new track 'You And I' on NME.com. The track, which features Richard Hawley, is the B-Side to the band's new single 'Black Treacle', was released on January 23. The single is out on 7" and as a digital download. It is the latest track to be taken from last year's 'Suck It And See' album.
The Libertines' documentary There Are No Innocent Bystanders is now available to order on DVD. The film, which was was given its premiere last year at London's Troxy as part of the East End Film Festival, has been made available to buy as part of a collaboration between the film's director Roger Sargent and Pledgemusic, which will raise money for the production cost of the DVD.
Producer William Orbit has hinted that he is set work with Blur on their new studio album. Writing on his Twitter account Twitter.com/WilliamOrbit, the producer wrote a message to record label World Circuit Records about their artist Fatoumata Diawara, which read: "I just found out that she [Diawara] has done tracks with Damon A, who I'm in the studio with from Wednesday!"
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has recorded a new album with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. It consists of two pieces by Penderecki from the early '60s and two by Greenwood including 'Popcorn Superhet Receiver', which featured in the guitarist's film score for There Will Be Blood.
Former Pink Floyd co-frontman Roger Waters has tied the knot for the fourth time with his fiancée Laurie Durning. The couple, who have been together since 2004, got married last weekend.
Lostprophets have announced an extensive UK and Ireland tour for April. The Welsh band, who will release their fifth studio album 'Weapons' on April 2, will play 14 dates across the UK and Ireland. The tour kicks off at Dublin Olympia on April 15 and runs until May 4, when the band headline London's O2 Academy Brixton.
Lana Del Rey has said that she thinks people want to see her "go off the rails". She made the comments in light of the online criticism she received over questions of her 'authenticity' and also her performance on Saturday Night Live. The 'Born To Die' singer said: "People just want to see me go off the rails. That's the only reason they're watching. They just want to see what happens."
Radiohead have contributed 14 songs from their back catalogue to the soundtrack of new documentary The Island President. The documentary, which won Best Documentary at the Toronto Film Festival, tells the story of the struggle the island's leader President Nasheed is going through to raise awareness about the effect that climate change is having on the island.