The week’s 20 biggest news stories (3 December)


Radiohead have announced their first festival appearance of next summer. The band, who have already confirmed a 10-date North American tour for February 2012 and five shows across Europe for June and July, will headline Portugal’s Optimus Alive festival, which is set to take place between July 12 – 15 next year in Lisbon.


Kasabian have said they would never ask Noel Gallagher to join their band. The ex-Oasis chief recently revealed that he would have loved to join the Leicester group if they had asked him. But Tom Meighan has now said that would never happen. He said: “No, he’d dictate everything too much. Seriously, he would have been fucking brilliant, but he has his own thing going on now.”


Noel Gallagher has hit out at brother Liam, saying that he blames him for Oasis’ failure to truly break America. The guitarist has revealed that his brother bailed on the opening night of the band’s US tour in 1996. Noel went on to say that his brother’s behaviour “killed us stone dead in America” and that he blamed him “for Oasis never becoming as big in America as we were in England”.



Online rumours that Muse are to split have been revealed as a hoax. Rumours that the band had parted ways began to spread when a fake NME.COM page was circulated throughout Twitter and on the band’s official message board and has since been shared all over the world. The fake page alleged that the band had split after an argument, but this has been dismissed by a representative for the band.

2011 MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals

Beyonce has once again hit out against claims that she faked her pregnancy, in a new video. After announcing she was expecting her first child earlier this year, the singer was accussed of wearing a prosthetic baby bump. However, the singer has refuted the claims. In the clip, the singer says: “Hello, it is September 23. Oh baby, oh baby, oh baby, oh baby,” whilst rubbing her bump.


Miles Kane has insisted that he has no plans to ask Arctic Monkeys whether he can join the band full-time. Earlier this month, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said that they would let his friend join the band “in a second” if he asked. However Kane said he had no plans to become a full-time member. He said: “We’ll just continue what we’re doing – as we are is fine. ”


The Streets invited fans onstage for a farewell drink last night (November 26) after closing the curtain on their 10 year-career. Mike Skinner and his band performed the band’s final ever gig at The Big Reunion in Skegness. On a night that also saw the singer celebrate his 32nd birthday Skinner toasted a successful career.



Arctic Monkeys’s frontman Alex Turner, Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch and Joss Stone have all been revealed as some of the richest people in the UK who are under the age of 30. The list has been compiled by Heat Magazine and details the richest people under 30 in the UK. It is topped by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who is worth just under £52 million.


American pop band Hanson have revealed they are launching their own brand of beer called ‘Mmmhop’. The trio have announced that the beverage will be an Indian pale ale. The group discussed the details of their new venture at the Oxford Union earlier this week with drummer Zac Hanson telling the audience: “We are soon going to be selling our own beer. I’m not joking – Mmmhop IPA anyone?”


Scenes that were due to feature Lady Gaga and Katy Perry have both been cut from the forthcoming film The Muppets. The singers’ scenes have been axed as they would have given the film close to a three hour running time, writer/ producer Clint Morris told AOL.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are set to release the brand new single ‘If I Had A Gun…’ on December 26. The third track to be taken from Gallagher’s debut album, it will be released on seven-inch vinyl, CD and download and will be available as a digital bundle, which also includes the video. The B-side ‘I’d Pick You Every Time’ will only be available on the single release.



Elvis Costello has told his fans not to buy his new boxset – ‘The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ – because of its £212.99 price tag. He suggested that the price of the boxset is “either a misprint or a satire”. He said: “If you should really want to buy something special we can wholeheartedly recommend ‘Ambassadors Of Jazz’ – Louis Armstrong… Frankly, the music is vastly superior.”


The Killers have announced their return with new Christmas single ‘The Cowboy’s Christmas Ball’, which you can hear by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. The track was released on December 1 for purchase via download. The track is being released to coincide with World Aids Day with proceeds going towards the (RED) campaign which helps fight HIV/Aids in Africa.


Lana Del Rey has unveiled the title of her forthcoming debut album. The star, who became a YouTube sensation with the low-budget video for her track ‘Video Games’ and scored a Top Ten hit with the single last month, told French television show Taratata that her debut LP will be named after her forthcoming single ‘Born To Die’.