The week’s 20 biggest news stories (8 January)


Arctic Monkeys are reported to have ruined a New Year’s Eve countdown at a festival in Australia, after they left the stage at 11.58pm on December 31. The band were supposed to welcome in the new year at Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria, but had not been informed of their significant role.


Katy Perry encouraged Russell Brand to file for divorce from her rather than arranging the split herself to avoid upsetting her religious parents, according to a report. The couple announced the end of their 14-month marriage yesterday (December 30), citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.


Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has insisted that there is a “drought” of rock’n’roll bands in the charts. Meighan said: “There’s a rock ‘n’ roll drought at the moment, so I’m glad we’re here. People are frightened of making records that sound good on the radio.”



Lana Del Rey has signed a modelling deal with the Next Model Management agency. The singer has landed a contract with the company’s talent wing, which has previously pulled in Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s ex Alexa Chung.


The Black Keys have admitted they believe rock and roll is dying. Drummer Patrick Carney claims there’s a lull in guitar groups coming to the fore at the moment, blaming Nickelback for its decline. He told Rolling Stone: “Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.”


Kele Okereke has confirmed that Bloc Party will release a new album later this year. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Radio 1 today earlier in the week, the frontman said that a follow up to their third album, 2008’s ‘Intimacy’, will be out at some point in 2012. The band have been working on their fourth album in New York.


An image of Morrissey has been hidden in Google Earth, outside the iconic Salford Lads Club. A pixilated image of The Smiths singer can be seen outside the venue’s posting on the site, apparently hidden by a clever fan of the band working for the company.



Lily Allen has reportedly named her daughter Ethel Mary. The ‘retired’ popstar gave birth to her and husband Sam Cooper’s first child in November last year. The name of the baby had been heavily guarded but NME understands that the news slipped out when Allen’s mother Alison Owen mentioned the child’s name on Facebook.


Lady Gaga has been accused of partaking in a Satanic ritual, after leaving a bathtub full of blood in a London hotel. The incident happened during the summer of last year at the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital. One of the hotel workers has now revealed to Truthquake their thoughts on the matter, and has said that the singer was “bathing in blood as part of a Satanic ritual”.


Miles Kane has confirmed that he will reunite with Arctic Monkeys’ singer Alex Turner to record again as The Last Shadow Puppets, possibly as soon as at the end of this year. ‘The Colour Of The Trap’ singer is currently on tour with the Arctic Monkeys across Australia and has said that he and Turner will record the follow-up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ “when the time is right”.