The week’s most viewed news stories

1
 

Kanye West has said that his joint album with Jay-Z, ‘Watch The Throne’, is “coming in one week”. The rapper made the declaration while partying with Jay-Z at the Marquee nightclub in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve (December 31), reports Billboard.

2
 

The Rolling Stones have reunited with their former bassist Bill Wyman to record a tribute song in honour of their late pianist Ian Stewart. The song, a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Watching The River Flow’, is set to be included on a tribute album for Stewart, who died of a heart attack in 1985.

3
 

Paramore have revealed that they have begun work on their fourth album despite brothers Josh and Zac Farro leaving the band last month. “Tonight (December 30) @itstayloryall [guitarist Taylor York] sent me the 1st official demo for me to write lyrics to,” said Singer Hayley Williams on Twitter. “And I am so hopeful and motivated for the future!!”

Advertisement

4
 

Muse’s Matt Bellamy has said that the band have had “real” discussions about the possibility of playing a gig in space. The frontman told The Sun that although his plan seemed rather ambitious, he hoped that technology would allow the Devon three-piece a shot at performing a show in orbit one day.

5
 

The Vaccines have named their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’. The album from the London four-piece, who feature in this week’s issue of NME – features 11 songs and clocks in at under 35 minutes. It will be released on March 21.

6
 

Pulp have promised that they will not let fans down during their reunion shows this summer. The Sheffield band, who announced in November that they are reuniting, are confirmed to headline both the Isle of Wight and Wireless festivals this summer.

7
 

Lady Gaga has announced the release date for her new album ‘Born This Way’. The singer made the announcement via her official Twitter page, Twitter.com/ladygaga, writing that the record will be released on May 23 and that the album’s title track will be made available on February 13.

Advertisement

8
 

Billy Bragg has become the target of a hate mail campaign aiming to drive him out of the village he lives in. The singer, famously a campaigner for left-wing causes and anti-fascist organisations, has seen dozens of letters sent to his neighbours in the village of Burton Bradstock, Dorset, with some describing him as a “hypocrite” and “anti-British”.

9
 

HMV is to close 60 of its UK stores over the next 12 months, the company has confirmed. The music retailer has seen shares fall drastically recently, with Christmas sales also down 10 percent. By closing the stores, it is hoped that the company will be able to control its costs more efficiently, reports BBC News.

10
 

A planned re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s autopsy, which was due to air in the UK on January 13, has been cancelled. Discovery Televsion Network said in a statement “Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week … the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’s official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely.”

11
 

According to reports kicking around the papers on January 4th, Eminem and Arctic Monkeys have signed on to headline next summer’s V Festival. Festival chiefs are also reportedly hoping to secure Rihanna, with hopes that she’ll join Eminem onstage for ‘Love The Way You Lie’.

Advertisement

12
 

Gerry Rafferty has died aged 63. The ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ and ‘Baker Street’ singer-songwriter died on the morning of January 4th after a long illness, reports The Guardian. His family said he passed away peacefully.

13
 

Paramore have responded to ex-member Josh Farro’s blog post, in which he described how he and his brother Zac felt forced out of the band. Singer Hayley Williams said the reason the band felt compelled to respond was to end rumours the Farro brothers’ departure would bring about the end of Paramore.

Advertisement
Advertisement