The week’s most viewed news stories (August 18)



Liam Gallagher, Muse drummer Dominic Howard and three members of The Spice Girls clearly partied long into the night after the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday August 12. Emma Bunton, who had earlier reunited with her fellow Spice Girls for the first time in four years, tweeted a picture of her, bandmates Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell, Howard and Gallagher.


Beady Eye, Muse and The Who were among the artists who performed at the Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday August 12. Beady Eye played Oasis' classic 'Wonderwall' during the 'A Symphony of British Music' segment. Backed by a string orchestra, Liam Gallagher was joined by the athletes and the thousands in attendance in singing the '90s Britpop hit.


Noel Gallagher dedicated 'Wonderwall' to "Stratford's finest Oasis tribute band" at a War Child benefit gig in London on August 14. Noel made the jibe in reference to his brother Liam's appearance at the Olympic Games closing ceremony on Sunday night, which saw the younger Gallagher performing 'Wonderwall' with his band Beady Eye.


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David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones and Kate Bush all turned down the chance to appear in yesterday's Olympic Games closing ceremony. According to The Guardian, all of the above artists were approached, but declined the invite to take part from the ceremony's producer Kim Gavin.


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Blur returned to Hyde Park on August 12 - three years after their two acclaimed comback shows at the central London venue. The Britpop legends played as part of the Mayor of London's Olympic closing ceremony celebrations.


Muse have unveiled their new dubstep-influenced track 'Unsustainable'. The track is the second to be revealed from the band's new album 'The 2nd Law', which is due to released on October 1 in the UK and October 2 in the US.


Rihanna has spoken out about her assault at the hands of Chris Brown, describing the attack as "embarrassing and humiliating". The 'Talk That Talk' star's relationship with Brown ended after he attacked her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.


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Glastonbury festival boss Michael Eavis is pursuing The Stone Roses as potential headliners for next year's event. Eavis was spotted watching the reunited band at Hungary's Sziget festival on August 10. He told NME: "I'm very keen on The Stone Roses – I always have been."


Adrian Bayford, the man who won £148 million in the August 10 EuroMillions lottery draw, has said he would love to spend some of that money reuniting the original line-up of Guns N' Roses. Bayford is 41 and runs a music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk.


use mainman Matt Bellamy has revealed that he has included a recording of the heartbeat of his son Bingham on the band's new album 'The 2nd Law'. Bingham was born on July 9 this year to Bellamy and his fiancée Kate Hudson and his in-utero heartbeat appears a track named 'Follow Me'.


The Killers have announced a one-off London show for next month. The Nevada four-piece will headline London's HMV Forum on September 10, exactly one week before their new studio album 'Battle Born' is released on September 17.


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The Who's Roger Daltrey has invited Olympic gold medal winning cyclist and Mod extraordinaire Bradley Wiggins to join the band onstage. Wiggins – who became the most successful British Olympic athlete ever in terms of medals won earlier this month – has become well-known for his love of indie and mod music.


Oasis, Elbow and The Spice Girls enjoyed surges in the sales after they performed at the Olympics closing ceremony.


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Foals have unveiled details of their new album, revealing that some of the new material is "unashamedly funk". The Oxford band reveal in this week's NME that their third album will be ready for release in early 2013.


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Jack White headed up the second of two dates at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on August 11. The former White Stripes man was accompanied by his all-female band for the gig, a change from the previous Friday night's show, which saw him playing with all-male accompaniment.


Green Day have unveiled their new single 'Kill The DJ'. The track is the second to be taken from the band's new album '¡Uno!' and follows the previous release of 'Oh Love', which emerged last month.


Kanye West has pushed back the release of his new G.O.O.D. Music compilation by two weeks. The album is titled 'Cruel Summer' and will feature all acts signed to West's label including Mr Hudson, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, Big Sean as well as the rapper himself.


Rihanna took the top spot in the Official UK Album Chart on August 12 with the lowest sales for a UK Number One album since recent records began. The singer's latest album 'Talk That Talk' knocked Conor Maynard off the top spot after selling just 9,578 copies.


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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, The Cure's Robert Smith, The Flaming Lips and Passion Pit will all feature on the soundtrack to Tim Burton's new film Frankenweenie. The soundtrack is released on September 25, the same day the film is released into cinemas.