The week’s most viewed news stories (August 4)



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Hole singer Courtney Love revealed to Lana Del Rey that Nirvana's 'Heart-Shaped Box' - which Del Rey had originally covered live - was an ode to Love's ladyparts, on behalf of husband Kurt. Delightful.


Muse have chosen the artwork for upcoming album 'The 2nd Law', and though it may look like a rare jellyfish, it's actually an image of the human brain taken from The Human Connectome Project. The image shows how we process information with bright, neon colors.


Liam Gallagher brought out his notebook of 'Extended Simile Insults' this week, and went to town on Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Liam concluded "He's better off as a skinhead, isn't he?"


US viewers of the Olympics Opening Ceremony were frustrated when broadcaster NBC placed 24 ad breaks in the 4 hour-ceremony, meaning performances of 'I Bet That You Look Good...', 'Abide With Me' and 'Pretty Vacant' were cut.


No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly passed away on Wednesday evening. Tributes to Sly came from Simple Plan, The Offspring, NOFX, Face to Face and the Bouncing Souls.


Drummer Charlie Watts confided that he needs time off from his bandmates after touring, noting that "the tours are two years long, so I'm living with Ronnie Wood for all that time, so I don't need to see him for another two years".


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Tabloid reports have rumoured that the Stone Roses are working on new material, and will be playing a secret show this week. The source claimed that "during rehearsals they have tried some new songs and really felt that the old magic was still there with the songwriting."


Marina is outraged that she is consistently compared to other female singers. The 'Radioactive' singer explained that the direction of her current album was general pop- "the blueprint was a goth Britney Spears."


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Blur performed a special gig from a secret location, live-streamed on Twitter, for BBC Radio 6Music. The set list included the never-played-before 'Caramel', as well as b-sides including 'Young & Lovely'.


Chris Brown was accused of directing a homophobic insult towards singer Frank Ocean while leaving a nightclub in France. When asked for a comment about the 'Channel Orange' singer, Brown is said to have stated 'Man, no homo' without further comment.


Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher turned up to show his support at Paul Weller's 100 Club gig. Weller was headlining the intimate venue as part of the Converse Represent series of shows .


'Just Be Good To Green' rapper Professor Green posted on his Twitter page that Twilight actress Kristen Stewart was a 'cheating slutbag', following the announcement that Stewart had cheated on Robert Pattinson.


The Boss bettered his former efforts by playing a gig in Finland that lasted four hours and six minutes. Springsteen's set lasted for 33 songs and included four covers.


Snoop Dogg, now Snoop Lion, spoke at a press conference ahead of his upcoming documentary about Jamaican culture. He added "for this project, I had no intention of making a reggae album, but the spirit called me. Anytime the spirit calls you gotta know that it's serious and real."


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Thanks to their blistering performance at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Arctic Monkeys' cover of the classic Beatles track is set to go to number 19 in this week's charts, according to the Official Charts Company.


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Slash, who released his second solo album 'Apocalyptic Love' in May, will play five shows across the UK in October. The vocals on 'Apocalyptic Love' all come via Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy, who will be touring alongside Slash.


The starring artists were all paid a minimal amount for performing in the opening ceremony. The £1 payout was purely contractually-based. The artists agreed to perform for free, but had to be paid an amount in order to sign the contract with the Olympic organisers.


After releasing taster single 'Octopus', Bloc Party put out a new, mellower track, titled 'Day Four'. The song is the second track to be taken from upcoming album 'Four', which will be released on August 20.


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Biffy Clyro have revealed that their new double-album will be called 'Opposites'. The Scottish group debuted their brand-new track 'Stinging Belle' on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on Tuesday.


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Liam Gallagher was in a playful mood, as he dedicated 'Rock N Roll Star' to "the one and only Mr Noel Gallagher," and 'Morning Glory' to "The High Flying Smurfs" at Fuji Rocks festival in Japan.