The week’s most viewed news stories (September 1)


Lady Gaga has been recording her new album ‘ARTPOP’ while naked – because she thinks it makes her voice sound better. The ‘Born This Way’ star, who is set to release the LP in early 2013, has reportedly taken to stripping off while working in the studio according to sources, as she believes that being in the nude helps her deliver stronger vocal performances.


Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has revealed that he once discovered his mother naked with David Bowie. The legendary axeman, who released his second solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love’ in May, revealed to Australian radio station Triple M that he walked in on his costume-designer mother Ola Hudson and the glam rock icon in the nude together when he was just eight years old.


Noel Gallagher has claimed that rock stardom “will die” because musicians don’t make enough money to support the lifestyle anymore. In an interview with the Sunday Express, the High Flying Birds man said that the music industry “has changed beyond all recognition” and that the days of making money from releasing records were “gone”.



The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr is the richest drummer in the world. The 72-year-old, who released his 16th solo album ‘Ringo 2012’ in January, is worth a cool $300 million (£190 million), according to wealth-calculation website This puts him ahead of former Genesis man Phil Collins, who comes in second place with a reported worth of around $250 million (£158 million).


Foo Fighters played their “last show for a long time” as they headlined the final night of Reading Festival. The band played a two-and-a-half hour set with a setlist that differed wildly from their 21-song effort at Leeds Festival on Friday (August 24), this time airing a full 26 songs.


The Vaccines have hit out at Rihanna for failing to write her own music. Guitarist Freddie Cowan told Digital Spy: “Rihanna isn’t an artist – she has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums and she’s the face of it. I have nothing against it, but I don’t want to be associated with it.”


The Black Keys have announced details of a UK arena tour for this December (2012). The Ohio duo will kick off their five-date trek at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on December 7, before playing Glasgow’s SECC on November 8, Birmingham’s NIA on December 9 and the Manchester Arena on December 11. The tour will conclude at London’s O2 Arena on December 12.



71% of Lady Gaga’s 29 million Twitter followers could be fake, according to reports. The ‘Born This Way’ superstar made social networking history in March of this year when she became the first public figure to gather 20 million followers on the site, while marketing experts also claimed that the singer made $30 million (£18.9 million) via the service.


Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch has revealed that she is taking a year off from music. The singer, who performed on the Main Stage at last weekend’s Reading And Leeds Festivals, told Style magazine that she wants to take a 12-month hiatus before she starts work on her next studio album.


Green Day have confirmed that they will be performing a huge UK show at London’s Emirates Stadium next summer. The pop-punk trio, who are currently reading their new album trilogy ‘¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!’, will headline the 60,000 capacity stadium on June 1, 2013. Tickets for the show will go onsale at the end of next month on September 28.



Muse have spoken about their new album ‘The 2nd Law’ and have said that they are unafraid to live up to their reputation for making epic-sounding music and are prepared to “go Monty Python”. ‘The 2nd Law’ is due to be released on October 1 in the UK and October 2 in the US. It includes new singles ‘Madness’ and ‘Survival’ as well as dubstep-influenced track ‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’.



Cheryl Cole and former Black Eyed Peas mainman have been involved in a minor car crash in Los Angeles. The pair were on their way back from a recording studio when the accident happened in Los Angeles. According to local reports, the rapper was driving a Cadillac, which hit a parked car while Cole was in the front passenger seat.


Paul Weller has bemoaned the recent spate of band reunions. Groups such as Blur, Pulp and Primal Scream have reformed this summer (2012) for comeback shows. Earlier this month (August 6), Weller attended a secret gig in London by the The Stone Roses, the band behind this year’s most high-profile reunion.


Kasabian mainman Serge Pizzorno has said that he would love to work with Jack White. The multi-instrumentalist, who headlined Reading And Leeds Festivals with his bandmates over the weekend, has said that though he believes the band work best on their own most of the time, he believes a hook-up with the former White Stripes man would really work.

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The Courteeners have announced that they will play a huge one-off show in Manchester in December. The Liam Fray–fronted band, who are currently putting the finishing touches to the follow-up to their 2010 second album ‘Falcon’, will headline the city’s Manchester Arena on December 7. Support will come from The View.


Dr. Dre is the highest paid music celebrity in the latest Forbes rich list with a fortune of $110 million (£69.5 million). The producer and rapper earned more than pop mogul Simon Cowell ($90 milllion) and Elton John ($80 million) in Forbes’ 20 Highest Paid Celebrities list. Britney Spears wasn’t far behind with $58 million (£36.6 million).


Justice have admitted they would like to work with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl – but only if he used an alias. The French electronic duo, who released their last studio album ‘Audio, Video, Disco’ in October last year, say they are hesitant to work with star-name artists as they believe it would divert attention away from their music.


The Rolling Stones have announced details of a new documentary titled Crossfire Hurricane. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film documents the band’s career from their early road trips and gigs in the 1960s, via the release of 1972’s seminal ‘Exile On Main Street’ right up to present day.