This week’s 20 biggest news stories – March 10

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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has admitted that he regrets calling their recent album ‘Mylo Xyloto’. The band named their fifth studio effort after “two words that you couldn’t even Google”.

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Bruce Springsteen has covered LMFAO’s hit single ‘Sexy And I Know It’, check the news story to watch it. The Boss, who released his 17th studio album ‘Wrecking Ball’ today (March 5), joined Jimmy Fallon on his late night chat show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform the cover.

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Thom Yorke has confirmed that Radiohead will be touring in 2012. The band, who announced two shows in New York yesterday (September 20), have so far only played one live show, which consisted of a secret show at Glastonbury, in support of their new album ‘The King Of Limbs’.

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Graham Coxon has said that his new solo album ‘A+E’ is about “the bleaker side of things”. Speaking to Q, the Blur guitarist said that his forthcoming new LP, which is released on April 2, will focus less on romance and “moaning about relationships and girls” than his previous studio efforts.

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Johnny Marr has joked that he will reform The Smiths if the current UK government steps down – click to watch the video interview. The guitarist was at the NME Awards at London’s O2 Brixton Academy last week (February 29) to pick up the gong for Best Reissue.

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Blur will play a brand new song during their headlining slot at the Olympic Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in London later this year – but will not be recording a new album, bassist Alex James has confirmed. On August 12, the reunited Britpop band will return to Hyde Park, the scene of three of their reunion shows of 2009, for a gig which will also feature The Specials and New Order.

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Paul Weller has discussed his battle with drink, stating: “I think I’m an alcoholic”. In an interview with the The Times, the singer revealed he had given up drinking over a year ago because he feared that his hedonistic lifestyle was going to kill him.

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Jack White launched his live solo career on long-running US sketch show Saturday Night Live this week (March 3). The former White Stripes man performed two tracks off of his debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’, due for release on April 23, on the show guest hosted by Lindsay Lohan.

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Politician John Prescott has promised Johnny Marr that he will help him replace the current government so that The Smiths reform. In a video interview you can watch here, Marr told NME last week (February 29) that he would reunite the band if the government coalition agreed to step down.

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Blur’s Alex James has claimed that the band didn’t know that Adele’s speech at this year’s Brit Awards was cut short. The ’21’ songstress flicked her middle finger after she was interrupted by host James Corden during her acceptance speech for the Mastercard British Album Of The Year gong. The comedian was forced to usher her from the stage so that Blur could begin their live set.

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Arcade Fire

You can hear Arcade Fire’s new track ‘Abraham’s Daughter’, which is taken from the soundtrack to the new fantasy film The Hunger Games, on the site now. The track will be play over the dystopian thriller’s closing credits and was recorded by the Canadian band last month.

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Pete Doherty is reportedly writing a hip-hop album, in a bid to become a British Eminem. The Babyshambles singer has allegedly contacted The Streets’ Mike Skinner to help him write the material, according to The Sun.

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Peter Hook book signing – London

Peter Hook has claimed that his replacement in New Order, Tom Chapman, is miming along to his bass parts when the band play live. The Manchester band announced their reformation late last year, with keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, who hadn’t performed with the band for over 10 years, rejoining and bass duties taken on by Chapman, who was part of Bernard Sumner’s recent project Bad Lieutenant.

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Skrillex has revealed that he started dating Ellie Goulding after they sparked up an internet romance. The dubstep DJ and producer, who was first rumoured to be romantically involved with Goudling last month (February 16), told Rolling Stone that their relationship had blossomed after he sent her an unsolicited email.

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Video footage has emerged of Noel Gallagher with his Manchester City hero Mario Balotelli. Clips of the NME Godlike Genius Award winner and the striker have been posted up by the football club from a behind the scenes BBC Football Focus interview – watch them on the site here.

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A man has been banned from spending time alone with his eight-year-old daughter after he claims he accidentally downloaded child pornography instead of an album by Slash. Nigel Robinson from Hull says he informed police when he found the images on his laptop during November of last year, after trying to download music online, reports BBC News.

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A tour van formerly used by Melvins and featuring exterior artwork by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is currently up for sale on eBay. Known as the ‘Melvan’, the 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van features a mural of the band Kiss apparently drawn by Cobain in marker pen.

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Beyonce has signed up to star in One Hit Wonders, a new film from Glee creator Ryan Murphy. The musical movie, which also stars Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon, sees the Hollywood actresses play singers who were once popular in the 1990s but have now decided to stage a comeback by forming a supergroup, reports BBC Newsbeat.

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You can watch the video for Gorillaz’s ‘DoYaThing’ now. The track, which is a collaboration with Outkast’s Andre 3000 and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, is part of a number of recordings for Converse’s ‘Three Artists. One Song’ campaign.

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Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has unveiled the first single from his second solo album ‘Apocalyptic Love’. Check out the news story to hear ‘You’re A Lie’ now. The album is the follow-up to the legendary axeman’s solo debut, which was self-titled and came out in 2010. His second offering will be released on May 21.

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