This week’s most viewed news stories (18 Feb)


Radiohead fans have been giving their reactions to the band’s new album ‘The King Of Limbs’. Fans have been leaving their verdicts at NME.COM/blogs. Head there now to have your say on the record, which was released this week (February 18).


Jay-Z, Eminem, Arcade Fire, Muse and La Roux all picked up honours at this week’s (February 13) Grammy Awards. The night’s biggest winners were country pop act Lady Antebellum. The Nashville band took home five awards, including honours for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


Guns N Roses are rumoured to be reuniting. Talks about playing next year’s Super Bowl half time show with their original line-up are apparently underway. Singer Axl Rose refuted speculation this week (February 8) that he would agree to any kind of reunion with his former bandmates. But despite this US sports blogger Kent Sterling claims that a source has given information that talks are ongoing.



Arcade Fire and Tinie Tempah were the biggest winners at this week’s Brit Awards – taking home two gongs each. The Canadian band scooped International Group and International Album (for ‘The Suburbs’) at the London O2 Arena ceremony, which was hosted by James Corden.


Radiohead have unveiled the first press shot to accompany their new album, ‘The King Of Limbs’. The Oxford band announced on Monday (February 14) that they would be releasing their eighth studio album this week.


Graham Coxon has explained that Blur are likely to record new material this year. Earlier this month the guitarist revealed that the London four-piece were reconvening and could “switch a tape recorder on”. Now he has told NME about the recording process.


Emily Eavis has explained why she booked Beyonce as a headliner for Glastonbury this year. After the announcement last week (February 11) that the former Destiny’s Child singer was headlining the Somerset event, Eavis said she was keen to keep the festival as “diverse” as possible.



James Murphy has told chiefs at a supposed fan ticket exchange website to “eat shit” for selling tickets for the final LCD Soundsystem show at inflated prices. The gig is due to take place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 2. Pre-sale tickets for the gig were being resold on vastly inflated prices before they were on general sale.


Manic Street Preachers have announced details of three new UK gigs. The band will play Llandudno Cymru Arena on May 18, Wolverhampton Civic Hall on May 19 and the Cardif CIA on May 21. Support on all three dates comes from The Joy Formidable.


The Strokes have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming new album ‘Angles’. The artwork, pictured, is by the late Belgian artist Guy Pouppez, who died in 1993. Pouppez was not a famous painter, while the piece is thought to date from the ’60s or ’70s.


Amy Winehouse was booed as she played a show in Dubai (February 11). The singer was playing at the Festival City Arena as part of Gulf Bike Week, but seemed agitated on stage as she fiddled with her hair and picked her nails. The crowd started to boo during her performance of ‘Rehab’ and at the end of the song she asked the crowd “Do you wanna be in the band? That’s what I thought.”



Blur bassist Alex James is to hold a music and food festival in the grounds of his Oxfordshire estate. James, who in recent years has become renowned as an award-winning cheesemaker, has now decided to venture into the world of festival organising. He’ll host a four-day event called Harvest from September 9-12 at his farm in Kingham, Chipping Norton.


Slayer are set to tour without guitarist Jeff Hanneman – as he is recovering from a flesh-eating disease. Hanneman has contracted necrotizing fasciitis. It is a rare disease which destroys skin, fat and tissue from below the surface of the body. He is believed to have caught the disease from a spider bite and will undergo surgery on his right arm shortly.


Queens Of The Stone Age are to play their self-titled 1998 debut album in full at a special London show. The gig takes place at London’s Roundhouse venue on May 17. The setlist will also feature B-sides from that period. The album will be reissued on March 7.


My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has said that the band will headline a UK festival this summer. During their show at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday (February 12), the singer announced from the stage that the band would be back to headline one of this year’s outdoor events, although he did not say which one. The Reading and Leeds Festivals look a likely option.


The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has said there was “resentment” in the band during the recording of their new album ‘Angles’. The frontman was speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now. Casablancas made the admission when asked why he did not turn up to early album recording sessions at New York’s Avatar Studios.