This week’s music news in photos (09/11/12)


Lady Gaga has spoken out about the obsession with her body image and has asked why her weight is put under more scrutiny than that of fellow singers such as Adele. “Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She’s so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match.”


Robbie Williams’ comeback single ‘Candy’ has been banned from BBC Radio 1. Williams scored his first Number One single in eight years in the UK Official Singles Chart last Sunday (November 4) with his track ‘Candy’. However, bosses at Radio 1 have banned it from the radio, with the track not even making the C-list.


My Bloody Valentine have announced a headlining slot at Japan’s Tokyo Rocks festival in May 2013, where they will be playing exclusive material from a brand new album. The album will be released on frontman Kevin Shields’ website before the end of the year and will be followed by a further EP of brand new material.



Bob Dylan has posted his first ever Facebook status update. Dylan, who has over 4 million “likes” on his official Facebook page, posted a status update prior to the confirmation that Obama would serve a second term as US President. “Here’s pretty close to what I said last night in Madison… We’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide.”


Example has become involved in a row with the people of Wigan, culminating in a front cover of the Wigan Evening Post headlined “Bad Example”. The disagreement kicked off when the rapper stated on Twitter that he receives more abuse from residents of the northern town than any other place in the UK.


Foals premiered the video for their new single of ‘Inhaler’ exclusively on The track is the first full song to be made available from the band’s third album, ‘Holy Fire’, which is due for release in February 2013.


Kasabian and Noel Gallagher are rumoured to be recording a cover of ‘Walking In The Air’ for a remake of Christmas classic The Snowman. The animated film has been remade for Channel 4’s Christmas schedule this year and producers are keen to get an impressive list of musicians involved.



Kings Of Leon have confirmed a run of UK arena tour dates for 2013. The band, expected to release a new album next year, will play shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July. Tickets for all dates went on sale on Friday (November 9) at 9am.


Robbie Williams is magnanimous about Radio 1’s decision not to play his new single ‘Candy’, which reached Number One last Sunday (November 4), but he has joked he will head down to the station and “break their legs” if they play Coldplay or Madonna.


Paramore have finished recording their fourth album. The pop punk band’s frontwoman Hayley Willams let fans know the good news via Twitter. The follow-up to 2009’s ‘Brand New Eyes’ is set for release next year.


Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and V For Vendetta, has released a single in support of the Occupy movement and online hactivist group Anonymous – just in time for Guy Fawkes’ night. Written and sung by Moore with music by Joe Brown, ‘The Decline of English Murder’ takes pot-shots at bankers and the state.



Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher says he’s “made up” after being picked as the ultimate singer by NME.COM users. Liam was voted as the ultimate frontman in NME’s poll of the greatest musicians ever, as part of the Ultimate Band issue, out now.


Soundgarden are streaming their long-awaited comeback album ‘King Animal’. The album – the band’s first in 15 years – will be officially released on November 12, but you can hear it exclusively on NME.COM now.


WWE wrestler Wade Barrett has reportedly convinced Manic Street Preachers to write and record the music he enters the ring to. Barrett is known to be a fan of the Welsh band and has a tattoo which reads, “Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair” – lyrics from the band’s 1992 single ‘Little Baby Nothing’.