This week’s news in pictures (17 October 2009)


Robbie Williams has announced the tracklisting for his new album. ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ will be released on November 9. Williams will preview tracks from the album live at his BBC Electric Proms show at the London Roundhouse next week (October 20). Pic: PA Photos

Leona Lewis book signing – London

Leona Lewis is recovering after being attacked during a book signing at Waterstone’s in London’s Piccadilly this week (October 14), her spokesperson has confirmed.Lewis was reportedly punched in the head by a man who had queued patiently to meet her at the store, where she was signing copies of her new autobiography ‘Dreams’. Pic: PA Photos


Lady GaGa has announced dates for her upcoming North American tour and has also revealed the tracklisting for the release of her debut album. Called ‘The Monster Ball’, the tour announcement comes just a few weeks after her co-headlining tour with Kanye West was cancelled.



Pink Floyd, Blur, The Clash and Led Zeppelin are among the acts set to feature on a new range of Royal Mail stamps. A set of 10 stamps featuring classic British album sleeves will enter circulation on January 7 next year, according to stamp collecting website Norvic Philatelics.
Pic: PA Photos


A career-spanning Elvis Presley collection is to be released to mark his 75th birthday. The 100-song box set called ‘Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight’ will be released on December 8. Pic: PA Photos


Editors have launched a new site that gives the impression that they have hacked into Google Street View, using it to stream their new album, ‘In This Light And On This Evening’. The site,, allows users to navigate around selected London areas.


Carl Barat has narrated and features in a documentary film about the death of the London Docks, ‘No Place/Good Place: The Rime Of The Modern Mariner’, set to premiere at the East End Film Festival next April.



Nick Cave has offered a public apology to Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavigne for featuring them in his latest book, ‘The Death Of Bunny Munro’. In the Bad Seeds frontman’s novel the lead character, Bunny Munro, is obsessed with the two singers. Cave, who has collaborated with Minogue, told BBC 6music that he hoped at least she would not take offence. Pic: Richard Johnson

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Pete Doherty has cancelled his Irish tour after being hospitalised on Monday night (October 12), suffering breathing difficulties. Pic: Tom Oxley


‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening is the second curator of next year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) to be announced. The animator will take control at Butlins in Minehead for the first ATP event between May 7 and 9.

the last shadow puppets

Arctic Monkeys have posted the video for new single ‘Cornerstone’ online – and you can watch it at NME.COM/video. The song from third album ‘Humbug’ is released on November 16, and will again see the band release a special vinyl edition of the single via Oxfam’s charity shops. Pic: Dean Chalkley



Outtakes from The White Stripes’ first ever recording session are set to be released from the first time. Alternative takes from the duo’s 1998 seven-inch single ‘Let’s Shake Hands’ – and its B-side ‘Look Me Over Closely’ – will be available via The Vault, the online service of Jack White’s label Third Man.