This week’s news in pictures (24 October 2009)



The Prodigy are giving away a free download of a remix of the title track of their recent album 'Invaders Must Die' from their official website, The band are making a 'Liam H's Re-amped Version' of the track from their 2009 album available for a week until October 28.


The Rakes have split up, the band have announced. In a statement to NME.COM the London four-piece – Alan Donohoe, Matthew Swinnerton, Jamie Hornsmith and Lasse Petersen – announced the immediate break-up of the band. Pic: Ben Cannon


Dizzee Rascal takes to the stage from London's Roundhouse for BBC Electric Proms. TX Wedsnesday 21st October 2009 on BBC RADIO 1XTRA, BBC TWO and BBC HD. photo credit BBC
Dizzee Rascal played a gig at the Roundhouse in London this week (October 21) backed by an orchestra and full band, for the BBC Electric Proms. Walking onstage to a choral rendition of "he's just a rascal, Dizzee Rascal" complete with heavy-rock guitar and a brief riff from The Strokes' 'Reptilia', Dizzee proceeded to rip through 'Jus' A Rascal'. Pic: BBC

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Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin from French electronica band Air pose in London.
Air have announced a London date as part for their forthcoming 2010 European tour. The French duo will play the Roundhouse on February 24. This will be the final date of the tour, which kicks off on January 8 in Nantes, France. The gig will be Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin's first London show since 2007 and the release of their sixth album, 'Love 2'. Pic: PA Photos

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File photo dated 8/4/2009 of Stephen Gately pledging his support to conservation charity 21st Century Tiger, to raise awareness of the threat of extinction to tigers, at London Zoo. Gately has died at the age of just 33.
Boyzone's record label, Polydor, has lodged an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over a column in the Daily Mail regarding Stephen Gately's death. The move comes after Jan Moir's article, which branded the late singer's passing as "strange, lonely and troubling", attracted more than 25,000 complaints – the most ever made about a single newspaper article. Pic: PA Photos


Metallica are to release 'Francais Pour Une Nuit', a DVD of their gig in Nimes, France which took place in July of this year. The title translates in English to 'French For One Night' as the footage was recorded by a French crew, the artwork designed by a French team and the credits for the DVD are also in French. Pic: Danny North


Rapper Lil' Wayne is photographed in New York.
Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession. The rapper, real name Dwayne Carter, could now face a one-year prison sentence. The charges stem from a police search of his tour bus in New York in 2007, where officers discovered a handgun. Wayne will remain free on bail until sentencing takes place in February. Pic: PA Photos


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Michael Stipe of REM performing on the main stage.
REM, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine and Billy Bragg have pledged to support US President Barack Obama's campaign to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison. They join Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash and Bonnie Raitt in signing up for a coalition of musicians who are calling for the jail to be closed, reports reports BBC News. Pic: PA Photos

10Bon Jovi in concert - Boston

The New Jersey based rock band Bon Jovi with frontman Jon Bon Jovi performs before a sold out TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their Lost Highway Tour.
Bon Jovi have announced plans to stage a residency at London's O2 Arena next year. It is not yet clear how many nights the band will be playing at the venue, but they have announced that they will kick off their residency on June 24. The dates will form part of their globetrotting 'The Circle Tour', which starts in the US in the spring of 2010. Pic: PA Photos


Liam, left, and Noel Gallagher of British rock group Oasis performs, Friday, March 10, 2006, during a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Daniel Luna) Pa Photos
Liam Gallagher is to answer more fan questions about his style and the Pretty Green clothing range through the Pretty Green website, Gallagher will once again be picking a selection of fans questions every week and answering them via video, it has been announced. The answers will then posted on the Pretty Green community forum. Pic: PA Photos

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Calvin Harris backstage at Nokia Skate Almighty, on the South Bank in central London.
Calvin Harris has used Twitter to express his disappointment at not being allowed to promote his single on breakfast TV show GMTV. The Scottish musician revealed that his latest single 'Flashback' was considered "too dancey" by the show. Harris' first tweet on the matter outlined his belief that the song would be a good wake-up call for viewers. Pic: PA Photos

13The Strokes, posed, cover image . Pub orig NME 03/2006

The Strokes, posed, cover image . Pub orig NME 03/2006
The Strokes' Julian Casablancas has revealed that there is a "disagreement" in the band over whether the new songs destined for their forthcoming fourth album are complete. The frontman told The Sun that the New York band were split in terms of believing whether they were in a position to go ahead and complete the follow-up to 2006's 'First Impressions Of Earth'. Pic: Dean Chalkley


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Robbie Williams is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at next year's BRIT Awards. The star is also set to perform live at the ceremony at London's Earls Court on February 16, 2010. The singer has already picked up more prizes at the ceremony than any other solo artist, with 11 gongs to his name so far. Pic: PA Photos

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Public Enemy.
Public Enemy have raised over $50,000 (£30,000) from fan investment to help fund the recording of their next album. The rap collective, who earlier this month signed a deal with fan funding engine SellaBand, are trying to raise $250,000 (£150,000) in order to record and release the as-yet-untitled album. Pic: PA Photos