Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy and Alabama 3 have been added to the bill for The Big Chill 2008. They join the likes of previously announced acts Leonard Cohen, The Buzzcocks and The Mighty Boosh. Pic: Tom Oxley
50 Cent is being sued for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a teenager who claims friends of the rapper assaulted him. Fourteen-year-old James Rosemond and his mother Cynthia Reed are taking the rapper, Universal Music Group, Tony Yayo from 50 Cent's G-Unit and one of Yayo's employees, Lowell Fletcher, to court for encouraging "artists to pursue violent, criminal lifestyles". Pic: PA Photos
Coldplay have released the official tracklisting for their new album.
Posted from Taormina in Sicily, the names of the ten tracks which will feature on 'Viva La Vida' have appeared on Coldplay.com.
The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has completed his second album.
Entitled 'Como Te Llama', the record will feature 13 tracks and is expected to be released in June.
Posting on his MySpace blog, The Strokes guitarist also hinted at future tour plans, although no official dates have been released yet.
Pic: Guy Eppel
Santogold has announced details of a UK and Ireland tour beginning next month.
The solo artist will start the jaunt in Manchester on May 16, finishing up in London on June 3. To check the availability of Santogold tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: Pieter M. Van Hattem
Eminem is reportedly set to headline Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday party.
According to The Sun, the rapper has been confirmed for the bash, which takes place in London's Hyde Park on June 27.
Hollywood actor Will Smith will host the event alongside his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Pic: PA Photos
Cover stars of this week's NME, The Courteeners started their UK tour this week, and are pictured here live in Nottingham. Pic: Tara Vickers
REM are to take part in Record Store Day, held on April 19 to celebrate the importance of local specialist music shops.
The group, who are currently top of the UK album chart with their new album 'Accelerate', will also release a limited edition 7" of recent single 'Supernatural Superserious' backed with the unreleased track 'Airliner'.
Paul Weller played a sold-out acoustic show at the Royal Albert Hall in London this week as part of Roger Daltrey's Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.
Following well-received sets from Liam Gerner and Welsh songstress Duffy, Weller took to the stage accompanied only by Steve Cradock, with the pair both playing acoustic guitars. Pic: Phil Wallis
Lethal Bizzle, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man, The All New Adventures Of Us and Robots In Disguise have been lined up for this year's Blissfields Festival.
The Wonderstuff, The Whip, Roni Size And Reprazent, Pete And The Pirates, The Noisettes and Infadels also join the two-day event, which takes place between July 4-6 at The Matterley Bowl near Winchester. Pic: Sonia Melot
David Bowie has expressed his delight at Alex Turner and Miles Kane's cover of one of his songs. The Last Shadow Puppets have recorded 'In The Heat Of The Morning' as the b-side of their first release, single 'The Age Of The Understatement', out on April 14. Pic: PA Photos
The Enemy are to headline a summer festival in their hometown.
The trio are the first act announced for this year's Godiva Festival at Coventry's Memorial Park.
The three-day event takes place over the weekend of July 4-6. Pic: Andrew Kendall
Jane's Addiction are set to be named Godlike Geniuses at the US NME Awards.
Members of the legendary band will come together to receive the award at the ceremony on April 23, which will be held at Los Angeles' Goldenvoice El Rey Theatre. Pic: PA Photos
Guns N' Roses have reportedly finished work on 'Chinese Democracy', the album that Axl Rose has been working on for the past 14 years.
Therockradio.com reports that Geffen Records, the band's record label, have confirmed they have received a finished copy of the album, and are currently haggling over money and rights issues with Rose. Pic: PA Photos
Reverend And The Makers, Henry Rollins, Jose Gonzales and Howling Bells are among a slew of acts newly-announced to play at the forthcoming Summer Sundae festival in Leicester. The festival takes place on August 8, 9 and 10 at De Montford Hall And Gardens.
To check the availability of Summer Sundae tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
Pic: PA Photos
Echo And The Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch is set to publish his memoirs next year.
Book publisher Transworld recently bought the rights to the singer's memoirs from Mayer Benham, and plans to publish them in summer 2009.
Jarvis Cocker is to deliver a lecture on the art of writing lyrics as part of the Brighton Festival. The songwriter will discuss 'the function of the lyric in popular song' at Brighton Dome Concert Hall on May 23. Pic: PA Photos
Blondie have announced a string of dates in June to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Parallel Lines'.
The classic album spawned the singles 'Hanging On The Telephone', 'One Way Or Another' and 'Heart Of Glass', and catapulted the New York act to stardom, reaching Number One in the UK and Number Six in the US. Pic: PA Photos
Prince has been added to the line-up of this year's Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, it was announced this week. He will join Portishead and Kraftwerk as headliners on Saturday night (April 26).
Motorhead have announced plans to tour the UK this winter.
The veteran rock band, led by bassist and vocalist Lemmy, play 15 dates, kicking off at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on November 3. Pic: Tom Oxley