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Wednesday, 29 February 2012


The bonkers collaboration of Gorillaz Downloadleader Damon Albarn,OutKast rapper Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy -- titled "DoYaThing" -- now has an equally bonkers video. Complete with the signature Gorillaz animation by the band's co-creator Jamie Hewlett, the "DoYaThing" clip impressively melds the cartoon world with live-action footage inside one disgusting crib. Watch below.The one-off collaboration of "DoYaThing" represents the latest entry in Converse's "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign, as unveiled as a free download on Converse's official site on Feb. 23. The show co. also released a Gorillaz footwear collection designed by Hewlett, who directed the above clip.

"We didn't exchange any ideas at all [beforehand]," James Murphyrecalled to Billboard earlier this month. "Damon was basically saying, 'Let's just get in a room,' which, even if it wasn't Damon Albarn, is a pretty convincing argument, really. To be honest, I was worried that I should prepare something, but went with it anyway."


AdeleDownload is set to break David Bowie'sDownload record in terms of number of weeks spent at Number One in the UK’s Official Albums Chart this weekend.NME

The singer's monstrously successful second album '21' is set to achieve its 23rd week on top of the Official UK Album Chart this Sunday (March 5), passing David Bowie and Dire Straits's record of 22 weeks.

Emeli Sande is set to be Number Two with her debut 'Our Version Of Events', with Ed Sheeran Downloadat Number Three and Lana Del Rey Downloadat Number Four. Meat Loaf is set to be new at Number Five with 'Hell In A Handbasket', reports the Official Charts Company.

Whitney Houston's compilation 'The Essential' is set to be Number Eight, with ColdplayDownload at Number Seven and Adele's '19' at Number Nine. The Ting Tings are set to enter at Number 13 with their long-awaited second album 'Sounds From Nowheresville', while The Cranberries are set to be new at 27 with 'Roses'.

In the Official UK Singles Chart, GotyeDownload is set to stay at the top with his track 'Somebody That I Used To Know'. 

The Australian is narrowly ahead of Dappy and Queen's Brian May'sDownload hook-up 'Rockstar', with Emeli SandeDownload likely to be Number Three with 'Next To Me'.

Flo Rida is set to remain at Number Four, with DJ Fresh at Number Five. Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Matt Redman & LZ7 and David Guetta are set to make up the rest of the Top 10.

Simon Cowell

SiCo: Britney Would Find XF USA "A Walk In The Park"

The music mogul has also admitted he's 'fascinated' by Spears...MTV

Simon Cowell has commented on rumourssuggesting that Britney Spears Downloadwas interested in being a judge on The X Factor USA, claiming he believes she would find being a panellist "a walk in the park".

Following the departure of Nicole Scherzinger Downloadand Paula Abdul, the music mogul also revealed he's "fascinated" by Spears, telling KBIG-FM's Billy Bush: "The fact that she's still one of the most talked-about - not just popstars, but people in the world today - means that you've got this star power.
"This girl's got resilience and the fact that she's survived this and she's still hot, she's still having hit records and she's still controversial... there's a reason for that."
When Bush stated he felt there was "no better" candidate to be a judge on The X Factor USA than Britney, SiCo added: "I would think that if she's managed to sustain in her family life a career which is tough, this is a walk in the park."
Last week, Simon admitted he was "flattered" Spears had apparently shown an interest in being a judge on the series.
As well as Britney, the likes of Mariah Carey,Download BeyoncéDownloadKaty Perry Downloadand even Download have all been linked with a role on the panel.


Radiohead Downloaddebuted two new songs during the first show of their 2012 world tour in Miami.NME

The band, who will be touring throughout 2012 in support of their new album 'The King Of Limbs', kicked off the tour at Miami's American Airlines arena and played new tracks 'Identikit' and 'Cut A Hole' as part of their set. You can see live footage of both tracks by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The tracks were part of a 24-song setlist that drew heavily from 'The King Of Limbs'. It also featured the little aired 'Meeting In The Aisle' from the band's 'Airbag EP', reports Consequence Of Sound.

The band have also booked assorted European shows and festival appearances throughout the summer, including slots at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Fuji Rock Festival and Bilbao BBK Live festival. 

The band are expected to confirm UK dates in the coming weeks, but are yet to say when this will be. Guitarist Ed O'Brien has previously hinted that the band will play arena shows in the UK rather than festival dates.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green Downloadlikes the sound of the "author." The singer and "The Voice" judge is writing a memoir. Grand Central Books announced it had signed the multi-platinum multi-hyphenate star to write a book about his life to be published in 2013.

In a statement Green said, "FORGET YOU? After reading my book, there will be no doubt that I am meant to be. You will enter into the supernatural, the surreal, and extraordinary. As CeeLo Green, a.k.a. 'everybody's brother,' I will make you a believer. I talk about art imitating life; YOU discover CRAZY."

David Wild, the Rolling Stone contributing editor and television writer, will co-author the book. Singing partner Big Gipp will also contribute "insights" about Green. Wild is the author of He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond, And the Grammy Goes To...: The Official Story of Music's Most Coveted Award, and books about Friends, Seinfeld, and TV showrunners.Billboard

"He dresses in sequined capes, performs with the Muppets and Madonna, and does 360° flips with a grand piano at his fingertips. Imagine all that outrageously unique and creative talent channeled into a book," touted Beth de Guzman, Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief of Paperbacks at Grand Central Publishing who acquired the book.

Green is currently in his second season on the NBC's "The Voice." As a musician, he is part of Gnarls Barkley and the Goodie Mob. He has won five Grammy awards, including for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song in 2012.

Dan Raines and Meredith Smith at Creative Trust, Inc. represented Green on the book deal.

Celine Dion

Sure, Celine Dion'sDownload heart will go on, but as of now, her voice cannot. The pop singer has announced the cancellation of 10 shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas through March 18, due to weakness in her right vocal chord.Billboard
According to a press release, Dion experienced difficulty while performing at her Vegas last week, and headed to Los Angeles for an examination at the UCLA Medical Center. A doctor advised the singer to rest her voice for six to eight weeks, and Dion is obliging. 

"I tried to sing at my sound-check last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever," says Dion, who began her three-year residency at Caesars last March.  "We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better...I guess it was worse than I thought."

Dion will return to The Colosseum for a planned run from June 9 to Aug. 19. Tickets for the cancelled performances will be refunded.


Rihanna To Play Whitney?

Ri is rumoured to be in the running to star in Houston biopic...

Rumours of a Whitney Houston Downloadbiopic are flying in Hollywood, with Rihanna Downloadapparently one of the favourites being considered for the role.
The Daily Mail reports that Whitney's music mentor Clive Davis is helming the project and he reportedly wants filming to begin as soon as possible.
Some of the others in contention for the lead include Dreamgirls actress/singer Jennifer Hudson, who sang a heartfelt I Will Always Love You tribute at the 2012 Grammys, Vivica FoxMegan Good and American Idol star Jordin Sparks, who shared the screen with Houston in the upcoming flick Sparkle.
It has also been suggested that Willow Smith may play a young Whitney.
Whitney herself was no stranger to films, appearing in the huge 1992 smash The Bodyguardand 1995's Waiting to Exhale, among others.
Whitney was honoured during Sunday's 84th Academy Awards in the In Memorium montage alongside other stars who passed in the last year, including like Elizabeth Taylor and Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs.
The superstar singer died on February 11 in Los Angeles, aged 48. The cause of death is still unknown. 


Madonna Downloadhas been threatened with legal action over her new single 'Girl Gone Wild'.

The track, which is the second single from Madge's upcoming album MDNA, can be heard by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking. It has been produced by Benny Benassi and written with Jenson Vaughan (Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland).

There is currently no official release date for the track, but an accompanying video was shot early this month. The promo was directed by fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, who have previously shot Victoria Beckham for Armani, as well as Bjork, Lindsay Lohan and Kylie Minogue.

Madonna has been threatened with legal action by 'Girls Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis. The entrepreneur, who created the highly successful line of DVDs in 1997, has threatened to sue Madonna due to alleged trademark infringement and says he sent a cease and desist letter to stop the song being performed at the Super Bowl.

Speaking to US gossip site TMZ, Francis stated about the potential claim: ''Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song. But 'Girl Gone Wild' is still infringement as far as the law is concerned, and we have been in touch with Madonna's people in an effort to resolve the issue.''

However, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary subsequently told TMZ that no one from their team had ever received a letter from Francis, and that Madonna was unaware of the situation. 

Monday, 27 February 2012

The Vaccines

The Vaccines Downloadhave said that they are chomping at the bit to get in and record their second album.

The band will enter the studio to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut album 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?' next week and will relocate to Belgium to work withKings Of LeonDownload/Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns on the album. 

Speaking to NME at last week's Brit Awards in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of your screen and clicking, to watch wetsuit instagram Video...
Asked about how he was feeling in build-up to recording the band's second album, frontman Justin Young replied: "We can't wait. When you're in the studio, you just crave the road and getting out and playing shows, but we've been touring for the last 18 months so we really just want to get in and make a record".

He continued: "We're really excited about the songs, we're really excited about working with Ethan. We want to get on with it now."

The band also spoke about their summer festival appearances and named T In The Park as the one they were most looking forward to.

Speaking about this, guitarist Freddie Cowan said: "T In The Park was the first one that really went off for us. It felt like a sign of what came next and we're really looking forward to going back. Scottish crowds are the best crowds in the world."

The Vaccines will also play Benicassim, Isle Of Wight Festival and Chazzstock during the course of this summer. 

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Muse Downloadhave tweeted photos from inside their LA studio as they record the brass and string sections for their new album.
 album, the follow-up to 2009's 'The Resistance', is scheduled for release in October 2012 and will be the Devonshire trio's sixth studio LP.
Writing on their official Twitter page, the band said they had just recorded some horns with "legendary players". They added:

  Now some strings. This album is coming along nicely. Bring on the Autumn!
       Citizen erased
Muse videographer, Tom Kirk also posted pictures from the LA sessions on his personal Twitter account.

One photo is of Matt Bellamy working out an orchestral score with composer David Campbell, who has previously worked with RadioheadDownload on '15 Steps' and U2'sDownload Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.

Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme has previously said that the band want to do "something radically different" on their new album.

Meanwhile, the band are nominated for Best Band, Best Live Band and Most Dedicated Fans at this year's NME Awards, which is taking place at London's O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday (February 29).

Simple Minds

To anyone bemoaning Simple Minds'Download second life as U2Download's little stadium-rock brothers, the aficionado would point to their early albums when they were experimentalists, their heads unturned by the US dollar. Now as recent releases like The Horrors' Skying are compared favourably with formative Minds efforts, there's a chance for everyone to appreciate the fuss. X5 is a box set of their first five albums, plus remixes and live tracks, nominally issued to commemorate the 30th anniversary of New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) but, more pertinently, to tie in with a set of gigs that will draw exclusively on the material.BBC

And it's a fascinating study of one band's evolution, as they quickly find their feet, take them in unexpected directions then plant them firmly in the 80s rock soil. Immediately, there's no real indication of the Glaswegians' past as punks Johnny and the Self Abusers. Life in a Day – Simple Minds' 1979 debut – owes an undeniable debt to Roxy Music and the David Bowie Downloadof Station to Station and Low, mixing curt piano lines and glam rock but also hinting at a sense of fun that would later be wiped clear. Chelsea Girl even sounds like the hit that would nevertheless elude them for three years.

Real to Real Cacophony, released just a few months later, is more stripped back but seethes with ideas from the jumbled snare flashes of Citizen (Dance of Youth) to the oompah synths of Film Theme. Empires and Dance in 1980 – is there anyone so prolific these days? Rihanna, maybe – is more out-there still, its adventure epitomised by the convulsive Twist/Run/Repulsion, with Jim Kerr still finding his voice but guitarist Charlie Burchill carving perfect geometric shapes. There are shared patterns with chronological peers Talking Heads but Simple Minds are already looking closer to home, to Sheffield perhaps (or further up the tree, to Düsseldorf), embracing electronics.

Moving along, jewels abound on 1981's Sons and Fascination in the scratchy Sweat In Bullet and a title-track where Kerr begins to nail his baritone, but bolt-on album Sister Feelings Call really shines. The headlong drive and waterfall synths of Theme for Great Cities would become a bed for late-80s techno monsters, and the Minds at last discover a killer chorus on The American.

Finally – one breathless year later – there's New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), the stepping stone. Burchill's guitar is seeking out riffs now, Kerr is the rabble-rousing frontman – and there are hits. The glorious hooks of Glittering Prize still sound great and Promised You a Miracle is an unavoidable breakthrough; but that questing, quirky spirit is gone, replaced by a big bold music that will fatten the wallet. For the rest of
us it was worth it for the journey.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady GagaDownload has responded after NME dubbed 'Born This Way' the "most pretentious album ever".

The singer took to Twitter to vent her anger after she read our recent blog post
"Oh the irony of winning "Most Pretentious Album Ever" from none other than NME. *eyeroll* I might laugh forever + then return to narcissism."
The singer's 2011 album was among a host of LPs criticised for being pretentious including Metallica Downloadand Lou Reed's recent collaboration 'Lulu', The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Machina/The Machines Of God' and Mansun's 'Six'.

Gaga recently revealed that she overcame bulimia to save her singing voice. "I used to throw up all the time in high school, so I'm not that confident," she said.

"And maybe it's easier for me to talk about it now because I don't do it anymore. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night.

"I used to come home and say, 'Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin. 'And he'd say, 'Eat your spaghetti.'"

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher Downloadcould "easily be playing" on the next Coldplay album, according to one of Chris Martin and co's roadies. 

In a blog post published on Coldplay's official siteDownload, the roadie revealed that the High Flying Birds man had given singer Chris Martin a recording of a guitar loop he had been playing during the pair's rehearsal for their Brits duet earlier this week.

Discussing Martin and Gallagher's jamming session, he wrote: "Noel stamps on a pedal and starts off a loop of glorious noise. Immediately Chris is on his feet and shouting 'What the hell is that?'. Chris has his iPhone out to record it, excitedly proclaiming it the most amazing thing he's ever heard. Noel is laughing as the pedal loops away through the stack."

He added: "Fast forward to the dressing room on the show day and Chris is handing me the pedal responsible for all the fuss. It turns out that Noel has come in today and motioned Chris over to his dressing room next door with the words 'I've got a little resent for yer…'"
The unnamed roadie then revealed that Martin had asked him to record what was in the pedal so it could be used in the studio. He went on to say:
"Where it'll end up, I've no idea, but if it finds its way into a song, Noel could easily be playing on the next record without ever having set foot in the studio. Wonderful madness…"
Martin and Gallagher teamed up to perform a duet of the former Oasis man's track 'AKA… What A Life'.Martin and Gallagher teamed up to perform a duet of the former Oasis man's track 'AKA… What A Life' at the ceremony, while Coldplay also took home the gong for British Group.

Gallagher is due to pick up the Godlike Genius award and perform at next week's NME Awards (February 29).