More Libertines tickets on sale for Alexandra Palace


The Libertines have released extra tickets for one of their sold out London dates at Alexandra Palace.

Indie rockers Pete Doherty and co. sold out Saturday and Sunday at the venue but have released more tickets for their third and final date on 28 September.

Libertines fans can expect new material at the Alexandra Palace gigs that may not appear on any albums as it will be something “special”.

Speaking before their headline slot at Benicassim festival, drummer Gary Powell said: “Everybody does an album, everyone does an EP. We wanna do something that might be a little more special than just release another album.”

Powell continued: “Everything we do has to be about the connectivity between us and our friends and family, being the fans. And we want to do something special for them.”

If The Libertines Hyde Park performance is anything to go by whatever “surprises” are in store fans will not be disappointed.

The Libertines will play London Alexandra Palace on 26, 27 and 28 September; extra tickets for the final date are on sale now.


Lily Allen speaks out about Radio 1

Lily Allen Performs At 02 Academy Sheffield

Lily Allen has criticised BBC Radio 1 stating, “nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing”.

Having recently dropped the ‘Hard Out Here’ singer from their playlists, Allen has made negative comments towards the station.

The singer, who recently stepped in for Two Door Cinema Club to headline Latitude festival, said: “The truth is nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing. They can pretend they’ve got a formula that works and [that] they ‘know’ they’re exactly in control of the game but they’re just not. No one knows.”

Allen also went on to comment about sexism within the music industry stating: “The music industry is run mainly by elder males. It sits better with them to be able to assert their power and control over something that they see as weak and I think they probably see women as weak.”

Having returned to the spotlight after a lengthy hiatus the gobby singer has also spoken out about her most recent release, ‘Sheezus’ and the quality of the record.

“The first thing I came back with was ‘Hard Out Here’,” the singer said. “And that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn’t put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. Maybe the songs aren’t good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can’t wait to get back into the studio.”


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Ian Watkins appeals for shortened sentence

_71358821_ianwatkinsFormer Lostprophets frontman, Ian Watkins is having his application to appeal the duration of his sentence for serious child sex offences considered by the court.

The disgraced singer, from Pontypridd, was sentenced to 29 years in jail last December for his offences, including an attempt to rape a baby.

It has been reported that three court judges sitting in Cardiff will review Watkins’ application alongside an application submitted by a woman jailed alongside Watkins for similar offences. The woman, who is seeking a reduction in her 17-year sentence, is the mother of a baby girl whom Watkins abused.

Prior to attending court Watkins, 37, denied all charges against him when arrested in December 2012 before admitting to charges when the case went to court.

Watkins admitted to three counts of sexual assault involving children, conspiring to rape a baby, seven counts of taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and possession of one extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal; he pleaded not guilty to rape.

The women working alongside Watkins, who were sentenced at the same time and known only as A and B, were mothers of two of Watkins’ victims. They were jailed for 14 and 17 years.

Sentencing of Watkins comes in light of multiple other well-known figures charged with similar child sex offences. An inquiry was launched in May by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to see if celebrity status prevented him being brought to justice sooner.

Several police officers have already been implicated for gross misconduct on how information was handled in three different forces; three officers from South Yorkshire Police, two from Bedforshire Police and two from South Wales Police are all under investigation following the inquest.


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U2 set to release new album ‘before end of the year’


It has been reported U2 will release a new album in November and are “very confident” with their comeback.

The Irish rockers have not released new music since 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ but are said to have been recording with producer Danger Mouse for their upcoming LP.

A spokesperson for the band has denied rumours that the album has been pushed back until 2015 with reports stating “the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November”.

The report went onto say: “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it.”

Suggestions have also been made that U2 will perform at London’s Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes festival.

The end of 2014 looks set to be busy for U2 with singer Bono and The Edge also working with ‘Once’ director, John Carney on a musical.

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Alleged early recording by Eminem uploaded to YouTube


An alleged recording of 16-year-old Eminem rapping on the track, ‘Poo Butt Daily’ has been uploaded to YouTube.

The song, believed to have been recorded between 1988 and 1991, features Eminem rapping alongside his early collaborator Soul Intent, now known as Chaos Kid.

Release of the track comes a week after footage of a young Kanye West performing in a record store was made public.

West, 19 at the time, was performing in the now defunct Fat Beats record shop in New York in 1996 five years before his big break producing Jay Z’s 2001 single, ‘Izzo (HOVA)’.

Eminem is scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards where he has received seven nominations. The successful rapper will take the stage with Rihanna to perform their popular single ‘The Monster’ together for the first time before heading on their joint US tour.

Who knows, we might be entering a period where a string of never before seen footage and unheard tracks of popular rappers are being released; or it might all just be one big publicity stunt.


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“Kanye West is like my school principal” says Lorde

tumblr_muacg4tpfs1sjefd9o1_500Lorde has commented that rapper Kanye West is similar to a “school principal” after West revealed he was a fan of the ‘Royals’ singer’s music.

Singing sensation Lorde made the comment during an interview with The Guardian where she also addressed rumours that she was in fact 35 and her Grammy Award speech was censored.

She said: “That sort of thing is quite meta. The fake Grammys speech was a little lame. On the other hand, it’s amazing that they’ve dedicated a Subreddit to my ‘real’ birthdate. People revel in having an alien opinion, and I do, too. It’s important. It’s complete unfiltered democracy.

The New Zealand pop singer rose to fame after the release of her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ and earlier this year announced work on it’s follow up. Lorde revealed her new album will be “totally different” to her previous work as she believes to have grown as an artist and songwriter.

She commented: “I think I’ve learned so much as a songwriter, there’s going to be so much of an improvement because of that. I’m working on stuff quite tentatively, it’s definitely still at the beginning and yeah, it’s totally different.”


She added: “I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I’m in a different place every day and I’m with new people every day and it’s a different vibe.”

Lorde continues to grow in popularity and recently performed with Nirvana during their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame; time will tell if her new music is worth the wait.

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Lana Del Rey reveals label’s dissatisfaction with ‘Ultraviolence’


Lana Del Rey has revealed that her record label were initially dissatisfied before the release of her latest album ‘Ultraviolence’.

Controversial American singer, Del Rey spoke out about Interscope and Polydor’s discontent to release her third album leading to a six-week period where the record was in limbo.

Speaking to Rolling Stone she said: “I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with, I don’t know who they were. When I said I was ready, they were like, ‘Are you sure? Because I feel like you could go further.'”

‘Ultraviolence’ was largely produced by The Black Key’s vocalist Dan Auerbach who has also voiced his frustration towards the album’s late release due to label interference for a more commercial sounding LP.

“There was a lot of bullshit I’m not used to,” said Auerbach. “The label says, ‘We’re not going to give you the budget to extend this session unless we hear something.’ And we send them the rough mix and they fucking hate it and they hate the way it’s mixed. And it’s like, ‘Thanks, asshole.’… I think Lana put her foot down. Maybe it’s normal for her, but it’s not normal for me. Really rubbed me the wrong way. I got really defensive because I thought it was bullshit.”

He continued: “The story I got told is that they played it for her label person and they said, ‘We’re not putting out this record that you and Dan made unless you meet with the Adele producer’. And she said, ‘Fine, whatever.’ And she was late to the meeting, so while they were waiting, the label guy played what we recorded for the Adele producer and he said, ‘This is amazing, I wouldn’t do anything to change this.’ And here’s the kicker: Then all of a sudden, the label guy said, ‘Well, yeah, I think it’s great, too.'”

Despite a delayed release ‘Ultraviolence’ debuted at No. 1 in multiple countries and has since went on to release more than 185,000 copies with a world tour announcement in the pipeline.

It goes to show the artists might know a bit more about the music than the ‘suits’.


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Blondie hint at final world tour


Blondie drummer Clem Burke has revealed that the band’s current world tour may be the last for the New York rockers.

During a recent interview with Burke, 58, it was announced that singer Debbie Harry has hinted that their current world tour would be the last time Blondie hit the road.

Burke said: “By the time we get to beautiful Vancouver, we will have toured Europe, played Glastonbury and done a number of big festivals in North America.

As for the rumours of the last tour, we’ve decided we’ll live forever. But Debbie, is older than me and has hinted it could be time. Obviously without her, there is no Blondie.”

Debbie Harry, now aged 69, and co have recently performed at Glastonbury festival alongside dates in London and Sheffield last month.

Blondie have recently released two-disc greatest hits album ‘Blondie 4(0) Ever’ alongside new record, ‘Ghosts of Download’ the band’s first release since 2011.

Blondie will play:

August 19 – Bristol O2 Academy

August 20 – Leicester O2 Academy

August 27 – Glasgow O2 ABC

Ticket availability can be found at


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Over 100 rare Oasis pictures to be displayed in London


Former roadie for iconic indie band, Oasis will provide over 100 Oasis pictures for display in London for one night only.

Phil Smith, a roadie and DJ for Oasis, will release his private collection of Oasis images for the ‘Definitely Maybe’ celebration at Scala in London on August 30.

Alongside unseen images from the ‘Wonderwall’ group there will be a DJ set from Smith himself and a performance of the 1994 album, ‘Definitely Maybe’ in full by Oasis tribute band, Oasis UK.

One image from the gallery will be used for the upcoming box-set reissue of ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ set for release later in the year. The album is set to be re-released alongside the ‘Chasing The Sun’ reissue with remastered songs being supervised by the album’s original producer, Owen Morris.

Tapes for the re-issue were provided by ‘Definitely Maybe’ producer, Ian Cooper at London’s Metropolis Studios who together with Morris discovered unheard demos and live material, unseen images and memorabilia that will also be included in the album’s artwork.

Despite Oasis not being together the Mancunian band continue to be the centre of speculation of when the Gallagher brothers will re-unite for one more Oasis tour. We, along with everyone else, pray that this day will arrive sooner rather than later.


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David Bowie hints he will release new music ‘soon’


David Bowie has hinted in a cryptic message that fans can expect a new album ‘sooner’ than expected.

Last year Ziggy Stardust shocked the world of music releasing his 24th studio album ‘The Next Day’, his first in a decade, without any prior warning.

It would seem Bowie isn’t expecting us to wait another ten years after plans to release material were announced during a fundraiser in London’s 12 Bar during a celebration of 50 years of Bowie’s music in aid of the Terrance Higgins Trust.

In a statement that read: “This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David.” the rumour mill has started churning.

‘The Next Day’ was an album recorded in complete secrecy with Bowie even going as far as changing studios when rumours leaked he was making a new record.

Fingers crossed we get some more information out of this musical legend on when we can expect album number 25, that’s impressive in itself!

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