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Weekly Roundup: 15th February 2009

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 11:18 pm
 

As another week draws to a close, we take a look back at the music news that has been hitting the headlines over the past few days!

RihannaLily Allen (pictured top) has topped both the single and album chart this week. ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, the follow up to Lily’s 2006 debut album ‘Still Alright’, shot to number one this Sunday. Meanwhile hit-single ‘The Fear’ has kept it’s top spot position for the third week in a row, scoring Lily a double chart hit.

Green Day have announced that they will be releasing their 8th studio album in May. Titled ’21st Century Breakdown’, the album is said to be swinging towards a power pop vibe rather than the band’s usual punk rock. The album artwork was also released this week and has been noted for it’s unusual similarity to Blur’s ‘Think Tank’.

Rihanna‘s (pictured right) dad has confirmed that the ‘Umbrella’ star has split with her singer boyfriend, Chris Brown, following an alleged domestic assault last week. Rihanna is said to have sustained visible injuries following the attack which has lead to the pop star cancelling several appearances including a Grammy performance.

Estelle Bennett, of 60’s girl group, The Ronettes, has died this week at the age of 67. Alongside sister Ronnie Bennett and cousin Nedray Talley, Estelle signed to Phil Spector’s Philles Records in 1963. The trio went on to become world-famous thanks to their trademark beehives and hit tracks, such as ‘Be My Baby’.

Def Leppard, Slipknot, Korn, Motley Crue, The Prodigy and newly reformed Limp Bizkit are just some of the big acts confirmed this week for Download Festival 2009. The rock and heavy metal bash takes place at Donnigton Park on Friday the 12th to Sunday 14th of June. Tickets are on sale now over at Download’s official site.

Finally, it’s unlikely we shall see The Smiths following in the footsteps of so many vintage bands out there anytime soon and throw together a reunion tour. Morrissey put an end to all rumours hinting of a possible Smiths unification this week, claiming he’s “not stuck in the past”. Intriguing, since, when on Jonathon Ross Friday night, following his performance of current single ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, Mozza went on to play nostalgic track ‘This Charming Man’ to the elated audience.

 

New dates for Erasure, Motley Crue and Sugababes

 
By on Thursday, 12th April 2007 at 2:39 pm
 

Erasure have announced a tour in the Autumn, taking in:

3 September Oxford New Theatre
4 September Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
5 September York Grand Opera House
7 September Grimsby Auditorium
8 September Glasgow Carling Academy
9 September Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 September Newcastle Carling Academy
12 September Preston Guildhall
13 September Manchester Apollo
15 September Norwich UEA
16 September Wolverhampton Civic Hall
17 September Leicester De Montfort Hall
19 September Bristol Colston Hall
20 September Sheffield City Hall
22 September Cardiff St Davids
23 September Cambridge Corn Exchange
25 September London Royal Albert Hall

Motley Crue have announced that they’ll be playing the following dates after their Download set:

11th June London Hammersmith Apollo
12th June Manchester Apollo

Tickets on sale tomorrow morning (Friday 13th April) for both these tours – good luck!

 
 
 

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