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AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young taking a break

April 17th, 2014 5:15am EDT
Brian Johnson
AC/DC's Malcolm Young is "taking a break" from the band due to ill health.
The 'Whole Lotta Rosie' hitmakers have confirmed the 61-year-old rhythm guitarist is suffering from a "debilitating illness" but insist the Australian rock group will continue to record and play live, after speculation about their future.
A statement posted on their website reads: "After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.
"Malcolm would like to thank the group's die-hard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending l...

Coldplay announce tour dates for 2014

April 17th, 2014 5:15am EDT
Coldplay have announced six international shows in support of their upcoming album 'Ghost Stories'.
The 'Paradise' hitmakers will kick off their tour in Germany on April 25 and visit a number of low-key venues, compared to their stadium dates for their 'Mylo Xyloto' tour in 2012.
The band - made up of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion - will also stop by at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Casino de Paris in Paris, Dome City Hall in Tokyo and a final date at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In recent months, Coldplay have performed two sm...

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke rooting for Azealia Banks

April 17th, 2014 3:00am EDT
Azealia Banks
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke wants to see Azealia Banks succeed.
The lead singer and guitarist for 'The Prayer' hitmakers has admitted that although the '212' rapper has alienated a lot of her fans by claiming she's desperate to leave her record label and starting arguments with other artists such as Lily Allen, he is still hoping she will turn it around and succeed in the music industry.
Writing for Noisey magazine, he said: "It seems like nobody is rooting for her. But I am.
"There is still something about this girl that I dig: the early Vogue culture references in her music, the dexterity o...

Janelle Monae: I felt connected to Lauryn Hill

April 17th, 2014 1:00am EDT
Lauryn Hill
Janelle Monae felt "connected" to Lauryn Hill.
The R&B and soul singer was inspired by The Fugees hitmaker because her values were "so different" to a lot of other artists who were starting out in music.
She told NME magazine: "I felt connected to her ... she let me know that being an artist wasn't about trying to fit in, or cultivating a sound that someone else had - it's about embracing the things that make you who you are. You use music as your vehicle to reach the people you feel need to hear your message."
The 'Tightrope' singer, 28, fell in love with the star's 1998 album 'The Mised...

Jason Derulo: I made my album for selfish reasons

April 16th, 2014 11:15am EDT
Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo made his latest album for "selfish reasons".
The American singer released his reissued third album 'Talk Dirty' this week, after a career set back when he suffered a neck injury onstage in 2012 and he thinks his new record helped his recovery.
He told the US edition of OK! Magazine: "I think it's [the album] more of a representation of who I am as a person.
"I love to have a good time. I made this album for selfish reasons. I was trying to get myself out of a rut so I wasn't doing it for anyone else, it was me just trying to get myself out of a dark place because of the injur...

Lady Gaga's fans to be under stage

April 16th, 2014 11:15am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga's fans will be situated under the stage on her forthcoming tour.
The eccentric singer is preparing to take her 'artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball' on the road, and the shows will take place on a transparent platform that will "engulf" the audience and allow them to look at the performance from an unusual angle, with some extra-special seats available for some lucky concert-goers.
She said: "I'm really excited for a big, huge, clear stage. ..
"It's like a big party, so sort of like, the stage is these huge panels [that] really engulf the whole audience to the centre of the arena. But they a...

AC/DC: We are not retiring

April 16th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Brian Johnson
AC/DC's Brian Johnson has slammed claims the band are set to retire.
The frontman, whose band mate Malcolm Young, one of the founding members of the group, is said to be "seriously ill", has rubbished rumours the Australian rock group will soon split and insists they want to make new music.
He told "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver.
"We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."
The singer confirmed that one member of the band - thought to be rhythm guitarist ...

Peter Gabriel hints at Genesis reunion

April 16th, 2014 5:15am EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel has hinted at a possible Genesis reunion.
The 64-year-old singer, who hasn't performed with the band since 1982, believes there's a "small chance" he could reform with the group as the frontman in the future.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: "I never say never. It really didn't happen last time. I think there's a small chance, but I don't think it's very high."
Meanwhile, Peter is currently working on first studio album of original songs since his 2002 record hit 'Up', but he admits the process has been slow as he gets "distracted" easily.
When asked how his alb...

AC/DC's Malcolm Young too sick to perform live

April 16th, 2014 5:15am EDT
Angus Young
AC/DC's Malcolm Young is "too sick" to perform live with the band anymore.
The 61-year-old guitarist, who founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus in the 1970s, is said to be seriously ill, sparking rumours the band could split after 41 years.
In an interview with Australia's ABC radio, Choirboys frontman Mark Gable, who is close friends with Malcolm and Angus, said: "From what I understand, and it's even been confirmed in part by his son Ross, that it would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore
"It's not just that he is unwell, it's that it is quite serious. It will...

Beyoncé and Jay Z to do joint tour?

April 16th, 2014 3:00am EDT
Beyoncé and Jay Z are reportedly planning a joint tour.
The 'XO' singer and her 'Holy Grail' rapper husband are said to be getting ready to announce that they will be doing a joint tour of the United States after making a number of surprise appearances at each other's gigs, according to the New York Post newspaper's Page Six.
The couple - who recently wrapped on their own individual tours, with Jay performing 52 dates in support of his 'Magna Carta...Holy Grail' album and Beyoncé concluding her 'Mrs. Carter Show' world tour last month - are expected to play at 20 stadiums across the US thi...