The UK's venerable rock magazine NME announced that it will be offering its magazine as a free weekly edition starting in September. NME has seen its readership decline year after year, so this should at the very least grab some old fans back into the magazine fray.
The new free magazine launches on September 18 in the UK. As I type this, some of the NME team are locked away in a dark basement in NME Towers working on even more ideas to make sure itís not only a brilliant magazine, but that it gives you everything you asked us for. Iím confident that it will.
News has been pretty quiet on the Glastonbury Festival front this year in terms of the line up, but tonight the NME Awards are taking place live in London's Brixton Academy and Foo Fighters picked up the award for "Best International Band" moments ago. The band were unable to be at the event so recorded a video message which sees them declare that they will be headlining Glastonbury this year.
Watch Gerard Way (ex-My Chemical Romance) talk to NME about his new solo album album, the heavy Brit-pop influences on its sound and why he's choosing Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK to debut his solo material all in the replies.
The Arctic Monkeyshave scored their first top-ten debut on the Billboard albums chart since 2007 with the excellent AM. Other notable debuts in this week's Top 20 include The Weeknd's first proper album Kiss Land at #2, 2 Chainz at #3 with B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Janelle Monae at #5 with The Electric Lady, and Rise Against check in at #19 with their rarities collection Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000 - 2013.
According to NME, Blink-182 will be releasing a new album in the late spring/early summer of 2014. Mark Hoppus recently talked to Kerrang! and noted that the band is hoping to head into the studio at the start of next year and hopefully release the new LP shortly after.
"We haven't thought about any new songs yet," said Hoppus, but explained that the band will write the new album when they reconvene in the studio. "It always happens when the three of us are together in a room," said Hoppus of writing. "Because when [we're not touring], Tom lives in San Diego, Travis lives in Los Angeles and I live in London, so we don't really talk all that much. But then when we get in a room...
Arctic Monkeys has confirmed that Josh Homme provides backing vocals on their new album, Suck It And See. Head here to read more details as well as what Alex Turner has to say about conciously making this album sound different to Humbug.