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The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones have played their first gig since the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

The "Brown Sugar" hitmakers, also made up of Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, resumed their 14 On Fire Tour after giving Mick time to grieve following fashion designer L'Wren's suicide two months ago. They took to the stage in Norway Monday night playing in front of 23,000 people at Oslo's Telenor Arena, the band's first show in the country since 2007.

Speaking before the gig, former Stones member Mick Taylor told The Sun, "We're all looking forward to it but we're a bit nervous. Mainly nervous for Mick," adding, "We need to get the wheels turning again."

But the legendary rockers had nothing to worry as the crowd went wild when Mick launched into "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and the band powered through hits including "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," "Honky Tonk Woman," "Paint It Black," "Midnight Rambler," "Miss You" and "Gimme Shelter."

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Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys have scrapped plans for a new album this year.

The "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" rockers had initially intended to make a quick follow-up to 2013's critically-acclaimed LP AM, but now have no definite plans to return to the recording studio in the near future.

"We did have the chat but I don't think it's going to be happening. There are no plans for another record. I think people might want to forget about the Monkeys for a while. But who knows? We'll have a bit of time off and someone will say, 'Fancy doing another one?'" bassist Nick O'Malley told NME.

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Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has been released from hospital.

The 71-year-old musician was discharged by doctors last night after spending almost a week recovering from a mystery virus at St Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

The Beatles legend, who was forced to cancel the Asian leg of his Out There! world tour, was excited about being reunited with his family as he boarded a private jet heading back home. "Paul has really been through the mill. He was desperately sad he had to cancel those shows but he was really poorly. But he is on the mend which is great news," a source said. Paul's wife Nancy Shevell, 53, was by his bedside throughout the six days he spent in hospital.

The US leg of Paul's tour will go ahead as planned on June 14.


Meg and Jack WhiteJack White admits he "almost never" speaks to his former bandmate Meg White.

The ex-White Stripes singer, whose band called it a day in 2011, has since forged his own successful solo career and claims hardly anybody he knows speaks to drummer Meg since the band split.

"I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I'd have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it's almost never," he told Rolling Stone.

Talking about how Meg's personality came to affect the pair's relationship, Jack explained, "She's one of those people who won't high five me when I get the touchdown. She viewed me that way of, 'Oh, big deal, you did it, so what?' Almost every single moment of the White Stripes was like that. We'd be working in the studio and something amazing would happen, I'm like, 'Damn, we just broke into a new world right there!' And Meg's sitting in silence. I remember hearing Ringo Starr say, 'I always felt sorry for Elvis, because in The Beatles we had each other to talk about what it felt like. Elvis was by himself.' I was like, '####, try being in a two-piece where the other person doesn't talk!'"

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Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has been hospitalized in Tokyo.

The Beatles legend had to cancel two dates of his Out There Japan Tour 2014 in the country's capital and Osaka after falling ill with a virus, which eventually led to him being sent to hospital.

"Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo. He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest. Paul has been extremely moved by all the messages and well wishes he has received from fans all over the world," his rep said.

The 71-year-old rocker has also postponed a show in Seoul, South Korea, but is still set to continue with his tour of the US next month.


Janelle MonaeJanelle Monae is "devastated" she has had to cancel her Australian tour due to illness.

The "Electric Lady" singer, who was set to perform a number of dates on her Australian and New Zealand leg of her Golden Electric Tour, had been advised by doctors to scrap the gigs and rest.

According to Billboard, a statement issued by promoters, Live Nation Australasia, said, "It has been confirmed that the remainder of the Golden Electric tour has been canceled and there will be no rescheduled performances. Ms. Monae is devastated at not being able to perform for her fans and has vowed to return to our shores in the not-too-distant future. Ticket holders will be contacted by the relevant ticketing outlet to advise of the process for obtaining a refund."

On Saturday, Janelle canceled her Melbourne show after support act Kimbra's opening performance, even though her band was already set up. The singer then canceled Monday night's show in Sydney and has now pulled the plug on the remaining dates.


Quincy JonesQuincy Jones has blasted the new Michael Jackson album Xscape.

The legendary producer - who masterminded some of the late singer's biggest hits - thinks the posthumous recording was only released to "make money."

"It's about money. They're trying to make money. And I understand it. Everybody's after money, the estate, the lawyers. It's about money," he said.

Quincy admitted it "bothers" him to see so much of the 'Thriller' star's previously-unreleased music being made public but has learned to accept it has nothing to do with him. When asked if he was bothered by the recordings, he told Jian Ghomeshi's Q talk show on CBC Radio, "Yeah, but it's not my business anymore. They're not our business."

Quincy's comments come months after he launched a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in relation to the recordings released after the "Billie Jean" star's death in June 2009. He alleged master recordings he had worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of back-end profit participation. He also claimed he had been denied credit for his work and that MJJ Productions and Sony Music have entered into deals taking profits that should have been included in the calculation of royalties.


One DirectionOne Direction have announced a new tour for 2015.

The "You & I" heartthrobs - who are currently on their Where We Are stadium world tour - are set to visit South Africa and the United Arab Emirates for the first time next year as part of their On the Road Again tour. The jaunt marks the group's second stadium tour and will kick off in Australia in February 2015 for their first shows in the country in two years.

The boys - Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson - will perform in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, before jetting off to Asia at the end of February for gigs in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. March will see the "Best Song Ever" hitmakers visit South Africa for the first time to perform two gigs at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, followed by a concert at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town. On April 4, 2015, the boy band will head to Dubai for their first gig in the country.

The busy stars recently kicked off their third world tour in South America and are due to begin the UK and Ireland leg this week. The latest tour will travel across Europe and North America over the summer, culminating in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 1.


Pink FloydPink Floyd fans are speculating the band could be set to tour again or release a new album.

The "Comfortably Numb" hitmakers have teased them by posting a countdown to a big announcement today on a website marking the 20th anniversary of their final record, The Division Bell.

Divisionbell20.com features a continuous clip of satellite images of the moon and urban landscapes to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd's music. The site has also teased the hashtag #TBD20, referencing the fact the band's last record was released two decades ago in March.

Members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason - who haven't performed together publicly since the Live 8 benefit show in 2005 - briefly reunited during Waters' The Wall tour stop at London's O2 Arena but they have previously hinted at the possibility of a reunion.

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Maroon 5Maroon 5 will release their new album V in September.

The "Moves Like Jagger" hitmakers have spent the last year recording material for their fifth album in Los Angeles, California and they've now announced that it will be available later this year. The Grammy award-winning band has also confirmed that they will be releasing a new single this summer before the album's release in the autumn.

Keyboardist Jesse Carmichael has been reunited with band members Adam Levine, Mickey Madden, James Valentine and Matt Flynn following his hiatus from the group while they recorded their fourth album Overexposed.

The band - who have also signed a worldwide tour deal with Live Nation and are expected to announce tour dates in the coming weeks - worked with producers Max Martin, One Republic's Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Shellback and Sam Martin on V.

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