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Nas wanted to set fire to ex-wife Kelis' wedding dress after they split up.
The couple separated in 2009 after a four-year marriage and the 38-year-old rapper - who has two-year-old son Knight with the "Milkshake" hitmaker - was very "hurt and angry" when he found a reminder of their big day.
"I found it in my house and thought, it's going somewhere. Either on the cover of my album, or burning in a garbage can. I was angry when I first found it. Hurt and angry - but I don't think she left it deliberately to hurt me. It's just part of the dress, so I don't know where the rest of it is. But it made all the sense in the world for me to hold on to that. I guess that's just my personality," he said, explaining why the cover of his new album Life Is Good, which depicts him alone in a club with the dress draped over his knee.
Katy Perry's next album won't all be about her heartbreak.
It has been speculated the "Part of Me" singer's third album will be about her upset in the wake of her divorce from comedian Russell Brand, but she has promised there will be an upbeat side to it as well.
"I'd never devote a whole record to heartbreak. I'm happy, I'm in a good place, I'm looking forward to my future," she told The Sun.
Katy also spoke about scenes in the movie when her marriage was in trouble, and why she included them in the film: "For me it was important with this movie not to ignore that elephant in the room. I am not hiding anything, but I had to put it in with integrity and consideration because that's how I make all my choices, because I believe in karma."
The Strokes have quite drinking and smoking to record their new album.
The "Last Night" band are recording their fifth album in New York, and have cleaned up their act so they can concentrate on the new material, according to guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s father.
"They're back, strong and mature, a lot of them have quit smoking and drinking and all the good things that come with rock 'n' roll, or whatever people think comes with rock 'n' roll," Albert senior said.
Albert also acknowledged the band almost split when they were recording last album Angles - with singer Julian Casablancas taking himself out of sessions at one point - but relations between the group are now better than ever: "Fortunately they do love each other, and they have people around them who love them. Obviously we all take the wrong roads at times, especially when you're young. And some of us never come out of that road and end up in another world. The good thing about them is that, as I said, all these people that loved them and they loved each other and they finally realized that they had something going that was good."
Paul Stanley would never be friends with Peter Criss or Ace Frehley again.
The KISS singer would never allow the band's former guitarist and drummer - who left in the 80s, but rejoined the band between 1996 and 2002 and 2001 respectively - to play with the group again and claims they were never very close even in their 70s heyday.
"Friends? No I was never really friends with them. The band was never about friendship, the band was about commitment to a cause, but friendship? We were all very different people. I loved them for what we created together, I certainly don't love them today. But the band as it is today is far more the embodiment of what we started than what we became," Paul said.
When asked when he had last spoke with his former bandmates, Paul said, "I spoke to Ace probably three years ago. Peter I haven't spoken to in probably a decade."
Keith Richards is always "introvert and articulate," even when he used to take hard drugs.
The Rolling Stones guitarist - famous for his hellraising past, including vast amounts of drinking and drug abuse - is much quieter and considered than people imagine, according to his band mate Charlie Watts.
"Keith is very quiet. The image he puts over, or people put on him, he's not like that at all. Or not very often. He's introverted and incredibly articulate, even when he was on a lot of junk [heroin]. He's strong. My relationship with Keith is very good, but we don't do much more than just laugh at each other," Charlie said.
Charlie also told about how Keith once took in a stray dog during a tour in Russia, which he keeps as his pet to this day: "The last dog he picked up was on tour in Russia: Rasputin. It was a stray which wandered in backstage and, typical Keith, 'I'll have that.' He fed him some chops and, of course, the dog loved it. From then on it was like living at The Ritz for Rasputin. He lives the high life now in Connecticut with Keith's two pugs."
Adam Levine sees Maroon 5's new album as a "rebirth" of the group. The band are releasing fourth record, Overexposed, and frontman Adam wants it to show a different side to him and his bandmates.
"People often misinterpreted confidence or my playful cockiness with arrogance. I'm certainly an extremely humble person and my mother raised me right. I'm always polite, I'm always nice and never mean. And I'm excited, so excited to talk about the new record as I see it as a rebirth for Maroon 5," said the singer, who is joined by Michael Madden, PJ Morton, James Valentine and Matt Flynn in the band.
Adam also said he struggled when critics used to give him and the band - who went through a period where they didn't have a single hit between 2007's "Makes Me Wonder" and 2011's "Moves Like Jagger" - a tough time: "I put my heart and soul into our songs and love them, so when someone writes they don't like them or me, it hurt. But the ups and downs have been really important. And now I don't know why it's working, but it seems to be, so I keep doing it. Now it's OK to like us. For ages it was uncool to like Maroon 5."
Lady Gaga has come under fire for her new song about Princess Diana's death.
The "Bad Romance" star premiered new track "Princess Die" in Melbourne, Australia and outraged royal fans with her risque lyrics, which appear to reference the Princess of Wales' tragic death in a Paris car accident in 1997.
"And wish that I would go / In my rich boyfriend's limo / Right after he proposed / With a 16-carat stone wrapped in rose gold / With the papparazzi all swarming around /So bob head your head for another dead blonde," the lyrics read. Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris, while in a car with her lover Dodi Fayed, and it is rumored that the Harrods businessman had recently proposed to her.
The 26-year-old singer's lyrics have been blasted as distasteful, but the singer is no stranger to controversy, having caused outrage by performing in a wheelchair and wearing religious garb in the past.
Metallica's Lars Ulrich feels he's "regressed," when it comes to playing drums.
The sticksman may have been with the band for 30 years, but joked he doesn't feel like he's getting better with age. When asked about his abilities, he told Drum!, "I usually feel like I've regressed. I'm like, 'Why can't I do that anymore?'"
Lars, 48, admitted he doesn't regularly practice in order to get better, but uses the drums as a workout: "What happens is I just sit down and kind of play to just more stay in shape. You know, Metallica was up to two or three months off last year, and I would sit down, I have an iPod next to my drums so I can play along to all kind of crazy stuff, but I can't say that I sit down to necessarily practice to sort of get better."
He also talked about how he was excited when listening back to tracks on the band's Beyond Magnetic EP - recorded during sessions for their Death Magnetic album in 2007 and 2008 - and how lively the results were:
Keith Richards says that "the door is wide open," for Jack White to produce The Rolling Stones.
The legendary "Paint it Black" band's guitarist said they are meeting next month to discuss plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and he is keen for them to head to the studio.
"I'd love to get some tracks down and see what songs we've got. And that goes along with part of getting the band back together and getting things moving. So I'd love to cut some tracks, yeah," he told Rolling Stone.
When asked if blues renaissance man Jack - a friend of Keith who worked on some demo material with him in 2009 - would produce the new material, he replied, "That's always a possibility. The door is wide open."
Ice-T thinks rap needs to be given more respect "as an art form."
The veteran rapper has made a documentary, Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, in which he debates rhyming with a number of key figures from the genre - including Nas, Chuck D, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Run-D.M.C - and said he made it to show young people the origins of the genre.
"I was looking at the state of hip-hop, which has gotten a little pop for me, and I just wanted to document where we came from. All I want is for the kids to see where it came from and have a degree of respect for it. I don't feel rap has been respected as an art form. Because people have seen rappers rap off the top of their heads, they don't think it is difficult," he explained.
Ice - who had a hugely successful solo career before switching to acting in the late 80s - also wanted to give exposure to some of the forefathers of the rap genre.
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