The Smiths' former drummer Mike Joyce insists he will never read Morrissey's autobiography.
The 50-year-old musician was with the band until they split in 1987 and later sued Morrissey and Johnny Marr over unpaid royalties, which is discussed in the book. Speaking to the new issue of Q magazine, Mike said, "I've not read the book, and I never will. I've got a pretty good idea of what's in there. I don't want to go down that route of putting out a statement saying that this or that is wrong."
However, he added that he would still be keen to take part in a Smiths reunion, saying, "Of course, we'd all do it we were asked. We were one of the greatest bands ever. As a performer, there was nobody better than Morrissey. But a reunion is never going to happen."
In November last year Johnny Marr was joined onstage by his former bandmate Andy Rourke in New York. The bass player accompanied him on two Smiths songs, "How Soon Is Now?" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," during Johnny's sold out headline show at Webster Hall in Manhattan.
OutKast is set to reunite at Coachella 2014.
Producer Rico Wade has confirmed Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be gracing the stage at this year's festival after a seven-year hiatus. Rico told music website Stereogum that he wants his cousin, rapper Future, to join the pair at their reunion in California in April.
"As we bide our time in the lobby, he [Rico] affably spills the beans about unreleased Andre 3000 solo songs from a decade ago and his hopes to score Future a cameo during OutKast's reunion sets at Coachella. Eventually he pulls out his iPhone and plays me a Future/Andre collaboration he produced called 'Benz Bitch' that's earmarked for Honest [Future's next LP]. It's yet another side of Future and one rarely heard: brainy, libidinous space-age funk mined from Stankonia's dankest caverns, an homage to his Dungeon Family roots," the article reads.
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison insists he did not quit the band and was left "blindsided" by the news.
The 38-year-old musician played in the Grammy-Award winning heavy metal act since their formation in 1995 and was co-songwriter with frontman Corey Taylor. A statement on the band's website last month cited "personal reasons" for his departure but he has now refuted claims he had decided to quit.
"To my fans, friends and associates. I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT," he wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. "This band has been my life for the past 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time. I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year."
Nicole Scherzinger is set to sign a $5 million record deal.
The X Factor judge, who first shot to fame with the Pussycat Dolls, will release her new solo album with Sony next year and is expected to rake in millions more from a string of commercial jobs.
"Nicole was the most popular member of the X Factor panel this year and is the real winner in terms of bankability. She is set to sign with Sony and can't wait to get back to her music, which took a back seat during X Factor," a source said.
Nicole also has new multi-million pound deals with fashion range Missguided and Herbal Essences on the cards.
It is set to be a big year for the 35-year-old but her biggest decision will be whether to return to the ITV talent show or stay focused on her music career. "She's torn between the two - she loves the show and loves working on it but is conflicted. She is taking time out at home with her family to decide what move is best to make," the source added.
Dolly Parton is reportedly set to headline Glastonbury 2014.
The country music icon has been secretly booked to fill the Glastonbury Legends slot on the Sunday of the UK festival, according to The Sun newspaper. "Dolly is perfect for the Sunday Legends slot. It didn't take any convincing - she's always wanted to play Glastonbury," a source told the publication.
The "9 to 5" hitmaker is expected to perform a setlist comprising her greatest hits from her lengthy career when she takes to the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England, next June.
Dolly is supposedly jetting in from London after performing at the O2 arena on the Saturday evening as part of her Blue Smoke tour, and conveniently has a "day off" on the Sunday, according to her schedule. "It is being kept free deliberately. She'll get a helicopter straight down on Sunday, or maybe even Saturday night after the show," the festival insider added.
Eminem reportedly refused to perform at a Super Bowl party unless he was paid $2 million.
The "Monster" rapper is said to have been approached to play a concert at the NFL Owners Party during Super Bowl week in 2014. According to TMZ, the offer was for Eminem to perform a set of his greatest hits for 1,500 guests following a lavish dinner, but organizers were forced to find a replacement act after the rapper demanded the hefty fee.
Reps for the event were also eyeing a performance from Kanye West only to find that his fee was also out of budget. "[For Kanye] it was $1 million, plus a lot of other perks," a source revealed.
As a last resort organizers have reportedly snapped up "Tight Rope" singer Janelle Monae who will perform for a more reasonable $150,000.
Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 35 years for child sex offenses.
The former Lostprophets singer appeared before Cardiff Crown Court today after pleading guilty to attempting to rape a fan's 11-month-old son and 10 other offenses. Watkins, along with his two co-defendants "Woman A" and "Woman B," stood emotionless in the dock as their sentences were handed down.
The mothers of the abused children also pleaded guilty to child abuse charges at a hearing in November along with the musician. The judge, Justice Royce, told the courtroom evidence in the case "breaks new ground" and "plunged into new depths of depravity," while Watkins was "noticeably shaking" as he stood. The court was told Watkins poses a "significant risk" to young women and children and was informed he had told a probation officer he did not know what lengths he would have gone to with children had he not been arrested.
Lindsay Lohan wants to reignite her music career.
\The 27-year-old actress, who released her debut album, Speak in December 2004, is interested in moving on from her pop past and spent some time experimenting with Electronic Dance Music (EDM) tracks in a recording studio in New York City last weekend.
A source told gossip website TMZ.com that Lindsay, who signed a recording contract with Casablanca Records, headed by Tommy Mottola in 2004, is eager to ink a new deal with a label but hasn't signed anything yet. The insider said that The Canyons star has also been in touch with her friends in the industry, including Lady Gaga and ex-boyfriend Max George from The Wanted, to ask them for advice and support.
Justin Bieber has claimed he is retiring.
The 19-year-old star, who has caused controversy in recent months for antics including partying underage in nightclubs and spray-painting public property in Australia, is planning to take a break from the music industry when his new album, Journals, is released next week, and it could be permanent.
"After the new album, I'm actually retiring man. I'm retiring," the "Heartbreaker" hitmaker told radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He then suggested he hasn't quite made up his mind, adding, "I want to grow as an artist and I'm taking a step out, I want my music to mature."
But the singer is no longer attracted to the idea of fame: "I'm here solely for my fans and for the music."
A source close to Justin insisted he was just joking and has no plans to permanently hang up his microphone. "The kid's got ambition," the insider said.
Bruce Springsteen wants to tour the US next year.
The musical legend will embark on a five-week tour of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with his group the E Street Band in February, just five weeks after his LP High Hopes is released, but he admits he'd like to visit America at some point in 2014 as they haven't played there since 2012.
"I don't want to say yes because I don't want to disappoint people, but I certainly don't want to rule it out either. We're looking closely out at since there's places we missed on the last tour. We didn't get to Texas, where I love to play. We didn't get to Florida either. It might be fun to get back to some of those places," he told Rolling Stone.
Meanwhile, the 64-year-old star previously revealed that his new album will feature tracks he has played live or recorded in the past, but which had never made the cut - until now: "This is music I always felt needed to be released. From the gangsters of 'Harry's Place,' the ill-prepared roomies on 'Frankie Fell In Love' (shades of Steve and I bumming together in our Asbury Park apartment) the travelers in the wasteland of 'Hunter Of Invisible Game,' to the soldier and his visiting friend in 'The Wall,' I felt they all deserved a home and a hearing. Hope you enjoy it."
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