Bullet For My Valentine think some metal bands get far ''too serious and dark'' and carried away with their image.
Justin Timberlake collaborated on at least three songs for Jamie Foxx's upcoming album after bosses at his label were unhappy with his original songs.
Rihanna is going to work with 'Break Your Heart' hitmaker Taio Cruz on her next album.
The influence of Judas Priest star KK Downing on the popularity of the Gibson Flying V guitar has been explained.
MGMT's collaboration with Jay-Z was rejected because they ''went crazy'' with the track, and he rejected it.
'Born Free' singer M.I.A is giving fans the chance to come up with a name her new album.
Pendulum are a ''totalitarian f***ing dictatorship'', lead by a man who compares himself to Stalin.
Beatles legend Paul McCartney writes all his songs by instinct, and never analyses his work.
The guitar playing ability of Keith Richards has been praised by Steven Van Zandt.
The Futureheads have opted for spiky guitar lines on their new record, one of the band members has explained.
Foo Fighters already have 15 ''awesome'' songs written for their next record, according to drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Alison Goldfrapp was so starstruck she ''couldn't get off the chair'' or speak when she met Madonna, which she worries made her look rude.
M.I.A's new record features a wide variety of musical instruments and styles, her producer has said.
Trent Reznor's post Nine Inch Nails project has been revealed as How to Destroy Angels with his wife Mariqueen Maandig.
Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)' has been named official song of this year's soccer World Cup in South Africa.
Boyband JLS and indie group Scouting For Girls will both receive trophies at this year's O2 Silver Clef Awards.
Yamaha will be showcasing their range of drum kits at an industry event in London later this year.
Johnny Marr has used guitars in an innovative way for a new film soundtrack.
Keith Richards ''can be'' a ''maniac'', but thinks reports of his wild lifestyle are overblown.
Eminem's comeback single, 'Not Afraid' is an ''uplifting'' song, according to his manager.
Sting has joined forces with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to come up with new versions of his classic songs.
Ronnie Wood was once thrown out of an Elvis Presley concert in Las Vegas for being too rowdy.
Courtney Love has been accused of stealing Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan's songs.
Piano player Noriko Ogawa is to give a special performance at the Yamaha Artist Centre in May.
Lady Gaga broke down in tears over a fan tribute to her which referred to her as 'Mother Monster'.
Justin Bieber's voice is breaking, leaving him unable to sing signature hit 'Baby' in its original key.
A new drummer has joined Wolfmother.
Biffy Clyro are to play a series of dates in Scotland and England later this year.
Liam and Noel Gallagher are both competing to work with the same backing musicians on their respective new musical ventures.
Legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne's life is going to be made into a film.
Electric guitar band Weezer are to bring out two albums this year.
Russell Brand insists he didn't play a part in Oasis' split and thinks the band broke up because of Noel and Liam Gallagher's combustible relationship.
Alison Mosshart admitted The Kills have struggled to find a new direction for their next album.
The Kills are working on their next album, despite Alison Mosshart's involvement with The Dead Weather.
Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro and Pendulum are set to appear at Radio 1's Big Weekend.
Fans walked out of Whitney Houston's concert at London's O2 arena last night (25.04.10) because of her poor performance.
Rihanna has a ''theatre room'' at her house where she keeps all the presents her devoted fans send her.
Classic Fender guitars and amplifiers were unveiled at the grand opening of the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) this weekend.
The Dead Weather will be playing at Glastonbury this summer.
Les Paul Standard guitars have been praised by a music journalist.
La Roux used to stare at pictures of late 'Thriller' singer Michael Jackson for hours at a time.
Justin Bieber's concert in Sydney, Australia, was cancelled by authorities after chaos broke out among fans, which threatened their safety.
Peter Hook took much convincing to become a DJ and ''valiantly resisted'' it as he saw them as ''arrogant, overpaid t***s''.
Nicola Roberts can't wait to be reunited with her Girls Aloud bandmates, so they can start recording their next album.
Sting, Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney are among the richest musicians in the UK.
The Gibson Firebird was Dennis Coffey's favoured instrument when he was in the Funk Brothers.
The Killers are on hiatus while the members of the band attempt success with new musical projects.
Damon Albarn has blasted Simon Cowell and warned how he thinks Lady Gaga and Beyonce could ''turn into Madonna'' if they work too hard.
'Crank That' rapper Soulja Boy is releasing a book explaining how he made a million dollars by the age of 16.
P Diddy is ''rooting for the UK'' and working with Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah and Skepta on remixes of his latest single 'Hello Good Morning'.
Fans of Vampire Weekend are likely to hear new songs from the band by the end of the year, Ezra Koenig has said.
Gibson is running a vote the find the best guitar player in the history of music.
Katy Perry listened to ABBA and The Cardigans while recording her her new album and she hopes the LP will make ''people bounce up and down''.
Courtney Love fired her all-girl band on the advice of songwriter Linda Perry, because she realised they had ''no heart and no soul''.
Pete Doherty unveiled a new Babyshambles line-up this week - leaving band members and fans as to the group's current status.
Frank Skinner wants to record a new anthem for England's 2012 World Cup bid, which he will write on a ukulele.
Paul Weller has played with Noel Gallagher at a recent gig.
The Killers and Patti Smith have been given top awards by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for their contribution to pop music in the US.
British indie band The Fratellis have split up after five years and two albums together.
Malcolm Mclaren was laid to rest after an emotional service and a procession through London today (22.04.10).
Vampire Weekend have another festival appearance lined up in the UK.
A pair of tickets to see blues guitar legend Joe Bonamassa at the NIA Birmingham in May are being offered by Gear4music.com.
A special concert is to be held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Yamaha Music Foundation.
Boss have recently released the ME-25 Guitar Effects Processor ? an affordable multi-effects unit packed full of Boss Effects.
Lou Reed has explained his Metal Machine Music project should be seen as a tribute to the brilliance of the guitar as a musical instrument.
Noel Gallagher was a surprise guest at Paul Weller's concert at London's Relentless Garage last night (21.04.10).
Christina Aguilera will perform new single 'Not Myself Tonight' on the finale of 'American Idol' as she launches her comeback and promotes new album 'Bionic'.
Noel Gallagher's Canadian attacker - who am bushed him at an Oasis concert in 2008 - has been sentenced to a year under house arrest.
The Gaslight Anthem think record contracts are ''so horrible they should be illegal'', and have vowed to always remain independent.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor would like to work with rock group Kings of Leon or electronic rockers Daft Punk.
Stevie Wonder is going to bring his piano playing skills to Manchester.
Musicians are being invited to attend two Ibanez guitar workshops later this month.
Orange terror bass head & SP210 cab have been praised in this months issue of guitar and bass magazine scoring a whopping 78% out of a 100% overall.
Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch has invited the rap group's fans to meditate with him in an effort to help beat cancer, which he has been fighting against since last year.
Courtney Love has announced her alter ego is 'dead' and she is changing her name because she feels ''oppressed''.
Freshman FOP1DN And FOP30N acoustic guitars have been praised in this months issue of guitar and bass magazine scoring a whopping 84% out of a 100% overall.
Electric guitar player Bruce Springsteen is releasing a DVD of one of his gigs.
The Gaslight Anthem's lead singer has explained his love of Gibson Les Paul guitars.
Owners of the Fender G-Dec 3 amp are able to access new backing tracks.
Adam Ant has revealed he is working on his first album in 15 years and has recorded a song with a former member of Oasis.
Sir Paul McCartney has agreed a deal to distribute his extensive post-Beatles back catalogue through independent label Concord Music Group.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is so demanding he doesn't even like to put his own socks on, according to the band's singer, James Hetfield.
M.I.A's new album will be ''a total departure'' from her established sound, according to producer Diplo - who worked with her on breakthrough single 'Paper Planes'.
The headline acts have been announced for Kendal Calling.
Kylie has announced she will release new single 'All The Lovers' on June 28, followed by a new album 'Aphrodite' on July 5.
Lily Allen and Dizzee Rascal are up for two prizes each at the 55th Ivor Novello Awards - which recognises British songrwriters.
Lady Gaga is recording her third album on her tourbus and - according to rapper and producer Akon - has already written some ''crazy'' tracks for it
Buddy Guy is to be honoured by the Blues Foundation next month.
A new play co-written by guitarist Billy Bragg has made its debut in London.
Festival-goers will get to experience a new acoustic sound from pop star Little Boots at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.
Diana Vickers would willingly join Girls Aloud if Nadine Coyle quits the girl group, which has been widely claimed.
Coldplay have set up a grading wall to help choose the tracks for their fifth studio album as they have already penned over 50 tracks.
Green Day promise their 'American Idiot' musical will ''move'' its audience and will ''come to life'' in front of its audience.
Chipmunk has vowed never to date any of his fans, even though they keep ''throwing themselves'' at him.
Electric guitar act Pixies are to play two dates in the UK this summer.
Taylor Hawkins, the man behind the drum kit in the Foo Fighters, has explained how useful writing songs can be for people who use the musical instrument.
30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto got his hair cut into a pink Mohawk to embrace the ''spirit of recklessness and freedom''.
Malcolm McLaren's funeral will include a public procession and a planned ''minute of mayhem'' in honour of the late punk icon.
Stairway to Heaven has been named as the UK's favourite rock song.
Jimmy Page's ability on an electric guitar has been commended.
Plan B has been in contact with 'RocknRolla' director Guy Ritchie about starring in one of his movies.
Carrie Underwood has made history after been named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards last night (18.04.10), the only woman to take the honour twice.
'Stairway to Heaven' has been voted Britain's favourite rock song of all time by listeners to Absolute Classic Rock radio station.
Drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins is to release an album of Motown classics.
The music of guitar player Eddie Cochran is to be remembered in Bristol.
The Cribs have been stopped from performing in the US due to the grounding of all UK flights.
Hot Chip formed at school over a shared interest key members Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard had in WWF wrestling.
Paul Weller hopes he can one day have a hit in the US, one of the few countries where success has always eluded him.
The Cribs have cancelled their appearance at the Coachella festival in the US this weekend, after being grounded in the UK, while other UK bands' sets are also in doubt.
Musical instrument manufacturer Yamaha is aiding the Childline Rocks initiative.
'Once' singer Diana Vickers can't perform properly unless she has chocolate to eat first.
Mika has made an inflatable stage set, so it is easily transportable for his summer festival appearances.
Iron Maiden could play at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, if fans of the electric guitar band get their way.
30 Watts of pure attitude, the Ashdown bass amp has become a favorite with bassists for its rich, warm sound, all tube design and surprising portability.
The-Dream reckons people only buy his albums to make love to, so feels a duty to be a sex symbol.
Jeff Beck has revealed his deep affection for his Fender Stratocaster guitar.
Electric guitar player Bernard Butler has taken on production duties for Kate Nash's second album.
Cypress Hill collaborated with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello because they want to ''stay vital'' rather than just play their old hits.
Phil Collins has recorded an album of Motown covers in tribute to his teenage heroes.
Bass guitar star Duff McKagan has revealed he is enjoying being in Jane's Addiction.
Rapper Snoop Dogg, electric guitar player Slash and soul legend Stevie Wonder are all on the bill for this year's Glastonbury Festival.
John Lennon's history of playing an Epiphone Casino guitar has been explored.
Controversial rapper Snoop Dogg has been confirmed as one of the major acts at this year's Glastonbury Festival, joining the likes of U2, Muse and Stevie Wonder.
Eminem scrapped his 'Relapse 2' project in favour of an entirely new record, which will be called 'Recovery'.
N-Dubz star Dappy has been dumped by his pregnant girlfriend of three years, Kaye Vassell, who is also pregnant with his second child.
John Lydon is planning to record new material with his groundbreaking experimental punk group PiL ''as soon as we've made enough money''.
Blur's limited release Record Day single - which goes on sale on Staurday (17.04.10) - will be called 'Fools Day'.
A young guitar player from Wales could turn out to be one of the great musicians, the former manager of Guns N' Roses has predicted.
Dave Grohl has helped drummer Taylor Hawkins with recording a new record.
Public Enemy have lowered the amount of money they are trying to raise from their fans to help fund their next album from $250,000 to $70,000.
Paul Weller improvised most of the lyrics for his new album, 'Wake Up the Nation', on the spot.
Electric guitar legend Paul Weller has revealed how he changed his normal songwriting method when recording his new album.
Steve Reid, a drummer who worked with Miles Davis and James Brown, has passed away.
Guitar players from Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth have all helped to influence the style of Jeff Waters, the acclaimed musician has revealed.
Jay-Z admitted he finds headlining huge national festivals is a ''challenge''.
Girls Aloud's songwriter and producer Brian Higgins has said ''if the band continues it will be a small miracle''.
More acts have been confirmed for Reading and Leeds Festival 2010.
More acts have been confirmed for this year's V Festival.
Hank Williams has been posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer prize Special Citiation for the arts, for his contribution to music.
More acts have been added to The Reading and Leeds festival line ups today (13.04.10), including Mystery Jets, New Young Pony Club and System Of a Down singer Serj Tankian.
Blur may be on the brink of a full scale comeback, according to the head of their record label, who said their new track especially recorded for Record Store day is 'Very Special'.
Blur should record some more new material, according to one of the people to hear their new song.
Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, Alicia Keys, Gorillaz, Michael Buble and other artists that continue to storm the UK charts have been using Yamaha Musical Equipment.
Roger Waters is to play The Wall in its entirety on a forthcoming tour.
Zero-G have recently released a new vocal sample library - Vocal Factory.
Launched at NAMM 2010, the brand new multi-pattern condenser mic from British microphone brand Sontronics is now shipping!
Boss VE-20 Vocal Performer Vocal Effects Processor has been reviewed and praised in this months issue of play music magazine.
Biffy Clyro have explained the thought-process behind their Squier by Fender signature guitars.
Plan B has blasted US rapper Kanye West for becoming too arrogant and losing touch with reality.
Susan Boyle wants to work with Lady Gaga and would like to wear one of her 'Telephone' hats.
Fully USB featured electronic drum kit launched at unbeatable UK RRP.
Tascam DP-008 Digital Portastudio has been reviewed and praised in this months issue of play music magazine.
Yamaha's new electro-acoustic dreadnought guitars have been highly praised this month in a review from Acoustic Magazine.
Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters is taking the group's album 'The Wall' back on tour in North America later this year.
Malcolm McLaren's partner, Young Kim, reckons he was killed by asbestos poisoning from his fashion shop, SEX.
Supergrass are to play a final set of shows.
Chad Smith, the man behind the drum set in Red Hot Chili Peppers, has become involved in an unlikely musical collaboration.
The bass guitar player for Cream has told fans the group will not be playing together again.
TC electronic nova drive overdrive / distortion pedal has been reviewed and praised in this months issue of play music magazine.
Nicola Roberts has revealed she and the rest of her Girls Aloud bandmates haven't spoken to Nadine Coyle for over six months, but insists there is no bad feeling between them all.
N-Dubz star Dappy was nearly harmed by a clubber who approached him with a weapon on Saturday night (10.04.10).
The best electric guitar player of the past 30 years has been named as John Frusciante.
Robert Pattinson may play Kurt Cobain in a new movie.
Jeff Beck has insured his fingers in case he loses the ability to play the electric guitar.
Slash doesn't consider himself a guitar legend and said he ''struggles to keep up'' with his heroes.
Rufus Wainwright is enjoying writing pop records again after spending nearly three years writing an opera.
A special model of the Fender Jazz Bass has been given the thumbs-up in Guitar World magazine.
Electric guitar band Blur are to bring out a new song.
Blur have recorded a new single together for the first time since 2003 to help publicise Record Store Day, an industry initiative to highlight the plight of music shops.
One of George Michael's touring band uses a Moog Voyager synthesizer.
JLS Singer Ortise Williams was shocked by meeting Stevie Wonder only minutes after discussing how he was his idol.
Shania Twain has landed her own reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey's TV channel about her musical comeback.
Bass guitar player Peter Hook has spoken about his forthcoming lecture tour of the UK.
Nathan Followill, the man behind the drum kit in Kings of Leon, is keeping fans up to date with the band's return to the studio.
Freshman AC60R Master Acoustic Combo Amp scored an impressive 84% this month in the monthly guitar and bass magazine.
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan said he wants to set politicians on fire and would never let a member of the British Conservative party use his music in an election campaign.
Kanye West is set for a court showdown in Miami with notorious rap mogul Suge Knight, who is seeking damages from him and club owners after he was shot at a 2005 party.
Jack White has urged music lovers to buy a real instrument.
Boss ME-25 Guitar Effects Processor scored an impressive 79% this month in the monthly guitars and bass magazine.
Vox AC30C2X Amp scored an impressive 88% this month in the monthly guitar and bass magazine.
Electro Harmonix Memory Toy scored an impressive 4/5 stars this month in the monthly guitar buyer magazine.
Musicians will soon be able to get their hands on a range of new speakers from Yamaha.
Orange Tiny Terror hard wired edition scored an impressive 4.5/5 stars this month in the monthly guitar buyer magazine.
Gibson guitar users The Killers are to receive an important accolade at this month's Pop Music Awards.
LCD Soundsystem are quitting music because the album format is dead and they admit the way they work is becoming outdated.
M.I.A reckons Lady Gaga is a ''mimic'' of her musically and branded her ''the industry's last stab at making itself important''.
Jamie T is to play shows in Lincoln and Liverpool this summer.
A former member of Oasis has said the band should have called it a day in the mid-1990s.
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is releasing a dance album - his debut solo LP - entitled The Boxer' in June.
Plan B was recently left in a difficult spot, when a fan offered him his girlfriend.
Kanye West will release his next album, presently titled 'Good Ass Job', in June with guest appearances from Q-Tip, RZA and Drake.
Whitney Houston has been forced to postpone a further three concerts in her present European tour after being hospitalised in France with nose and throat problems.
A Fender Stratocaster helped in the writing of one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most famous songs, a former band member has explained.
Dr Dre's collaboration with Jay-Z is to come out before the end of the month.
Time & Space have recently announced a special offer for EZdrummer users.
The first solo album from Kele Okereke is to come out this summer.
The tonal options provided by the Fender Jazz Bass guitar have been highlighted by a rock star.
REM star Peter Buck is in the studio with The Decemberists.
Guitar player Herb Ellis has died at the age of 88.
A new Fender guitar amp has been tested by Jeff Beck.
The Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures is to be played live by bass guitarist Peter Hook.
MGMT are to tour the UK and Ireland in September.
The drumming style of Caroline McKay has come in for praise.
Ronnie Wood will be taking his guitar into the studio for a new radio show.
The Libertines have given their first live performance since reuniting.
Christina Aguilera admits she didn't write her new single 'Not Myself Tonight' but knew she had to record it as soon as she heard it.
Oasis - who split last August - are releasing a singles collection entitled 'Time Flies 1994 - 2009' in June.
Innovative synth and sequencer manufacturer Elektron have conducted an interview with the user forum, revealing even more groundbreaking details of the Octatrack sampler.
A member of Alkaline Trio has used a Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass during a gig.
Mr Hudson has revealed he is ''craving'' noise and his next record may have a grunge feel and ''dirty synths''.
The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard was reportedly thrown out of The Who's concert at London's Royal Albert Hall after he angered fellow fans by getting intimate with his girlfriend.
The electric guitar playing style of Jimi Hendrix has been praised by fellow musician Jeff Beck.
Arctic Monkeys are set to start work on a new record in the next few months.
Erykah Badu tried to get arrested when shooting her latest video, where she rips off her clothes and appears naked in front of strangers.