US metal band As I Lay Dying have issued a statement regarding yesterday's news that lead singer Tim Lambesis had been arrested for conspiring to hire a hitman to murder his wife. The statement, which was distributed to media by the band's label Metal Blade Records, reads:

"As we post this, the legal process is taking its course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We’ll keep you informed as best we can.

Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation – and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.
Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying."

A couple of new tracks from the upcoming new Queens of the Stone Age album have hit the web. The two tracks - 'I Sat By The Ocean' and ''If I Had a Tail' - aren't the exact tunes that'll appear on the album, but live recreations. Still, it'll give you a good idea of what to expect when ...Like Clockwork is released in June.



In other news, Snoop Dogg has confirmed that he once briefly work as an actual, literal pimp. The rapper, whose new title of Snoop Lion is seemingly being forgotten/ignored, claims that he put a pimping operation together in 2003.

"I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bitches on it. I could fire a bitch, f*ck a bitch, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, titty to titty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer."

Charming, as always.

The outstanding Chromatics, who played a blinder at last year's Forbidden Fruit festival, have confirmed details of their Dublin return. The Kill For Love stars will play The Village on Wexford Street on Thursday 13th of June, with support from Glass Candy. Tickets are priced at €20.

Britney Spears has done a bit of a Celine Dion and confirmed that she will take up a performance residency in Las Vegas, as well as release a new album. Both are due before the end of the year so Ms. Spears has made a busy woman of herself.