Keane rocker Tim Rice-Oxley been banned from the roads for two years for drink-driving. The keyboardist, 38, was arrested in East Sussex, England in April (14) when a roadside breath test revealed he was almost three times over the drink-drive limit.
Rice-Oxley appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court earlier this month (Jul14) and pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was banned from the roads for 24 months and fined $1,275 (£750). He was also ordered to pay court costs of $145 (£85) and a victim surcharge of $128 (£75).
The driving ban can be reduced by 24 weeks if he successfully completes a road safety course.
Lily Allen's chart-topping cover version of Keane's track Somewhere Only We Know was a calculated attempt to quell potential outrage over her expletive-laden comeback song. The Smile singer is making her return to the spotlight after taking four years off to have children with her husband Sam Cooper, and she planned to release controversial single Hard Out Here for her big return in November (13).
However, Allen knew the track's racy promo and lyrics, which deal with the sexualisation of young women in the music industry, would cause a stir, so she also recorded a sugary version of Keane's hit and released it a week before her own song.
It was used as the soundtrack of the 2013 Christmas TV commercial for U.K. department store John Lewis, and Allen is delighted the tactic worked.
She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "I took the John Lewis job because I knew I had Hard Out Here, which wasn't a radio record because it has the word 'b**ch' in it 72 times. I wanted people to go, 'Oh she's done exactly what we thought she would do.' Then, bam! Four days later, I'm in a controversial video."
Roddy Doyle, the Booker Prize-winning author behind The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, is teaming up with another Irish icon to pen his memoir. Doyle will partner with Roy Keane for the former Manchester United and Ireland soccer star's second biography.
Publisher Alan Samson at Orion believes the book, The Second Half, will have the makings of a great read.
He says, "I believe it will become a benchmark for sports autobiography. The combination of an outstanding player - and leader - like Roy with a writer of Roddy's extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year."
Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich, and he is currently the assistant manager to the Ireland national team.
Keane's first book, Keane: The Autobiography, was released in 2002. The sportsman says, "I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience."
Lily Allen was joined onstage by a host of celebrity friends during Coldplay's charity gig on Thursday (19Dec13). The Smile singer was one of the performers drafted in to play at the band's third Under 1 Roof concert at the Eventim Apollo in London, in support of the Kids Company charity.
The pop star treated fans to duets with Robbie Williams and Coldplay's Chris Martin, and thrilled the audience when Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley joined her to perform her Christmas cover of the band's hit Somewhere Only We Know.
Other performances at the event, which was hosted by Fearne Cotton, came from Coldplay themselves, hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, magician Dynamo, and Ricky Gervais' The Office character David Brent with his band Foregone Conclusion.
Singer Lily Allen has notched up three weeks atop the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know. The song, which features as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, initially hit number one last month (Nov13), before returning to pole position last week (begs02Dec13).
It remained unmoved this week (begs09Dec13), despite competition from Avicii's Hey Brother at number two and Leona Lewis' One More Sleep, which climbed 31 places to three.
Meanwhile, on the U.K. albums chart, Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways has replaced One Direction's Midnight Memories at number one, knocking the boyband's release to number two.
Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last remained in third place, followed by Olly Murs' Right Place, Right Time at four and Beyonce's surprise self-titled album, which secured the fifth spot.
The Crazy In Love hitmaker's fifth studio album was quietly released online on Thursday night (12Dec13) and reportedly sold 430,000 units on America's iTunes.com in one day. The record is projected to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart next week (begs16Dec13) with total sales of approximately 600,000.
British pop star Lily Allen has been given an early Christmas treat after returning to the top of the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane hit Somewhere Only We Know. The Smile singer performed the tune as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, but she recently confessed she was not a fan of her own version, insisting it's "quite shrill".
However, devotees don't appear to agree - they have taken the song to number one again, two weeks after it first topped the chart. Music analysts have even tipped the track to reign supreme on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
One Direction took second place with Story of My Life and Bastille climbed to third with Of The Night.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, One Direction have held on to the coveted top spot with Midnight Memories, leaving Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways at two and his former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow, at three with Since I Saw You Last.
Britney Spears entered the chart with Britney Jean at a disappointing 34.
"I can't listen to the song, I've got to be honest. It's quite shrill." Pop star Lily Allen confesses she can't stand hearing her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which features in Christmas TV advertisements for leading British retailer John Lewis.
British musician Tom Chaplin will be kept busy during his band Keane's hiatus as he is set to become a first-time father. The group announced they will be taking time out from performing following the release of their greatest hits album this month (Nov13).
In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday (19Nov13), the star revealed the break will give him more time to focus on fatherhood duties as his wife, Natalie Dive, is pregnant.
He says, "My wife's got a baby on the way next year, and I'm hoping to make a solo record so that will be a bit of a diversion."
However, Chaplin insist the band's break will not be permanent, adding, "People want to ask that question (about the band splitting) but we have known each other all our lives and (the band) is an integral part of who we are."
Chaplin married Dive in 2011.
Carsten Windhorst/WENNDespite becoming the first band since The Beatles to top the U.K. charts with their first five albums, the music world appeared to collectively shrug its shoulders at the weekend when Keane announced that they were taking a break after sixteen years together. One of many inoffensive piano-rock outfits to emerge in the wake of Coldplay's success, the East Sussex trio enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-'00s. But they also became an easy target for the cooler indie fraternity, most notably with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno, who famously joked that frontman Tom Chaplin's stint in rehab was more likely to be for port addiction than cocaine, and Noel Gallagher, who claimed that "whatever direction the band take, they will always be s***." But did they really deserve the 'Most Boring Band In The World' tag? Here's a look at five arguments in their defense."Is It Any Wonder"Inspired by their disillusionment over the Iraq War, "Is It Any Wonder" proved that Keane weren't always overwhelmingly polite. Recorded whilst battling a drink and drugs problem, Chaplin has never sounded so impassioned on a squalling indie-rock anthem which channelled U2 at their chest-beating stadium rock finest.Perfect SymmetryTo the surprise of everyone, Keane ditched their signature sound for third album, Perfect Symmetry, and instead looked to the widescreen '80s synth-rock of Tears For Fears, Simple Minds and David Bowie for a perfectly-executed pastiche which also produced their career-best single, "Spiralling.""Stop For A Minute"One of the more surreal collaborations of recent years, this lead single from 2010's Night Train E.P. saw one of the most quintessentially English bands of the '00s hook up with Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan for a wholly unexpected venture into hip-pop."Early Winter"Not exactly a Keane song, although they did later give away their cover as a free download, the gorgeous soft-rock heartbreak of Gwen Stefani's "Early Winter" suggests that its writer and the brains behind the band, Tim Rice-Oxley, may have the more fruitful solo career."Dirtylicious"Recorded for Radio 1's famous Live Lounge series, Keane proved they weren't averse to the odd bit of suggestive R&B with this inspired mash-up of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" and Destiny’s Child's "Bootylicious."
British rockers Keane are embarking on an indefinite hiatus to allow bandmembers to focus on separate projects. A report published in Britain's The Sun newspaper initially suggested the group was splitting after 16 years together so frontman Tom Chaplin can build a solo career.
A spokesperson for Keane has since played down the break-up claims, although he states that Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes and Jesse Quin will be taking some time out after the release of their upcoming greatest hits album.
The representative says, "Keane are taking a break after the Best Of to pursue their own projects."
The Best of Keane is due for release in November (13) and will include all the hits from their five studio albums, which have collectively sold over 11 million copies worldwide.