The Weeknd covers Michael Jackson, Adele returns to singing, U2 top live act earners list, A$AP Rocky hooked on Harry Potter and more - Daily Hot List
Thursday 22 December
The Weeknd has covered Michael Jackson on much-anticipated new mixtape, Echoes Of Silence. The R&B singer's version of Dirty Diana opens the nine track album, which is available to download for free from his website.
Adele is singing again after recovering from throat surgery. The singer is said to have returned to "basic vocal training" since undergoing an operation to stop recurrent bleeding from a benign polyp that caused her to cancel all remaining tour dates for the year in October.
Drake has unveiled a new video for The Motto. Check out the rapper and his dodgy leopard print puffa jacket below. (via Thefader.com)
U2, Bon Jovi and Take That have been named the highest grossing live acts of 2011. Bono and co raked in more than £180m over the year, performing to almost 3m people across 44 dates.
A$AP Rocky has confessed he's addicted to Harry Potter. "I'm into the books. I grew up on them. A lot of people did," he explained. "I did about three years in an elementary school in Pennsylvania and my fourth grade teacher put me on. Her name was Mrs. Waters, I think. I been hooked ever since."
An unreleased Radiohead song appears to have been leaked online. The track, How Do You Sit Still, is rumoured to have been recorded by the Oxford band around the time The Bends was made. The band have yet to confirm the song is theirs but if it is a fake, it's a pretty good one... (via Ateaseweb.com)
Police investigating the death of rapper Slim Dunkin, who was fatally shot at an Atlanta recording studio last Friday (16 December), believe he was killed in a dispute over confectionary. "Someone came in and struck him and a fight insued," said Homicide detective David Quinn. "Now the information we're getting, and it's unconfirmed but, witnesses are saying that this whole thing started over a piece of candy."
The Killers' Mark Stoermer spoke to Q about his solo album, writing a Christmas single and his musical heroes in a new Q&a. Check it out by following the link.
My Morning Jacket covered The Bottle by Gill Scott Heron at a show at Madison Square Garden. Check out the clip below. (via Stereogum.com)
A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of leaking an early recording of the new Madonna single. A demo version of Gimme All Your Luvin' surfaced online in November and police have since traced the leak to Zargoza, Spain where the man has been charged.
Mastodon have revealed the story behind the title of their latest album, The Hunter. "Brent's [Hinds, bandmate] brother was a hunter and he passed away last year while on hunting trip. We are not sure what happened. It was not a hunting accident," said guitarist Bill Kelliher. "It was some sort of heart attack. We just know that it was a terrible thing and we just wanted to do this for him."
R Kelly claims to have 32 more chapters written for his hip-hop opera, Trapped In The Closet - but needs funding to make it happen. The singer revealed yesterday he is keen to continue the saga but warned, "it costs a lot of money to do ... so we're actually looking for investors."
Today's Track Of The Day is Gruff Rhys' Slashed Wrists This Christmas.
That's it for 2011. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we'll see you in 2012 for more Hot List.
11:49 AM | 22/12/2011
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