Richard Hawley records with Arctic Monkeys, new Leonard Cohen lyrics, Download Festival update, Madonna vs Elton John, The xx set for festival slot... Daily Hot List
Tuesday, 17 January
Richard Hawley has recorded with Arctic Monkeys which could feature as a future B-side. Following up 2007's Teddy Picker flipside Bad Women, the singer and Alex Turner teamed up again over Christmas. "Me and Al had been talking for ages about writing together and we managed to squeeze in a couple of days in December to see if we could come up with anything," he explained. "We ended up coming up with this song You & I and I really like it, me and Al get to trade guitar solos as well which is quite fun. But yeah, I'm the numpty on the B-side!" He laso confirmed that he has a new album coming this year and it would be more guitar-based.
Read the lyrics from Leonard Cohen's Going Home, the opening track from forthcoming album Old Ideas, released 30 January.
Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Chase & Status (of course) are among a raft of acts joining the Download Festival bill (8-10 June). The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath are already confirmed as headliners.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been nominated for a BAFTA for best soundtrack for their The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.
Madonna had an eventful Golden Globes, not only did she win one for best song for W.E., she renewed her rivalry with Elton John, who's husband David Furnish apparently wrote on Facebook "Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit." She also offered to kiss Ricky Gervais on telly.
Brett Anderson speaks about the forthcoming new Suede album (via bbc.co.uk/6music).
Lana Del Rey's performance on Saturday Night Live at the weekend, has kicked off a heated debate with singers, actors and the general public wading in to discuss its merits.
Perhaps they're just jealous that she was Molly Ringwald's sister in Sixteen Candles, sorta...
Watch a 19 year-old Kanye West rapping (via Stereogum.com).
More selections from our 140 Songs To Hear Now feature in the current issue of Q. Check out songs from Coldplay, Dot Rotten, Sharon Von Etten, We Are Augustine2 and more.
The xx are set to play Poland's Heineken Open'er Festival (4-8 July). Justice have also been announced for the event.
Steve Davis, the snooker legend, talks prog rock. Is there anything better?
Florence + The Machine says she's come to terms with getting award nominations, but doesn't take them too seriously. "It's very nice to be recognised. It's always really fun," she said. "They are terrifying to start with. If you see them as something fun and a celebration then that's okay, I think you shouldn't put yourself under too much pressure."
Q Now: The Sessions gig take place next week at (23-27 January) at London's XOYO. We profile some of the acts playing, starting with Jamie N Commons.
The ladies (well the actress behind Lady Mary and the Countess Of Grantham) of Downton Abbey are releasing an album. Watch out Marcus Mumford...
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn has discovered the holy grail, a novel about music which doesn't suck when it talks about being in a band. Read his guest column on Ten Thousand Saints.
Plus listen to his new solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes.
Watch 22 artists including Florence + The Machine, Blink 182 and Mary J Blige discussing who their mentors were.
Pop albums outsold those by their rock counterparts last year.
Ryan Adams has announced a UK tour, kicking off on 20 April at Belfast Waterfront Auditorium before heading around the country. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Paul Weller has named his newly born twins John Paul and Bowie.
A host of acts have joined the line-up for South By South West (13-18 March), including Best Coast, A$AP Rocky, M Ward, Lana Del Rey, Charlift and more.
Today's Track Of The Day is Metronomy with The Look
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 17/01/2012
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