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Tuesday, 21 February
Blur will perform at London's Hyde Park on 12 August to mark the end of the Olympic Games. The group, who are set to appear at the Brit Awards this evening, will be joined by New Order, The Specials plus some still-to-be-announced special guests at the gig which coincides with the Olympics closing ceremony.
Jay-Z and Kanye West look set to bring their Watch The Throne tour to the UK and Eire this summer. Online leaks this morning suggest the pair might be playing Birmingham on 12 or 23 June, though it's probably best to wait for the official announcement which is duelater today.
It looks like Willow Smith has struck up a friendship with Tyler The Creator, describing him as the "love of my life" in the caption to an Instagram photo of the pair together.
Meanwhile, watch Odd Future's video for new single, Rella, taken from the rap collective's forthcoming album OF Tape Vol 2, out 20 March.
The Dirty Three are streaming new album Toward The Low Sun (released next Monday) online now.
Listen to Santigold new single Disparate Youth tomorrow from her forthcoming album Master Of My Make-Believe which will be released in April.
Listen to a new Bruce Springsteen song, Shackled and Drawn, from his forthcoming Wrecking Ball album which is released on 5 March.
Elton John is set to perform at Blackpool's new Tower Festival Headland on 16 June. "I'm looking forward to revisiting this legendary seaside town and playing on the Golden Mile," he explained.
Following the rumours, Chris Brown has indeed collaborated with Rihanna on two new remixes for her latest release. The move has shocked fans as it comes three years after he pleading guilty to assaulting the singer. Birthday Cake is streaming online now (via Billboard.com).
Sinead O'Connor has explained the reasoning behind the Letters To Bob section of her website dedicated solely to Bob Dylan. "I'm sure he doesn't bother reading my bloody website, but it's important to thank the man," she suggested. "He didn't give a shit what people thought, and early on he was good at tuning out his critics. Whereas I'm a fucking idiot, and it's taken me 25 years."
Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Friendly Fires are among the acts set to play this year's student festival Break Break Live, which takes place in Pembrey Country Park between 14-18 June.
Listen to a mashup of Portishead, Suzanne Vega and Bernard Herrmann's Taxi Driver score by remix artist Okarola.
Public Image Ltd will release a new EP, One Drop, for this year's Record Store Day (21 April). It's John Lydon and co's first new material for 20 years, and will precede a new album, This Is PiL, which will be out on 28 May.
Noel Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, The Horrors, Miles Kane and The Maccabees are among the acts to have joined the 2012 T In The Park bill (6-8 July).
Tim Burgess is developing his own cereal, Totes Amazeballs... it's not 1 April is it?
Today's Track Of The Day is a 2012 Brit Awards special, it's Blur with Fool's Day.
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 21/02/2012
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