Damon Albarn hints Blur reunion will end after Olympic Closing Ceremony show, Madonna eyes Quentin Tarentino collaboration, The National and Walkmen team up with Grateful Dead guitarist and Robbie Williams to buy Michael Jackson's home? - Daily Hot List
Monday 26 March
Damon Albarn has hinted that Blur's Olympic Closing Ceremony Celebration show in London's Hyde Park this summer will be their last. "I don't really do anything with Blur any more. There's this concert this year but its not a full time thing at all," he explained, adding that Under The Westway, the new song debuted last month, could be the final track they write together. "Maybe this tune's a last little coda to the whole story."
Robbie Williams is reported to be interested in buying the Beverley Hills mansion where Michael Jackson died. Williams viewed the property on Thursday (22 March) leading to speculation he is to put in an offer for the Thriller singer's former home, which is valued at around £15m.
Listen to Azelia Banks' new collaboration with Diplo, Fuck Up The Fun. (via Pitchfork.com)
Madonna wants Quentin Tarantino to direct the video for her song Gang Bang. "When I was writing the song, I was picturing one of his movies and one of the female characters," she said of the track, taken from new album MDNA (released today). "I have a whole thing worked out. All Quentin has to do is show up with a camera. I can't afford a director's fee."
Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to close friend and collaborator Bootsy Collins. "Doctor says he is in the first stage of colon cancer, [but] he is very upbeat about his future," said Collins.
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teamed up with members of The National and The Walkmen to perform a special one-off show on Saturday (24 March) in California. The ensemble performed songs from the Grateful Dead's back catalogue alongside covers of Bob Dylan's Most Of The Time and Cass McCombs' Love Thine Enemy. "It was definitely inspirational for us," said The National bassist Scott Devendorf.
Hot on the heels of Katy Perry's Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Jay-Z and Kanye West last week, here are 10 other instances of pop stars trying their hand at hip-hop.
Stream the new M. Ward album, A Wasteland Companion, ahead of its release on 9 April.
Odd Future have posted footage of their scuffle with police at their Boston gig last Wednesday (21 March). The show was shut down and member Lionel Boyce arrested during the fracas. (via NME.com)
Usher has urged people to stop buying Adele's 21 album, as he doesn't want the singer to break his own record for most albums sold in a year. "I love her. Unfortunately, she's the closest to breaking my record for the last 10 years. So now, guys, don't go and buy that album right now," the Climax singer joked, later adding he thinks "the world deserves an Usher and Adele record."
Skinny Lister have shared with Q their Odes To London playlist, featuring tracks by The Clash, The Smiths, The Kinks and more.
Paul Weller claimed Number 1 in the Official Albums Chart this week with new album Sonik Kicks, while Katy Perry knocked Gotye off the top spot in the Official Singles Chart.
Today's Track Of The Day is Madonna with Girl Gone Wild.
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
11:59 AM | 26/03/2012
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