Unseen Kurt Cobain paintings made public, Jim Marshall RIP, Kanye West relaunches GOOD Friday song give away, bat wees in guitarist's eye, Mary J Blige explains Burger King ad... Daily Hot List
Thursday, 5 April
Unseen paintings and drawings by Kurt Cobain have been made public for the first time. The artworks were uncovered by journalist Maer Roshan while working with Cobain's former wife Courtney Love on an e-book, and are currently at the centre of a dispute between Love and Cobain's publishing company, EOM, over rights and ownership of the late guitarist's estate. The artworks, which are set to be auctioned alongside guitars and items owned by the Nirvana frontman, can be seen at Thefix.com
Mary J Blige claims she was duped into starring in a controversial Burger King advert which disappeared from the internet after it was accused of perpetuating racist stereotypes. "I agreed to be part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence," the singer explained. "Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip. I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But if you're a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out." The fast food chain, meanwhile, insist the clip was pulled "due to a licensing issue".
Listen to a new Kanye West song, a collaboration with DJ Khaled, Theraflu, which was posted online yesterday. The rapper has also announced details of another new track, Mercy, set for release tomorrow as he revives his GOOD Friday song giveaway. The rapper put a new song online for free on Fridays in the run-up to the release of his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Jim Marshall, the Milton Keynes man behind the icon Marshall Amps, has died aged 88 his company have confirmed.
Soundgarden have posted their first song in 15 years, Live To Rise from the soundtrack to the forthcoming Avengers film, online.
A "white powdery substance", believed to be cocaine, was discovered in Whitney Houston's room on the day she died, according to the full report coroner's report into her death, which was published yesterday.
Rihanna has refused to apologise for her working with former boyfriend Chris Brown, who was convicted of assualting her in 2009. "It's very hard for me to accept, but I get it," she said of the criticism she has faced in the wake of their recent collaboration on Birthday Cake. "People end-up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that's all right. I don't hate them for it. I'm still going to do what I want to do."
Andrew Elstner, guitarist in Florida metal band Torche, is being treated for rabies after a bat urinated in his eye. Elstner was visiting a former roommate in his St Louis home, built in 1824, when he entered a room, turned on a light and startled the bat. "As it passed by my head a fourth time at light speed, it managed to piss on my right eye," he explained.
Watch Wild Flag cover Fugazi's Margin Walker at their show in Boston earlier this week (via Stereogum.com).
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is facing a potential prison spell after being charged with cocaine possession.
Nicki Minaj is on course to top the UK Album Charts this weekend (8 April) with her new LP, Roman Reloaded: Pink Friday. Meanwhile, Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe is set to debut at Number 1 in the singles run down.
EMI has withdrawn its support of digital streaming service Grooveshark, becoming the last major label to pull its catalogue from the platform.
Watch the video to new Keane single Silenced By The Night, taken from their forthcoming album Strangeland, out 7 May.
Read our Q&a with The Shins' James Mercer on new album Port Of Morrow, pirate hats & living in Elliott Smith's old house.
The Beastie Boys' Mike D is to curate Transmission LA: AV Club, an arts and music festival at Los Angeles' Museum Of Contemporary Art between April 20 to May 6. "As somebody who's been making music most of their life, I've always been interested and I've had the good fortune of meeting a fair number of visual artists," the rapper explained.
Lawrence Of Belgravia, a documentary about Felt frontman Lawrence, is to be shown across the country in a series of screenings starting at London's Riverside Studios on May 2. Lawrence will appear at all screenings to participate in audience Q&A sessions after the film.
The Vaccines, Tribes and The Horrors are all set to perform at a festival honouring late Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer Charles Haddon. Chazzstock will take place between 9-10 July in Leicestershire.
GZA is to launch a competition on his website next week giving fans the chance to rap on his next album. "This contest was inspired by my countless tours all over the world where I would see my fans, many of them non-English speakers, reciting every lyric of the song back to me," the Wu-Tang Clan rapper explained.
Today's Track Of The Day is Maximo Park with The National Health.
That's it for today. As it's Easter this weekend, the Hot List will return on Tuesday at noon.
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