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Monday, 17 May
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Bee Gees - Night Fever on MUZU.TV.
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb died last night aged 62. He had been treated for cancer for several years and was recuperating from intestinal surgery. His family have asked for privacy, while fans are invited to leave tributes on the comment pages of his website.
St Etienne's Bob Stanley pays tribute to the "grit in the Bee Gees' oyster" in an essay.
Here's a comprehensive run down of Gibb's career, both within in the Bee Gees, as a solo artist and as a songwriter for a host of other artists.
Read a 1977 cover story interview with the Bee Gees following their conversion to disco.
Here's a playlist of some of Robin Gibb's finest musical moments.
Now the rest of the day's music news
Muse carried the Olympic torch through their hometown of Teignmouth yesterday. The trio, all in tracksuits, ran through the Devonshire town as part of the relay across Britain that is taking place ahead of the London games in July.
Having made their live return with a warm-up gig at Birmingham Academy on Saturday night, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler has posted a blog on his website about drummer Bill Ward's decision not to take part in the reunion. "I feel sad to see the Sabbath reunion becoming a bit of a soap opera on the internet," he wrote. "To our surprise, Bill issued a statement on his site saying he'd been offered an un-signable contract. He hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us let alone in public."
Watch Mick Jagger host the series finale of Saturday Night Live with help from members of Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters.
Beastie Boys staged an "MCA Day" at the weekend. "I feel like a bunch of us been walking around lonely bumping into walls," posted Adam Horovitz after the event as he thanked organiser Mike Kearny. "You got us together, outside and in the sunshine. Thank you."
Bono and his investment company Elevation apparently made $1.9bn after Facebook was floated on the stock exchange. The U2 singer was an early investor in the company.
Are Volkswagen big Beach House fans? Well their new Polo advert certainly seems to be a musical homage to the pair and certainly in no way an attempt to use their sound on the cheap... oh no.
Kanye West has announced plans to release an album and film (which will be a "seven screen experience") called Cruel Summer. The experimental film will be shown for the first time at Cannes on Wednesday.
Read a classic feature on Donna Summer and the creation of Love To Love from 1976.
Dave Lee Roth explains what's going on in a video chat after Van Halen reunion dates post June were cancelled. "As usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling," he explains, playing down suggestions the group had fallen out (again). "The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness."
Former Crowded House drummer Peter Jones died on Friday aged 45. The Liverpool-born musician had been suffering from brain cancer. Jones joined the band in 1994 after founding member Paul Hester - who committed suicide in 2005 - quit, playing with the band till their split in 1996. He did not take part in the recent reunion.
Florence + The Machine has joined Stevie Wonder and New Order as the final headliner for this year's (6-9 September) Bestival.
Jack White's battles with Guinness World Records goes on. After his shortest gig record was ruled out for been too trivial, he tried to set the "most metaphors in a single concert" record, clocking up 1203 metaphors in three minutes during a show at Gild Shores, Alabama. However apparently the former White Stripe ruined one of his metaphors by saying it too quickly (who decides these rules?) so the attempt was ruled out. White will try again tonight in New York.
An drum-heavy extract from Mark Mothersbaugh's score for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (out on Friday) is streaming online.
Watch Citizens! perform True Romance in session for Toman CTRL.
Scissor Sister's Ana Matronic's secret skill? She's an excellent typist. "My mother said, Have a real-world skill so you won't ever have to wait tables. And she was right - I worked part-time in a law firm when I was starting out."
Rita Ora is Number 1 for a second week in the singles chart, while a host of Donna Summer classics have re-entered the countdown. Keane meanwhile held off Tenacious D to score a second week at the top of the album charts.
Today's Track Of The Day is Regina Spektor with All The Rowboats
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 21/05/2012
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