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Friday, 4 May
Beyonce is to receive a journalism award for an article she wrote for New York-based lifestyle magazine Essence. The piece, titled Eat, Play, Love, about how taking a break from music changed her life, is to be honoured by the National Association Of Black Journalists at a ceremony on 15 May.
Adele's 21 has now surpassed Michael Jackson's Thriller in record sales. The album, released in January 2011, has now sold 4,274,300 copies in the UK - 500 more than Jackson's LP - making it the fifth best-selling British album of all time.
Watch Bruce Springsteen covering Levon Helm's The Weight at a show in Newark on Wednesday night in tribute to the late The Band musician (via Stereogum.com).
The Black Keys are to star in an episode of US comedy Workaholics. The pair will encounter show regulars Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson in small claims court after being sold a "defective hovercraft".
Justin Bieber has paid tribute to Kanye West after collaborating with the rapper-producer on upcoming album Believe, due out later this year. "Just being in the studio with him, he's so creative. he's really smart," said Bieber. "He wants to do records that people wouldn't necessarily think that I would do." BIEBER
The Prodigy have named their new album, How To Steal A Jet Fighter. The record, the band's first since 2009's Invaders Must Die, is "heavier and darker" than its predecessors, according to frontman Liam Howlett. "We're really excited about it. The last record was kind of a party album, I guess. We were all happy to be back together again," he explained." But the best tunes of that album are the ones that have less of that."
Watch newcomers Savages play a new song, Shut Up, at Salford's Fuhrer Bunker (via Thequietus.com).
LCD Soundystem's James Murphy is writing a book and Carter USM singer Jim Bob has a novel out next week. Here are 10 other musicians who have dabbled in fiction.
New Order used to play inventive drinking games to pass the time on tour, Bernard Sumner has revealed. "For a bet, we used to wash our socks in the sink and Rob [Greton, late manager] would drink a glass of sock water for $20," he explained.
Listen to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's debut single, Faster Than Light, described as a sports-themed version of Baz Luhrmann's Sunscreen (via Thesun.co.uk).
A$AP Rocky has made a video for new single Goldie. It's not safe for work viewing, unless you work for A$AP of course. (via Pitchfork.com).
The Flaming Lips are releasing 10 limited edition versions of their album, The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends, containing the blood of collaborators Bon Iver and Ke$ha. The album and bodily juices cost $2500 a piece.
Watch the video to Soundgarden's new single, their first in 15 years, Live To Rise.
Does the Download Festival really have an acoustic stage? How did Chase & Status get on the 2012 bill? How many Marshall amps will be used over the weekend. The event's chief Andy Copping speaks to the Q Festival Blog.
Animal Collective have created an online version of their 2010 multimedia art project Transverse Temporal Gyrus, which originally featured as an installation in New York City's Guggenheim Museum. The site features previously unreleased compositions.
Pepsi are to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's Bad with a run of cans featuring the singer's as part of a new deal with the Jackson estate.
Charles 'Skip' Pitts, the blues guitarist who featured on Issac Hayes' theme for the 1971 film Shaft, has died in Memphis aged 65. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
A new Kylie Minogue best of collection will be released on 4 June, marking the 25th anniversary of her 1987 single Locomotion. The release will be accompanied by a DVD of the singer's music videos.
The Darkness are to release third studio album Hot Cakes on 20 August, their first since 2005 effort One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back.
Today's Track Of The Day is Damon Albarn with The Marvellous Dream
That's it for today. As it's a Bank Holiday on Monday, the Hot List will return on Tuesday at noon.
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