Jay-Z writing new Annie soundtrack, Blur ARE in the studio, Afghan Whigs reunite early, Blur ARE in the studio say band, Elton John hospitalised, Under The Bridge bridge revealed... Daily Hot List
Friday, 25 May
Having sampled the original Annie for Hard Knock Life, Jay-Z is reportedly writing songs for a new version of the film starring Will Smith's daughter, Willow 'I whip my hair back and forth' Smith. Emma Thompson is also linked to the production.
The Afghan Whigs have reunited. Greg Dulli and co played their first show in 13 years - ahead of their scheduled return at the singer's curated New Jersey ATP in September - in New York this week.
William Orbit might have claimed Damon Albarn put an end to Blur sessions yesterday... or maybe they've just carried on working without him if Alex James' latest tweet is anything to go by. "I love being in the studio with Blur," he simply wrote.
Elton John has cancelled three Las Vegas shows after doctors order him to rest. The singer was treated for a respiratory infection in hospital, but was later discharged.
A "beast" reportedly roaming around in Hackney in London has turned out to be a Newfoundland dog owned by former Kula Shaker drummer Paul Winter-Hart.
Kanye West debuted his short film/ art installation Cruel Summer - which uses seven screens - at the Cannes Film Festival. The clip stars Kid Cudi as a car theif who falls in love with a blind, Arabian princess.
Here's an allegedly new Stone Roses song the band soundchecked ahead of their first reunion show in Warrington on Wednesday. They also feature on the cover of our new issue, Q312, which goes on sale on Tuesday (29 May) have a look now.
He's out of the closet and onto a stage. R Kelly has announced plans to play Roy Watkins Park in Queens, New York 1 July.
A long rock'n'roll mystery, but one journalist is claiming to have identified the bridge in Red Hot Chili Peppers' Under The Bridge. Mark Haskell Smith believes it is pedestrian tunnel in MacArthur Park in downtown LA that goes under Wilshire Boulevard because the bridge links Sixth and Union streets, an intersection mentioned in the lyrics. See what you think.
After accusations that advertisers are using thinly veiled copies of bands' songs on adverts (it was recently claimed VW copied Beach House's sound) it's suggested that TGI Friday's new clip is very similar to LCD Soundsystem's Daft Punk Is Playing At My House.
Meanwhile what will retired LCD frontman James Murphy be listening to on his first summer off? Not Gotye ("terrible!") but the B-52's (and Family Guy favourite) Rock Lobster. "That's a good summer song. It's a hot summer song," he declared. "It's a summer jam. Going to the beach. One of the best guitar solos, hands down. The back half of that song on guitar is some of the best guitar playing ever done. Especially on four strings. I think it was four strings at that point. He played a four-string guitar, tuned weird."
As it's the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow, here's our pick of this year's stranger entries.
My Morning Jacket's Jim James is currently working on a new solo album. "I think it's gonna come out in early February of next year," he explained. "I think people who are fans of My Morning Jacket will obviously recognise some things on there, my voice and stuff like that. It's got some mellow stuff on there, but it's also got some really different stuff. I'm really proud of it. I think it's got some different soundscapes that I've been into that maybe have been hidden on some Jacket records."
Paramore's new album might be a bit... happy. "I am laughing things off a lot more easily these days than I was at 19, when I wrote the last album," explained singer Hayley Williams. "A lot of change... a lot of positivity. Even the songs with the more serious subject matter feel less toiled and troubled."
The Baltic states largest music and arts event, Positivus, have announced faves Keane, Friendly Fires, The Vaccines and Manic Street Preachers plus newcomers Niki & The Dove, Givers and SBTRKT will be playing their festival this year. The event takes place in a forest by the coastal town of Salacgrïva (20-21 July).
A newly discovered genus of spider that boasts a dark, shiny velvet-like coat has been named after Lou Reed. Oh and we did mention it lives underground... see what they did there.
The bracelets given to fans that light up during Coldplay's gigs are apparently costing the band a fortune. "Most of the money we're earning on the tour is put into the wristbands," said Chris Martin. "We have to figure out how to keep it going without going broke because it's a crucial part of the concert."
Public enemy will mark their 25th anniversary with two new, fan funded albums.
Listen to Kylie's new single Timebomb.
Today's Track Of The Day is Slayer with Raining Blood ahead of their ATP I'll Be Your Mirror Reign In Blood set this week
That's it for today. More Hot List on Monday around noon.
12:00 PM | 25/05/2012
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