Macca & 'Monkeys lead Olympics' opening ceremony showcase, Pussy Riot singers face trial today, Snoop Dogg "can live with" Norway ban, stabbing at Tenacious D gig... Daily Hot List
Monday, 30 July
The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London was dominated by British music, with songs from The Specials, David Bowie, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin and more all played out during the ceremony, while Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys (who covered The Beatles' Come Together), and Underworld - joined by Two Door Cinema Club's Alex Trimble - were among the acts to perform live. You can watch the whole thing again via the link below.
Elsewhere in the city, the games' opening was marked by a big gig in Hyde Park, featuring Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini - each representing one of Great Britain's home nations.
Read our rundown of the music associated with the 2012 Olympics.
Madonna was booed off stage on Thursday night during a fan club gig in Paris after she only played a 45 minute set. A spokesperson has since insisted this is normal (the length of show, not the booing) for a "club" show. "She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes," they declared. "And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world."
Ministry singer Al Jourgensen was taken to hospital after collapsing onstage in Paris on Saturday. He has since been diagnosed with "full-system collapse due to extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion intensified by the lack of ventilation on stage at the venue," but intends to complete the rest of the band's tour.
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Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are set to undergo trial today following their protest against Vladimir Putin at country's main cathedral in March. The three women have been held without bail since they made their on the altar of Moscow's Christ The Saviour cathedral, and supporters of the band insist the charges are politically motivated.
Read an interview with Russian artist Petr Pavlensky, a supporter of Pussy Riot, who has sewn-up his mouth in protest at the charges.
Lana Del Rey has covered Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box. Have a listen.
The Beatles are set to head back into the US charts thanks to the release of their iTunes-only compilation Tomorrow Never Knows.
Talking of the Fab Four, Universal are reportedly set to sell off their label Parlophone to get their takeover of EMI by European regulators. The imprint will could be sold off along with the catalogues of Mute (the parts the major retained), Chrysalis and Ensign, although the label will keep The Beatles and Robbie Williams' work. A number of other divisions of EMI would be sold off in different territories to make the deal acceptable to competition regulators.
One person has been arrested in connection with a stabbing during Tenacious D's gig at Las Vegas' House Of Blues show on Saturday.
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Plan B kicks off Converse's Represent series of kicks at London's 100 Club tonight. The rapper is the first of a series of acts, including Blur and Paul Weller, who will play the intimate venue nightly between 30 July and 10 August. The show will be streamed at the link below.
Snoop Dogg has been banned from Norway after he was arrested for trying to enter the country while carrying marijuana last month. He has also been fined 52,000 kroner after admitting the charges, but has no plans to appeal, with a lawyer explaining he "can live with the decision".
Ellie Goulding has spoken about playing Prince William's wedding reception last year. "[It was] pretty insane. It still feels like something that didn't really happen, actually," she declared. "They're really the sweetest, nicest, most wonderful couple. Real music lovers, too." She also admitted that she and boyfriend Skrillex their run new music by each other: "I play him my new stuff he plays me his new stuff, and it probably has influenced me subconsciously. And maybe my stuff has influenced him subconsciously. I don't know. But he's a very talented producer. He's really good at what he does."
Here's a track from Animal Collective's forthcoming Centipede Hz album, Today's Supernatural.
Florence + The Machine have retained their Number 1 spot in the UK singles chart with Spectrum (Say My Name) and Plan B has gone straight in at the top of the albums countdown with Ill Manors. An album of music from the Olympics opening ceremony, Isle Of Wonder, which was released digitally on Friday night has made it to Number 5 in the compilations chart.
Listen to Rodriguez talking about new documentary Searching For Sugar Man.
Here's a new song from Bloc Party, Day Four, taken from new album Four.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has joined the US version of The Voice, to act as a mentor for Christina Aguilera's team.
Today's Track Of The Day is Flaming Lips with She Don't Use Jelly as we look ahead to our new issue which is out tomorrow
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 30/07/2012
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