Jackson family's civil war over Michael's children, new Muse song inspired by Skrillex gig, Damon Albarn to tour by train, Iranian nuclear programme hit by AC/DC computer virus... Daily Hot List
Thursday, 26 July
Following suggestions of an all out family war within the Jacksons, a judge has ruled that Tito's son, TJ, will take over as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's children from their grandmother Katherine. She has not spoken to Prince, Paris or 'Blanket' for several days because she is in Arizona, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff was told. TJ will have temporary guardianship of the three children, although other potential guardians, including Diana Ross who was named Michael Jackson's will should his mother not be available, have been given notice by the court. Katherine Jackson's lawyer said she would seek reinstatement when she returns to Los Angeles this week.
Muse's new album has a dubstep track, thanks to the trio having a top night out at a Skrillex gig. "We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October," explained drummer Dominic Howard. "We went, Fuck, it's so heavy! Loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with The 2nd Law: Unsustainable."
Damon Albarn will tour with the Africa Express collective on a special train. The Blur man will join the likes of Amadou & Mariam, Charli XCX The Noisettes, Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman and more for the tour which will mix organised gigs with performances at train stations, schools and factories. The artists will leave Kings Cross on 2 September, with their first date taking place the next night at Middlesbrough Town Hall.
A computer virus is causing computers at an Iranian nuclear program to randomly play AC/DC, a computer safety researcher has claimed. Though the Iranian scientists could not confirm the song, they thought it might be Thunderstruck.
Following our teaser earlier in the week, here's The Killers' full video for Runaways.
The makers of Bratz Dolls are suing Lady Gaga and her management for $10million for delaying their approval on a line of dolls based on the singer. MGA Entertainment are alleging breach of contract. Lady Gaga's spokesperson has said she has not seen the suit and will not be commenting, suggesting it was a matter for the singer's label and the toy maker.
Madonna has defended her use of swastikas in videos on her current tour - one of which looks like it will lead to a lawsuit from French National Front leader Marine Le Pen afterthe symbol superimposed on her - because it is only displayed in the context of her song Nobody Knows me which explores "how much we judge people before knowing them" and "the intolerance that we human beings have for one another."
Paul Weller and Miles Kane are set to appear in a campaign for fashion designer John Varvatos and as part of the tie-up the Modfather has given his definition of a good suit. It's got to look well-cut, and you've got to feel comfortable in it," he explained. "It's got to make you feel good. When it's the right kind of suit, I think you always grow a few inches when you put it on."
Talking of fashionistas, Deadmau5 has launched his own clothing line.
Listen to The Vaccines discussing their second album, The Vaccines Come Of Age.
Passion Pit have postponed several more dates so that frontman Michael Angelakos can "continue to improve his mental health and complete a procedure that week". The band will resume live activities at Lollapalooza on 2 August.
In more positive news for the band, they did release new album Gossamer this week, and you can watch Angelakos' guide to the album, exclusively now.
Caribou's Dan Snaith has launched a new project of club friendly dance music called Daphni.
Read our Q&a with Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen on new album Sheilds.
Have a listen to Crystal Castles new song, Plague.
Plan B's Ill Manors currently is on course to top the UK album charts this week, though with the Olympics kicking off, a late surge off the back of the opening ceremony cannot be completely ruled out... either way East London wins. In the singles countdown it's a three way battle between Florence + The Machine, Maroon 5 and Conor Maynard, according to the official midweeks.
3000 extra tickets weekend have been released for the Reading Festival as the event's capacity has been expanded. Reading Borough Council agreed to allow 89,999 festival goers to attend this year across the weekend.
For Track Of The Day this week, we asked some of our favourite blogs, sites, radio stations and more to pick their favourite tracks of the year so fartoday Abeano's Joe Bishop picks TNGHT's Gooo
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 26/07/2012
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