Metallica to start new album, Lamb Of God man still held in Prague, Lady Gaga set for movie debut, Shaun Ryder hearts Pepper Pig... Daily Hot List
Friday, 27 July
Metallica are set to start recording a new album in September. The follow-up to Death Magnetic can now begin as the band have finished work on a forthcoming 3D film. "Every time James Hetfield picks up a guitar, there are some brilliant riffs that come out of it," Lars Ulrich explained. "I try to make sure that they are all recorded and try to do my best to keep up with them and try to put some drums in behind them. So there are, obviously, tons of ideas sitting around waiting to be had at in terms of turning ideas of James' into songs. Pretty much when we're done with the movie... we're going to basically just concentrate on new music and try to get another Metallica record [done]."
Lamb Of God are unable to tour because frontman Randy Blythe remains in custody in the Czech Republic. The singer was arrested last month in connection with the death of a fan who was injured at one of the band's gigs in 2010. It was expected that Blythe would be bailed but the band said there is now "uncertainty" around his release.
Damon Albarn has spoken out about the commercialism surrounding the 2012 Olympics which kick off in London today. "It feels like you're drowning in commercialism at the moment. It's depressing," he noted, still at least he gets to watch his favourite sport... hopefully. "I am into the table tennis so I would like to get some tickets for that," said the singer who takes a table on the road with him when he tours. It would be an inspiration to see it at that level."
Talking of Blur, they're on the cover of our new issue, out Tuesday. Here's a preview...
Oh and while we're on the subject, a new exhibition about the band opens today at the Londonewcastle Project Space on Redchurch Street in East London. The Spotify Presents Blur 21: The Exhibition is free, here's a taster gallery of what's on show.
50 Cent is to promote boxer Floyd Mayweather. The fighter, who will released from prison on 3 August, after serving a short sentence for a domestic abuse conviction, will hook-up with the rapper's new company The Money Team Promotions.
Steven Tyler has revealed who he goes to for advice when recording with Aerosmith... "I talk to my dogs, you know, when I'm listening to final mixes, You think Joe's solo should be a little louder?"
Listen to Tame Impala's new single, Elephant, taken from the band's new album Lonerism, out 8 October.
Lady Gaga has been cast in Robert Rodriguez's new film Machete Kills. The singer will play a character called La Chameleon in the sequel to Machete which is due out next year.
What do you do after R.E.M.? Launch a Tumblr, clearly, as Michael Stipe's The Confessions Of Michael Stipe has been getting good notices online. Have a look.
Q's Dan Stubbs argues he may have found the perfect European festival, Latvia's Positivus... not that you should go.
Shaun Ryder is a fan of Pepper Pig, to the point where he's even visited Pepper Pig World with his children. "It was all good! We went on all the rides. On the teacups and everything," he explained. "It's just what happens... We were young kids when we started off in the game and now we're 50 year-old blokes. We've stayed around that long, but I always intended staying in this game that long so it's fine."
Here's Dizzee Rascal's new song Scream.
Ed Sheeran has got a tattoo based on Van Gogh's Starry Night painting.
Grimes has promised her next album will be so experimental she won't release it under her own name. "I'm thinking about making one that is a bit more experimental that I don't put out as Grimes, because I want to stick with this pop aesthetic as Grimes," explained the singer, real name Claire Boucher. "I've been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make [both] dark percussive shit and vocal ranging and release an album that's halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music but is still very pop in its song [structures]."
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 far today Radio 1's Huw Stephens nominates H Hawkline's Black Domino Box
That's it for this week. More Hot List on Monday at noon.
12:00 PM | 27/07/2012
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