Morrissey attacks Olympics' "blustering jingoism", Blur say they'll do a film soundtrack album next, Lady Gaga announces new album title, Stone Roses for intimate gig tonight... Daily Hot List
Monday, 6 August
Spare a thought for Morrissey during these Olympics games, he's not having a good time. "I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event," he wrote via a fan site. "Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the 'dazzling royals', laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
"As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP."
Meanwhile organisers of the games - who have been playing The Smiths among others - have defended the use of music in between events after complaints from some spectators.
Damon Albarn says Blur's gig in Hyde Park on Sunday will be there last for a while, but it won't mean the end of the band as long as someone offers them soundtrack work. "Hyde Park is definitely our last gig in this country this year and probably for a long time," he explained. "But that doesn't mean it's the end of Blur. If someone wanted us to do an album for a film I'd definitely be interested in something like that. So that's the offer."
Lady Gaga has announced that her new album will be called Artpop, and will be released in early 2013. Actually that's not quite right, as the lady herself twitted: "Make sure when writing about my new album/project ARTPOP that you CAPITALIZE the title it's all in the details." So does that mean it's an acronym? And more pertinently can anyone explain this centaur/unicorn picture she posted on Facebook?
The Stone Roses have announced they'll play an intimate gig in London tonight. Tickets will be distributed via a lottery for those from the capital who attended their Heaton park shows
Read Pyotr Verilov, the husband of one of the Pussy Riot singers current under trial in Russia for a protest against President Putin, has kept an diary of their first week in court.
Following reports he is producing a posthumous album of Aaliyah songs, Drake posted up a track by the late singer featuring himself.
Website that 'convert' Youtube streams into playable files are being targeted by the site's owner Google for infringing copyright.
Holograms of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley could make appearances in the final of the next series of The X-Factor to sing with contestants.
Wiley is Number 1 in the UK singles chart with Heatwave, while Conor Maynard tops the album chart.
Listen to Mike Oldfield discussing 40 years of Tubular Bells.
The Lollapalooza festival took place in Chicago at the weekend, and baring some weather issues, here's a round-up of what happened
Before the weather interrupted the festival, Lollapalooza opened on Friday with Black Sabbath's US reunion, along with sets from The Black Keys and The Afghan Whigs.
However on Saturday the festival was briefly suspended and Grant Park was evacuated due to the threat of a dangerous storm.
Once the festival did resume, there was a Glastonbury-esque muddy feel as the likes of Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Jeff The Brotherhood and more played.
Check out pictures of the above at Grant Park, along with Franz Ferdind, Twin Shadow and more.
Plus here's a selection of backstage sessions and interviews from Lollapalooza.
Finally, the festival end with news that next year it will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, next year along with the US date. The event will also be staged in brazil and Chile as well.
Today's Track Of The Day is Foals with Balloon, get Q314 out now for an exclusive studio report from the band
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 06/08/2012
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