Paul McCartney pledges support to Pussy Riot as court verdict nears, Muse album inspired by economic shows, Kanye West album delayed... Daily Hot List
Friday, 17 August
With the verdict in the trial of Russian punk band Pussy Riot - who staged a protest against President Putin in a Moscow cathedral in March, due today, Paul McCartney has expressed his support for the three singers who have been held since the incident. "I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest," wrote the former Beatle in an open letter to the three frontwomen. "I hope you can stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom."
STOP PRESS: Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism
Following their tourbus crash outside Bath on Wednesday, US band Baroness have confirmed that singer John Baizley was among the band members and crew who were rushed to hospital after the coach fell off a 30' viaduct. The singer suffered a broken arm and leg, while bandmates Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni fractured their vertebrae. All three remain in hospital along with one member of their crew. Three others have been discharged.
Watch Brythoniad Welsh Male Voice Choir 'covering' New Order's Blue Monday in Portmeirion, Wales. The clip was made by Festival Number 6, which will see the band play the village, and location of The Prisoner 60s TV series, along with the likes of Primal Scream and Spiritualized between 14-16 September.
Kanye West's forthcoming Cruel Summer album has reportedly been delayed until 18 September so that four more featured guests, one believed to be Mos Def, can be included on the record.
Matt Bellamy says Muse's new album The 2nd Law was inspired by watching economic shows on the BBC. "The laws of physics say that an economy based on endless growth is unsustainable," explained the singer. "Everyone is obsessed with constant, unchecked growth, and no one is pointing out that we might be maxing out."
Watch Green Day's new video for Oh Love.
And ask them a question too. Send us your poser for the band by 10am on Monday, and we'll put the best to them.
The Killers are allowing fans to 'unlock' the tracklisting for their forthcoming record, Battle Born.
Get the insider's guide to this year's Bestival from the boss, Rob da Bank.
Ellie Goulding has joined the line up for the iTunes Festival, playing London's Roundhouse on 26 September.
John Squire isn't the only former member of The Seahorses who's been busy this summer, singer Chris Helme has made a solo album in an unusual location. He's written us a guest column about it.
Today's Track Of The Day is The Walkmen with The Love You Love, as we preview the weekend's Green Man Festival
That's it for this week. More Hot List on Monday at noon.
12:00 PM | 17/08/2012
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