The xx are loving miserable pop right now, Franz man launches new side project, Noel Gallagher set for DVD release... Daily Hot List
Wednesday, 22 August
The xx, who release new album Coexist on 10 September, believe that pop music has become miserable - which is perfect for them. "We're too close to the music to feel like we're an influence, but if that's so, it's cool, I like that," said singer/ guitarist Romy Madley-Croft to suggestions they inspired the likes of Drake or Frank Ocean to be darker. "Mainstream pop is a bit more introspective and emotional now, like how Adele's Someone Like You is everyone's favourite song and it's so heart-breaking. It's interesting to me-- people do seem to like sadness more nowadays, I suppose."
London's Church studios could be converted into flats. The studio, which has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, is currently owned by David Gray, could be turned into a five residential units with "ancillary office space".
In news that will send shockwaves around Canadian music - perhaps Arcade Fire and Bryan Adams can play the wedding? - Avril Lavigne has announced her engagement to Nickleback's Chad Kroger.
The initial line-up for the CMJ Music Marathon which takes place in New York 16-20 October, with The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats and Kimbra among the first wave.
Justin Bieber is set to make a cameo on The Simpsons, playing himself.
Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy is launching a side project, The Nice Nice Boys. The production team with Andy Knowles from Johnny Marr's Healers, are releasing a single Round Town with London hip-hop artist Marvellous Macc Mello.
Lily Rose Cooper (one time Allen) joined Pink onstage at a secret show in Los Angeles in Monday night. The pair performed True Love, a new track by the US singer.
Watch Dinosaur Jr's new video for Watch The Corners.
The likes of The Flaming Lips, Metallica, Carlos Santana and more are covering Deep Purple for tribute album to celebrate the band's 1972 Machine Head album.
The Q Festival Blog gets the insider guide to this year's Jersey Live, featuring Noel Gallagher among others, from the boss.
Lana Del Rey is modelling for Jaguar cars.
Watch The Killers covering Oasis' Down Look Back In Anger, from the weekend's V Festival.
Plus the band will play this year's iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse on 11 September.
A demo by Australian sample supremoes, Avalanches, has surfaced online. A Cowboy Overflow Of The Heart features the Silver Jews' David Berman and can be downloaded for free.
Noel Gallagher is releasing a live DVD, International Magic Live At The O2 on 15 October.
Today's Track Of The Day is Prince Fatty & Hollie Cook with And The Beat Goes On
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 22/08/2012
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