Mercury Prize nominees announced, Russian PM says Pussy Riot should be freed, new Rihanna album out this year, Apple launch new iPhone and iTunes... Daily Hot List
Thursday, 13 September
The nominees for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize were announced last night in London. The 12 albums in contention are:
Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
Field Music - Plumb
The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
Plan B - Ill Manors
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Roller Trio - Roller Trio
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Sam Lee - Ground Of Its Own
Django Django - Django Django
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
The winner will be announced at ceremony at the London Roundhouse on 1 November.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that the three singers from Pussy Riot who were gaoled for hooliganism should be released. Though criticising their protest in a Moscow cathedral in March he said their two year sentences were "counter productive in this case".
Rihanna is reportedly releasing a new album in November. Her French record label briefly tweeted that an album was on the way, before removing it.
Apple will release the iPhone 5 along with new iPod Touches and Nanos tomorrow, meanwhile a revamped iTunes will appear in October as a free download... get ready for the constant prompts to upgrade...
Billy Corgan is opening his own tea shop, Madame ZuZU's, today in Chicago's Highland Park.
Watch Santigold performing Disparate Youth on a roof top in Ibiza.
It's not just presidential candidates who benefit when they get an artist's endorsement. After Barack Obama used Bruce Springsteen's We Take Care Of Our Own at the end of his recent conference speech sales shot up by 409 percent.
Here's Sigur Ros' new video for Seraph.
Alabama rap duo G-Side has decided to call it a day.
Watch The xx's new album Coexist go viral. The band's site is tracking how their tracks are shared across the globe in a rather pretty display.
Read this week's Q&a interview with Eugene McGuinness as he embraces his inner popstar ahead of this weekend's Festival Number 6.
Listen to Pink's new song, Here Comes The Weekend, which features Eminem (via Vulture.com).
Having quit his own band Girls, is Christopher Owens becoming a model? The singer crops up in a new campaign for Saint Laurent Paris, shot by Hedi Slimane.
2011 X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily looks set to claim the Number 1 spot in the UK singles chart this Sunday, while The xx's Coexist should do the same in the albums countdown, according to the official midweek charts.
Today's Track Of The Day is Maigret Jnr with Sick Friends
That's it for this week. We're away tomorrow so the Hot List will return on Monday at noon.
12:00 PM | 13/09/2012
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