President Obama says he and Jay-Z are the same: their wives are more popular, Brian Wilson keen to make new Beach Boys LP, Slash sorry for telling world about naked mum & David Bowie... Daily Hot List
Thursday, 20 September
Beyonce and Jay-Z' fundraiser for Barack Obama this week at the rapper's 40/40 Club reportedly raised $4m for the President's re-election campaign. "I can't tell you how proud we are to host tonight's event with President Obama," Beyonce told the $40,000 a-head crowd. "We believe in his vision." However Obama revealed not everyone was happy with the pair's event. "Michelle, Sasha and Malia are mad at me because they aren't here," the President said of his family, before adding that he felt a kinship with Jay-Z. "We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are. So, you know, we've got a little bond there. It's hard but it's okay," he joked.
Brian Wilson is hopeful The Beach Boys will record new music next year. Despite the band now planning to tour without him following their 50th anniversary dates, the veterans hope to get into a studio together. "I wouldn't mind getting together with Mike [Love] and the guys and making an exciting rock'n'roll album," Wilson explained. "I'm sure by early next year we'll be ready to rock."
The group who placed domestic violence warnings on copies of Chris Brown's latest album in a London HMV have spoken out. Going via their Twitter name Abuse Sticks Out, they issues the following statement: "We live in a society that splits an abusive man's actions from his public persona. With one in four women experiencing domestic violence and, on average, two women being killed in the UK by abuse each week we want to make these abusers stick out. Society ignores their abuse. We won't. We are going to sticker every album and film made by abusers that we can." The group have since targeted records by John Lennon, though the success of the protest is questionable, with HMV indicated that sales of Brown's album increased after it was stickered.
Bryan Ferry will play the Winter Butterfly Ball in London's Embankment Gardens on 15 November. The event raises money for charity Caudwell Children.
Slash admits he was embarrassed when the story about finding his mum - a costume designer - naked with David Bowie in the 70s broke earlier this year. "That was a very casual conversation with somebody on the phone in Australia that I had no idea was going to get blown up. It became this big headline and it was very awkward," he said. "I'm embarrassed because I'm sure David didn't appreciate it... And my mum, rest in peace, probably wouldn't have dug it either." He added no one should have been shocked by the story: "All it was: they dated for awhile, which is common knowledge."
Amanda Palmer's decision to use local volunteer musicians on tour for free, has prompted an investigation into her use of the Kickstarter site to raise money for releases, with some of the artists who got into a debate with the former Dresden Dolls singer questioning her figures.
However following the outcry, Palmer admitted she's "listening to what everyone was saying and discussing. I hear you. I see your points" and is now paying the volunteers.
Read Q's interview with Palmer for her take on Kickstarter.
Watch the video for Tame Impala's new single Elephant.
30 Seconds From Mars frontman and actor Jared Leto has made a documentary, Artifact, about his band's previous legal battle with their label EMI, who sued them for breach of contract before the deal was renegotiated. Here's an interview with Leto about the film which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week.
Shakira and boyfriend Barcelona defender Gerard Pique are expecting their first child together.
But don't worry about how childcare costs will hit them, the singer is reportedly getting paid $12m to be a new judge on the US Voice.
Watch the finally completed video for The Sex Pistols' Holiday In The Sun.
Justin Bieber has been named the most powerful musician under the age of 21 in the whole world. It's unclear what addition privileges and responsibilities this grants him.
Skrillex is to make an animated cameo in new Disney film Wreck-It-Ralph.
The wedding of Pat Carney from The Black Keys in Nashville sounds like one hell of a party. His friend, Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, was arrested on charges of public intoxication and vandalism at 2am on Sunday after attending the nuptials. He also ended-up with a black eye for his troubles.
Bob Dylan is now second favourite to win the Noble Prize For Literature this year after a flurry of bets on him. Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami remains the favourite.
Lady Gaga took a puff on a spliff onstage in Amsterdam on Monday night, but told the crowd she needed more than a couple of drags to get high.
Read our exclusive Q&a with Bobby Gillespie as he lifts the lid on Primal Scream's new, finished album.
The Rolling Stones have launched a new app which will allow fans to see the gorilla from the cover of their forthcoming album GRRR! climbing over 3000+ landmarks in 50 cities around the globe.
Thomas Dolby is stepping down as musical director for TED.
Example is challenging The Script for the Number 1 spot in the UK singles chart this week, while The Killers look set to have the top album with Battleborn this Sunday, according to the official midweeks.
Today's Track Of The Day is Nicki Minaj with Starships as we preview all of this year's nominees ahead of the Q Awards on 22 October
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 20/09/2012
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