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Tuesday, 4 September
Michael Jackson - This Is It on MUZU.TV.
Promoters AEG were concerned Michael Jackson would never complete his proposed 2009 residency at London's O2 Arena, it's been claimed following a batch of leaked emails. According to the documents, the singer was described as an "emotionally paralysed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt now that it is show time" by one executive in LA. The emails look set to be used as evidence in a lawsuit between the show's insurers and AEG as the former look to avoid paying out on a $17.5m policy claiming false claims were made about Jackson's ability to perform, while the singers' heirs are also suing AEG claiming Jackson was pressurised into the gigs despite indications he was too weak to complete the London residency.
A spider found in a guitar case belonging to Noel Gallagher caused the backstage area at the weekend's Jersey Live festival to be quarantined. The former Oasis man was not on site when the stowaway was discovered.
Listen to The xx's new album, Coexist, which is streaming in full online.
Has Nicki Minaj pledged her support for Mitt Romney in the US presidential election? In a move sure to displease Jay-Z, Minaj rapped "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy bitches are fucking up the economy" on a Lil Wayne's new Dedication 4 mixtape... though there is some suggestion she's been ironic.
One person who is not a fan of Romney for sure though is Phil Lynott's mother. Philomena Lynott voiced her criticism of the republican candidate using Thin Lizzy's The Boys Are Back In Town because she believed her son would have objected to his policies. "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay - which is not something that Philip would have supported," she explained. "Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which [running mate] Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas."
Freddie Mercury is joining Angry Birds for a day tomorrow, to mark what would have been the Queen singer's birthday.
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has been taken to hospital forcing the band to cancel a show in Bologna, Italy.
Retailers say the pile up of big releases in the run-up to Christmas, including Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis and more, in the next few weeks is damaging sales are they're urging record labels to pace their releases in future.
Lana Del Rey has reportedly suggested her ultimate aim is to swap music for writing films. "Hopefully I will branch into film work and stay there. That will be my happy place. I'd like to stay in one place for a long time," she explained.
Jay-Z made a guest appearance with Pearl Jam at the climax of the Made In America Festival the rapper helped to curate, performing 99 Problems with the Seattle band.
David Byrne says his album with St Vincent, Love This Giant, is his most "democratic" collaboration ever. "We were constantly bouncing what we were doing off one another," he explained. "Which is creatively great, but also slow - democracy is slow." Read the full interview with the pair.
Follow Africa Express' tour of the UK by train via live blog.
Listen to Toy's forthcoming, self titled debut in full now.
The Killers have announced a UK tour which kicks off at Glasgow's SECC on 26 October. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am (BST).
Ultrasound are back. Here's the video for their single Beautiful Sadness.
Beck and Flying Lotus are set to collaborate on a new single.
Today's Track Of The Day is Lower Than Atlantis with Love Someone Else
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 04/09/2012
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