'Uncool' Killers argue big is beautiful, Coldplay plan live album/DVD, watch David Byrne, Arcade Fire & Strokes members doing That's The Way (I Like It), Madonna's strange Obama tribute... Daily Hot List
Wednesday, 26 September
The Killers claim coming from an town without a "cool" music scene gave them the courage to try to be a "big band" - and are surprised by the reaction to their ambition among non-fans. "We didn't know there was anything wrong with it [being ambitious] until we read the articles. Somewhere along the way things changed. I don't think it's always been not acceptable to try to write big, ambitious songs," explained Brandon Flowers. "I think a big part of it has to do with where we are from, and not being in LA or in New York. We don't have that pressure. If you are a band [in New York], I would be scared to death to play a song like Runaways in a bar. We didn't have those kinds of cool audiences in Las Vegas. We had people who wished they were those people, but not too many." Not that the band are anti the trendsetters, according to Dave Keuning: "I mean somebody had to try it [being big], right? We can't all just be super-cool bands that stare at their shoes."
Taking of stadium filling, Coldplay will release a live album and film, Live 2012, on 19 November. It's their first officially sanctioned live for release for nine years.
Lady Gaga has spoken about her fight with "Bulimia and Anorexia since I was 15" on her Little Monsters site. The singer posted pictures of herself from different angles declaring: "today I join the BODY REVOLUTION. To Inspire Bravery. and BREED some m$therf*cking COMPASSION."
Not sure Madonna has a) quite got her facts rights b) will be getting calls of thanks from The White House, but the singer used her gig in Washington DC on Monday to encourage fans to vote for Barack Obama declaring: "For Better or Worse, We Have a Black Muslim in the White House". The President is not Muslim...
Musicians who will be getting the Oval office tour though include Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and more who are staging a fund raising concert for the Obama campaign in Los Angeles on 7 October.
Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon and Laura Marling producer Ethan Johns is to release a solo album, If Not Now The When? Set to come out in February next year, the album will feature many of the people he's worked with over the years. Johns will stage a tour of independent record shops in November, where vinyl copies of the album will be sold.
Looks like the world celebrated too soon, LMFAO appear to have reconsidered their decision earlier this week to split.
Usher has postponed his UK Arena tour so he can "take this time to focus on my children". The tour originally set for the start of 2012 will take place next autumn, though dates are yet to be confirmed.
Frank Ocean has posted a new song, Blue Whale, on his blog.
Warner Music Group chairman and chief executive Lyor Cohen has announced he will resign at the end of the month, shocking many within the music industry.
It's probably the most covered song in the world but no one has done Yesterday quite like this before... check it out as a cartoon strip.
The charts have been taken over by K-Pop rapper Psy and his Gangnam Style, but more importantly what do cats think of the track? Fortunately someone asked them...
Imogen Heap and Cypress Hill are to feature along with My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way on Deadmau5's forthcoming album, Album Title Goes Here.
In an extract from our new issue, Q316 out now, Noel Gallagher declares pop music is dead and explains why that will mean movements like punk or Britpop will never happen again. Grab the issue now for the full story.
Watch David Byrne, members of the Arcade Fire and The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture perform That's The Way (I Like It), uh-huh-uh-huh...
Q challenged a host of acts to try a new style of music in the Genre Swap challenge in our new issue, Q316 out now. Have a listen to the results....
Lil' Wayne gave a deposition for a court case over the use of his music in a documentary made by Quincy Jones' son and it was actually pretty funny. Sample quote: "Have I ever hired a photographer to photograph an event? Sorry, sir, no, I'm a superstar, and people hire them themselves to photograph me."
Steven Van Zandt has launched a campaign via Kickstarter to help The Rascals reunite... no not Miles Kane's old trio but US 60s band who are playing three shows in Port Chester, New York, this December.
Total Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs played a gig in a charity shop last night to help launch Oxfam's Oxjam festival. Why were they planning on tying the crowd's shoelaces together, though?
Lisa Marie Presley has started keeping sheep as a hobby.
Marina Diamandis (she of the Diamonds) claims her label said she looked too ugly in the video for How To Be A Heartbreaker that they retouched it for the US audience. "So, someone at my record label wont let me release the video because I look ugly in it apparently," she tweeted. "I am happy to leak the 'minger' version for my fans"
Here's Neil Young And Crazy Horse's Walk Like A Giant, taken from forthcoming album Psychedelic Pills, though please note it's only four minutes of the 16 minutes version on the album.
Guildford's Guilfest is to call it a day after 21 years, blaming poor ticket sales this summer. The event, which included Jools Holland and Bryan Ferry this year, ended up with debts of £300,000 forcing the company behind it, Scotty Events Ltd, to cease trading. "I'd love to see Guilfest keep going, but I think it's got to be somebody who takes the helm or somebody who would need deeper pockets to do the job just to make sure it goes through," explained organiser Tony Scott.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela have announced a new UK tour. The Mexican duo will hit the road at Birmingham's HMV Institute on 25 November.
Today's Track Of The Day is Alabama Shakes with Hang Loose 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 | 26/09/2012
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