Blur could "strike" over label sale, Morrissey claims festival offered to go vegetarian for 'Smiths' reunion, yes Adele is doing the Bond theme, Metallica on Kurt Cobain love... Daily Hot List
Tuesday, 2 October
Blur say they could "strike" if their label Parlophone is sold to new owners who don't care about the artists. The label has to find a new home as part of the conditions of Universal's takeover of EMI, leaving the band, along with the likes of Coldplay and Kylie Minogue effectively homeless until a deal is done. Angry at the acts exclusion from the process, Blur's Dave Rowntree says they could take action. "Artists are the only people currently being left out of the conversation, which is unfortunate. If the staff at the label are unhappy with the new arrangements they are free to leave, but the artists are not," he explained. On the bright side that does suggest that there might be new material from Blur in the future, though obviously who knows on what label...
Morrissey says that Californian festival Coachella offered to go meat-free if 'The Smiths' reformed to play it. "The agents for Coachella offered a 100 per-cent vegetarian event... if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as The Smiths," he explained. "Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' The Smiths' bass player or drummer... which I thought certainly said something."
If spies kept secrets like Bond did over the theme for new film Skyfall we'd be in trouble. Yes, it is Adele who will be soundtrack Daniel Craig's latest outing as 007 with her first recording since 21. "I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There's a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song," she said of the song she wrote with Paul Epworth. "But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end... When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I'll be back combing my hair when I'm 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I'm sure!" The track will premiere at 0.07 (yep) on Friday, which is also the 50th anniversary of the release of first Bond film Dr No.
Unseen footage from The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour is been streamed online ahead of the film, and a documentary about it, airing on BBC2 this Saturday night.
Fiona Apple has attacked gossip websites for the way they reported on her recent drug bust. "I'm not on any drugs. I had some bourbon before I came out here. I've always been honest," she told an audience at a gig in Florida on Saturday. "Why would I be dishonest about any thing. I just want to say, though: I realise that it's hopeless and ridiculous for me to ask this, but Perez Hilton, TMZ, whoever you represent, I'm not invulnerable to this stuff. I've been around for many years, but it hurts... I don't need to hear that I'm 98 years old just because I didn't have a facelift in the last seven years. I'm fucking losing weight because I'm having trouble digesting food because your guts are connected to your brain. I have a lot of stress in my brain. So lay off of that stuff because it hurts my feelings. If for no other reason, that should be a good enough reason."
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are to make a new album, their first for a decade. The record will "feature two twenty-minute slabs of epic instrumental rock music and two six-and-a-half minute drones" and will be released on 15 October.
Neil Young is launching a high quality digital music service called Pono. The system will feature its own player, along with a download store and a tool that converts digital files into analogue-sounding recordings.
Stream Tame Impala's new album Lonerism in full. The band also feature in our latest issue, Q316, out now.
One Direction have admitted they did copy the guitar scrapes The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go on purpose for current single Live While We're Young. ''It's a bit like the first single [What Makes You Beautiful] where the opening riff sounds similar to a certain film [Grease's Summer Nights],'' said Harry Styles. ''It's kind of on purpose though. It's a great riff.''
Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme is like a "new member" since he gave up drinking according to bandmate Dominic Howard. "It feels completely different these days and it's great for it," he said. "He's a changed man... he's a lot more open. Just more communicative with his feelings."
Listen to Q Radio's interview with the Muse pair now.
Gangnam Style's Psy says he will not do an English version of his Number 1 single, though a new non-Korean song could be on the way. "I decided to go overseas to promote my song, the only concern was how should I communicate with the public and the audience with my language," he explained. "I talked a lot about that: should we translate or not? Finally we didn't, and I think that was a really good decision. Music is already a huge language and for this song even if you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, you can still figure out that there's fun and there's energy. But if I release a next one it's going to be in English."
October means Oxjam, Oxfam's grassroots festival run by volunteers across the UK. Help Q mark it by contributing to a free digital review we're going to put out. Here's how to get involved...
Metallica's Kirk Hammett says he was surprised that Kurt Cobain was a fan of his band. "I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit," he explained. "He was a pretty big Metallica fan - I was surprised at how much of a Metallica fan he was. He loved Ride The Lightning. He loved that album."
Watch the Pet Shop Boys' video for new single Leaving.
Despite calling his new album Born To Sing: No Plan B, Van Morrison actually had a different career path in mind as a youth. "When I was at school, I wanted to be a vet," he explains. "Actually, one of the teachers said I was going to be a singer. One day he was going round the class and he said, This guy at the back is going to be a singer. And I said, Me? He said, Yeah. You're going to be a singer."
Win tickets to this year's Q Awards Gigs featuring Ellie Goulding, Professor Green and The Cribs in our competition.
Rap trio Death Grips have had their website shut down as they planned to defy their label, Epic, and use it to leak their own new album. The band had intended to put the record online at the same time they sent it to the record company, but supposedly the Sony imprint has pulled the plug.
Animal Collective's Deakin has apologised for not recording a solo album yet after raising money on Kickstarter in 2009. He says the money went to anti-slavery charity TEMEDT. "I think the [Kickstarter] was up for a day or two before I realised that I felt incredibly uncomfortable about the idea of asking people to fund a trip for me to go to Africa... that's why the project turned into a charity thing," he explained, adding that there was no album yet because he was dissatisfied with what he's written. "I haven't been the best at updating people in the last two years," he conceded.
Axl Rose is to give a rare live TV interview. The Guns'N'Roses man will appear in US show Jimmy Kimmel Live! On 24 October.
Pussy Riot's appeal hearing has been adjourned for a week. The case will resume on 10 October.
Today's Track Of The Day is Emeli Sande with Heaven 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 | 02/10/2012
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