Alt-J win Mercury prize, Iron Maiden man for political question time, hear a new Vampire Weekend song, three killed at Spanish gig... Daily Hot List
Friday, 2 November
NB Due to staff holiday the Hot List will return on Monday 12 November
Alt-J won the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize last night for their album An Awesome Wave. The four-piece picked up the award at the Roundhouse in London and thanked their parents for "not making them get jobs" as they received the £20,000 prize - although they noted the cheque "won't nearly pay off our student loans".
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is on the panel for tonight's Any Questions on Radio 4 at 8pm (GMT).
After all the leaking - albums and emails - Epic have dropped Death Grips. "Epic Records is a music first company that breaks new artists. That is our mission and our mandate. Unfortunately, when marketing and publicity stunts trump the actual music, we must remind ourselves of our core values. To that end, effective immediately, we are working to dissolve our relationship with Death Grips. We wish them well," they explained in a statement.
Watch Vampire Weekend performing new song Unbelievers live.
Three people were killed in a crush that occurred during a Steve Aoki performance at Madrid's Thrill Music Park on Wednesday night. The producer explained after the gig he had been unaware of the stampede around one of the exits. "The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately," he said in a statement.
Despite her ongoing health and financial issues and her fears she wouldn't be able to tour, Cat Power has said all her forthcoming European dates will take place but "without stage presentation".
Promoter AEG says they will introduce a new sliding ticketing system, inspired by air travel, to make available "affordable tickets" for stadium shows.
Polish heavy metal singer Adam Darski could face two years in prison after tearing up a bible onstage during a gig last month. Judges accepted he did not intend to offend his audience by he still could have "offended religious feelings" which is against Polish law. The singer is currently appearing on The Voice in Poland as a judge.
Both Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen will join Barack Obama and perform at rallies next week ahead of the US presidential on Tuesday.
Meanwhile The Boss will also take part in a Hurricane Sandy benefit show that will air tonight on NBC in the US. Bon Jovi and Sting are also among those involved.
Florence + The Machine explain how a drunken "social networking rampage" led to their first Number 1. Get Q317, out now, for the full interview.
Rapper POS has asked his fans to help him get a kidney transplant. Having found a donor he's "crowd sourced" over $5000 to help pay for the operation.
Watch Feist's new video for Graveyard.
Maximo Park's Paul Smith has written us a guest column examining political songs and arguing that Shipbuilding is the ultimate protest song.
Pussy Riot have been endorsed by Jesus... well the one on South Park. The band are mentioned in a new episode of the cartoon.
Did Thom Yorke dress up as Daft Punk and DJ at a Halloween party organised by Maroon 5? Er, maybe...
Today's Track Of The Day is Alt-J with Fitzpleasure following their Mercury triumph last night
That's it for this week. Due to staff holiday next week the Hot List will return on Monday 12 November, at noon.
12:00 PM | 02/11/2012
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