Elton John records with Queens Of The Stone Age thanks to Engelbert Humperdinck, Beck covers Bowie with 157-piece band, Kraftwerk kick off Tate residency... Music News Daily
Thursday, 7 February
Elton John is set to feature on the new Queens Of The Stone Age album. Speaking to Dave Grohl, who is a standing on US TV as a talk show host, the singer explained he cameo was in part thanks to Engelbert Humperdinck. "I was in Vegas and I came back to LA. Engelbert Humperdinck had written me this sweet letter asking me to do a duet with him and I couldn't say No... so I went and recorded with him and then drove three blocks in the valley from Engelburt to Queens Of The Stone Age. It was a bit of a mind fuck!" declared John. "I love that band so much. Nobody really asks me to do stuff because they think I will say no. It was really a great track. It was complicated - I'm a piano player and guitar bands play differently! And it was in B which is a pianist's nightmare... it was fantastic!" Watch the full interview above.
Apple have sold their 25th billion song via iTunes. Phillip Lüpke from Germany hit the landmark downloading Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch.
Kraftwerk kicked off their residency at London's Tate Modern last night. The band are performing each of their eight albums in turn in the gallery's Turbine Hall and begun with Autobahn yesterday.
Paramore have trailed their upcoming new album by releasing a teaser to new single Now. The songs will be unveiled in full on Monday.
Beck covered David Bowie's Sound And Vision with a 157-piece orchestra at a one off event at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The musician's were conducted by the singer-songwriter's father arranger David Campbell. Footage from the show will appear online this Sunday.
Meanwhile Bowie's Berlin years with Iggy Pop are set to be turned into a film. Gabriel Range will direct the biopic.
Kylie Minogue has signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.
Watch Liars' video for WIXIW, the title track from their 2012 album.
Artists attending the Grammys on Sunday have been forbidden from flashing their flesh. "Thong type costumes are problematic," broadcaster CBS explained in an email to attendees. "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible puffy bare skin exposure."
Meanwhile Spotify is predicting this year's winners based on their streaming data. Should be a good night for Mumford & Sons apparently...
Listen to Jack White's Valentine's Day thrash single with Gibby Haynes.
A ruling on whether Chris Brown's probation will be revoked has been delayed by a judge. The singer attended court yesterday with girlfriend Rihanna, but was told he would have to wait two months before a decision as more information is gathered. It is claimed by prosecutors that there is no credible evidence that Brown completed the community service he was order to undertake following his conviction for beating Rihanna in 2009.
Music magazine The Stool Pigeon is to cease publishing in print and online. It will be missed.
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke is publishing a book of his lyrics on 4 March.
Watch Jamie Lidell's new video for You Naked.
Justin Timberlake has announced the tracklisting for forthcoming album The 20/20 Experience.
London venue The Bull & Gate, which has been a launch pad for many new acts including the likes of Coldplay, Nirvana and Blur, is to close its doors for good. The venue will be reopened as a gastro pub in the summer.
Here's Frightened Rabbit's new video for recent B-side Today's Cross.
Nearly 20 percent of British music fans now only purchase music online according to a BPI report.
Band Of Horses are set to headline this year's Green Man Festival. Local Natives, The Horrors and Edywn Collins are also playing the 15-18 August event.
Watch a video interview with I Am Kloot from our friends FaceCulture.
Grimes has deleted her Tumblr account after using it to defend various pop artists and discussing how women are treated within the music industry. "I'm out because I need some semblance of a normal life in order to be happy. Bye internet," she wrote after taking down her blog, though you can still read extracts via the link.
Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is favourite to be the UK Number 1 single this Sunday, while The Courteeners are on course for their first chart topping album with Anna.
Today's Track Of The Day is Jagwar Ma with The Throw
That's it for today. Music News Daily returns tomorrow at lunchtime.
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