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Here are the 5 things Music News LIVE has learned this week

There are so many things we could have closed with - Green Day singing anti-Donald Trump lyrics (is anyone really surprised?), Drake lip synching to Taylor Swift, James Corden to host the Grammys.

But here is our selection below and feel free to have a look at what we learnt last week.

Selena Gomez says she was 'broken' by depression

1) Selena Gomez is inspiringly honest about mental health  

We'll start with the powerful speech delivered by pop star Selena Gomez talking about her battle with depression.

Accepting the prize for favourite rock/pop female artist, at the American Music Awards, she said the illness left her "absolutely broken inside".

She called off her world tour to deal with anxiety and depression in August.

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2) It has not been a good week for Kanye

He was taken to hospital in LA, where he is reported to be treated for conditions including severe exhaustion.

He cancelled all remaining dates on his current tour after abandoning a Sacramento performance at the weekend after three songs and following a 10-minute rant aimed at the likes of Jay Z and Beyonce.

One the plus side, he has received support from the likes of Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper.

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3) Morrissey is the guest that Top Gear is waiting for...

As long as they can provide him with a reasonably priced vegan-friendly car that is.

He wrote an open letter to General Motors in the US asking them to offer customers a choice of synthetic leather interiors.

The singer claimed that cattle were being "branded on the face, electro-shocked, and beaten before they’re slaughtered and used to make leather interiors for car companies, including yours."

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4) Birds of prey are not fans of boozy Scottish music festivals 

T in the Park has been forced to cancel next year's event "due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest."

In a statement to "the best audience in the world", the festival organisers said the current problems can be traced back to their move from Balada in Kinross to Strathallen in Perthshire, "compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions".

The opsrey or its representatives have yet to comment on the story.

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and finally... 5) #lennykravitzscarfday is an actual thing now

Four years ago to the day, ageless vampire and rock star Lenny Kravitz was spotted out and about wearing what can only be described as a massive throw rug as a scarf.

Now, people have been paying tribute to his sartorial styling.

Enjoy and see you next week.

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Opera for the Tweet generation

The Times

Could you review an Opera in less than 140 characters?

That's what companies including Opera North and the English National Opera have been encouraging their audiences to to do, by allowing them to live-tweet and blog about their performances.

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Here's one of the recent views from the Tweet seats!  

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T Shirt Day

BBC 6 Music

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It's back!  Freshly washed and ironed and ready to be worn again with pride (if not a little more snugly than in previous years).

6 Music has once again asked us all to demonstrate the bands and artists we love enough to wear.

One of us bottled out of donning a 13th Floor Elevators number to work at the last minute for career reasons and has been regretting it all day to be honest.

Here's the best efforts from the 6 Music breakfast team.  Or is it?

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Even some of the bands themselves have been revealing their true musical influences.

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As have you lot, out there in the real world.

T-remendous effort everyone.

Get involved now using the hashtag #tshirtday.

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Busted back with new album Night Driver


It's 12 years since they last graced us with their recording presence but every indie kid's guilty pop-punk pleasure Busted are back today with a new LP called Night Driver.

Despite going their separate ways - metal band, West End musicals.. and erm... I'm A Celebrity, there was no falling out.

At least that's what the lads told Newsbeat, saying that their re-union, which saw them perform at Wembley Arena this summer, was about "rebuilding, not repairing" their friendship as a band.

Here's a reminder of their comeback singe below.  Seems Busted have spent a lot of time in French electro bars since last we heard from them.

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Those dance floor dudes barely recognizable from the young punks below eh?

Wherever does the time go?


Watch Perrie from Little Mix slap a French presenter

We're not sure how much of an intro this really requires, but to give it some context 

  • She once wrote about being dumped by Zayn Malik by text
  • Reporter makes a joke about doing the same to a girlfriend 
  • That's about it

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Riz Ahmed on being recognised in the US

On these shores, actor and rapper Riz Ahmed aka Riz MC is known for working with the likes of Plan B, and Chris Morris.

As an artist, he has played Glastonbury and the BBC Electric Proms.  His 2006 rap track Post 9/11 Blues was banned from the radio for its "politically sensitive" lyrics and he has just released an album as one half of the Swet Shop Boys. 

But he told 1Xra host Toddla T that in the US, he is recognised for his role in the critically-feted The Night Of... 

Is it mad for Riz in America?

Don't worry Riz, as soon as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (pictured below) comes out, you'll totally be able to walk down the street unmolested.

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Barcelonagate: Justin Bieber's alleged' victim may press charges

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In Wednesday's Live page we told you about the video which appeared to show Justin Bieber assault a fan in Barcelona, after he reached in through the singer's open car window to "affectionately" stroke his face.

Now the teenager, named as Kevin Ramirez, has told a radio station in Spain: "This matter is now in the hands of lawyers. They will deal with it.  I can't give out any more information at the moment."

He added: "I didn't think for one moment Justin was going to punch me."

Now comment has been made from Justin's camp.  

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They are Annie Mac's Hottest Record

Who is?

They are.

This could go on for a while. They are LA-based rap/R&B duo Dante Jones and Drew Love and they (styled THEY.) have worked with the likes of Skrillex and Bryson Tiller.

They started out separately writing for the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown, Cee-lo and Jason Derulo before getting together two years ago.

"Our music and artistry took over and were glad that get to perform it on stage now," said Drew. 

Of the new single What You Want, he added: "Dante wanted an N*E*R*D* Pharrell sound and when he started adding it, we knew we had something good on our hands."

See what you think of They by listening below

Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World for Thursday 24th November 2016.

Taylor Swift shares Mannequin Challenge video

We can't help but wonder if Taylor has missed the boat a little - that said, here is her attempt at the craze that has the social media world gripped...

Planking... we mean cinnamon challenging ... sorry... Harlem Shaking.


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The Weeknd has landed

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Starboy, the new album by Canadian singer/producer The Weeknd is out today.

He posted a short film online, entitled Mania, which includes a selection of tracks from the new album. 

It does however also include some graphically violent scenes, so you have been warned.

Abel Tesfaye aka T.W recruited some of his big name musical pals for this, his third studio album, so listen out for cameos from the likes of Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Future and Kendrick Lamar.

And he's pretty "faded" about the release as you can see.  Whatever that means.  We think it's a good thing.

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Oh, and in case you missed it here's Panic! At The Disco covering the record's title track in the Radio 1 Live Lounge.

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First 50 Great Escapes artists announced

Rag N Bone Man

If you fancy a weekend of new music in the (possibly) sunshine next summer then the first acts have been announced for next year's Great Escape in Brighton.

Hotly-tipped Rag’n’Bone Man is returning in a headline slot two years after his debut at the event.  It's a homecoming gig for the Brighton-born blues-meets-R&B singer. 

He said: “It’s been brilliant to play TGE in the past. I can’t wait to come back and play to an even bigger crowd."

Joining the line-up, over the weekend of 18-20 May, are other up and coming artists such as Goat Girl, Ray Blk, Cabbage and The Moonlandingz.

Go to the festival site for the full announcement.

Aretha Franklin performs epic US national anthem for Thanksgiving

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Now the USA had many things to give thanks for yesterday, not least the existence of Aretha Franklin.

The soul super-woman was on hand to belt out a lengthy gospel-style rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner ahead of the Detroit Lions v Minnsota Vikings NFL game.

Her version clocked in around four and half minutes, which was apparently too much for some football fans.

We think it's second only to Lt. Frank Drebin's effort in The Naked Gun film...and that some of these people need to show Aretha a little more R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

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Debut solo artist wins Welsh Music Prize

Meilyr Jones and Huw Stephens
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Meilyr Jones has been crowned the winner of the sixth Welsh Music Prize for his debut solo album 2013.

The former frontman of Race Horses was presented with the award by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and said: "Winning was a big shock, I really had no idea - I am nervous but overall, it is great to have won."

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Chance the Rapper cancels rest of UK and Ireland dates and is 'deeply sorry'

Chance The Rapper has apologised to UK and Irish fans after cancelling shows in Manchester and Dublin.

He was due to perform at the Helix in Dublin and the O2 Apollo in Manchester as part of his Magnificent Colouring World Tour. 

Earlier this week, during a performance in BBC 1Xtra's Live Lounge he paid tribute to Kanye West, who is said to be suffering from exhaustion, saying: "I want to just extend this prayer and this love from all the way in Britain. We might come home early."

You can still watch his full interview with DJ Semtex, if you don't mind a bit of swearing.

Chance The Rapper sends big prayer to Kanye West
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Malcolm McLaren's son to hold 'punk bonfire'


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In what must be one of the most ironically stage-managed punk acts of the year, the son of punk pioneers Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood is set to burn a pile of memorabilia thought to be worth somewhere between £5m and £10m at a secret site in London tomorrow night.

Joe Corre, who has already burnt one of his original Sex Pistols records (to the horror of some punk fans) is protesting about the commercialisation of the movement, that many credit this father with helping to start 40 years ago.

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Anarchy in the U.K and official Year Zero birthday celebrations have been supported this year by lottery funds, museums and the mayor of London, much to Joe's chagrin.

He said: “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard."

He added that, having been "appropriated by the mainstream" punk has become a "museum piece or a tribute act”.

The well promoted burning (with accompanying press release) will be streamed live on the official website tomorrow night.

What could be more punk than that hey?

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Brits nominations to be televised live for the first time

Christine and the Queens

The nominations for next year's Brit Awards will be revealed in a live Saturday night show on ITV for the first time, organisers have announced.

The broadcast will feature performances from Olly Murs, Craig David and Christine and the Queens, all of whom are likely to be up for awards.

Otherwise it could be kind of awkward...

Nominations have previously been pre-recorded and broadcast later on ITV2.

The launch show will be hosted by Emma Willis, with more guest performers (and, we guess nominees) to be announced in the coming weeks.

Bowie gets Rickrolled for album of the year at BBC Music awards

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Rick Astley's number one comeback album 50 is on the list for album of the year, along with Adele's 25, Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams, ELO's Alone in the Universe and Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate.

The list was put together by the Radio 2 Playlist Committee - chaired by Radio 2 and 6 Music's Head of Music, Jeff Smith.

David Bowie

But there is no place on the shortlist for the now-departed David Bowie, whose album Blackstar came out just days before his death.

Also no sign of Radiohead, no 1975, no Laura Mvula and no mention of Mercury-winner Skepta.

To be eligible, the albums must have been released between 17 October 2015 and 16 October 2016.  

Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce said: "We’ve had some fantastic Album of the Weeks this year and this stellar shortlist features new talent, established artists and very welcome comebacks.  I can’t wait to find out who wins."

The winner will be crowned at the BBC Music Awards at the ExCeL London on 12 December, broadcast live on BBC ONE and online.

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Black Friday

Shoppers buy electronic items during Black Friday sale
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Oh no!  Is it worth it?  Really?  Don't do yourselves...

It may well be Black Friday but far more importantly it's new music Friday too.

So even if you do end up embroiled in a crowded high street sale scene/online bidding war today, you can do so safe in the knowledge that we're going to recommend the best of the new musical releases to you for nowt.

Plus there's news on the Brits, Chance the Rapper and find out which five albums will battle it out to be crowned album of the year at the BBC Music Awards.

Until then, relax and check out yesterday's Music News LIVE to find out which bird of prey has brought T in the Park to a halt, details of Kings of Leon's massive Hyde Park shows, Lady Gaga's show of support for 'brother' Kanye and Fabric bosses' charitable pledge.

All trained music fans to the LIVE page please...