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As they say in the fair country north of the English border.

Scroll down for that news that's devastating Scottish music fans as T in the Park is cancelled for 2017, Freddie Mercury is remembered 25 years after his death, messages of support for Kanye, plus very different music video offerings from Years & Years and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters.

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It's all gone Pete Tong!

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Now, if you've had one of those days, weeks or even years at work, then fear not as even the mighty Pete Tong can have a 'mare in the office.

The Radio 1 DJ was kindly reminded by the good people at 5 live of the hilarious first time, two decades ago, that he read out his rather lengthy new website address on air.

"I hope you're writing this down!"

We also hope Pete's computer skills have improved since then, as we hear t'internet is going to be huge.

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Twenty-five years without Freddie Mercury

Today marks 25 years to the day since the death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury at the age of just 45, from an Aids related illness.

A new study, reported in the BBC's Science Focus magazine, has attempted to discover why Freddie had a voice described as “a force of nature with the velocity of a hurricane.”

Published in the always readable Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology journal, the study analysed Freddie singing a capella as well as isolated vocal tracks from his back catalogue to find the the range he was able to hold a note at.

We still love this video of him warming up with the help of a Wembley crowd (**note there is a swear at the end of the clip)

Here is Radio 2 presenter Johnnie Walker speaking to rock biographer Mark Blake about Freddie's legacy. 

This week biographer Mark Blake chats to Johnnie about the legendary Freddie Mercury

Reaction to T in the Park taking a break in 2017

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More now on the temporary closure of Scottish festival T in the Park "due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest."

The festival was originally held in 1994 at Strathclyde Park in Lanarkshire but moved to Balado airfield in Kinross from 1997-2014, before moving again to Strathallan Castle in Perthshire the following year.

In a statement to "the best audience in the world", the festival organisers said the current problems can be traced back to the move:  "Against our will, and despite a prolonged fight, we were forced to move from Balado, Kinross in 2015. 

"This move was a mammoth task for the event and one that was compounded by a series of onerous site restrictions placed upon us as preparations for the event in 2015 took place.

As the build up to the festival was well underway we were informed by Scottish Government Ministers that we would have to apply for full Planning Permission due to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest. The constraints – logistically and financially - that the resulting planning conditions put upon us are simply not workable."

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On Tuesday we brought you the news that T in the Park were in talks about staging an event in Glasgow in July.

Here's some of the reaction to the cancellation, by the looks of it from some very disgruntled Scots who may now have to make alternative summer festival plans.

Those pesky ospreys.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to pay tribute to David Bowie

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Radio 2's Ken Bruce will present a special night of Symphonic Rock by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening.

Rock and pop anthems from the likes of Adele, The Beatles and Queen will be given the classical treatment for the night which will include a special tribute to the late, great David Bowie.

BreakingOspreys force T in the Park to take a break in 2017

Iconic Scottish music festival T In The Park has been cancelled next year due "to the presence of an unregistered, but protected in law, osprey's nest."

The festival, which has been going for the last 23 years and was last year headlined by The Stone Roses, Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, will now no longer take place in 2017.

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Watch Jorja Smith's soulful piano session

Hotly-tipped teenager Jorja Smith has been showing off her soulful vocals for Radio 1's Piano Sessions series.

She covered the R&B classic Let Me Love You by Mario for presenter Huw Stephens.

Enjoy below.

Jorja also sang a duet with Maverick Sabre on a stripped back version of Carry Me Home.

Jorja covers Mario's classic in the Radio 1 Piano Sessions for Huw Stephens.

Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins releases new 80s style solo video

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Now we all know him best from banging away behind the drum kit in Foo Fighters, but now Taylor Hawkins has decided to stand up and walk tall alone.

He's released a new video for the single Ranger Rover B and a cheesy one at that.

See for yourself if this very 1980s production is deliberately and knowingly naff.  Or just naff.

Taylor plays pretty much all of the instruments on the track.  We think he should perhaps learn to delegate more like they did in the Foos.

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Welsh Music Prize winner to be revealed

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The winner of the Welsh Music Prize will be unveiled in Cardiff later.

A shortlist of 12 albums ranges from folk to metal, alternative Welsh language to pop.

John Rostron, founder of the Welsh Music Prize with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, said: "It's a really interesting mix."

Previous winners include Super Furry Animals and singer Gruff Rhys again solo.

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What are Wales' top 12 albums of 2016?

Sgt Pepper cover designer prefers The Beach Boys to The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover artist Peter Blake
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He's best known for his iconic cover design of The Beatles' seminal psychedelic album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, but Sir Peter Blake has made the shocking admission that he actually prefers the Fab Four's 60's chart rivals The Beach Boys.

The pop art pioneer revealed to the Press Association that he is most proud of the prints he created for Brian Wilson's 2009 record That Lucky Old Sun.

Blake said: "I always wanted to do an album cover for Brian Wilson, and I did.

He is my second favourite musician, after the Beach Boys themselves. I'm an enormous fan."

Sir Peter's latest work, promoting the use of smart meters in homes is being exhibited at the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds until 11 December.

You get some good vibrations coming out of those meters, or so we're told.

Chart-topping-tastic Christmas TOTP line-up revealed

Zara Larsson
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Hey, remember earlier when we said that we would be avoiding all talk of Christmas until December?

Happy days.

Yes, we were totally lying as the lineup for the festive edition of Top of the Pops has been announced and its a stocking's worth of chart-topping artists.

There will be two special programmes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The Christmas special will include performances from the likes of Clean Bandit featuring Anne Marie, DNCE, Olly Murs, Skepta, Zara Larsson, James Arthur and Craig David and Louisa Johnson.

The two shows will be co-hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates.

Totally the last Christmas announcement of the day. Maybe.

Paul Heaton on 'peaceful' hometown UK City of Culture Hull

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As we know former Beautiful South pair Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are to stage a stadium concert as part of Hull's City of Culture celebrations.

Now Paul, from Hull, has been chatting to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker about his love and affection for his "under-rated" and "peaceful" hometown.

He also said sorting the guest-list for his friends and family will be a real headache.

The pains of being popular Paul.

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Paul Heaton on Hull as UK City of Culture 2017

Rod Stewart: the lion will roar again... by the end of the month

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Reasons to be cheerful part 1 - earlier this week we told you about Rod Stewart having to cancel his show at the O2 in London due to a throat infection.

He tweeted: "Got bloody bad luck & strep throat.... Sorry for all the inconvenience guys. Gutted. Sir Rod xxx"

Now he has announced rescheduled dates - tomorrow, Friday 25 November will move to Sunday 26 February 2017.

Saturday 26 November has been moved to Monday 27 February. Tickets for the cancelled shows will still be valid at the new dates but if ticket holders can't make the dates then they are being offered full refunds.

After some days rest, Rod is expected to resume his current UK tour in Sheffield Arena on 29 November in full health.

Sir Cliff Richard back with new Christmas single

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Now we hate to bring you Christmas single news in November, we really do, but we'll have to make an exception for a night of the realm.

Sir Cliff Richard is set to release his first new festive song since an investigation into historical sexual abuse allegations, which he denied, was dropped by the CPS.

The 76-year-old will release new single It's Better To Dream tomorrow but if you can't wait until then, the track already appears on his latest album Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll.

He'll be hoping to add to his two Christmas number ones as a solo artist, namely 1988's Mistletoe And Wine and Saviour's Day from 1990.  

He also topped the festive charts with the Shadows in 1960 with the track I Love you and as part of Band Aid II with Do They Know It's Christmas? in 1989.

Gareth Malone & the Military Wives Choir
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While we're on the subject...Christmas number one winners from 2011, Gareth Malone and Military Wives Choir, will go head to head against each other the year.

As a team they beat Little MIx to the top of the Christmas tree five years ago.

Now, choirmaster Malone is going solo by layered his own voice to make his own choir on the track Only You, while the Wives will carry on regardless releasing Home for Christmas.

Musical differences eh?  No calls yet for a big money re-union.

Earlier in the week we told you about Kylie's new seasonal offering and last week The Killers plans to release and entire album of the stuff.

Right...that's it for Christmas news.  It's humbug from us until next week, then December starts and all manner of festive hell is bound to break loose.

More support and kind wishes for Kanye West

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Earlier we told you about Lady Gaga (scroll down) voicing her support for Kanye West, but she is not alone in offering her support to the rap star.

In an Instagram post, rapper Pusha T, marking the anniversary of Kanye's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - on which he collaborated with him, said:

"You were setting me up to be the solo artist I never saw myself as. So on the 6th anniversary of MBDTF and as the President of your label G.O.O.D. music I wanna say thanx for the endless opportunities you have brought to me." 

Meanwhile, Kanye's friend John Legend told CBS This Morning on Tuesday that he had seen warning signs in Kanye's behaviour.

"I was concerned by what I saw, so hopefully he’s getting some rest and some time to figure things out."

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Years & Years cover Joni Mitchell for mental health charity

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If you have't heard it yet then take a moment to listen to Years & Years cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now.

The song has been recorded for Torch Songs, a new campaign launched by suicide charity CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably).

"Men especially can find it hard to speak up when things get tough, but Torch Songs shows it’s not unusual to struggle sometimes," said a statement on the Torch Songs website

A worthy cause and a stunning listen...

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Are Tame Impala finished?... for now at least

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Perth's (and possibly the planet's) finest purveyors of neo-psychedelic pop-rock, Tame Impala, could be about to leave us for a while.

Kevin Parker and his stoner crew bring their Currents tour to close at the Laneway Festival series down under at the start of the new year.  

And in an interview with local magazine Noted, Kev - who has of late collaborated with the likes of Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga - suggests he's ready for another new incarnation.

I really don’t know how that’s going to feel because in the past, the album cycles haven’t really ended with a bang, or even ended decidedly. They just sort of peter out. But this time it really is a bookend."

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News of the bands sabatical might provide much Mind Mischief for some fans, while others it seems are prepared to Let It Happen.

kevin parker says tame impala are going on an indefinite hiatus. the end is nigh. the less i know the better. need a half full glass of wine

Only silver lining of Tame Impala going on hiatus is a potential Kevin Parker solo album

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Fabric donations will go 'to worthy causes' in the industry

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The future of the London club Fabric looks secure, a least for now, and now the venue's owners have revealed what donations to the #saveourculture campaign will be spent on.

The club raised more than £300,000 for its legal defence which according to a new statement on Fabric's Facebook page "will be used to help other worthy causes within the industry".

Also, if you were one of the 7,000 people who made a donation to the campaign, you could soon be a permanent feature in the club.

The statement continues: "If you donated, keep an eye on your inbox as we will very shortly be inviting you to cement your part in fabric’s history and be part of a piece of artwork we are creating to install in the club."

Part of the furniture.  Exciting times.

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Kings of Leon confirmed to play headline slot at Hyde Park

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Stadium rockers Kings of Leon have joined the lineup for next year's British Summer Time Hyde Park .

The band, whose latest album WALLS topped the chart on both sides of the Atlantic, will play on 6 July and will be, pretty ably supported we have to say, by alt-giants Pixies.

In a no-way paraphrased statement, Kings Of Leon’s Nathan said: “It’s always a pleasure to party with our amazing fans at Hyde Park.”

Also playing on the bill are Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

Previously announced headliners of the annual event are Green Day and Phil Collins.

Lady Gaga shows support for 'brother' Kanye

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American performer Lady Gaga has come out in support of fellow US megastar Kanye West who was taken to hospital in LA earlier this week.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to her friends has had a pop at Kanye's detractors for making jokes about the rapper's ill state of mind.

It's not funny to joke about anyone's possible or not possible mental illness, this is a sensitive time for many. Let's be kind & loving. ❤️

Gaga is calling out for greater compassion and love to be shown for the stricken hip hop star.

While I don't agree with everything he does I hope the public shows compassion and ❤️for @kanyewest and each other. One love. One Race.

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Some reports have suggested Kanye stands to lose up to $30 million for pulling the remaining Saint Pablo tour dates, though it is thought the tour has been insured against cancellation..

Lady G says his mental health is more important.

. @kanyewest i support & love u brother, I see in you bravery & courage to stop this tour & take care of YOU. You are a GREAT artist 🎨💋

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

Barack Obama
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...I know we don't really do that in the UK, but this picture of outgoing US President blessing a turkey was too good to resist to start today.

Anyway, welcome back to another edition of Music News LIVE, as Lady Gaga offers her support to the stricken Kanye, more headliners announced for Hyde Park in London next summer and guess which knight of the realm is back with a new festive single? 

For now check out yesterday's offering for news on Adele's mega summer stadium shows, Flume cleaning up at the 'Aussie Brits', Justin Bieber in bother in Barcelona and Bruno Mars goes stratospheric selling out entire 100 date world tour in a single day.