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Rag N Bone Man is Brits Critics’ Choice
Blues singer Rag N Bone Man wins the Brits Critics' Choice Award, earmarking him for success in 2017.
BBC rejects Cliff compensation claim
The BBC says it should not pay Sir Cliff Richard the damages he wants after coverage of a police raid.
Radiohead: 'Vinyl is like clothing for music'
Radiohead's bassist says vinyl is "more pleasurable" than digital downloads.
What you're buying on vinyl
Vinyl sales overtook digital downloads for the first time ever last week. Here's what you've been buying
Mistakes people make about grime music
Grime music is now mainstream but there are still a few misconceptions about the genre.
9/11 opera wins British Composer Award
An opera set in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks wins a British Composer Award.
YouTube's $1bn royalties 'not enough'
The music industry attacks YouTube after the site revealed it paid $1bn in royalties last year.
Cruz Beckham releases debut single
Cruz Beckham, the son of David and Victoria Beckham, releases his debut single after signing with Justin Bieber's manager.
Semi-Toned star 'thankful' for Asperger's
A student who wowed TV audiences with performances during Gareth Malone's 'The Choir' says he is 'thankful' for having Asperger's syndrome.
Lady Gaga's open letter about PTSD
In an online post she calls her battle a "daily effort" and describes her experience as having "chronic pain" in her brain.
The Choir star 'thankful' for Asperger's
A student from Gareth Malone's The Choir says he is 'thankful' for having Asperger's syndrome.
The fashion choices of America's first ladies
As a number of designers say they'd refuse to dress Melania Trump, Newsbeat looks at the fashion choices of previous first ladies.
Beyonce scores nine Grammy nominations
Beyonce and Adele receive multiple nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards but David Bowie is snubbed in the best album category.
Singer says performing is 'mind-blowing'
A singer-songwriter has described performing on stage as "an absolutely mind-blowing experience".
Vinyl sales earn more than downloads
For the first time, vinyl albums make more money for the music industry than downloads.
Lady Gaga reveals PTSD battle since rape
Pop star Lady Gaga reveals she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped at 19.
How Glastonbury protects ticket sales
The festival organiser says others in the industry should follow Glastonbury's lead on tickets.
Apple Music gets 20 million subscribers
Apple Music says it will continue to pursue artist exclusives, as it tops 20 million paid subscribers for the first time.
Christmas tree says goodbye to 2016's stars
A woman decorates her Christmas tree with 26 stars (plus public figures and famous animals) who've died this year.
Bowie statue surpasses £100k target
A statue of singer David Bowie will go up in the town where he first performed as Ziggy Stardust after a crowdfunding campaign.
Sean Paul: Back with a bang, bang, bang
Dancehall star Sean Paul on topping the charts, becoming a father and living next door to Usain Bolt.
Christine and the Queens: Why I'm pansexual
Heloise Letissier, aka Christine and the Queens, talks pansexuality and rejecting gender stereotypes.
Dylan writes speech for Nobel ceremony
Musician Bob Dylan has written a speech to be delivered at the Nobel Prize ceremony later this week.
Reformed Guns N' Roses coming to the UK
The classic line-up of Guns N' Roses will play the UK for the first time since 1993 next June.
Are you missing out listening to MP3 music?
Music producer Trevor Horn illustrates how sound quality can differ with a compressed MP3 file.
Marr's Le Pen interview 'justified'
An Andrew Marr interview with Marine Le Pen on Remembrance Sunday "was justified", Ofcom rules.
The Maccabees announce farewell gigs
Tickets for the band's final shows are going on sale after they confirmed they were splitting up in August.
Bryan Adams to play show in Inverness
Rock star Bryan Adams is to play his only Scottish date next year in Inverness, it is announced.
Stephin Merritt: 50 songs for 50 years
The lead singer of the Magnetic Fields writes and performs a song for each year of his life.

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