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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    Well, we're off to finally bag a little bit of this amazing sunshine.

    But scroll down to read up on this year's Mercury Prize judging panel, Damon Albarn teases the return of Gorillaz, Tame Impala thank their fans, plus see some glossy new Adele posters and hear Mercury Rev cover a 60s psychedelic classic.

    We'll catch up again tomorrow.

  2. Led Zeppelin add previously unheard music to BBC sessions

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin have added some new material to their 1997 release, the BBC Sessions - a set of live recordings taken from performances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. 

    In September, the band will unveil the Complete BBC Sessions, featuring a hitherto lost session from nearly fifty years ago.

    Originally broadcast in April 1969 and subsequently deleted by the BBC, the session included three songs - I Can’t Quit You Baby, You Shook Me and the only recorded performance of Sunshine Woman.

    It came to light because a fan had taped it from AM radio in Europe when it was broadcast and guitarist Jimmy Page has now restored it.

    Also included in the new package are two unreleased versions of Communication Breakdown and What Is And What Should Never Be. 

  3. Laurie from Slaves tells us about his love of art

    Laurie from Slaves art poster

    You may or may not know that Slaves guitarist Laurie Vincent is pretty handy with a paintbrush... his art has been adorning Slaves' flyers, posters and releases since the punk duo formed in 2012. 

    Now he's busy preparing for his first solo gallery art exhibition during this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

    It will be the first time the public can buy his distinctive work - inspired by Warhol, street artist Basquiat and the pop art of Keith Haring. 

    He told 6 Music's Abbie McCarthy more about the exhibition and how his love for art began: 

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    Video caption: Laurie from Slaves
  4. Bjork exhibition and one-off date in the UK

    Time Out London


    A multimedia exhibition and virtual reality project dedicated to Bjork is to open at Somerset House in London in September.

    It will also be accompanied by, catch your breath, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall - her first solo gig in the UK in three years.

    The exhibition has already been shown in Australia and Tokyo.

    Using music from her Vulnicura album, the Bjork Digital exhibition includes a two-screen film called Black Lake and 360-degree virtual reality videos.

    And potentially our favourite one - you can listen to her sing Mouthmantra while sitting inside her mouth.

    Ewww. Amazing.

  5. Grace Jones replaces M.I.A. on Afropunk bill

    Grace Jones

    Grace Jones has been announced as the replacement headliner for this year's Afropunk festival in London.

    It was announced on Friday by the event's organisers that M.I.A. would not be playing, following criticism of her comments on the Black Lives Matter campaign in the US.

    The singer said in an interview: "It's interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter... Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters?" 

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  6. Pet Shop Boys announce UK tour

    Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys have announced a UK tour for 2017.

    The music veterans are playing four sold-out shows at London’s Royal Opera House this week.

    The new dates, scheduled for next February, includes shows in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bournemouth.

    Tickets are due go on sale on Friday.

    Pet Shop Boys released their thirteenth album Super on 1 April which charted at number three.

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  7. Sting tribute to Prince on new album

    Rolling Stone magazine


    Sting has paid tribute to Prince on his new album 57th & 9th - his first pop album since 1999.

    The British singer wrote the ballad 50,000 during the week of Prince's death in April. 

    "It's really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies," he told Rolling Stone.

    "Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of  bittersweet realisation that hubris doesn't mean anything in the end."  

    The new album includes the song Inshallah about refugees and One Fine Day about climate change.

  8. Mystery Jets unveil cover for My Generation 60s celebration

    As part of the BBC's My Generation season, 6 Music has asked some of its favourite artists to go psychedelic and cover their favourite tracks from the 1960s. 

    Mystery Jets have taken on The Moody Blues' 1967 hit Nights In White Satin...  

    Mystery Jets are touring the festivals this summer ahead of their own UK tour this autumn, and Jack told us they've been blown away by the reaction to their current album, Curve of the Earth:

    Quote Message: It's been really nice because it feels very drawn out - people are still coming up to us and saying, 'I love the new record', and it came out in January. We always wanted to make a record that would last longer than a couple of weeks. I feel like in this current climate everything's so instant and grabbable that it's so easily chucked away at the same time. So it's really nice to have that kind of freshness every time we play and people tell us about it.

    More Psychedelic era covers are being unveiled throughout the week on 6 Music. 

    You can also listen back to a special edition of Matt Everitt presents The First Time with Yoko Ono, where she talks about her musical memories and her work with John Lennon.  

  9. Mumford & Sons highlight festival response to rape reports

    Marcus Mumford

    Mumford & Sons made headlines a fortnight ago when they announced that they were to boycott a Swedish music festival Bravella, following a number of reports of rape at the event.

    They said, in a statement: "We won't play at this festival again until we've had assurances from the police and organisers that they're doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence."

    Now, it seems the organisers have responded to the criticism of the festival. 

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    In a statement, which the band linked to on its website, the festival bosses said:

    Quote Message: We as festival organisers have a huge responsibility in creating a safe festival for everyone. We are constantly working on developing actions and changes to increase security and safety at the festival. We will do everything we can to prevent this from happening again. We work closely with the police, organisations and experts, but most important of all is to work together with you.
  10. Adele goes Art Deco in limited edition prints

    Limited edition Adele posters

    Adele was given a very classy Art Deco makeover for a series of limited edition posters to accompany her recent European tour. 

    Design studio La Boca created the screen prints for 27 different cities and venues using metallic inks or mirrored paper, and just 200 were released in each venue, with five secretly signed by Adele.  

    Now some of the collection has been published online for us to drool over.

  11. Michael Kiwanuka 'inspired' by Kendrick Lamar

    Michael Kiwanuka

    Michael Kiwanuka has said he would like his career to mirror that of rapper Kendrick Lamar.

    The British soul singer is currently on track to hit the top of the UK album chart for the first time with his second record Love & Hate.

    His debut album Home Again peaked at number four in 2012.

    The new LP is currently ahead of Adele and Christine and the Queens with last week's number one, Ellipsis by Scots rockers Biffy Clyro, at number four.

    Love & Hate was produced by Danger Mouse and features the lead single Black Man in a White World.

    And while, Michael doesn't see the song as overtly political, he told the BBC that he is inspired by the message which multi-Grammy winner Lamar projects. 

    Quote Message: I think what I'd aspire to in terms of him would be to have that many people inspired by my music, whether it's guitar playing or singing or songwriting, I want to make music that people who just like music would want to listen to. But to also inspire that younger version of me to start a band, the one who says - 'Oh I really want to sound like this guy.' So he inspires me, in that I definitely want to be as good as him.
  12. The challenges of rescoring a masterpiece movie soundtrack

    BBC Arts


    How difficult is it to re-master an old and unloved movie soundtrack?

    Very, it turns out. That's what record producer Douglass Fake and a team of experts found when they embarked on a mission to rescue Jerry Goldsmith's score for the thriller Chinatown.

    Set in 1930s Los Angeles, Roman Polanski’s 1974 movie starring Jack Nicholson oozes style, thanks in large part to Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated soundtrack. 

    BBC Arts has been speaking to Douglas about the painstaking task of restoring the music.

  13. J-Lo extends Las Vegas residency

    Jennifer Lopez is extending her stay in the desert following huge demand for tickets for her residency in Las Vegas.

    The 46-year-old singer has been performing her All I Have show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino since January.   

    A further 21 nights have been added to her run.

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    Celebs who have been to check out her performance include Justin Bieber, Jessica Alba and Demi Lovato.  

  14. Tame Impala thank fans for 'getting onboard'

    Tame Impala's Kevin Parker

    Tame Impala have thanked all the fans who "got onboard" with 2015 album Currents as they celebrate the record's first birthday. 

    Their third album helped land the Australian band a huge Glastonbury slot last month, warming up for Adele on the Pyramid Stage. 

    Thanking fans for their support on Instagram, they also confirmed there is a deluxe version of the album on the way. 

    "1 year since this album was released! Feels like a lifetime ago but also like it was yesterday at the same time," wrote frontman Kevin Parker 

    "Needless to say i didn't predict the effect it would have on my life... and other peoples too it seems.... Endless thank you to everyone who got onboard." 

    He added: "PS. Deluxe + B sides in the works! Stay tuned.."

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  15. Kate Bush photo exhibition and book release

    The Kate Inside

    Kate Bush is the subject of a new photography exhibition and book.

    The event at Art Bermondsey Project Space in London features the world of her longtime collaborator, the Italian music photographer Guido Harari.

    The pair worked together from 1982-93. 

    The exhibition is set to run from 13-30 September to coincide with the publishing of The Kate Inside. 

    Quote Message: I love to work with Guido. He makes you feel special without even saying anything. I think of him as an artist as well as a photographer. from Kate Bush
    Kate Bush
  16. Rapper Vic Mensa address Justin Timberlake criticism in freestyle rap

    Vic Mensa

    Earlier this month, Justin Timberlake landed in the middle of a row following an impassioned speech by actor and activist Jesse Williams at the BET awards.

    In the fallout, Justin was accused in some circles of cultural appropriation.

    Rapper Vic Mensa had discussed Timberlake on US TV and suggested: "Our problem here is that Justin Timberlake himself, you know, is definitely benefiting from using black culture for his sound, his dance moves, his dancers and blowing up off of it."

    But, he added: "If you roll down Justin Timberlake's Twitter for the past two years, which I just did, you see nothing that supports black people when it's more difficult, when there's a struggle."

    He since insisted he was not trying to "bash" Justin and has addressed the row on a freestyle rap on DJ Semtex's 1Xtra show.

    "For the record, I ain't got no problem with Justin Timberlake/That's a media spin," he rapped. 

    He also said there was love for Timberlake from the black community, adding "so give that love back cause we're here in the struggle."

    You can watch Vic's freestyle on 1Xtra's Youtube channel, but we warn you there is some strong language which people may be offended by.

  17. Damon Albarn reveals Gorillaz album is coming 'fairly soon'

    BBC 6 Music

    Damon Albarn

    It's no secret there is a new Gorillaz album on the cards, but Damon Albarn has just teased fans with some (admittedly brief) details.

    Albarn's project with artist Jamie Hewlett last released an album in 2011, and Hewlett said earlier this year their next was likely to be out in 2017 as it couldn't be rushed.

    In an interview with 6 Music News this week, prolific songwriter and producer Albarn confirmed the duo would be getting to work shortly.

    Quote Message: Later in the year we’ll be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together I think. I’m not going to say anything more about that… I’m loving it and it’s getting there. It should be ready… fairly soon.

    Well, we told you it was brief...

    In the meantime, Albarn's written some music to soundtrack BBC Four documentary Swim the Channel, which aired last night. You can catch up on iPlayer now to hear the tunes he composed with longtime collaborator and musical director Mike Smith, as Electric Wave Bureau.

    Listen to Albarn explain more to 6 Music's Katie Popperwell below:

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  18. Keith Richards 'more worried about Big Brother than Brexit'

    Keith Richards

    The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said he is more worried about Big Brother - surveillance issues rather than the TV show - than Brexit. 

    Richards, who is fronting a new BBC documentary about growing up in post-war Britain, told the Radio Times:

    Quote Message: I'm more interested in what other people feel about authority. There's cameras everywhere. Big Brother has arrived, and we all think it's for our own safety. Maybe it is, maybe it ain't... I don't know about a society where you all think you have to spy on each other.
    Quote Message: And I don't want to get too deep, but I could live without religion. Everybody's looking over their shoulder! There's an element of fear. And certain guys have engineered it that way. Maybe it's good to be frightened for a while, I don't know. But it's in the air, that element of fear... I'm used to cops, I ask for it - I don't wish it on society. But it's there, whether you wish it or not... It's a vicious world. Meanwhile, we're sitting here talking about is Britain In or Out? Personally, I don't give a damn.

    Richards will feature in The Origin Of The Species, directed by Julien Temple, on BBC Two in September, as well as curating a weekend of films and live performances for BBC Four as part of the My Generation season. 

  19. Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo added to final Mercury Prize panel

    Clara Amfo

    BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and singer Jessie Ware have been added to the judging panel for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize. 

    Judges previously announced include 6 Music presenter and former Mercury winner Jarvis Cocker, Kate Tempest, Jamie Cullum, Wolf Alice singer and 2015 nominee Ellie Rowsell, producer Naughty Boy and radio DJ Annie Mac. 

    The final panel also includes a selection of music journalists and editors.

    We caught up with Rowsell recently, who told us how she was finding the task of selecting the best albums of the year.

    "I’m quite scared actually! There's a lot of albums to get through and I'm not skimming. I've just been locked away with my ipod - my notes have got sparser and sparser but I'm trying to take it seriously and give each one a good go, but it's hard," she said. 

    Ellie Rowsell

    "There are lots. It's taking up quite a lot of my time, so I don't think we'll ever be able to put out another album as I'm just going to be listening to these albums for the rest of my life! But no, I'm, excited and I've heard a few good things."

    Of Wolf Alice's nomination last year, Rowsell added: "It’s always really nice to be acknowledged by other people and it can be good exposure, and a fun night out, so we were excited."

    A longlist of 12 Albums of the Year will be revealed at a live launch on 4 August, hosted by BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, while Lauren Laverne will reveal the list live on the station.

    This year the public will be able to select one of the final shortlist of six for the £20,000 prize, with the winner being announced on 15 September at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London

    The ceremony will be shown live on BBC Four and broadcast on 6 Music. 

    Last year's winner was Benjamin Clementine.

  20. Morning all...

    Welcome to today's Music News LIVE, where we'll be keeping you up to date on everything from the new Mercury Prize judges to Keith Richards' thoughts on Brexit. 

    There's also news from Damon Albarn, Taylor Swift and Mystery Jets, plus rolling coverage of the biggest music stories from around the round.

    You can catch up on yesterday's page now for a surprise festival appearance from Ed Sheeran, tributes to Suicide singer Alan Vega and find out which actor joined Coldplay on stage for a special performance in New York.