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  1. BreakingJanet Jackson makes Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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    JanetJackson has been announced as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 inductee.

    The pop star, who has sold more than 160 million records worldwide over four decades, will join The Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

    Janet said: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honoured and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”

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    It marks a pretty good comeback for the singer, who this year also collected the icon prize at the Billboard Awards.

    Her career had been derailed somewhat after she was embroiled in the 'nipplegate' fiasco during her appearance alongside Justin Timberlake at the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show.

    The induction ceremony will take place on 29 March 2019 in New York.

    It will be interesting to see if Radiohead turn up, with some members of the band having previously suggested they weren't too bothered about the accolade.

  2. Britney is dreaming of a White Christmas


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    There's not much to say about this one Britney fans, other than click play above and enjoy.

    If you're app-less and therefore confused by exactly how she's made herself look like a reindeer and sound like a chipmunk then please ask your young niece of nephew to show you on their smart phone on Christmas day.

    It might blow your mind.

    Miss Spears' Las Vegas residency launches in February 2019.

  3. Frances Bean Cobain shares 'rough but delicate' new song

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    She's got great musical genes, being the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Hole's Courtney Love and now Frances Bean is showing signs of promise online.

    "I wrote this here rough yet delicate tune last night," she posted on Instagram, alongside the above video.

    "The creative death rattle of 2018, as it were.

    "It’s been a weird one but I’ve never felt more creatively charged or more in control of my own narrative."

    Watch above, while we await the next chapter.

  4. Beliebers help Rewind 2018 become YouTube's most disliked video

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    And it was all in the name of their idol.

    With almost 10.1 million "thumbs down", YouTube Rewind 2018, the annual review of the platform's highlights, has become its most "disliked" video.

    It's now got more dislikes than the video for Justin Bieber's 2010 song Baby (above), which had filled the bottom slot for several years.

    Some comments revealed a fan campaign to bump Bieber off the bottom.

    Don't mess with The Biebs.

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  5. Judas Priest guitar sells for £149,265

    K.K. Downing of Judas Priest

    Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has sold his signature 1967 Flying V axe for a cool $189,000 (£149,265).

    As Blabbermouth reports, it was one of 11 guitars of his sold during international auction house Bonhams' auction on Tuesday.

    The guitar was used on the Midlands metal band's albums Sad Wings of Destiny and Point of Entry.

    We wonder if they paid in cash, like Wayne did.

  6. Watch Olly Alexander cover a Cyndi Lauper classic

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    The Years & Years singer popped past the Radio 2 studios earlier in the week and sat down in the piano room to tackle a classic 80s ballad.

    Check out his cover of Time After Time on Ken Bruce's show (above).

    You can listen again to his session in full.

  7. When Fiddy met Ed and Em

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    While Kanye's collab with Bob Dylan remains a pipe dream for now (scroll down) it seems 50 Cent's musical hookup with Ed Sheeran and Eminem is very much a reality.

    “I recorded a song last night with Eminem & ED Sheeran," revealed the US rapper with the above tweet.

    "I had fun doing it we got some heat."

    Ed actually featured on Em's star-studded 2017 album Revival, on a track called River. He also joined forces with another superstar rapper, Stormzy, at the 2017 Brit Awards for a reworking of his mega hit Shape of You.

    On Friday we told you how Ed had racked up the highest-grossing tour of 2018, raking in an eye-watering $429m (£336.5m).

    No wonder Fiddy wants in on the Ed pound.

    Ed Sheeran and Eminem
  8. Miley Cyrus says she's starring in a new episode of Black Mirror

    Miley Cyrus

    The singer and actress has appeared to confirm she is playing a role in the next series of writer Charlie Brooker's futuristic dystopian tales.

    Appearing on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show, the singer/actress said she has been filming in South Africa when her California house was burned down during the recent wildfires.

    "If you guess it, then I will shake my head 'yes,'" she told Stern, when he asked whether she was involved in series five of the Netflix show.

    She added she couldn't actually give a verbal confirmation because nobody had told her she could officially speak about her guest starring role.

    So you didn't hear it from us, but it's a yes.

    We can't wait to see what nightmarish plot line she's involved in.

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    Image caption: Elvis: "Good night Miley, sleep well"

    Meanwhile the 26-year-old has also been telling the Kiss breakfast show in the UK that after the fire, she was only upset at losing her shrine to Elvis Presley, which she used to say "good night" to at the end of every day.

    "Actually, when I tell him good night," said Miley, "I would whisper to him, 'I wish we could have known each other because we would have been so great for each other."'

  9. Final ruling in Blurred Lines case awards Marvin Gaye's estate

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    The long-running copyright case over the hit song Blurred Lines has finally ended, with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams being ordered to pay $5m (£4m) to Marvin Gaye's family.

    The ruling concludes a legal battle that began in 2013, when the late singer's family claimed the song copied Gaye's 1977 hit, Got to Give It Up.

    Gaye's family initially won the case in 2015, but Thicke and Williams appealed.

    A California court upheld the verdict in March this year, and the new amended judgement confirms the settlement.

    Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company, More Water From Nazareth, are jointly required to pay Gaye's family damages of $2.8m (£2.2m).

    Meanwhile, Thicke has been ordered to pay an additional $1.7m (£1.3m), while Williams and his publishing company will pay another $357,630 (£282,296).

    Gaye's family will also be entitled to 50% of all future royalties earned by the song.

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  10. Taylor Swift is playing Bombalurina in Cats

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    It's been confirmed by Universal Pictures

    Shooting has started on the new all-star movie adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, directed by Les Miserables and The King's Speech's Tom Hooper.

    As well as today's birthday girl, Tay Tay, the film will star Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, James Corden as Bustopher Jones and Idris Elba as Macavity.

    It also features Dame Judi Dench, singer Jason Derulo and Sir Ian McKellen.

    Taylor's character is described as "a flirtatious red adult female cat with a white chest and black spots and marks".

    She sounds pur-fect for the role.

  11. Are 'Keef' Richards' wild days finally over?

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    Rolling Stones guitarist and famed former hell raiser Keith Richards has revealed that he's quit boozing.

    Sort of.

    The 75-year-old rocker has told the US magazine that shares his band's name that he simply "got fed up with it".

    “It’s been about a year now,” he told Rolling Stone.

    “I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it.”

    He admits that he still enjoys “a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer,” but it seems the full on days of excess might be over.

    “It was time to quit. Just like all the other stuff,” he added.

    Quote Message: But I don’t notice any difference really - except for I don’t drink. I wasn’t feeling [right]. I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore.
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    Bandmate Ronnie Wood is pretty happy with this new calmer version of Keef.

    “He’s a pleasure to work with,” said Ronnie.

    “Much more mellow. He’s open to more ideas, whereas before I’d kind of grit my teeth and go, ‘He’s gonna give me some [crap] for saying this.’

    "Now, he’ll say, ‘That’s cool, man.’"

    He added: “I think the Keith that we used to know and love had this cutoff point where if he had one more, he’d go over the top and he’d be nasty.

    "The cutoff point became shorter and shorter, you know, and he realised that.”

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  12. Kanye calling Bob

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    The Chicago rapper and prolific tweeter has put a big shout out to Bob Dylan for them to make some music together.

    “Calling out to Bob Dylan,” he wrote. “Let’s get together.”

    He could of course just want to meet him for a pint to be fair, but that would seem like a waste of a golden opportunity, don't you think?

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    The link up might not be as unlikely as it sounds at first, given that Ye linked up with Sir Paul McCartney, another legendary 60s songwriter a few years back on their track FourFive Seconds, which also featured Rihanna.

    Last year, Dylan released Triplicate, his epic 38th studio album and he's due to make a rare UK festival appearance alongside Neil Young next summer.

  13. Hey you guys!

    Avril Lavigne

    Morning music fans and welcome to Thursday's MNL.

    Coming up today:

    • Kanye calls out to Bob Dylan for a collab
    • Rolling Stone 'Keef' Richards on why he's put a plug in the jug
    • The big money conclusion to the Blurred Lines’ legal battle
    • Miley Cyrus to appear in Black Mirror

    Getting things started today though is Avril Lavigne who doesn't know whether she's coming or going with her fella in the video for her soulful soulful track, Tell Me It's Over (below).

    It's set to feature on the Canadian's forthcoming album, Head Above Water - her first in six years, following a battle with Lyme disease - which she's announced will be with us on 15 February.

    “I wanted to write something classic and have been inspired by some of the timeless queens I listen to everyday at home, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Etta James,” she said in a statement.

    “They represent women who stand up for women and aren’t going to put up with a man’s [nonsense] anymore!”

    New Year, new Avril.

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