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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Suit yourselves

    Paul Weller

    After a day of tailoring music news to your every need we are off home for a rest.

    Scroll down for a mixed reaction to a pair of Metal legends playing When Doves Cry in Prince's home city, the US TV debut of the new-look Fleetwood Mac and a new tune from Dizzee Rascal and Skepta.

    Plus more on the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, an REM at the BBC special boxset announcement and talk of new music from Marika Hackman and Sophie.

    We'll leave with this image of the Modfather Paul Weller collecting his award for Songwriter of the Year at last night's GQ Men of the Year Awards 2018.

    See you tomorrow at 09.00 looking just as sharp please.

  2. Idles songs turned into art for charity

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

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    Video caption: Idles tracks turned into art for charity

    The Bristol band released their second album Joy as an act of Resistance on Friday, which tackles trauma, immigration and toxic masculinity, among other things.

    In the midweek charts, it was battling Eminem for top spot, though that's going to be a tough ask come 18:00 tomorrow.

    To coincide with the album release - in what singer Joe Talbot (pictured above) describes as "an exchange of vulnerability" - the band gave tracks to some friends and artists early so they could come up with visual representations to go in an exhibition, with funds going to the Samaritans charity.

    Artists included singer Joe Talbot's dad, Bristol painter Russell Oliver and Orlando Weeks (below) from late great indie icons The Maccabees.

    We went along to the HM Electric Gallery in east London to speak to Joe and Orlando all about their artistic endeavors.

    Listen above.

    Orlando Weeks of Maccabees
  3. Scots singer Sophie working with Lady Gaga


    The Scottish singer/producer, who this week won an AIM award for Innovation, confirmed she has indeed been in the studio with the Lady G.

    It's on hold currently but one to keep an eye on for sure.

    "Yeah we did a session together" she told the press on the black carpet outside.

    "I think we could do really good stuff, yeah."

    "I'll be back in LA next week and I'd love to pick it up then."

    Warning: The below video contains flashing images.

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    She added: "But i also have a lot going on preparing my own performances for upcoming shows."

    OK sure, but whenever you get a minute Soph, we'd like to hear that collab please.

    Sophie's debut album, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides came out last year, featuring Ponyboy above.

    Lady Gaga
  4. Teleman 'sometimes feel like aliens'

    BBC 6 Music

    Teleman's new album, Family of Aliens is out tomorrow.

    They've been chatting to 6 Music's Lauren Laverne about how the record was inspired by the disconnection experienced in modern life.

    Listen above as they perform tracks including Song for a Seagull (not Ty Segall sadly, just a generic one)

    We'll have more new music for you, like every Friday, in tomorrow's Music News LIVE.

  5. Halsey plays herself opposite Lady Gaga in new movie


    The singer has revealed that she has a brief role in the remake A Star is Born, starring Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper - who also directed the film.

    Halsey said it was "was an honour to watch both of your talent and dedication on set".

    Answering a fan question on Twitter, she said "I play myself for a very small moment!

    "Which is insane because it means Gaga and Bradley saw me worthy of representing a piece of the current state of music in this film forever."

    She added it was "so humbling and unreal".

    Halsey's most recent videos have required some acting as they tell a Romeo and Juliet style love story.

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  6. Jorja Smith taken aback by 'crazy' reaction to debut album

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

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    The British R&B star has been picking up admirers since long before the release of her debut album Lost & Found, in June.

    Now, predictably, the talented 21-year-old Midlander is starting to pick up awards too.

    Jorja, who was on the BBC Sound of 2017 shortlist, got given the British breakthrough gong at this week's AIM awards.

    Perhaps more rewarding than industry recognition though is the reaction from her growing legion of fans since the record she's work on for years finally dropped.

    "I didn't expect it," she told Music News LIVE.

    "I was interested because I love my album, I'm glad people did as well.

    Quote Message: I performed at Somerset House and that was the first headline show I did where they all sang the words back to me which was so crazy.

    "I had to take my earpiece out to see if they were actually all singing it back."

    Jorja tours the UK in October but not before performing alongside the likes of Chance the Rapper and Pusha T at BBC's 1Xtra Live at London's O2 Arena in just over two weeks.

    She's gonna need a bigger earpiece...

  7. This is R.E.M at the BBC boxset set for release

    R.E.M's Michael Stipe

    Christmas really has come early this year for R.E.M fans.

    A new compilation of rare studio & live recordings from the US band, taken from over 30 years worth of Beeb sessions and concerts is to be released in one big bundle.

    It includes Jools Holland and John Peel Sessions, Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances, as well as a Radio 1 Live Lounge performance.

    Also contained in the new boxset, set for release on 19 October, will be live broadcasts from Nottingham's Rock City, the Milton Keynes Monster Tour and a 1999 Glastonbury headline set.

    Don't expect to find singer Michael Stipe talking about it on social media though, as he's quit, remember?

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  8. Ty Dolla $ign reportedly charged with drug possession


    Ty Dolla $ign

    The rapper and singer has been charged by police in Atlanta, according to a report in TMZ.

    His vehicle was apparently pulled over on his way to a concert at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Lakewood, where he was due to open for rapper G-Eazy.

    A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said officers discovered both cocaine and cannabis in the vehicle and he has since been charged.

    Ty - whose real name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr - has yet to comment on the report.

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  9. Marika Hackman's next album will be like 'a slap around the face'

    But in a good way

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

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    The UK singer-songwriter impressed with her first two albums, We Slept at Last and last year's I'm Not Your Man.

    Now, after a summer of performing at festivals, her third one is on the way and "should be finished and wrapped up by the end of the year".

    But what does it sound like so far?

    "Different again," she told us at this week's AIM awards.

    "It's maybe more upbeat, louder, bigger and a bit of a slap around the face.

    "But maybe in a less grungy way than the last one."

    "So it's like another revolution really", she added.

    We hope it will be televised.

  10. Kevin Bacon and his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick share musical celebration

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    The couple marked their 30th anniversary with a cover of the Bee Gees and shared it on Twitter for all the world to see.

    Is it just us or it this not actually awful?

    Pretty good actually but perhaps don't quit the acting day jobs just yet.

  11. Ty Segall to release covers album

    Ty Segall

    The prolific California garage rocker will tip the cap to some of his musical heroes with a new covers record.

    Ty's fourth album in three years, Fudge Sandwich, will see him take on tunes by John Lennon, the Grateful Dead, Funkadelic and Neil Young.

    It's out on 26 October and you can check out his fuzz-drenched cover of the Spencer Davis Group's classic, I'm a Man, below.

    His last album of originals, Freedom’s Goblin - released in January - was his 10th record in as many years and that one also included a cover of Hot Choclate's Every 1's a Winner.

    Proving that if you do what you love for a living then you'll never work a day in your life.

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  12. Mission Impossible composer to get honorary Oscar


    Lalo Schifrin

    You might not know the man's name buy you certainly know the work of Lalo Schifrin, who is to receive an honorary Oscar.

    From Mission Impossible to the theme to Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, the 86-year-old musician has composed some of the most memorable scores in cinema history.

    The Academy has voted to present the Argentinian composer - as well as actress Cicely Tyson, who spoke at Aretha Franklin's funeral last week - at their annual Governors Awards on 18 November.

    The Honorary Award is given “to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

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  13. How a Korean language track became an UK indie dance hit

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

    Peggy Gou

    Peggy Gou, the Berlin-based Korean artist, was given the award for best independent track at this week's AIM awards.

    The DJ beat off competition from the likes of Wolf Alice, Shame, Ghostpoet and Christine & the Queens.

    She has her own theory as to why, It Makes You Forget - sung in her mother tongue - caught the attention of the English-speaking panel.

    Peggy said: "Actually one of my friends was giving really good feedback [about it] last time.

    "The one big fear I had was my voice and another language that nobody understands.

    "But people said that was the beauty of it.

    "Just because the language is not the same, with lyrics that you don't understand... I feel like it's maybe different and makes the track a little bit unique.

    "I want to believe that."

    She added: "Also, sometimes this is what music means to me, when you don't understand the lyrics and can still like the track, that means a lot to me.

    Quote Message: Sometimes, I go to a gig [to DJ] and people are trying to be like 'dooh dooh dooh'... They don't know the lyric but they're trying to get it and it brings people together and that's the moment that I get really emotional about it.

    Check it out below and 'dooh dooh dooh' along yourselves.

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  14. Gigs planned to mark Joni Mitchell's 75th birthday

    Joni Mitchell

    A huge array of stars will line up to pay tribute to the Canadian star to mark her birthday later this year.

    Irish singer Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright will take part in JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live in Los Angeles on 6-7 November.

    The artists will perform songs from across her life and career.

    The singer has only made a handful of appearances since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015.

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  15. Ariana makes her Live Lounge debut and is so excited she swears

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    It was only a little swear but loud enough for host Clara Amfo to feel the need to apologise to listeners and avid Arianators.

    The singer is in London town to film her Live at the BBC special this week and dropped by to play her songs No Tears Left to Cry, God is a Woman and R.E.M, from her latest album.

    She is also responsible for introducing a song by the brilliant Thundercat to a younger audience with her cover (above) of his track, Them Changes.

    Ariana Grande At the BBC will be broadcast in the autumn.

  16. Silk City and Dua Lipa share shocking new track

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    The 2003 blackout of New York forms the basis of the new video for Dua and Silk City's new video for Electricity.

    It sees a blonde-haired Dua hosting a summer loft party which sadly Mark Ronson and Diplo can't attend as they get stuck in a lift.

    They can hear the tunes though.

  17. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith help British music exports reach new peak

    Ed Sheeran

    The British record industry earned £408m overseas last year, the highest figure on record, according to the BPI.

    Export revenues from recorded music grew by 12% compared with 2016, fuelled by "phenomenal global demand" for Ed Sheeran's Divide, said the BPI.

    The record sold 6.1 million copies last year, beating releases by Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

    The BPI said the value of British music exports - sales of CDs, vinyl, streaming and downloads of singles and albums - has brought in more than £5bn since it started tracking revenues in 2000.

    Europe is currently the record industry's biggest overseas market, generating £165m in revenues last year with the US in second, accounting for 35% of the UK's music earnings.

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  18. BreakingCranberries singer died of drowning while drunk

    Dolores O'Riordan

    The inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has found she died of drowning cause by alcohol intoxication.

    The coroner at the Inner West London Coroner's Court called it a "tragic accident".

    The singer died on 15 January aged 46, was found submerged in the bath in her room at the Park Lane Hilton hotel.

    The Irish musician led the band to international success in the 90s.

    Their hit singles including Linger and Zombie.

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  19. Jeff Goldblum surprises commuters with trains station show

    Jeff Goldblum

    To mark the announcement of his new jazz album ,which comes out next month, the Jurassic Park actor played a surprise show at St Pancras station in London.

    Jeff - who was in town to attend the GQ awards - sat down at a piano to tinkle the ivories with some smooth jazz grooves.

    He even handed out free signed copies of his CD.

    This man really should bottle and market his own brand of cool.

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  20. The Shires step in for Carrie Underwood at Radio 2 in Hyde park

    BBC Radio 2

    The US country star has had to oull out of Sunday night's show.

    According to a Radio 2 tweet, she is unable to perform "due to illness".

    "We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her to Radio 2 in the future," added the statement.

    Luckily, The Shires have stepped in as a replacement and spoke to Ken Bruce earlier to voice their excitement.

    Listen above.