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  1. Goodbye everyone and stay well

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    Thats all we have for you today, scroll back down for tour news from Paul McCartney, an engagement for Chance the Rapper, some unsurprising news from the charts - and why Three Lions wont be number one on Friday.

    There are also some tributes to the NHS on its birthday from the like of Cheryl and Emma Bunton.

    We'll leave you with a little #ThrowbackThursday courtesy of Sheffield's finest (pre-Arctic Monkeys) The Thompson Twins.

    At 34 years old, it's a baby compared with the health service. Still a tune, though.

  2. America, home of the unwanted bread (?)

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    Those of us who saw Fergie's "unique" jazz rendition of the American National Anthem at an NBA All-Star game earlier this year will never forget it.

    Those of us who didn't can create an indelible, insomnia-inducing memory by watching the video above.

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    To mark Independence Day, the team at Bad Lip Reading created a new (and some would say improved) version of her song, with brand new lyrics about her inability to offload unwanted baguettes.

    It's amazing.

  3. Did Baby Got Back have a positive effect on body image?

    Rolling Stone magazine

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    He likes big butts and he cannot lie... Sir Mix-A-Lot created one of hip-hop's most exuberantly quotable lyrics when he recorded Baby Got Back in 1992.

    It's treated as a novelty record these days, but the rapper claims it represented a much-needed cultural shift.

    Here's what he told Rolling Stone in an interview promoting his new home makeover TV show (yes, really).

    Quote Message: Before 'Baby Got Back,' beauty was defined one way: Six foot, blonde, blue eyes. That was it. That was the mainstream way of looking at it and I didn’t agree at all. I didn’t want the song to sound like an alternative to what people think beautiful is. I wanted to say: “This is beautiful. Period.”
    Quote Message: Because what you saw on TV before 'Baby Got Back,' other than [The Cosby Show’s] Claire Huxtable, was that every African-American or Hispanic actress was either a prostitute or a fat maid that gave the white family good advice because they weren’t grounded enough. It was real stereotypical stuff.
    Quote Message: I was lifting people up as that’s what it was really about.

    Who knew?

  4. Eric Clapton says battle with drink left him suicidal

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    Eric Clapton says he "saw suicide as an option" when his addiction to drink and drugs hit rock bottom in 60s and 70s.

    "I’m very happy that I’m alive," he told Matt Everitt on Radio 2's The First Time with Eric Clapton.

    "My worst fear as a drunk, towards the end of my drinking, was that they were going to lock me up and that I’d get electric shock treatment, or stuff like that.

    "And I seriously saw suicide as an option to that. And then, I picked up the phone instead, and asked someone to help and that was a very new experience for me."

    Clapton, whose career was documented in the recent film Life in 12 Bars, also addressed past controversies, such as his on-stage support for anti-immigration MP Enoch Powell and the far-right National Front at a gig in 1976, which helped kick off the Rock Against Racism movement.

    "Well it’s an easy way out but I blame the drink, and I regret so many things that I did when I was drunk," he said. "I was drunk for a very, very long time and that may have been near the end of my drinking where I was out of control.

    "It just seemed to be fairly normal to say dreadful things like that on a microphone. And I was like that in pubs, I was like that at parties; I was just horrendous to be anywhere near. As for the political side I don’t know what I was talking about."

    The First Time with Eric Clapton goes out at 2100 BST on Radio 2 tonight.

  5. Florence performed an intimate pub gig in London

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    The singer announced the gig in Camberbell, south London yesterday afternoon with these lyrics (below) which she tweeted from her account.

    Florence, who now comes with a harpist, played a selection of songs from her new album High as Hope, with the money from tickets going to charity.

    Check out this fan footage above.

    Flo is heading out on a major UK tour in November.

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  6. Musicians and DJs big up the NHS on its birthday

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    Unless you've been living under a rock or just got up, you'll be aware that the National Health Service is marking its 70th birthday today.

    Earlier, we told you about the new track Super Furry Animals singer Gruff Rhys had recorded about the health care system (scroll down).

    You can hear a clip of the song below below and here are just a few tributes from the likes of Cheryl and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody.

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  7. Shakka gets soulful

    1Xtra

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    Rising R&B star Shakka scored his first Top 40 hit earlier this year with the vibey summer jam Man Down.

    Last night, he popped into 1Xtra to launch the second season of DJ Target's Spotlight Sessions - which highlights some of the hottest new talent in the UK.

    Shakka, who got his big break writing a guest verse on Wretch 32’s smash hit Blackout, and cut his teeth working with Basement Jaxx, has been releasing his own music since 2012 - winning two Mobo Awards, while flying under the radar of the mainstream.

    Speaking to Target, he said he was taken aback when Man Down charted in April. "I was like, 'You people are listening to my music?'," he laughed.

    You can hear the full interview and session on the 1Xtra Website, or simply watch his beautiful cover of Daniel Caesar's Get You above.

  8. The five hardest questions in pop music

    The Washington Post

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    No, this isn't a plug for Ken Bruce's Popmaster (although you'll notice that posts on this page regularly dry up around 10:30).

    Instead, it's a bookmark for a thought-provoking article in The Washington Post - which looks at some of the biggest hot potatoes in music. Is cultural appropriation OK? What if your favourite singer turns out to be a monster? Should we really listen to the songs Prince rejected when he was alive?

    Here's the link.

    And here's some classic popmaster, if you were in the mood for some trivia instead.

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  9. Does streaming spell the end of compilation albums?

    BBC Radio 2

    Last night, Radio 2 broadcast a comprehensive history of Now That's What I Call Music - which reaches its 100th edition in a couple of weeks' time.

    But can the compilation CD survive in an era of playlist-based streaming?

    Here's what some of the show's star guests had to say...

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    Video caption: As Now That's What I Call Music turns 100, can compilation albums survive streaming?

    You can listen back to the full programme on the Radio 2 website, or the iPlayer Radio app.

  10. EU rejects copyright reform

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    Despite frantic lobbying from musicians like Paul McCartney and tech companies like Google, MEPs have voted against beginning negotiations on a new copyright law.

    1,300 musicians, including Macca and Annie Lennox (pictured above), had urged politicians to pass legislation that would make it harder for users to post blogs, videos and podcasts that contained copyrighted material - including music, film clips and artwork - without permission.

    The tech industry argued the proposed law would stifle creativity; and that artists like Justin Bieber, who got their big break by posting cover versions on YouTube, would have been penalised under the proposals.

    In the end, MEPs said the legislation needed further scrutiny, and sent it back to Parliament for debate in September.

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  11. Drill: Is it right to blame music for violence

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    Drill music has been blamed by police, politicians and the media as fuelling a surge in violent crime in London.

    But is this fair? And what do people in the scene make of the attention the genre has been receiving?

    Ameer Ahmed reports.

  12. Chance The Rapper is engaged

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    “Will you make me a man and be my wife?”

    That's how a shirtless Chance The Rapper proposed to his long-term girlfriend Kirsten Corley at a 4th of July barbecue.

    The moment was captured on video and posted on Instagram by hip-hop gossip site The Shade Room.

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    Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, has been dating Kirsten since 2013, and they have a daughter, Kensli, together.

    He hinted at his intentions on the 2016 song All We Got, which features the lyrics:

    Tryna turn my baby mama to my fiancée

    She like music, she from Houston like Auntie Yoncé

    Man my daughter couldn't have a better mother

    If she ever find another, he better love her

    The rapper revealed how she responded to the proposal on his Twitter feed.

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  13. Why Three Lions won't be number one on Friday

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

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    OK, so we tried, really we did but it seems to be all anyone is talking about...

    Lots of newspapers are reporting a "huge surge" in the popularity of The Lightning Seeds' footie anthem Three Lions, following England's victory against Colombia on Tuesday.

    There were over 450,000 plays for all versions of the song worldwide on Tuesday, according to Spotify; while the song also topped the iTunes download chart in the UK.

    The track, which was co-written by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel for the Euro 96 tournament, is "making an unlikely push for number one" according to the i newspaper.

    No it isn't. And here's why.

    450,000 streams sounds like a lot. It is a lot. But at best, those streams will count as 1,500 sales.

    The final figure will be even less than that, though, thanks to a new chart rule which discriminates against songs played on the "free", ad-funded version of Spotify. If all 450,000 plays came from non-subscribers, in fact, it would translate to a meagre 750 sales.

    Given that the current number one, George Ezra's Shotgun, sold 53,696 copies (24,873 from streams) last week, Three Lions has a negligible chance of challenging him for this week's chart crown.

    (If you've never heard the song, Here's all you need to know about it.)

    However, Three Lions should make an appearance in tomorrow's countdown, probably in the mid-to-low 20s.

    To do that, it needs to shift about 15,000 copies - a target it narrowly missed last week, when it landed at number 42.

    Of course, the song would be nowhere near the Top 40 if all 25 tracks on Drake's new album Scorpion were chart-eligible. Under current rules, however, only the three most popular songs on the record are allowed - and the rest magically disappear.

  14. Montreal Jazz Festival cancels musical after protests

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    The Montreal Jazz Festival has axed all remaining performances of the controversial musical SLAV following demonstrations and musician Moses Sumney cancelling his performance in protest.

    The show was directed by a white man and featuring a white singer, Betty Bonifassi (pictured above), performing old spiritual songs sung by slaves and was described by the festival as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs.”

    Moses (below) said: "When I learned that the festival continued to defend this show publicly... I knew that I could not present my music at this same festival in good conscience."

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    Now, ina statement on Facebook, the festival organisers have said: "Since the beginning of SLĀV performances , the Festival team has been shaken and deeply touched by all the testimonials received.

    "We would like to apologise to the people who were injured and obviously that was not our intention at all.

    "We made the decision with the artist Betty Bonifassi, to cancel the performances of the show as part of the Festival."

  15. Trojan Records hits the big 5-0

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    Video caption: 6 Music's Don Lett chats to 6 Music Breakfast about the influential record label.

    2018 is the 50th anniversary of the British music label Trojan Records, one of the most important and influential record labels of all time.

    Founded in 1968, it's output of ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub tracks introduced artists like Desmond Dekker, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Jimmy Cliff and The Maytals to a British audience.

    The label's birthday celebrations include a documentary, a glossy new book and a load of classic albums getting the re-release treatment.

    6 Music's Matt Everitt has been speaking to writer and musician Don Letts about the legacy of the label.

    "The Trojan label was a trademark of quality," he said.

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  16. The biggest albums of 2018 revealed

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    Some news just in from Planet Obvious: The Greatest Showman soundtrack is the biggest-selling album of 2018 in the UK.

    The record, which has been number one almost all year, sold 931,000 copies beating the likes of George Ezra, Dua Lipa and Arctic Monkeys.

    Here's the full top 10, as provided by the Official Charts Company.

    1. The Greatest Showman OST - Various artists
    2. Divide - Ed Sheeran
    3. Staying at Tamara's - George Ezra
    4. Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
    5. Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone
    6. The Thrill of it All - Sam Smith
    7. Human - Rag 'N' Bone Man
    8. Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino - Arctic Monkeys
    9. Revival - Eminem
    10. Beautiful Trauma - Pink

    Drake's new album, Scorpion, was released too late to make it into the chart - but it's likely to leapfrog into year's best-seller list tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, the star can content himself with two appearances in the Top 10 singles of the year, which looks like this.

    1. God's Plan - Drake
    2. These Days - Rudimental ft Jess Glynne & Macklemore
    3. One Kiss - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
    4. This Is Me - Keala Settle
    5. Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    6. IDGAF - Dua Lipa
    7. Feel It Still - Portugal The Man
    8. Nice For What - Drake
    9. Freaky Friday - Lil Dicky ft Chris Brown
    10. Friends - Marshmello & Anne-Marie
  17. Gruff Rhys writes song to mark NHS's birthday

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    Video caption: Gruff Rhys on his new song paying tribute to the NHS on its 70th birthday

    The Super Furry Animals singer is releasing a new song to celebrate the National Health Service.

    He will perform No Profit in Pain later this morning in front of Cardiff Castle.

    Rhys told 6 Music why he wanted to get involved with the anniversary of the NHS.

    "It's such had such a profound effect on my life, like everyone listening, and we can't take it for granted."

  18. Ban on ticket bots comes into force

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    From today, ticket touts are banned from using "bots" to buy concert tickets in bulk.

    Anyone caught using automated software to harvest tickets from sites like Ticketmaster and Ticketweb will face unlimited fines, after new legislation was brought into force.

    The government announced plans to outlaw the practice last year, amid mounting anger at the effect of ticket touts on fans - who often end up paying vastly inflated prices to attend concerts.

    The new law won't end touting completely, but it'll make it more difficult for "professional resellers" (as they call themselves) to gobble up hundreds of tickets the second they go on sale.

    Digital and creative industries Minister Margot James said: “Fans deserve the chance to see their favourite artists at a fair price. Too often they have been priced out of the market due to unscrupulous touts buying up huge batches of tickets and selling them on at ridiculous prices.

    “From today I am pleased to say that we have successfully banned the bots. We are giving the power back to consumers to help to make 2018 a great year for Britain’s booming events scene.”

  19. Janet Jackson thanks fans after a "rough week"

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    The singer broker her silence yesterday, a week after the death of her father Joe Jackson, tweeting a picture of the pair when she was a child.

    Now in in an Instagram video (above) recorded ahead of her State of the World US tour, she told fans "We cannot wait to see you. It's been way too long".

    "I'm about to jump on this plane and start this tour."

    In a caption, she added: "Thank u for all your love and support. Means so much to me during this time."

    Joe Jackson died last month in Las Vegas at age of 89.

  20. Get Back (on stage)

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    With a new album on the way, it was only a matter of time before Paul McCartney announced some live dates. And that time is now...

    The Freshen Up tour starts in Canada this September, and hits the UK just before Paul simply has a wonderful Christmas time.

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    Dates announced so far include Liverpool (12 December), Glasgow (14 December) and London (16 December).

    "There’s nothing like performing in front of your home crowd," said the star in a statement.

    "I can’t wait to finish the year on such a high by partying in Liverpool, Glasgow and London. We’ve freshened up the show since our last time round and we are excited to get to play some of our new songs along side some of the favourites."