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  1. Bye everybody

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    That's your lot for today, we hope you don't feel too hard done by.

    Scroll back down for new music from Hozier, Chic, Prince, BTS (and Nicki Minaj) plus Young Fathers are honoured in their native Scotland, Robbie is a dad for the third time, Avril Lavigne makes a moving return to music and we take a look at the Arctic Monkeys' first UK tour date.

    Have a great weekend, click above to see how you can keep up with the BBC's Last Night of the Proms and we'll see you on Monday for another week of all the music news you can handle.

  2. Lisa Stansfield on that time she met Gladys Knight

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    "I never expected this. I'm 52 years old and I'm still being welcomed into people's homes.

    "I just think if they still keep wanting me, then I'll stick around!"

    So says the Rochdale-born soul singer ahead of Radio 3's Proms In The Park this weekend, alongside Gladys Knight, Matt Goss and Josh Groban.

    "I'm really looking forward to it," Lisa told our music reporter Mark Savage. "I met Gladys Knight once, years and years ago in New York.

    "It's so weird, saying hello to someone who basically taught you to sing, do you know what I mean?

    "You just seem like a complete deranged idiot!"

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  3. Maxsta teams up with JME for Born On Your Own

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    One of grime's original voices, Maxsta's been away for a while. But he came back blazing last night with a new single, Born On Your Own, which was made DJ Target's Coldest Record on 1Xtra last night.

    Speaking to Toddla T (who was standing in for Target), he explained where he'd been all this time.

    "I can't lie. I feel like a couple of years ago, around the time when the grime resurgence came, I was more focused on changing the craft... than putting out music.

    "I went and studied a music production diploma and I banged it out. It was meant to be two years, I did it in a year and I've got a lickle certificate and that.

    "So I spent the next year making the beats. I probably made 200, 300 beats before I ever released one that I spat on."

    Here's the full interview and the song, which also features a rare guest appearance from JME.

    Listen carefully and you'll notice the lyrics portray a socially conscious message, articulating an alternative to inner-city gang culture.

    "It's about investing in yourself - doing things that give you a stronger backbone in life," he explained.

    "Before you do whatever you’re doing, think about being an individual first."

  4. 5 Things We've Learned This Week

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    It's been a busy old week. Among the stories we've had, the pastor at the helm of Aretha Franklin's funeral apologised to singer Ariana Grande after appearing to grope her.

    Nick Cave the Bad Seeds mourned the death of their bandmate Conway Savage, and Victoria Beckham tried her hand at "comedy".

    Here are five more talking points...

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    1) Michael Stipe has no love for social media

    The former REM frontman told BBC Newsnight he is leaving social media, because "it's definitely changing the way we approach each other and the way we approach problems".

    He blamed the US President Donald Trump's enthusiastic tweeting for his self-imposed social media exile.

    He said: “We have a commander-in-chief who, rather than doing face-to-face interviews like this, would rather just tweet, which I find repellent and diminishing.

    “I’m leaving Instagram this week in fact, I’ve had enough of it."

    Read more - just don't try DMing him for more info...

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    2) Newcomer Joy Crookes is setting her bar high

    The south Londoner's brand of British R&B has drawn almost inevitable comparisons with Amy Winehouse, and she shares the late singer's uncanny ability to weave lyrics about rebellion, heartbreak and empowerment into slinky jazz-inflected earworms.

    "I have to be honest - my music is the only place I can be really honest and for some reason it resonates with people, and that's just a bonus," she says.

    At 19, the star of this week's Newbie Tuesday is still very young but hopes to become a role model for young females.

    "I'd love to be that. It's a very big responsibility... for girls my age with stuff like social media, the thing I promote is just being yourself and not having to live for anyone but yourself and being happy that way, saying what you want to say and not isolating anyone."

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    3) Don't ever get into a chart battle with Nicki Minaj

    It's fair to say she still isn't happy after fellow rapper Travis Scott beat her to the top spot in the US album chart.

    In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen congratulated Nicki on the success of her new album Queen, but added Nicki seemed "upset" about going in at number two, behind Travis.

    "Why do people say things like 'upset' or angry'? When someone says how they feel, they're not always upset or angry," Nicki bemoaned.

    "Well, what were you feeling?" Ellen asked, to which Nicki replied: "I felt like I wanted to punch him in his [bleep] face!"

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    4) Kanye wants to kiss and make up with Drake

    After months of back-and-forth feuding, more commonly known as 'beef', it's Kanye who extended a very public olive branch to Drake, in a series of tweets.

    Kanye said they were “building as friends and brothers” and added: “I should have spoken to Pusha about the Quentin Miller bar. There should have been more songs with my involvement that had any negative energy towards you.”

    In case you're wondering, that's Pusha T, the rapper whose album Kanye produced, and who released two intense diss tracks - Infrared and The Story of Adidon - aimed at Drake earlier this year.

    One of these outed Drake’s secret son.

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    5) Metallica should probably never try another Prince cover

    It's become something of a staple at recent shows - Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett join forces for a song cover.

    The latest saw the pair covered When Doves Cry in the purple man's home city Minneapolis in front of 20,000 fans.

    Before the song began, Trujillo urged the crowd to sing along: “Even if you don’t like the song. Have fun with this. We spent some time with this.”

    Online reaction spoke for itself...

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  5. Steve Lamacq looks back at 25 years of music

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    To mark a quarter century of working for the BBC, fist on Radio 1 and now on 6 Music, the DJ has taken a look back at some of his favourite musical moments and movements of the past 25 years.

    He moves from the Britpop of Oasis and Blur, through the return of garage rock bands like The Strokes and White Stripes to the current crop of indie punks like Idles.

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    "Mike Skinner and co's Original Pirate Material was a revelation to me," he says.

    "We got a lot of stick for playing Has It Come To This. Emails came flooding in telling us to stop, but within a year everyone had been won over."

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  6. Irish singer Hozier returns with a Hottest Record

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    Can you believe its been five years since Hozier's Take me To Church?

    Well now the singer-songwriter is back with a new track Nina Cried Power, and Annie Mac made it her Hottest Record in the World.

    It features veteran soul star Mavis Staples and has a compelling folky gospel vibe.

    "We crossed paths the at the Newport Folk Festival in the US and I'd always wanted to work with her," he says.

    "We flew to Chicago and recorded this and it was super."

    Listen above

  7. Lady Leshurr proclaims herself the 'Black Madonna'

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    One of UK rap's most exciting voices, Lady Leshurr, isn't short on confidence.

    In fact, the Birmingham-born star displays Madonna-level cojones on her slick and funky new single called... well, Black Madonna.

    "I'm the Black Madonna," she proclaims. "Style and Vogue / Big shot caller."

    Well, quite.

    The single follows up OMW, which made Radio 1 Xtra’s A List, and has nearly 2 million views on YouTube to date.

    While you play it on a streaming service of your choice, why not read this BBC profile of Lady Leshurr from April?

  8. Ariana is upstaged by her hair on Tonight Show

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    Ariana is in the UK to film her Live at the BBC special this evening, but before her trip she popped by Jimmy Fallon's offices to take part in a skit about her trademark ponytail.

    Apart from being handed a drink by her hair (gross), perhaps the most disturbing part of this video is the weird noises it makes.

    Also, it looks pretty easy for a criminal to walk into the NBC offices in New York... the video will explain why.

  9. BTS team up with Nicki Minaj

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    Korean pop supergroup have released a new version of their single Idol, featuring a guest verse from Nicki Minaj, who rhymes "Korea" with "career".

    The eye-bleedingly colourful video and high-profile feature should help propel the song up the charts.

    Last week ,Idol entered the UK countdown at 21, making the seven-piece boyband the first K-pop group to breach the country's Top 40.

    It also earned them a hearty well done from their President.

  10. Chic, Craig and Stefflon bring back the 90s

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    Taking a cue from Bruno Mars, Chic's new single resurrects the chunky beats of New Jack Swing - recalling the best bits of Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown and TLC.

    Called Sober, it features the unmistakable guitar licks of disco legend Nile Rodgers, with vocals from Craig David and the inimitable Stefflon Don.

    If we're right, the initial track was laid down the day after the Brit Awards, after Nile and Craig bumped into each other mid-ceremony.

    "Nile said there was a song he'd maybe like to play with me," Craig told us earlier this year.

    "And I was like, 'Well, I'm here in the UK. Let's jump in the studio'. And we literally put it together that day.

    "Believe me, if you've got plans, you cancel those plans to work with Nile."

    You can hear the new track on a Spotify and Apple Music.

    Chic's first album in 26 years - the aptly-titled It’s About Time - is out next week, with contributions from NAO, Mura Masa and Vic Mensa, among others.

  11. Young Fathers win Scottish album of the year

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    Video caption: Highlights of Young Fathers' set at The Biggest Weekend.

    The Edinburgh hip-hop band have won the award for the second time.

    They were presented with the 2018 prize for Coco Sugar at a ceremony on Thursday night.

    Other acts in the running included Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai, and Karine Polwart.

    Collecting the award, Alloysious Massaquoi from Young Fathers said it was a "total surprise and an honour" to scoop the accolade again.

    The band previously won the prize in 2014 for their album Tape Two.

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  12. Nas responds to Kelis' abuse allegations

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    Nas has responded to allegations made by his ex-wife Kelis that he was physically abuse during their marriage, saying: "I do not beat women."

    Speaking in April, she said: "Did he hit me? Mmhmm. Did I hit him back? Mmhmm. I'm not afraid to throw a punch, but I wouldn't have started it."

    Nas's first public response came via seven Instagram posts in which he claimed Kelis had been abusive to him.

    "This is what your life has come to sis? Exploiting some people's real struggle and pain... just to get at me... to get attention? Fame? Another fight against men?" he wrote in the first of the lengthy statements.

    Addressing claims that he had been violent against Kelis, elsewhere in the statement he said: "I did not beat up my ex-wife. Stop."

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  13. Robbie Williams is a dad again

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    Congrats to the Robster and his wife Ayda Field on the birth of their new baby girl!

    Field, who is currently judging The X Factor alongside her husband, posted a photo of the family's hands on Instagram.

    She wrote: "We are delighted to share with you that we have had a baby girl... welcome to the world Colette (Coco) Josephine Williams!!

    "It has been a very long and difficult path to get here, which is why we have kept it on the down low."

    The US actress also thanked their "incredible surrogate mother" and said she feels "so blessed that we live in a world which makes this possible".

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  14. Some fans says Dua Lipa's new video looks familiar...

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    After Silk City aka Diplo and Mark Ronson; and Dua Lipa premiered her new video, Electricity, yesterday, some people suggested they had perhaps been inspired by Azealia Banks, whose Anna Wintour video had similar styling and choreography.

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    The two certainly share an aesthetic - although we're not convinced that "woman in a crop top dances in a warehouse" is the bold, original idea everyone thinks. Have they seen Janet Jackson's Pleasure Principle?

    Anyway, Azealia has responded with a statement on her Instagram story, playing down the controversy.

    "I get the sense she was truly inspired by me and it wasn't intended to be shade," she wrote.

    "I'm really flattered by the gesture and I welcome her to acknowledge the gesture."

    Azealia Banks's Instagram Story

    If you want to compare the two videos side by side (well, stacked one on top of the other) here they are in all their glory.

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  15. Avril Lavigne writes emotional letter to announce new music

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    The Sk8ter Boi singer has announced her return to music with highly emotional letter which details her battle with Lyme Disease, calling her recovery "the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles".

    Head Above Water will be released on 19 September, five years after her last album and three years since she put out the one-off charity single Fly.

    In an open letter, Avril said Head Above Water was "the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life. I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down.

    Quote Message: I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe.

    "I have decided to be truthful about my struggle, open and more vulnerable than ever before," she said, before announcing her charitable foundation will now provide Lyme prevention resources and that she also plans to launch an initiative to educate and help others fighting the disease.

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  16. Hear Prince's intimate home recording of 17 Days

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    Early in 1983, a year before Purple Rain would turn him into a megastar, Prince sat down at the piano in his home studio and hit record.

    He wasn't intending to create a new song, or lay down the basis of a future hit single. The 24-year-old was simply running through ideas; rehearsing and finessing the songs in his head that day.

    Now that semi-improvised performance will become the first posthumous release from his Vault; on an album called Piano and a Microphone 83.

    Earlier this year, we got to hear his version of Jimi Hendrix's The Wind Cries Mary from that tape; and this morning 6 Music premiered the opening track - a six-minute vamp on the song 17 Days, which later became the b-side to When Doves Cry.

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    Speaking to 6 Music, Prince archivist Michael Howe explained why he wanted this stripped-back rehearsal to be released.

    "It's a recording that had circulated among collectors in the bootleg community for a number of years - albeit in substandard sonic quality.

    "And one of the first things I wanted to do when I got into the Vault was see if we could locate the master, because I thought it was such an emotional and captivating performance.

    "We were able to, after a little bit of forensic work, locate the cassette master, which was basically unmarked aside from the label on side two, which had Prince's handwriting.

    "And we put it in the machine and lo and behold it was the one."

    Listen to the song above.

  17. Arctic Monkeys kick off UK dates in Manchester

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    Arctic Monkeys started their UK Arena tour in Manchester last night. Alex Turner was a man of few words, but many poses.

    There were double fisted punches in the air, elongated stares into the cameras for the big screen and strides onto speaker stacks which were then held for whole songs. Even his shadow looked like it was having a good time.

    Arctic Monkeys played 21 songs in 90-minutes with six tracks from their previous album AM and only five from their current one Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.

    Its more ballad-based nature meant the large mosh pits took regular breaks during these songs, which were still well received.

    On the way out fans said how thrilled they were that Dancing Shoes from the band’s debut album had received a rare airing. Alex Turner’s frontman skills were still being praised. “A new age Freddie Mercury” claimed one.

    Check out the set list below

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  18. Gemma Arterton is to play Dusty Springfield

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    The actress (above right) will have her work cut out, as she steps into Dusty's shoes to belt out a few classics in a new biopic.

    According to a report in the Guardian, Gemma will play the lead in So Much Love, which is set in 1968, when - at the peak of her popularity - Dusty travelled to Tennessee to record the album Dusty in Memphis.

    Filming will take place in the UK and US early next year, and the film is expected in autumn 2019.

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    Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy will write and direct.

    Gemma said in a statement said she had "been an admirer of Dusty Springfield since I was a teenager: Her effortless husky voice, the way she conveyed emotion through music, how she helped bring Motown to the UK.

    She called the singer - who died in 1999 - "ahead of her time in many ways and inspired so many future artists".

    She hinted at the role speaking to Stuart Maconie on 6 Music recently saying she would "finally get to live out my dream of being a rock star" (below).

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  19. Nicki Minaj offers money to Cosby Show actor

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    The rapper has offered $25,000 (£19,000) to former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens after it was revealed that he was working in a grocery shop between acting jobs.

    Photos of the 57-year-old working as a cashier at Trader Joe's were widely mocked online; and by Fox News in the US.

    But Geoff - who played Elvin Tibideaux opposite Cosby from 1985-92 - said in an interview: "There is no job that is better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper, but actually it's not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable."

    Filmmaker Tyler Perry tweeted a job offer to him after the interview aired.

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    It appears Nicki didn't hear that interview - and said on her Beats 1 radio show she wanted to donate the cash to him, calling him "a legend".

    Nicki also accused the woman who took the photo of “trying to embarrass this hardworking man” - perhaps failing to grasp that her own actions could be interpreted as patronising...

  20. Blink-182 cancel shows due to Travis Barker's ongoing health issues

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    The drummer was diagnosed with blood clots in his arms in June.

    The band have now cancelled all upcoming tour dates; having been previously forced to postpone their Las Vegas residency earlier this year.

    Writing on Twitter, the band said: "Medical issues have sidelined Travis per doctors’ orders," adding, "“Trav’s medical team anticipated that he would be well enough by fall to tour but after recent checkups they were not able to clear him in time for the scheduled run of dates."

    In a separate message, Travis said: "The past few months have just sucked."

    “Unfortunately, the risks associated with drumming are still too great. I am doing everything I need to do so I can get back on the road as soon as possible. I want to thank my fans, family, friends, and bandmates for all the love and support.”

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