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  1. Keep the Faith people

    Paloma Faith

    It's game, set and match on another week of Music News LIVE. We hope you enjoyed it and maybe even learned something.

    Scroll around to find the "5 Things We Learned This Week", plus news from Sir Elton John, Cardi B, Stormzy, Florence, Miles Kane and Ariana Grande. On top of which, there's a load of new music from the likes of Christine and the Queens, Tom Grennan, Years & Years, Raye and more.

    Have fun in the sun again this weekend wherever you are (Pride, TRNSMT round two, Hyde Park or maybe even Wimbledon). And keep the, ahem, Faith tomorrow too all you England football fans.

    We'll dedicate this last song today - the new one from Paloma - to Gareth Southgate's warriors.

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  2. Happy International Kissing Day

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    If you haven't already, get yourself someone who looks at you the way 1975's Matty Healy looks at young cardboard Harry Styles.

    That's all until next year.

  3. The Beatles are coming back to the big screen

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    On Sunday, 50 years after it was made, the animated Beatles movie, Yellow Submaine, is back in cinemas.

    The film features loads of their best known songs like All You Need is Love, Eleanor Rigby and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and some truly groundbreaking animation.

    Check out the trailer above.

    Famously, the animated band members were voiced by actors, with the real Fab Four only appearing at the end of the film in a pre-credits scene.

    Animator Malcolm Draper told 6 Music about meting one half of the band while working on the film, and how one in particular was unimpressed with what he saw.

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    Video caption: Animator Malcolm Draper recalls meeting the Beatles during the making of Yellow Submarine
  4. Slaves announce new album

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    You might want to insure your speakers for this one.

    The riotous Kent punk duo have confirmed their new album, Acts of Fear and Love, will be released on the 17 August.

    Isaac and Laurie wrote on Instagram: "An album we are so very proud of that we decided to put ourselves on the front cover of it (photo by the legendary Juergen Teller). Can’t wait for you lot to hear it."

    If you can't wait until next month then here's the track-list to tide you over.

    We've already heard Cut and Run and we imagine Chokehold is probably a nice little acoustic ballad...

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  5. 5 Things We've Learned This Week

    The week in which big man Idris Elba launched his own "little indie label", Cheryl and Liam officially announced their split and Sir Macca released new tour dates.

    Plus we discovered how Newbie Tuesday artist Aeris Roves went from The Drifters to Frank Ocean.

    But none of those made it past the early rounds of this week's competition.

    Here's the top five in the end of week rankings:

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    1) Looks like Matty Healy's dad is on his new album

    The 1975 singer's old man Tim Healy has tweeted that a song he wrote 20 years ago will be on the band's next album.

    The band have already shared Give Yourself a Try, from their upcoming third album. Matty said they actually have two albums in the works, the second of which could be released in May 2019.

    We don't know exactly where the father/son duet will go yet or what it will sound like.

    But we really hope it's a synth-driven cover of Thats Living Alright, from Auf Weidersehen, Pet, which Tim starred in... as those of you old enough to remember will know.

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    2) Moses Sumney cancelled a show in protest at slave musical

    On Tuesday, we reported the LA singer-songwriter had pulled out of a forthcoming performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada in protest at another show on the bill which featured white performers singing African-American slave songs.

    Directed by Robert Lepage and featuring singer Betti Bonifassi (both white), SLAV, described by the festival as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs”, has been subject to protests, with one black protester claiming to have been slapped in the face by a white theatregoer.

    In a statement on Twitter, Moses 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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    The festival has since cancelled the remaining performances of SLAV.

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    3) Music stars went crazy for England's historic World Cup penalty shootout win

    Robbie Williams, Little Mix's Jade and The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood were all in a patriotic mood this week following England's first ever World Cup shootout win over Colombia.

    Gareth Southgate's men take on Sweden on Saturday in the quarter-final so we hope Newcastle fan Jade has that Three Lions shirt ready, as promised.

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    Wolf Alice even changed their band name on Twitter from Harry Kane the Band to Jordan Pickford the Band, in honour of England's heroic goalkeeper.

    Stormzy briefly paused his Merky Festival show in Ibiza to watch Tuesday night's penalty drama unfold. As Eric Dier's winning penalty hit the net the grime star burst straight into his breakout hit, Big For Yer Boots.

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    No-one is too big for the boot in Russia though, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi discovered to their cost last week.

    Whatever happens this weekend, its seems the England fans' favourite, Three Lions, won't return to number one, despite our best efforts.

    #ComeOnEngland, #ItsComingHome, #GarethSouthgateWould

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    4) The biggest albums of 2018 so far were revealed

    Thursday saw The Greatest Showman soundtrack announced as the biggest-selling album of 2018 in the UK (so far, as Drake might have something to say about it).

    We know this news will have shocked many of you, not least us.

    The record, which has been number one almost all year, has 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

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    5) Chance the Rapper is engaged

    “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 and you can check it above.

    We love a happy ending to the week here on MNL.

    Now, can anyone recommend a decent tailors in Chicago? You know, just in case...

  6. Sting's dad 'never understood' his work

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    Video caption: Live from Salford, Sting talks to Sara about how his father never understood his work

    The singer';s been speaking about his upbringing with Radio 2's Sara Cox and told the DJ how he felt his late father, an engineer, never really understood or appreciated his work.

    "My father would wonder what I was going to do as I was such a dreamer," he said.

    "That tension between generations - between a father and a son - is something that I know a lot about".

    He added: "He'd keep saying 'when you gonna get a proper job son?'

    "I think until his dying day he never really accepted it."

    Before he became famous, Sting, or Gordon Sumner as he was called back them was a teacher for two years.

  7. New Music Friday part 2: Raye, McFly's Danny Jones and Yungblud

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    RAYE returns today with a new track, Friends.

    You'll have to find it for yourself though as there's a naughty word in there that BBC Music News LIVE is not allowed to use.

    To introduce the track, the South London singer - who finished third in the BBC's Sound of 2017 poll - posted the above picture of her curled up on the couch alongside the following confessional message:

    "Hey I’ve put out a new single called Friends. No one's perfect, I really ain’t. We all got a bitchy side where we talk [rubbish], get jealous, hate and stalk our Ex man's new ting. Etc.

    Quote Message: Us girls don’t see the best in each other enough. We drag each other down too often than not. Like can we not b fake feminist for the gram to look good then act like complete trash in reality. We get enough [rubbish] from men and we live in a world where women are pitted against each other endlessly.

    "Anyways, let’s be nicer to each other... hope you’re loving life and cutting out them dead vibes u don’t need and I hope you love this song like I do.".

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    Next up is one for you McFly fans out there - you know who you are...

    We all had our own personal favourites from the boy band rockers now one of them, Danny Jones, has released his debut solo rack, Is This Still Love.

    The singer told The Metro newspaper that despite going it alone, McFly will always be in his blood.

    "It’s in me bones," he said.

    "I work with Tom and we create McFly, we are McFly, he brings his part and I bring my part.

    "Then I have my songs on the album and fans love that. So this is a bigger slice of that cake."

    Get your teeth stuck in below.

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    Last but not least is Yungblud.

    Fresh from performing at last weekend's Community Festival in London, the Yorkshire-born singer songwriter has just dropped his debut album, 21st Century Liability.

    Check out Tin Pan Boy from the album (above), which sounds a little like another famous Yorkshire band - don't you think?

    You can catch him at Reading + Leeds festival this summer.

    Scroll down for more new music from today courtesy of Christine and the Queens, Tom Grennan Years & Years.

  8. Miles Kane announces UK tour

    Miles Kane

    The Wirral riddler will perform tracks from his forthcoming album, Coup De Grace, across the country in November and December.

    The singer/guitarist went topless for his set in a red hot Finsbury Park, London, on Saturday in support of Queens of the Stone Age but will probably want to wrap up in the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool just before Christmas.

    The UK wide tour is a north west love-in as support comes from Mancunian provocateurs Cabbage.

    Watch below for full details.

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  9. Michael Buble and his wife are having a daughter

    Michael Buble and wife Lusiana

    The crooner revealed the news during an interview with Irish station Today FM, tellling breakfast presenter Ian Dempsey: "My first little girl is coming in three weeks.

    "I've never said that before in public, I've got a daughter."

    Michael and wife Luisana (above) have two boys but were rocked at the end of 2016, when their three-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with cancer.

    Buble was forced to pull out of the BBC Music awards as a result.

    Noah is understood to have recovered from the illness.

    Michael is playing Croke park in Dublin on Saturday night and Hyde Park in London next weekend.

  10. Elvis Costello cancels show dates after cancer surgery

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    Elvis Costello has cancelled the remaining dates of his European tour as he recovers from surgery to remove a "very aggressive" tumour.

    The singer-songwriter went under the knife in May, but decided to go ahead with his tour dates in June.

    "The spirit has been more than willing," he said in a statement announcing the cancellation.

    "But I have to now accept it is going to take longer than I would have wished for me to recover my full strength."

    The 63-year-old, whose best known songs include Oliver's Army and his cover of Good Year for the Roses, is one of the most influential and prolific artists to emerge from the 1970s punk and new wave scenes.

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  11. Stormzy to become a publishing mogul


    The grime overlord has announced a publishing deal with Penguin to help other oung writers get published.

    The rapper will also be releasing an autobiography and creating a paid publishing internship in 2019.

    The grime star said on Instagram: "Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today".

    He added: "I know too many talented writers that don't always have an outlet or means to get their work seen."

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    "I from the bottom of my heart cannot wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world," he wrote.

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    We hope he's set aside some serious reading time in between gigs.

    His new festival rider may now include a comfy chair, a pair of slippers and a good cuppa.

  12. Glastonbury 2019 legend slot to be filled by a woman

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    Video caption: Jo Whiley quizzes Emily Eavis, Glastonbury Festival organiser, as to the line-up for 2019

    Emily Eavis - daughter of Glasto founder Michael - and the reigning boss of the annual event has confirmed that the traditional Sunday tea-time legends slot on the Pyramid stage will be filled by a female artist.

    She wouldn't be drawn out into naming names but confirmed to Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley that she "is not British".

    The slot has previously been filled by the likes of Dolly Parton, Barry Gibb, Lionel Richie and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.

    Emily also said Sir Paul McCartney was "top of our list" should he be available to perform at Worthy Farm next summer.

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  13. Ariana Grande defends fiancé over Manchester bomb joke

    Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson

    Ariana Grande has addressed the controversy over her fiancé's joke about the Manchester Arena bombing - saying she "didn't find it funny".

    But the singer said Pete Davidson uses comedy "to help people feel better" and his intention "wasn't malicious".

    During a set five months after the terror attack, the Saturday Night Live comedian made a remark about how famous Ariana had become.

    He said: "Britney Spears didn't have a terrorist attack at her concert."

    Ariana responded to a fan's tweet on Thursday which questioned why she was still with Pete.

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  14. From Russia With Love: Sado Opera

    Sado Opera

    The self-described queer performance band, originally from Russia but now based in Berlin made their UK debut at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton earlier this summer.

    With their painted faces and flamboyant sense of style, they found themselves targeted in their native country where, though homosexuality is legal, the rights of LGBTQ people are oppressed.

    "Russia is like a country of islands," says singer Colonel. "Islands of freedom but only in an ocean of fear and hate.

    Quote Message: People react in this violent way to people who are different because they are raised this way, there is hate propaganda every day everywhere so it's easy to understand.

    "It's sad but there are islands where you can go and feel free."

    Read our interview with them.

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  15. New Music Friday: Christine and the Queens, Tom Grennan and Years & Years

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    OK it's Friday folks so that means lots of new music to get your ears around before the weekend officially lands.

    Starting with our favourite female French Michael Jackson sound/dance-alike, Christine and the Queens.

    The singer - whose real name is Héloïse Letissier - has released a lo-fi new music video for her latest brilliant track, Doesn't Matter, which sees her engage in a theatrically cat and mouse dance with some bloke in a car park..

    The track could appear on her forthcoming new album, Chris, which is out in September, and she will be in the Live Lounge next week.

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    Next up Tom Grennan, who The Independent describe as "a rebel with a cause."

    The London singer's debut album, Lighting Matches, is out today and he's posted a video of thanks to his fans for supporting him all the way.

    "The album is now yours," beams Tom (above).

    "Walk with me on the journey."

    Next stop on the journey is his new track, Aboard, but you can't climb aboard that one here sadly as he swears but you can find it easily enough online if that kind of thing does not offend you.

    So instead check out Tom playing another new track, Barbed Wire, at last weekend's TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow.

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    Third and finally for this first round of new music is the new album from Years & Years.

    Palo Santo is the follow-up to their 2015 album Communion and provides "sex, sin and electropop salvation", according to The Guardian.

    Check out new track, All for You, above and a cinematic album teaser (narrated by Dame Judi Dench) below.

    Frontman Olly Alexander tweeted: "This album is so very special to me...I feel like I’ve been living inside Palo Santo for the last two years & I know every corner and every little detail off by heart - I’ve been dreaming about it for so long.

    "I’m overwhelmed but so excited to finally put it out into the world."

    You can check out live performances by both Years & Years and Christine and the Queens from the BBC Biggest Weekend now too.

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  16. Florence pays tribute to Patti Smith on her new album

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    Video caption: Florence of Florence and the Machine on her admiration for songwriter, Patti Smith.

    The song Patricia on Florence's latest album, High As Hope is - at least partly - inspired by the American singer-songwriter.

    "There is a bit in the middle of the song that definitely isn't about her," she laughed.

    "I've always loved her and it was actually through her writing that I feel I really got to know her.

    Quote Message: She writes about life in such a beautiful way that it seems to endow even the smallest things with a sense of spirituality or reverence. Whether it's going to the coffee shop or what you eat for breakfast in the morning...

    "She kind of elevates everything and it was like a little north star to follow as like how to have a creative life as a whole."

    Blimey, hope you're reading this Patti.

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    She also performed Hunger from the new album. Too early for a quick desk-boogie? We don't think so.

  17. Donald Trump to give Kim Jong-Un copy of Elton John's Rocket Man

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    You really couldn't make it up, could you?

    First up today, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is reportedly set to give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a copy of Sir Elt's explosive hit during their ongoing nuclear talks in Pyongyang.

    Pompeo's boss, Trump, had goaded his Korean counterpart last year by labelling him as the ‘little rocket man’, before the two nations recently began to discuss a programme of denuclearisation.

    Sir Elton John

    Now apparently Elton holds the key to the deal as The Guardian reports that Pompeo will present Kim with the CD along with a letter from the Donald.

    So this one goes out to you Kim/Donald - and to world peace.

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  18. Cardi B is countersuing her former manager


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    The record-breaking rapper is coming out swinging after her ex-manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael sued her back in April for a cool $10m (£7.2m) claiming she had frozen him out of her career.

    "While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint."

    Now, according to a report in Variety, Cardi has filed a counter-suit contending the original suit brought by Shaft “arises out of the deceitful and disloyal conduct of a self-serving and controlling personal manager.”

    Cardi, who real name is Belcalis Almanzar, adds “trust was abused” during their working relationship.

    Shaft took Cardi on as a client in 2014 while she was still employed as stripper.

    As her fame grew “so too did Shaft’s greed,” said her legal papers.

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  19. Morning friends

    Nile Rodgers

    Time please.

    Ladies and gentleman please take your seats again at the centre court of music news as today's action is about to resume once again.

    Today's order of play:

    • Cardi B counter-sues her former manager
    • Ariana Grande addresses fiance Pete Davidson's Manchester bombing joke
    • Donald Trump has a musical gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
    • New music from Years & Years, Christine and the Queens, Tom Grennan, Raye, Yungblud and a solo debut from a member of McFly.
    • Plus later, as always on a Friday, 5 Things We've Learned This Week.

    Our pre-match national anthem today comes courtesy of the NHS Voices - including Nile Rodgers, Alexandra Burke, Guy Garvey and Seal - performing The Beatles classic, With A Little Help From My Friends, alongside the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust to mark 70 years of the NHS.

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