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  1. He bangs the drums

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    Right that's it.

    We've been banging the music news drum all day and you must be sick of us.

    We're wrapping up for today but you can scroll down for news of the Manics, Kendrick Lamar, Camila and Pharrell and a friend of the Royal family on Her Majesty's musical tastes.

    Look away now Craig David fans.

    Plus new music from Halifax's finest (who might just give you a lift home if they're heading your way and you ask nicely).

    See you tomorrow for more.

    We'll leave you with the winner of the BBC Young Musician 2018 percussion final; Matthew Brett.

    Nick Mason would be proud of some of his moves above.

    Drum roll please...

  2. (Some of) Pink Floyd reform for gigs

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    Image caption: Drummer at the gates of dawn

    Drummer Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets will perform early Pink Floyd tracks at four small shows in London next month.

    Nick will be joined by Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp, as well as Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken for the gigs from 20-24 May.

    The band will play early Floyd tracks from albums such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and the album from which they took their name.

    Their official website has more details.

  3. UK festivals gender split update

    Latitude Festival

    The sun is trying to shine today and soon festival season will be upon us.

    The BBC will be at The Great Escape, Latitude, Green Man and many more, including our own Biggest Weekend.

    As we reported at the start of the year, Keychange have called for an end to the gender imbalance at music festivals by proposing a 2022 deadline for lineups to have a 50/50 split.

    Since then, many festivals joined up to the scheme.

    Now new research from the VDC attempts to paint a fuller picture of how the land is lying this summer.

    They've pulled together a list of most of the country's biggest annual festivals (not including the one-off Biggest Weekend), counted how many artists/bands each has on the bill with at least one female member and worked it out as a percentage of the total.

    Check out the full list below to see who is leading the way.


    Latitude - 55% female

    Isle of Wight - 37% female

    Kendal Calling - 33% female

    Reading/Leeds - 23% female

    Parklife - 23% female

    Download - 18% female

    TRNSMT - 16% female

    Slam Dunk - 10% female

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    Now here's how that top 55% looks on a poster (above).

  4. Aurora shares new Queendom track

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    Its the Scandi-singer's first new music since her debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, in 2016.

    She is playing dates in Manchester and London in October.

    Norwegian Aurora is still best known for her haunting Oasis cover of Half the World Away for the *John Lewis Christmas ad several years ago.

    Check out the new music above

    *We're sure Noel Gallagher raises a glass of expensive champagne to her every Christmas.

  5. Rex Orange County makes Tonight Show debut

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    The runner-up in this year's BBC Sound of... list has performed for US TV audiences for the first time.

    He performed Loving Is Easy on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

    ''This is my jam,'' the host said introducing the 19-year-old singer from Grayshott.

    Clearly Jimi's not the only one...

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  6. Newbie Tuesday #23: The Orielles are (quite literally) picking up more fans

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

    The Orielles

    Little Mix might have The Mixers, right?

    Justin Bieber boasts his Beliebers.

    And Barry Manilow? Why the Fanilows, of course.

    But can any of those groups of fans truthfully say that they've actually traveled to a gig with their heroes on the same tour bus?

    Unlikely (do Tweet @BBCMusic if you have),

    Well certain sections of The Ozzers - aka fans of Halifax three-piece indie rockers The Oreilles - can make that very claim.

    The band - made up of sisters Esme, Sid and pal Henry- are currently on the UK leg of their first major headline European tour, following the release of debut album Silver Dollar Moment, and have been making plenty of new friends along the way.

    At this rate, however, they're gonna need a bigger bus.

    Frontwoman/bassist Esmé Dee Hand Halford takes up the tale:

    “We had some friends from Cardiff come to see us in Brussels and, at the end of the night, we had a lock-in this bar.

    “They were like 'oh we’re gonna come see you in Amsterdam in a few days, we’re just gonna hitchhike.'

    "We were like 'just come in the van'.

    Quote Message: We’d only met them a few times at our gigs but they ended up road tripping through half or Europe with us and they ended being extra members of the band!

    “It was pretty sick - we were like the merry prankstrers."

    Guitarist Henry Carlyle Wade adds: “If there's space in the van then they can jump in. It's an eight-seater.

    “But they’ve gotta pay...'' he jokes.

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    The band hail from the West Yorkshire town but are these days spread across the M62; Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, when they are not playing blistering sets across the continent.

    "They have different ears in Europe, which is interesting,” notes Henry.

    A decade ago, the early success of the Arctic Monkeys opened the floodgates for a load similar-sounding Yorkshire bands. The Orielles, though, with their genre-straddling indie/world music grooves, do not fit into this category at all.

    As Henry puts it; "It's a mixture of every decade and every genre we can ever imagine."

    “Most recently we’re super into Turkish psychedelic music," says Esme,

    “But primarily a lot of baggy 90s Manchester stuff..."

    Henry picks up: “Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, no wave, new wave, funk, jazz fusion, Latino and Cubano, Thai funk..." (OK stop there Henry, we get the point).

    The three piece - who will perform at the Belfast leg of the BBC's Biggest Weekend after receiving support from BBC Music Introducing West Yorkshire - all agree that streaming and easier access to such a varied range of music from around the world is what enabled them to create their unique sound from a room in Halifax.

    “That’s definitely true," says Esme.

    Quote Message: Back years ago, when your only exposure to music was going to buy a record, you were probably not going to take as many risks but now when you listen, we’re exposed to all these different sort of genres we’d have never listened to because it isn’t any effort to just click a song.
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    The Orielles have already had the honour of a remix by legendary DJ and Primal Scream collaborator Andy Weatherall bestowed upon one of their tracks ("We met him in a field in Cornwall when he was dressed like a pirate") but they draw equal inspiration from the world of film, with drummer Sidonie B Hand Halford being a former film student at the Universty of Liverpool.

    With that in mind, the Quentin Tarantino fans - who claim to have found a parallel universe in hotel in London recently - say they've planted "liminal spaces" in the album to help the listener pass from one side to the other.

    "The A-side is more personal and about experience - the B-side is absurdist and surreal," explains Esme.

    "When you pass through the limainal space you change your of state of consciousness."

    So be careful when you lift that needle.

    If the album was a film then, what would it be?

    “Someone drew us a picture of a film called Wings of Desire about a guy who is dead but he's an angel looking over Berlin.

    “That's similar to the album as it's written about observation from an aerial perspective looking at the world”

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  7. Looks like we can expect that Pharrell and Camila hook-up

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    The hit maker is, according to Camila, "the most lovely human".

    He joined her on stage in Hollywood at the weekend to perform the unreleased song Sangria Wine.

    The tweet above suggest it will be made available to fans, old enough to drink, soon.

  8. Darkness is at the door for Editors

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    Editors have dropped a new live video for their new track Darkness At The Door from latest album Violence.

    The artistically-shot video was filmed during a gig in Amsterdam and includes some extreme close ups of frontman Tom Smith.

    Warning: It also contains flashy lights.

    If you think this looks like fun then you can see the band live for yourselves on their UK tour in October.

  9. Another woman accuses R Kelly of grooming

    R Kelly

    The woman from Dallas, Texas has claimed she was "being groomed" for R. Kelly and has accused the R&B singer of "a sexual assault incident resulting in serious bodily injury."

    The woman, who is withholding her identity, claims she was 19 when she first began an 11-month sexual relationship with Kelly in March 2017.

    She has told police he "knowingly and intentionally infected her with a sexually transmitted disease without her knowledge."

    Lee Merritt, her lawyer, said in a statement:"These offences occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult."

    The singer has previously denied allegations that he is holding several young women in an "abusive cult".

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  10. Nick Cave and the... erm... Fast Times???

    Billboard magazine

    Nick Cave

    Here's one that you may or may not give a flip about.

    He's best known for his rock 'n' roll antics and raucous live shows but now Nick Cave is wheeling his way into another world.

    The Australian has teamed up with fellow Aussie skate company Fast Times to make an official Nick Cave skateboard.

    The board contains an illustration from San Francisco artist Chuck Sperry, inspired by the track Heathen Child from Nick's other band Grinderman.

    It contains the lyrics; “Hey little Moo Moo, light as a rainbow."

    Which is a required skill out on the ramps.

    What do you think skate fans?

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  11. Chance the Rapper gifts fans a present on his birthday

    Chance the Rapper

    What links Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Francis and the Lights, and Erykah Badu.

    Other than the fact they are all awesome...

    They've all made it on to a playlist which Chance The Rapper has shared to celebrate turning 25.

    It was his big day yesterday so probably best not sending a card if you haven't already.

    Big Chano: 25 & Alive also features JAY-Z, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson.

    Head to Apple Music if you fancy a listen.

  12. Lineup for Queen's birthday bash questioned

    Sting and Shaggy

    Writer and friend of the royals Gyles Brandreth (the posh one from Have I Got News for You) has questioned the suitability of the lineup for a gig celebrating the Queen’s birthday this weekend.

    On Saturday, a star-studded bill including Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Sting and Shaggy (above) and Craig David, as well as Shawn Mendes and Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at the Royal Albert Hall to mark Her Majesty's 92nd.

    Gyles Brandreth

    The former Tory MP told the Radio Times: “We know the Queen loves the Commonwealth and Shaggy’s Jamaican, Kylie’s Australian, Shawn’s Canadian, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo hails from South Africa, so that’s something.

    Quote Message: But British rapper Craig David’s repertoire includes R&B, garage and hip hop, which are not known for being the Queen’s favourite musical genres. (Perhaps he will give them some hip hop to celebrate Prince Philip’s hip op?)

    We think he might be joking, don't you?

    Tune into BBC One on Saturday at 20:00 to see the celebrations unfold.

    Here's a bit of classic Craigy B to get the Royal family in the mood for this weekend and hopefully prove Gyles wrong.

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  13. Drake announces new album details


    We'd crack a smile or two if we were that man as well.

    The rapper has teased his new album Scorpion will be released in time for summer.

    It comes via his Instagram account, where he can be seen wearing a black jacket with the words “Scorpion, June Twenty Eighteen, by Drake,” stitched on the back.

    Which is kind of a giveaway really...

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    Fun Fact: Drake's birthday is 24 October which means he qualifies as a scorpio by only 48 hours.

    Had he been born two days earlier his new album would have to be called Libra, which admittedly doesn't sounds as good.

    In other Drake news, remember last week when Drizzy became officially hotter than Sir Paul McCartney?

    Sure you do.

    Well now following his hit God's Plan, Drake's new track, Nice For What, went straight in at the top of the chart on Friday.

    All of which means, at 11 weeks, he now holds the shortest time between UK number ones at the first attempt in this country since 1969.

    The record holding band are still The Beatles when they had quickly consecutive number ones with Get Back and The Ballad of John and Yoko.*

    *This entry has been corrected after it was mistakenly reported that Drake had broken the record held by The Beatles

  14. Manics: I can still smell the hairspray and taste the lipstick

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    Video caption: The Manics: Echoes of our past our really coming home to roost

    The veteran Welsh rockers returned on Friday with their 13th (yes thirteenth) studio album Resistance is Futile.

    We caught up with Nicky and James from the band ahead of their biggest summer in recent memory.

    Their UK tour kicks off next week and then there's a subsequent European support slot for Guns N' Roses, as well as a guest appearance at Robert Smith's curated Meltdown Festival in London.

    Not to mention their set at the BBC's Biggest Weekend in Belfast on 25 May.

    "I'm looking forward to watching James at the side of the stage watching Slash play guitar!," says Nicky.

    James agrees: "Yeah I'm looking forward to that if I can get to the side of the stage!"

    Nicky adds: "To be asked by some of our heroes to do those things... We've managed to do it a lot over the years.

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    Quote Message: I can still remember listening to The Head on the Door by The Cure and thinking 'this is one of the greatest albums ever made'. I can still smell the hairspray and I can still taste the lipstick.
    Quote Message: To think that then we get an email of Robert Smith saying 'do you fancy doing Meltdown?' It's the stuff of dreams.

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  15. DJ Khaled is trying to trademark his son's name


    DJ Khaled and Asahd

    In news that would surprise precisely no-one, the DJ and producer has, according to TMZ, filed a trademark for his son Asahd’s name.

    The lucky kid was born in October 2016 and was credited as ‘executive producer’ on the star’s latest album ‘Grateful’.

    TMZ says Khaled is attempting to trademark the 18 month-old’s birth name for use on products, ranging from cosmetics, clothing and children’s books to miniature cars.


  16. Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music

    Kendrick Lamar

    First today, fresh from his surprise sets at Coachella over the weekend, hip hop megastar Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

    Ken becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to collect the award.

    The 30-year-old Californian won the prize for his 2017 album Damn.

    Organisers said it offered "affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".

    Lamar won five Grammy awards for Damn in January - but lost the coveted album of the year prize to Bruno Mars.

    He later smashed up a sports car during his performance at the Brits in a show of symbolism against perceived notions of what rap music is about - though it seemed to simultaneously confuse/amuse people.

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    In case you're wondering what all the academic fuss is about, then here is Ken (above) performing DNA. and HUMBLE from his critically-acclaimed album at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, courtesy of MTV.

    The winner of the Pulitzer Prize receives a $15,000 (£10,500) prize.

    Lamar has yet to comment on his win.

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  17. Loaded with music news

    BBC Radio 1

    Morning folks and welcome back to the home of music news.

    You know the drill by now.

    Keep checking in with us throughout the day for news of a prestigious new award for Kendrick Lamar, a new album for Drake and a new album for "harsh times" by the Manics.

    Plus much, much more throughout today, including a Newbie Tuesday act from Halifax that are currently into Turkish psychedelic music (how often can you say that sentence?).

    Now without further ado let's kick off today with the new one from the Wirral Riddler and now LA resident, Miles Kane.

    His Jamie T/Lana Del Rey co-write Loaded (above) was Annie Mac's Hottest Record last night and he told the DJ; "It just felt like the right tune to put out first.

    "It's got the emotion and attitude that I want."