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  1. We've been Music News LIVE. You've been the best. Goodbye!

    That is then for another week of MNL.

    Thanks for joining us once again. We're off to be weekend heroes, just for two days.

    Scroll down for Little Mix throwing away the ironing board and hoover in a show of female empowerment in their new video and Ariana Grande announcing her first world tour since the Manchester attack.

    Plus Nadine Shah and co are among the music stars showing support for the Shared Parental Leave and Pay Extension Bill.

    There's also loads of new audio-visual goodness from the likes of Ian Brown, Robyn, Thom Yorke and Kendrick Lamar/Anderson .Paak, as well as our weekly look back at the 5 Things We Learned.

    Have a great weekend and don't forget to tune into BBC4 tonight from 22:55 BST for dip into the Glastonbury Bowie archive.

    Or if you can't wait 'til then - here's a taster to keep you going above.

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  2. New Music Friday: Andrea, Gerard & George

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    OK, the weekend has almost landed so let's head off into the sunset together with a selection of newly-released material.

    Andrea Bocelli's first album of all-new material in 14 years, Si is out today.

    It features collaborations with his son Matteo, Josh Groban, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran (above).

    Another pretty decent singer, Celine Dion, once said: "If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli."

    Listen to God, himself, above.

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    Next up, Gerard Way - of My Chemical Romance fame - has shared a Halloween-themed video for his new track, Baby You’re a Haunted House.

    That's more like it, let's get Halloween out the way before we worry about Christmas - no offence Iggy/William.

    In 2019, Netflix will release a series based on Way’s comic book series The Umbrella Academy, starring Mary J. Blige.

    Until then get your skulls around this one above.

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    Last but by no means least is the second George of this particular New Music Friday.

    Following on from Boy George earlier (scroll down), Hold My Girl is taken from Mr G.Ezra's number one album, Staying at Tamara’s.

    You can hear him singing this banger and others on his UK tour in November.

  3. Channel 4 bring out the stars tonight

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    As we told you yesterday, One Direction's Liam and Louis are reunited in Celebrity Gogglebox as part of their Stand Up To Cancer fundraising night.

    Now we've been given a sneak peak of the campaign's fundraising song - following in the footsteps of Band Aid, except this time with B*Witched...

    See how many 'C List' celebs you can name.

    Stand Up To Cancer is on Channel 4 tonight from 19:00 BST.

    For more information and to donate please visit

  4. 5 Things We Learned This Week

    What a week that was! But what did we learn?

    Well, we learned that Lady Gaga really needs a new way of thanking A Star Is Born co-star Bradley Cooper.

    That the late great Tom Petty had a park named after him in his Florida hometown.

    And why the show must go on for crocked Newbie Tuesday #50 act Yungblud.

    But none of them have made the cut this week...

    Foo Fighter Dave Grohl

    1) Foo Fighters invited a blind fan up on stage

    So it transpired this week that the nicest man in rock 'n' roll had been living up to his nickname once again.

    Reports emerged that Dave had invited a young blind kid and his family up on stage to experience the Foos' recent Minnesota gig close up.

    You can watch some fan-shot footage below as the rocker dedicated one of their latest tracks, The Sky is a Neighborhood, to the youngster.

    "You gotta take his parents too now, hold on," said Dave. "This is a family occasion.

    "I'll sing a song to him."

    What a guy.

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    Image caption: Drake: "Well shake it up baby now..."

    2) Drake broke (another) Beatles US chart record

    Drizzy's appearance on Bad Bunny's new #5 hit MIA meant that he is now the proud owner of the most top 10 songs inside of a calendar year in US chart history,

    The Toronto star's 12 top 10 Billboard chart smashes in 2018 see him break the Fab Four's previous 1964 record.

    To be fair to everybody's favourite mop top Scousers, Drake's record haul does include five collabs.

    All you have to now music fans is decide whether you prefer the God's Plan or the Twist and Shout era.

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    Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno
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    3) Kasabian's Serge added another creative skill to his CV

    We've seen him leading indie raves with his band and scoring amazing goals in charity celeb footy matches, now this week Sergio Pizzorno from Kasabian demonstrated another set of skills with his new art collection.

    Serge told the Evening Standard, that the London exhibit - entitled Daft Apeth - represented "just another expression of what I am."

    “Music and art are kind of one [and] the same medium - creating things," he went on.

    Quote Message: There was a great quote from David Bowie: ‘If you’re on safe ground, you’re already dead’.

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    Image caption: Nicki Minaj: Too late now to say Sorry?

    4) Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

    The Baby Can I Hold You singer is suing the New York rapper for copyright infringement for her use of the track without permission.

    In a federal court in Los Angeles, Tracy's lawyers claim that Nicki copied the lyrics and melody to the 1988 song on her own tune, Sorry, featuring Nas.

    Earlier in the summer Nicki - real name Onika Tanya Maraj - put out a plea on social media to Tracy to allow her to use the sample on her latest album Queen.

    Acording to papers obtained by Rolling Stone magazine, Chapman alleges that her representatives “repeatedly denied Maraj after-the-fact requests to use the composition.”

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    Iggy Pop

    5) Iggy and 'Shatner Claus' got into the festive spirit early

    We're saving the best for last this week...

    Despite it still being October, we discovered the answer to an age old festive question:

    What would it sound like if William Shatner - aka Captain Kirk from Star Trek - and Iggy Pop recorded a version of the Christmas classic Silent Night?

    Grab yourself a mince pie (if you can find one yet in the shops) and enjoy.

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  5. Boy George! Has it been 20 years?

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    It's taken two decades but Culture Club are releasing a new album, LIFE today.

    During the summer they played to over 500,000 people in the US, and are now bringing the The Life Tour to UK arenas in November.

    Boy George popped into Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning where he told the host how much he's been loving it because of the warm welcome of the crowd.

    He also told Chris he's much cheerier now and loves to chat on stage - in the past if he was in a bad mood everyone had to know about it.

    And his one tip about performing: Never tell the audience it's a new song.

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    Video caption: Boy George tells Chris about being back on the road with Culture Club.

    George got on like a house on fire with fellow guest on the show Katherine Jenkins and he told the classical singer he can't wait to perform in Wales because the crowds there sing along so amazingly well.

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    Could there be a duet from these two any time soon?

  6. Thom Yorke's move into supernatural horror

    The Radiohead frontman's first ever film score is released today.

    He's created the score for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria, a supernatural horror movie based on the 1977 film, after he was approached by the director.

    Here's a little taster.

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    And if you'd like to hear more 6 Music have a special show on Sunday morning where Thom will be chatting to Mary Anne Hobbs and performing tracks from the score at Maida Vale.

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    As for what's up next for him - Thom has told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo he is trying to finish a record with Nigel Godrich, his producer for more than 20 years.

    He said it is "very electronic" but different to what he has done before.

    We are suitably intrigued.

  7. Rave reviews for Robyn's first new album in eight years

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    The Swedish pop star is back with more than just a taste of Honey today.

    The 39-year-old's last full LP came in the form of 2010's Body Talk and people are pretty excited about her new offering.

    The Guardian give it a whopping 5/5 stars, describing Honey as "beautifully personal pop perfection."

    "By manipulating the modern pop palette to craft a complex heartbreak album," they go on, "Robyn shows her imitators how it’s done."

    Four stars from The Independent who say "the Swedish dance revolutionary's new record glows with bittersweet sensuality."

    With a slightly different scoring system Pitchfork give it 8.5/10, saying the record is presented "subtly, with slight builds and light hands."

    Adding that "her masterful command of emotions on the dance floor slowly reveals itself across another enthralling record."

    That's a pretty good school report.

    Robyn, it seems that many of your fans have been Missing U a lot...

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  8. More star injuries...

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    Childish Gambino

    From rock star thumb news to rap star foot news now.

    Childish Gambino has had to cancel his headline appearance at this weekend's Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans because of a foot injury he acquired last month.

    Billboard report doctors have ordered him to rest and Travis Scott will take his place.

    Gambino injured his foot during a concert in Dallas.

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  9. Ozzy's thumb drama update

    Sighs of relief all round Ozzy Osbourne has reassured fans he's fully recovered from his infected thumb.

    At the start of the week we told you how Ozzy's thumb had swollen to the size of a lightbulb (see below) - which perhaps not surprisingly "freaked" him out.

    He had to have surgery to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

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    It also caused him to postpone four gigs and it's safe to say that Ozzy is gagging to get back on stage.

    "My thumb is fully recovered now," he said.

    "Can't wait to see you, I need to rock 'n' roll..."

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    And if you happen to be in the US for New Year this is the gig he's talking about.

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  10. Busted have 'big' 'massive' news


    Fans of the band may want to take a seat to cope with the excitement because Busted have announced new material is on the way in February in the form of a new album entitled Half Way There.

    It will be released on 8 February and as if that's not enough they're heading off on tour in March which they say will be "massive".

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    And here are the tour dates below.

    It's not as massive as Ariana's four month US leg to her world tour (scroll down) but it's a start.

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  11. Ian Brown is back

    Ian Brown

    The Stone Roses frontman has released his first solo material in nine years, in the form of new single First World Problems.

    The tune will appear on his self-produced new album, Ripples, which will be released in March.

    On it, Ian sings over a few simple keyboard chords:

    There you go again with your first world problems / Where your living is easy

    Messing up your mind the daily grind / Gotta leave it all behind / Driving everybody crazy

    We all know that feeling.

    Three of the songs on the album were co-written with his sons, who also play a multitude of instruments across the release.

    Covers of Barrington Levy's Black Roses and Break Down The Walls by Mikey Dread complete the album.

    Posters advertising the new track were spotted in Liverpool earlier this week, in a similar vein to how pictures of lemons heralded the arrival of the first new Roses tunes in over 20 years, back in 2016.

    You can check out the new tune now at your local streaming site.

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  12. Lil Pump drops posthumous XXXTentacion collab


    A new track by the controversial late rapper, who was murdered in Florida in June, has appeared online just days after he appeared to admit to having committed a series of attacks.

    Arms Around You features previously unreleased vocals by XXXTentacion, alongside Lil Pump, Maluma and Swae Lee.

    Check out the lyric video below.

    Earlier this week, a secret recording obtained by US publication Pitchfork appeared to show XXX admitting to committing assault, domestic abuse and stabbing nine people.

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  13. Kendrick Lamar teams up with Anderson .Paak

    Rapper Kendrick Lamar (L) and recording artist Anderson .Paak perform onstage at Coachella 2016

    The rap duo, seen here when they performed together at Coachella festival in 2016, have teamed up on new track called Tints.

    Andy P released the new music video for the track, in which he and Ken appear as multiple twisted characters.

    Check it out a snippet below.

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  14. Stars support #SelfieLeave

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    Video caption: Stars show support for #SelfieLeave

    Nadine Shah (above), Savages and Elle Exxe are among the artists set to demonstrate outside parliament at 11:00 BST today in support of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay Extension Bill.

    Also known as #SelfieLeave, the bill would allow self-employed parents the right to shared parental leave, which they are currently ineligible for.

    Other supporters of the bill include Coldplay's Chris Martin and Laura Marling.

    It's being spearheaded by an organisation called Parental Pay Equality and 6 Music's Georgie Rodgers spoke to founder Olga FitzRoy - who has worked as an engineer for Coldplay, William Orbit and Primal Scream - about why she decided to start this campaign.

    Listen above.

    The bill is being put forward by Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen,

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  15. Little Mix tackle gender stereotypes in new video

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    Woman Like Me finds Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie being taught how to be proper little ladies at some kind of finishing school.

    However, led on by guest rapper Nicki Minaj, who appears as a piece of regal art hung on the wall, the girls throw away the hoover, kick over the ironing board and make a right mess of the tea.

    They'll never pass the course, so it's just as well they're one of the biggest bands on the planet.

    Fans online have gone crazy for this show of female empowerment.

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  16. Nile Rodgers' 'trepidation' over reworking Let's Dance

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    Nile Rodgers has spoken about how he had to be persuaded to rework David Bowie's Let's Dance for a new album.

    The song is included on upcoming album 80s Symphonic - which features 80s original recordings combined with orchestral arrangements.

    The album includes reworkings of tracks by the likes of Aha, Simple Minds, Alive and Kicking, Ultravox and Tina Turner, and will be released on 9 November.

    Rodgers said his work with Bowie is "sacrosanct" but was persuaded after being asked by Bowie's family and Warner Bros record label.

    He's pretty pleased with the results, and reckon's Bowie would approve.

    You can hear a clip of the track above.

    Quote Message: My work with David Bowie and specifically Let’s Dance is sacrosanct to me so when I was asked by David’s family and Warner’s to add orchestration to the original recording I approached it with extreme trepidation.
    Quote Message: In fact my only concern was to protect David’s artistic vision and integrity. In the end I’m very grateful that we did this as I believe anyone who loves the original will be excited by it. I’m certain David would approve from above.
    David Bowie with Otis Blackwell and Nile Rogers from CHIC attending the Urban Contemporary Awards at the Savoy in New York City on 1/21/1983

    For a bit of nostalgia here's a lovely throwback pic of Bowie and Nile Rodgers, along with Otis Blackwell from Chic when they went to the Urban Contemporary Awards in New York in 1993.

    Don't they look dapper.

  17. Ariana Grande announces first tour since Manchester attack

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    The God is a Woman star has announced details of a world tour, however only dates have been announced for a four month trek across her native USA from March-June next year so far.

    The Sweetener tour will be Ariana's first since last year's Dangerous Woman Tour, which was derailed by the Manchester attack where 22 people lost their lives after one of her gigs.

    It all culminates in a gig at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    You can check the full list of dates above.

    No UK dates yet sadly but hopefully the honourary Mancunian is working on that as we speak.

    Ariana, who recently split from fiance Pete Davidson and also mourned the loss of former boyfriend Mac Miller, recently responded to fans online saying that she needed to get back on tour asap.

    Tickets go on pre-sale on 1 November.

  18. Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam

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    Sinéad O'Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and has changed her name to Shuhada.

    It is not the first time O'Connor, who legally changed her name to Magda Davitt last year, has publicly spoken about religion.

    In 1992, she sparked controversy after ripping up a photograph of the Pope live on US television.

    Seven years later, she was ordained by a breakaway church in Lourdes. The Catholic Church, which does not allow women to become priests, did not recognise the ceremony.

    She announced her conversion to Islam on social media and thanked fans for their reaction.

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  19. It's Friiiiiday

    Morning all and welcome to the final ever Music News LIVE... of this week.

    All that stands between us and the weekend is collating seven hours' worth of the finest news from around the music world.

    Coming up:

    • Ariana Grande announces first dates of her new 'world' tour
    • Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam and announces new name
    • Lil Pump releases posthumous XXXTentacion collaboration
    • New Music Friday with the likes of Robyn, Ian Brown, Andrea Bocelli, Boy George, Gerard Way, Thom Yorke
    • Brand new videos from Little Mix and Kendrick Lamar
    • 5 Things We Learned This Week

    Before all that though let's kick off with a new 'Nigerian boogie record' courtesy of Theophilus London and Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker.

    They hooked up to make Hottest Record, Only You, after having both recently moved to LA.

    Theo told Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart that they wanted to "remake a classic that's obscure."

    They've certainly managed that.

    "In ten minutes we were done and I was like 'holy crap, this is great.'"

    Listen above.