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  1. Congratulations...

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    We've made it though another humpday everyone.

    We'll leave you in the company of the inspirational 11-year-old champion turntablist DJ Kool Flash.

    Scroll back down for new videos from the Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys and Neneh Cherry, 21 Savage's lawyers confirming he's London-born, Gaga heading for the Grammys this weekend (and Ariana pulling out), plus fresh calls for an investigation into the death of the Godfather of Soul.

    Meet you back here on Thursday morning.

  2. New Chemical Bros video has us dancing

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    And we are not the only ones by the look of it.

    Check out the new Michael Gondry-directed video for Tom and Ed's Got to Keep On and try not to bust some grooves.

    Though perhaps not the shapes that occur halfway through, when the dancers start melding into one another.

    It kind of reminds us of a less gory Society*

    *For non-horror geeks - its a 1989 horror film which was not for the faint hearted and still gives us shudders,

  3. New Teddy Pendergrass doc to air this week

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    If You Don’t Know Me is due to premiere on Friday night in the US.

    The documentary, directed by Olivia Lichtenstein, features rare archive footage of the soul singer, as well as interviews with the singer’s friends, family and music industry colleagues like Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

    The film chronicles Pendergrass’s career, from his childhood in Philadelphia during the Sixties to his rise to fame and his comeback after a 1982 car crash which nearly killed him, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

    He died in 2010 aged 60.

    It's due to be broadcast on the BBC later this year.

  4. Nirvana manager to release book to mark anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death

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    The band's former manager Danny Goldberg, titled Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, is due for release on 2 April.

    “I began to work with Kurt the year before Nevermind was recorded and remained close to him until days before his death,” he said in a statement.

    “Media depictions of Kurt typically focus on the tragedy of his death. While it is impossible to ignore the inner demons which tormented him, in researching and writing Serving the Servant I have been more often reminded of Kurt’s brilliance, his sense of humour and his kindness to most of those around him."

    The Nirvana singer took his own life, aged 27, on 5 April 1994.

    The book will feature the manager’s own memories of Kurt and interviews with the late singer's family and friends.

  5. Ariana Grande won't be at Grammys after 'disagreement' with bosses

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    While Lady Gaga is apparently now performing at the Grammys (scroll down), Ariana is apparently not.

    The star has apparently fallen out with the producers over which songs she can perform at the ceremony.

    According an unverified report in Variety magazine, Ari felt “insulted” after producers refused to allow her to play her number one single 7 Rings

    A compromise to include the track as part of a medley, hit the skids after the producers insisted the second song would be of their choosing.

    It has echoes of the Grammys' row with Lorde last year. The New Zealander claimed she'd been barred from performing a song from Melodrama (which was up for best album) and was instead asked to perform in a Tom Petty tribute.

    Just like Ari, she said "thank u, next".

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  6. Billie Eilish has fought to prove herself

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    The teenage LA singer-songwriter releases her debut album next month and has been speaking to Radio 1's Annie Mac about her future plans.

    Billie writes and records with her big brother Finneas and told the presenter she had to fight to demonstrate she wasn't just a frontwoman.

    "It definitely took a minute but I proved myself to them with everything I've created."

    Judging by reactions to her latest tracks like You Should See Me in Crown and Bury a Friend, she may have a point.

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  7. Eminem praises comic's send up of his freestyle

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    The rapper tweeted a clip of comic actor Chris D'Elia - who you might know from shows like Whitney and The Good Doctor, mimicking him.

    In the clip, D'Elia paces around a litter strewn garage as he breathlessly spits out bars of rhyming nonsense in a similar fashion to Em's recent cyhpers.

    "I actually though it was me," says Slim.

  8. Pet Shop Boys take aim at politics and social media in new tracks

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    The electro pop stars have taken an aim at populist politics and the world of Twitter and Wikipedia in two new tracks.

    The Guardian points out the opening lines of Give Stupidity a Chance:

    Intelligent people have had their say / It’s time for the foolish to show the way / We’ve had quite enough of experts and their dealings / Why face the facts when you can just feel the feelings?

    ...is a jab at Tory MP Michael Gove, who said during the Brexit campaign: "I think the people of this country have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong."

    The line: Chicks are always up for it / You’ve got to grab whatever you can is a dig at President Trump's infamous line about grabbing women.

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    In Social Media (below), frontman Neil Tennant sings:When you care about issues of the day / check your facts on Wikipedia / you can get into an argument right away / if you're on social media.

    Stirring stuff.

    Pet Shop Boys are about to kick off a tour of Asia, where presumably they wont be doing much 'Grammin.

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  9. UK rapper Ms Banks will join Little Mix at the Brits

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    The rapper confirmed on social media she will perform with "the biggest girl group in the world", adding she would "add a lil hood vibe".

    We featured the south London rapper as a Newbie Tuesday following last year's Great Escape festival in Brighton.

    Ms Banks said in a statement: “Can’t wait to perform with the girls, I just love women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go for it, their whole aura screams FIERCE!!!”

    Other performers include George Ezra, Sam Smith, Dua Lipa and The 1975.

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  10. CNN investigation suggests foul play in death of James Brown

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    More than a dozen people close to the late music legend have told a new series on US news broadcaster CNN that they want a new post mortem or a criminal investigation of his death.

    The Godfather of Soul died in on Christmas Day 2006 at the age of 73, following a heart attack.

    Dr Marvin Crawford, who signed the singer's death certificate told CNN he did not believe Brown died of natural causes.

    "He changed too fast," Crawford said. "He died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?"

    Brown's manager, his widow, his son, and several friends and associates have all apparently raised similar questions about his death.

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  11. Rapper Angel Haze announces UK tour sparking rumours of an album

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    It's been four years since the New York rapper's second album Back To The Woods

    Responding to one fan on Twitter asking: “Where did this tour just drop from?”

    She replied “something cominnnn”.

    Bad spelling aside, it's potentially exciting news for fans of the musician, who came third in the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll.

    .She's playing UK dates in May in Glasgow, Norwich, Manchester, London and Birmingham.

  12. Australian R Kelly tour announced

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    The beleaguered singer has announced a new tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, sparking widespread criticism in light of the recent abuse allegations against him.

    The R&B star announced his plans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, but later deleted the posts.

    The proposed concerts would come on the heels of a documentary series - which was broadcast in the UK on Tuesday night - detailing decades of alleged sexual abuse by the artist.

    Local politicians have called for him to be barred from entering Australia.

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  13. Lady Gaga to play the Grammys and miss the Baftas

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    Lady Gaga will perform at the Grammys this Sunday, Variety has reported.

    The star is up for five awards at the music event - but it means she'll miss the Bafta films awards in London, where she's nominated for best actress for A Star Is Born.

    Gaga has previously won six Grammys, the last coming in 2015 for her collaboration album with Tony Bennett.

    With Oscar campaigning still going strong, the decision to stay in LA probably makes sense. The high-profile TV slot will play better with voters at the Academy, where she's up for best actress and best original song.

    In British news - Dua Lipa and mark Ronson are also best to perform.

    Dua is so excited she has actually written the word "screeching".

    Us: CHEERING

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  14. Camera phones a plenty in new Neneh Cherry video

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    The Swedish-born singer is viewing life through the lens in the new video for her track Natural Skin Deep.

    It was filmed in Lebanon and sees her every moved being filmed by crowds of people.

    The jazzy percussive track is taken from her album Broken Politics which was released in October.

    She is playing the Roundhouse in London next week.

  15. McPhee's journey from American Idol to the West End stage

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    Katharine McPhee in Waitress and promoting American Idol in 2006

    It's often said that runner-ups in talent shows tend to fare better than the actual winners.

    You only have to look at Olly Murs and One Direction, whose post-X Factor careers have far outstripped those of the men who beat them. (Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle, in case you were wondering.)

    The same holds true for Katharine McPhee, whose second place finish on American Idol in 2006 led to a lucrative recording career, the lead in cult TV series Smash, and the title role in Broadway musical Waitress.

    The same success managed to elude actual winner Taylor Hicks, the title of whose 2005 debut album - Under the Radar - is a sadly apt summation of his post-Idol career.

    Katharine McPhee as Jenna in Waitress

    Now 34, McPhee will soon be seen reprising her role in Waitress on the West End stage.

    Based on the 2007 film of the same name, the show tells of a newly pregnant pie-maker called Jenna who dreams of escaping both her small town and a loveless marriage.

    "I was really waiting for the right vehicle for me to be introduced into the theatre world and this show was that," Katharine explains.

    "I knew it would be a perfect first show for me and it's a huge honour to be asked to do it in London."

    The primary draw for McPhee was the musical’s songs, written by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles of Love Song and Brave fame.

    "Sara's so good at telling stories about heartbreak," the actress says. "She really captures the lost dreams of Jenna, the feeling of being stuck and not having a place to go."

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    It helps that McPhee used to wait tables herself in her native Los Angeles and has also been known to bake the odd pie.

    "I'm quite a good baker actually," she says proudly. "I wouldn't say I'm good at making up my own recipes, but I follow instructions pretty well."

    Waitress, which also stars 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer, previews at the Adelphi theatre in London from Friday.

    To whet your appetite, here's some footage from an open rehearsal that took place last month.

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  16. 21 Savage was born in London, his lawyers say

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    US immigration officials may have targeted the rapper 21 Savage because he condemned their behaviour in a new song, his lawyers have claimed.

    The Grammy-nominee was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, by US Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Sunday.

    ICE says 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is a British national who moved to the States aged 12 in 2005.

    Savage's lawyers say he first arrived in the US aged seven and remained until June 2005, when he returned to the UK for about a month before travelling back to the US.

    His lawyers say he lost his legal immigrant status in 2006 "through no fault of his own" and should be eligible to fight his removal from the country in court.

    They have also suggested he was arrested after he rapped about them in his new song A Lot, which criticises migrant children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

    In it he raps: Started from the bottom straight from the gutter, so I had to go a lil' harder / The lights was off, the gas was off, so we had to boil up the water / Been through some things so I can't imagine my kids stuck at the border

    "We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr Abraham-Joseph," said his legal team in a statement. "But we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court."

    21 Savage has received support from other musicians including rappers Cardi B and Meek Mill.

  17. Hello everyone

    Pink

    And might we start by saying how tickled pink we are to have join us for another day of Music News LIVE.

    Lets kick things off with the real Pink getting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2,656th star to be precise.

    Pink was joined by her husband and two kids at the ceremony in a rainy Los Angeles on Tuesday.

    She said of her near 20-year-career: "I thought I could have a hit record but I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have two decades of this insane fun with a family of people I love.

    "Today for me is a celebration of something that my dad taught me, and that is: to thine own self be true."

    True, true.

    Pink made her point by dancing a little jig on her new star.

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    Elsewhere today:

    • 21 Savage's lawyers confirm he was born in east London
    • American X Factor contestant heads to the West End
    • A news investigation suggests foul play in the death of soul legend James Brown

    Let's get going...