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  1. Until tomorrow...

    That's it for today's Music News LIVE page - if you're just joining us scroll down to find out more on the return of Jamiroquai and why some fans of The 1975 are angry. 

    And Simon from Biffy Clyro talks about his "weird, conceptual" solo project. 

    We'll be back at the same time on Wednesday seeing if we can top Callum Scott's culinary tips for local Hull cuisine.

  2. Callum Scott: 'Who doesn't love a penguin?'

    Callum Scott

    Up against Rockabye in the Brit Awards best British single category is Callum Scott with his cover of Robyn's Dancing on My Own. 

    The Britain's Got Talent contender says his first album is "90% finished" and he's looking forward to a homecoming gig back in Hull, which is the City of Culture this year. 

    He told our music reporter Mark Savage what his top tip was if you're visiting the city. 

    Quote Message: They should go to The Deep, which is our submarium – an aquarium underwater. It’s quite cool. They’ve got penguins. Who doesn’t like a penguin? And we’ve got this thing called Chip Spice up there. It’s kind of like Peri Peri salt, but we had it way before Nando's. So come down to Hull.
  3. Anne-Marie gets 'sweaty' over Brits nomination

    Anne-Marie

    Anne-Marie has admitted she was shocked that she was nominated for her own Brit Award. 

    She's up for British breakthrough act against Blossoms, Rag 'N' Bone Man, Skepta and Stormzy. 

    She did think Clean Bandit's Rockabye, on which she sings, would get a nomination (and it did it's up for best British single) but she said her own nomination was a total surprise which left her "really sweating". 

    Rockabye was at number one for nine weeks including the Christmas number one but was toppled by Ed Sheeran before the 10th week. 

    She told our music reporter Mark Savage she had forgiven Ed.    

    Quote Message: I love Ed and we’re really good friends. I said to him, if there was anyone going to knock me off, then it’s fine for it to be him. I love Shape Of You, so I’m fine. I’M FINE!

    Anne-Marie also explained what she thought the secret of Rockabye’s success was.

    Quote Message: I think it had a really strong message. What’s good about pop music is, if you want, you can put a really deep message in there and reach as many people as possible - which is what I want to do. So hopefully it’s that. But it is really catchy, and it has Sean Paul on it.

    Sean Paul said he wanted to appear on it because he was raised by a single mum and Anne-Marie explained what her connection was to the song.

    Quote Message: It means a lot to me because I really love good humans, and I have a lot of friends who were raised just by their mums. All I wanted was a song to help people through if they’re ever feeling a bit down or they’re struggling, and that’s what it did for me.
  4. Radiohead announce US dates

    Radiohead have announced some US dates in March and April ahead of the Coachella Festival.

    The US concerts will start in Miami on 30 March before they play Atlanta, New Orleans, Kansas City, Seattle, Portland, Santa Barbara and Berkeley, California in April. 

    If you missed out on tickets for the band's two Manchester dates in July and are heading to the States on holiday the day to buy tickets is 20 January.   

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  5. Biffy Clyro frontman's 'weird' solo project

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    Simon Neil Biffy Clyro

    Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has given more details on what to expect from his "weird" solo project as ZZC. 

    He told the NME it is definitely not mainstream.  

    Quote Message: I’ve got a seven and a half minute masterpiece I call ‘The Myth’ – it’s this neo-classical thing that goes into a little bit of math-rock. I think it’s one of the best pieces of music I’ve ever written. It started as a score for an imaginary movie.

    He said he is going to do some live shows for it which will be "a lot more conceptual". 

    Quote Message: I’ve got a few really, really cool ideas for it. It’s going to be almost like the Pet Shop Boys. I’m going to be singing like Neil Tennant and my wife Francesca’s going to be like Chris Lowe at the back. She’s going to look like the girl from The Ring. I’m giving this all away now, but I’m going to get projections of people playing instruments and as I move around the stage I’m gonna join in.

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  6. Meek Mill to meet Drake in the ring?

    Meek Mill, Drake

    We told you earlier in the month how Soulja Boy and Chris Brown were planning to settle their feud with a $1m celebrity boxing match - well now Meek Mill has said he thinks that's a good idea as a way for him and Drake to settle their differences. 

    The Guardian report Mill said he'd be willing for a $5m prize. 

    However they and the New York Post think neither match will actually happen because of boxing rules and money issues. 

  7. Green Day's troubled new video

    Green Day have released the video for their new song Troubled Times.  

    "Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever," Billie Joe Armstrong said of video. 

    Released on Martin Luther King Jr day in the US, it honours the civil rights leader who was assasinated in 1968.

    It features scenes of protest through history and a ranting animated Donald Trump. 

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  8. Hamilton tickets already on resale sites

    Hamilton Broadway cast

    Tickets for the forthcoming West End production of the hit musical Hamilton are being resold for more than £2,000, only hours after being released.

    The musical, which tells the story of one of America's founding fathers Alexander Hamilton, won the Pulitzer Prize for its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will star in the West End production.

    Tickets went on pre-sale on Monday for up to £200 face value, but are on resale site Viagogo for more than 10 times that.

    It's despite the official retailer introducing a system to combat touts.

    Ticketmaster has said that tickets bought on resale sites will be rejected and people will have to swipe the credit card used to buy the tickets at the venue.

    The hip-hop musical will run from November at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

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  9. Sir Simon Rattle reveals plans for LSO

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Simon Rattle's first season as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra will launch with a 10-day celebration in September.

    Highlights of the festival will include an all-British line-up of composers for the opening concert featuring a new commission to rising star Helen Grime.

    There will also be a London-Paris link-up to celebrate Stravinsky.

     As part of a new scheme to attract more young people, all tickets for under-18s at LSO Barbican concerts will cost £5.

     And a new three-year programme, supported by Youth Music, will increase substantially the provision of musical opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities in east London.

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  10. Jamiroquai are back!

    After six years Jamiroquai are back.

    A tease of new music has been posted online with a space age promo video where Jay Kay wears a snazzy new sci fi style hat.  

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    Details of headline festival dates across Europe and Asia have also been released - although none yet for the UK.   

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  11. Springsteen tribute band pull out of inauguration

    Rolling Stone magazine

    The B Street Band

    We told you on Monday how Broadway singer and actress Jennifer Holliday had pulled out of performing at US president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

    Well another day, another act. 

    Now the Bruce Springsteen cover band The B Street Band have also withdrawn. 

    Will Forte, the group's 63-year-old keyboardist, manager, agent and publicist told Rolling Stone that the group had played the gala twice before and signed a contract for this year's gig in 2013, long before the presidential nominees were decided. 

    But "as time went by, the complexity of the situation became real immense and intense," he said.

    Bruce Springsteen has spoken out against Mr Trump and the band decided out of respect for their musical inspiration, they had to pull out.

    Quote Message: "We had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band. I don't want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn't working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out."

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  12. Guess who's back people?

    Q Magazine

    Q Magazine

    Liam Gallagher

    That's right, the Prince of Britpop himself Liam Gallagher will perform alongside fellow Manc frontman Richard Ashcroft again very soon.

    Aside from occasional humourous tweets (like the picture above) Gallagher junior has taken a break from the limelight since the demise of his post Oasis outfit Beady Eye, but recently confirmed he is working on his first solo album.

    The pair go way back to when an unknown Verve and Oasis toured together in the early 90s and now Ashcroft has confirmed to Q Magazine that he will perform alongside his old mucker once again later in the year.

    Richard Ashcroft

    Ashcroft, who will play a series of UK shows this summer, said: “I played a show with Noel a few months ago and I’m playing with Liam later in the year.

    “I wouldn’t be daft enough to give Liam any advice on going solo. He can just be himself and do what he loves and people will connect to it.

    Quote Message: We miss those characters, those people with an opinion. Most people just don’t [give an opinion] unless they believe they’re getting some sort of PC credit. Then they’re out there, appeal after appeal, holding babies and making everyone feel really guilty and miserable around Christmas.”

    Liam recently criticized brother Noel for signing up to support U2, but now seems set to do the same himself for Wigan's finest.

    The pair are already on the same bill at Norway's Bergenfest on 14 June but no UK dates together have been confirmed as yet.

    However Richard's word is good enough for us for now.

    You'd be a Lucky Man to see both in one evening.

  13. Line-up for Brits Week War Child gigs

    We told you earlier how the 1975 had signed up to perform a War Child gig in London in the run-up to the Brit Awards well we have details now on the rest of the line-up. 

    Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Basement Jaxx, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Richard Hawley and Paul Weller will also be doing Brits Week War Child gigs.   

    The shows start on 14 February with Tinie Tempah, Lianne La Havas, Anne-Marie and Darline at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. 

    Other acts taking part include Wild Beasts, Jack Savoretti, Stefflon Don, Avelino and Abra Cadabra before the shows end on 24 February.

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  14. Notting Hill Carnival safety warning

    Notting Hill Carnival

     A report into violence at the Notting Hill Carnival in London last year has led to safety warnings from the police about the festival. 

    The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee revealed that four people were severely injured after being stabbed at last year's event and said violence has increased to the extent that it is now at a "tipping point". 

    The report said the Carnival organisers must be given more support and called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to draw up a public safety plan. 

    The Mayor's office has ordered a review - but has ruled out cancelling the festival or moving it to another site.

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  15. U2 add more Joshua Tree dates

    U2

    U2 have added extra dates to their Joshua Tree tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album. 

    The tickets that went on sale Tuesday morning for eight UK and European shows sold out and they've now added second and final shows in London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. 

    They are: 

    9 July - Twickenham Stadium, London

    16 July - Rome’s Olympic Stadium 

    26 July - Paris at Stade De France 

    30 July- Amsterdam ArenA. 

    Tickets go on sale for these dates on Monday 23 January. 

  16. T in the Park organisers told to pay back £50,000

    T in the Park

    The organisers of T in the Park will have to pay back a third of a £150,000 Scottish government grant awarded to help the festival relocate.  

    The event was forced to move from Balado in Kinross to Strathallan Castle in 2015 over concerns about an oil pipeline that ran under the site.

    DF Concerts confirmed in November that the festival will not take place this year.

    The promoter has now been asked to pay back £50,000 of the grant.

    Councillors gave permission for the festival to be held at Strathallan Castle for three years, following a public consultation.

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  17. George Michael friend links death to drugs

    George Michael

    George Michael's childhood friend Andros Georgiou has linked the singer's death to drugs.

    "Hard drugs had been back in his life," he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, adding the singer had been addicted to crack cocaine in the past.

    Mr Georgiou grew up with Michael and the two referred to each other as cousins. He added: "I just think he took too much of something, mixed with antidepressants."

    The star died aged 53 on Christmas Day.

    A post-mortem examination was "inconclusive" and more tests are being carried out to determine the cause of death.  

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  18. Is that you playing Rick? Or David Bowie?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Rick Wakeman

    Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman has solved the mystery surrounding the piano playing on the David Bowie classic Oh You Pretty Things.

    Wakeman spoke to 5 Live's Danny Baker over the weekend following the one year anniversary of Bowie's death.

    And it seems with the passage of time that the piano man has forgotten which parts belonged to him and his old pal Dave.

    You can listen to the full show here, as Rick talks to Danny about his new classical album Piano Portraits, as well as his time working with Bowie, Yes, Cat Stevens and more.

  19. The 1975 reschedule European tour and some fans are angry

    Matty Healy

    If you were planning on flying over to Europe for a cheeky weekend break and a date with The 1975, then you best hold off booking those flights as the band have postponed their forthcoming European tour.

    Matty and the lads have blamed "unforeseen circumstances" for the delay which will affect 16 dates across countries including the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany and Sweden.   

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    The 1975 were nominated for two Brit awards at the weekend and are due to perform at the ceremony on 22 February at London’s O2 Arena and have just announced a secret gig for War Child on 21 February - when they are meant to be playing in Prague... 

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  20. Did you survive Blue Monday?

    New Order

    If you're reading this then you must have done.  So well done on making it through statistically the most depressing day of the year as it's all plain sailing from here on in apparently.

    Today we'll bring you Liam Gallagher news, The 1975 have postponed their European tour and hold on to your massive impractical hats for the return of Jamiroquai.

    Check out yesterday's blog for plenty of reasons to be happy, including grime star Skepta leading the Brit award nominations. Christine and the Queens hoping for new record 'by end of the year' and is that Paul Weller in disguise?  Well, erm...yeah it is.

    Plus Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday becomes the latest to dump Trump.