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The Skids' frontman remembers their legendary 'Into the Valley' performance on TOTP.

That was the advice of legendary DJ John Peel to Scottish punk rockers The Skids back in the day - according to Richard Jobson from the band.

He spoke to 6 Music's Steve Lamacq about their cult classic performance of hit Into The Valley on Top of the Pops above.

With John Peel's words in mind, we'll keep our farewell today brief too.

Scroll down for news of Stormzy's special guest list, Blondie's only UK show of the tour and new music from Haim, Niall Horan and LCD Soundsystem...well, nearly.

At least there will have been by the time we next speak tomorrow morning.

Play it loud in your house. IN YOUR HOUSE.

Niall Horan releases new song Slow Hands

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We're all heading back to Niall's place, apparently, on his groovy new single.

Slow Hands (possibly not about Eric Clapton) is the follow up to his debut solo track This Town and you can check it out above.

On it he urges his friend to "slow down" as he "wants to do it all night".

We assume they're binge-watching a new series on Netflix or something?

Niall will be co-hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show tomorrow morning, remember, so don't forget to tune in.

Here's 7 things we discovered about Niall from a preview of his interview with Grimmy.

We bet that One Direction email chain has got some good stuff in it...

LCD Soundsystem to release two new songs...TONIGHT

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Where are your friends tonight?

Well hopefully not bothering you at exactly midnight.

That's when LCD Soundsystem will drop two new songs entitled Call the Police and American Dream.

According to the band's Facebook page the tracks will drop digitally at the witching hour, wherever you are (so Aussie fans get an unfair advantage).

Frontman James Murphy also revealed the band's new album is nearly done and that it has been "one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (I think it is, for sure, the happiest I've ever been making a record.)"

Okay, so alarms set for midnight people...or you may turn into a pumpkin.

Throwback Thursday: When Blondie went hip hop

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If you've been with us today you'll know that Debbie and the gang smashed their only UK show of this tour (scroll down for our review).

Don't worry if you missed it as they'll be back over here again this summer.

Our #TBT today takes us back to 1981, when the New York new wave pop-rockers changed direction and went all hip hop on our asses.

The video for Rapture was considered by many to be the first ever rap video to appear on MTV.

All together now: "Fab Five Freddie told me everybody's fly...

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Tito Jackson praises UK fans... as he heads to Blackpool

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Tito Jackson praises UK fans as The Jacksons prepare for Blackpool gig

We hope he and his brothers get to spend some time at the Pleasure Beach when The Jacksons play at the Livewire Festival over the August bank holiday weekend.

Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon are playing the Headlands Arena at the event which will feature Pete Waterman's Hit Factory and, on the Sunday, Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff - making their UK debut.

Who needs Miami?

The Jacksons performed together from 1964 until 1989 and reunited following Michael's death in 2009.

But Blackpool will be a new experience for them...Listen above. 

Student completes her final Uni essay on...Beyonce

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Student Molly Inglis and Queen Bey

"What is Beyonce feminism?" we hear you ask.

It's certainly been keeping us up all night.

Well, help is at hand as - for the past year - 20-year-old Molly Inglis has been analysing 10,000 words from Bey's lyrics and now she's submitted a 66-page essay to her tutors at the University of Warwick.

The sociology student told Newsbeat: "She promotes very sex-positive messages."

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Brad from The Vamps reveals some oscar-winning gossip

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Brad joins Grimmy for Breakfast and he's got his eye on the presenter's chair!

Brad from The Vamps joined Nick Grimshaw and the Radio 1 brekkie team this morning.

The caffeine-hyped singer let them in on some Vamps gossip involving cheeseburgers, after-party stories and the possible theft of Casey Affleck’s Oscar.

Listen above.

Watch Neneh Cherry in her film debut

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Neneh Cherry is the latest singer to tread the well-worn post-pop path towards feature films.

In Stockholm My Love, she plays architect Alva, who one year on is still struggling to recover from a traumatic event. So she bunks off work and wanders the streets of the Swedish capital city.

The star, who was born in Sweden, also contributes five new songs to the soundtrack.

It premiered at the London Film Festival last year and is to be released in June.

Check out the trailer below.

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Meanwhile Neneh's daughter Mabel is continuing her run at pop stardom and made her TV debut on Later...with Jools earlier this week.

Watch the show on BBC Two, tomorrow night at 23:15.

Reckon you could drum along with Blondie?

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Well 6 Music DJ Shaun Keaveny had a crack at Heart of Glass and turns out it's a lot harder than it seems. 

The New York band's drummer Clem Burke gave the breakfast show presenter some tips on the sticks ahead of their only UK gig of this current tour (scroll down for a review).

Play along at home - if you dare.

By the way it's supposed to sound a little something like this...

Justin Bieber: *5 things we learned from his tour rider

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Remember earlier when we told you how a music journalist in India had revealed some rather bizarre backstage demands from the Biebster?

Sure you do.

Well our man Steven McIntosh has had a closer look at the document and here's what he learned.

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*Our favourite being #4: A whirlpool is the best way to Love Yourself.

Blocking unreleased Prince EP will cost his family $1m

Billboard magazine

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The executors of Prince's estate must shell out $1m (£775,000) if they want to continue preventing the release of the unheard music, a court in Minnesota has ruled.

A federal judge extended a restraining order issued last month preventing the release of the Deliverance EP - six previously unreleased songs recorded by engineer Ian Boxill - with the $1m serving as a bond.

The payment is due on 12 May and it will extend the restraining order until 22 May. 

The EP was due to coincide with the first anniversary of Prince's death on 21 April.

Prince's estate claim Boxill doesn't own the rights to the material.

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The Beat saxophonist Saxa dies aged 87

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Lionel Martin, better known as Saxa, of the influential Brimingham ska band The Beat has died at the age of 87.

The news was announced by his bandmate Roger Charlery aka Ranking Roger on Facebook (pictured together above).

"I am so very sad and sorry to have to announce to the world that the great Saxa passed away in his sleep last night," he wrote.

"I am in tears and will miss you so much. Nobody could ever be like you. We will miss you dearly my mentor. :((( " 

The saxophonist, who was born in Jamaica, performed with many ska and reggae pioneers including Prince Buster, and Desmond Dekker.

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Happy Star Wars Day everyone...

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May the 4th be with you.

Chris Evans marked this momentous day by getting five kids from around the country to produce their own alternative versions of the film's classic theme tune.

From the euphonium to the violin - via the bagpipes, there's some musical talent out there, in a galaxy far, far... well really close actually.

Fans attack Katy Perry for Instagram photo

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Katy Perry is being slated for posting the front page of a newspaper showing her Met Gala outfit alongside an image of a French policeman on fire.

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The pop star shared the photo with a caption "All the news that's fit to print," with a heart emoji.

But some people have labelled the post insensitive.

"Disgusting. Are you really so selfish Katy? Is your dress really so important that you think this is at all acceptable? I hope that police officer makes it home to his family," wrote one user.

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Miley Cyrus says she's clear of drugs in new interview

Billboard magazine

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Well Ed clearly enjoys a swift half but now the always outspoken Miley Cyrus has given a revealing interview to Billboard, saying she's kicking all of her vices into touch.

She talks about her new single Malibu - a love letter to her actor fiance Liam Hemsworth, her sister Noah Cyrus's burgeoning career and giving up smoking cannabis... for three weeks.

"I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it]. I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do."

She also appears to throw some shade Ed Sheeran's way when the interviewer asks if her new album is akin to singer-songwriter material.

"Yeah. But not granola. I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and stuff."


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Watch Ed Sheeran's new video for Galway Girl

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It stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan - the one that pranked Ed by spelling his new tattoo Galway Grill and it lets you spend three minutes and nineteen seconds in Ed's shoes as he goes for a night out in Galway.

He can also take a punch like a champ it seems.

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Beat this! Shoes with classic drum machine built in

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So after the Hillary Clinton shoe arrived in the Katy Perry range and Noel Gallagher's mop-topped head found its way on to the tongue of a trainer... finally there is some new footwear for hip hop fans to bang on about.

Adidas have designed a sneaker with a classic Roland TR-808 drum machine built in.

There are six pre-programmed settings as well as a tempo control and a start/stop button.

So no excuses now - you can hip hop to it and knock out a Grammy-winning track while waiting at the bus stop.

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Fun Fact: Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing is actually believed to be one of the first major hits which features the 808 drum machine.

Have a listen below...and insert your own gag about the 'soul' of these new shoes above.

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Paramore share new video as they continue comeback

Paramore have gone a little bit math-rocky on their newest track Told You So which follows on from their comeback Hard Times released last month.

It precedes a new album, After Laughter, which is due out on 12 May and sees the return of the band's original drummer Zac Farro.

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Singer Hayley Williams spoke to Radio 1 last month about the band's new music.

Hayley introduces Paramore's new single Hard Times on New Music Friday.

Adele is rolling in the deep (pot of cash)

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As well as being a Stormzy mega fan (scroll down) it seems Adele is also now richest living female solo artist in UK.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, the singer comes home in joint 19th alongside Queen guitarist Brian May, with each boasting a small fortune of £125m.

This means she's the richest solo female musician in the paper's annual wealth survey, which is dominated by, well, let's be honest here... mainly old white men.

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Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell sit in top spot with a combined value of £780m (buying Christmas presents must be a nightmare).

They are followed in the top six by West End mogul Lord Lloyd Webber, U2, Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.

Adele is up £40m on last year, which goes to show you never know what you'll find down the back of the couch or in your old jeans pockets.

Read the full list here.

Justin Bieber's perfectly reasonable rider for Indian gig

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We mean, who doesn't need 12 white handkerchiefs, both large and small white socks and half a gallon of almond milk... and of course the Indian Yoga casket.

The Biebs' reported tour rider ahead of his show in Mumbai have gone viral online.

It's the first time the singer has performed in the country.

Ahead of the show, music journalist Arjun S Ravi claims to have seen a press release outlining Justin's reasonable requests.

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We should at this point say we don't have an official confirmation from Justin's people as to whether Arjun's claim is accurate.

But we really hope it is.

Blondie still at the top of the game after 40 years

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They were in their 20's when guitarist Chris Stein and Debbie Harry hooked up with drummer Clem Burke in 1970s New York to form the influential post punk poppers Blondie but returning to the Roundhouse stage in London nearly 40 years after they played the show which made their name in the UK, the band have lost none of their energy.

Now a sprightly 71 years old, the first lady of rock Debbie Harry took to the stage with a bumblebee aliceband - a tip of the hat to the band's new album Pollinator, which is out tomorrow, and a black tabard emblazoned with glittery letters and the words STOP ******* THE PLANET.

You can fill in the blanks.

The band then went straight into two back-to-back classics, opening with One Way or Another before launching straight into Hanging On The Telephone.

Introducing the latter, the perma-shaded Harry, asked after the phone ringing intro, "Hello, is that the Roundhouse? London?"

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The remainder of the set was peppered with the band's back catalogue including Call Me, a rousing rendition of Atomic (made famous in the original Trainspotting) and Heart of Glass - no Sunday Girl or The Tide is High though...boooo.

The pick of the new album was also represented - the track Fun showed the band are still capable of writing a great pop tune while other new tracks from Pollinator were given an outing.

"We all love Johnny Marr," announced Harry as she played his song My Monster and Gravity, which was written by Charli XCX.

They even managed to squeeze in a cover of the Beastie Boys' Fight for Your Right to Party. 

Elsewhere on the album are tracks written by the likes of Dev Hynes and Sia and The Strokes' Nick Valensi. The fact of working with these artists, is proof surely that even into their golden years, the band remain as relevant and potent as ever.

This was the only UK date in their tour, though they do return to London on 30 June to support Phil Collins at Hyde Park.

Check out their latest video for Long Time below.

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Adele proves she's never too big for her boots

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"I was in the O2 singing my lungs out // Rudeboy, you're never too big for Adele"... the old song Stormzy rap goes.

Well the grime star continued his three night residency at another London venue last night; Brixton Academy, and it seems the roles were reversed.

The pop queen was in the house and she was the one singing her lungs out to the lyrics about... well... herself.

A fan caught this beautiful moment on camera below.

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The feeling of respect and love between the two London artists is clearly mutual.

One glance at this T-shirt tells you all you need to know.

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You wear it well Stormzy.

Adele isn't the only celebrity fan of the Storm man though.

He even got a big shout out from the Mayor of London himself.

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Alanis Morissette's crooked ex-manager gets 6 years in jail

The Hollywood Reporter

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Jonathan Schwatz, who pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $5m (£3.9m) from Alanis Morissette, will be sent to jail for six years, a judge in the US has ruled.

The former business manager pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in January.

His lawyers had requested a sentence of one year and one day behind bars, followed by another year of house arrest and 2,000 hours of community service.

Morissette - who appeared at a hearing in California on Wednesday - told the court her ability to trust "has been shaken to the core" because of Schwartz.

Last month, her disgraced ex-manager told The Hollywood Reporter that his behaviour was driven by a gambling addiction.

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Haim are back...and they want you back too

Last week, they teased up with a new pre-single live offering Right Now, but now Haim are officially back with the first single taken off their forthcoming record Something to Tell You.

The three LA sisters had the honour of their comeback track Want You Back being MistaJam's hottest record in the world last night and you can listen above.

Sadly, it isn't a Michael Jackson cover. It is, however, very good.

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Make me tonight...

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...tonight...Music News Liiiiive...

(We think those are the lyrics anyway).

Morning all, hope this Thursday morning finds you well.

Today we'll have the official return of Haim and Debbie Harry and Blondie (pictured above) prove they've still got it at a brilliant UK gig at a venue they first played nearly 40 years ago.

Plus guess which very special - and according to a new rich list, very wealthy - guest popped into to say Hello to Stormzy as he closed his sold out hometown residency?