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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

All times stated are UK

  1. The Weekend has landed

    Paul Banks of Inteprol

    Well, not quite exactly...

    That's the name of the new one from New York indie rockers, Interpol.

    It's taken from their forthcoming new EP, A Fine Mess, which will be released on 17 May.

    The band will support The Strokes at All Points East festival in London in May, before playing a gig at Galvanizer's Yard in Glasgow.

    Check it out below and scroll down for news of Rammstein evoking anger in Germany with a new music tease, R Kelly's former hairdresser goes public with her allegations and the spirits (well, holograms) of Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly are set to tour the UK together.

    See you tomorrow for the last ever Music News LIVE - we'll bring the tissues.

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  2. Beck teams up with Cage the Elephant on new track

    Beck and Matt Schultz

    Night Running is the latest taster from the band's forthcoming fifth album, Social Clues in April.

    Cage the Elephant are playing a short UK tour in June and are also touring with Beck throughout the summer.

    The album was written during the break-up of singer Matt Shultz’s marriage.

    “I let images just arise in my mind and wait for it to evoke an emotional response and then when it does, I know I'm on to something," he says.

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  3. Slowthai announces debut album for May

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    One of the BBC's Sound of 2019 runners-up, the Northampton rapper has announced his debut LP will come out on 17 May.

    Titled Nothing Great About Britain (a slogan which he already has inked on his skin), the 11 tracks include the previously released Doorman and Peace of Mind (above).

    The cover features the nude singer standing in the stocks in the middle of a housing estate. Must have been some party the night before...

    "I love and appreciate you all," he wrote on Twitter.

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  4. Seven essential Liverpool songs and the stories behind them

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    The 6 Music Festival begins tomorrow in Liverpool, featuring the likes of Little Simz (scroll down for more from her), The Good, the Bad & the Queen and local acts The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones and She Drew the Gun.

    Ahead of the event the station have kindly made brand new Liverpool music mix, dedicated to the city’s rich musical heritage.

    And they've made a list of seven essential Liverpool songs and the stories behind them.

    It's not all about The Beatles, you know...

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  5. Throwback Thursday: Hear pre-Zombie Iggy produced by Bowie

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    Earlier today we told you Iggy Pop and a few other music stars are to set to appear in a new zombie movie by Jim Jarmusch (scroll down).

    Our final ever #TBT on Music News LIVE then takes us back to 1973, before Iggy had even considered life on screen in the underworld.

    Gimme Danger, taken from The Stooges' album Raw Power, would go on to provide the title for Jarmusch's documentary about the influential punk band.

    It was produced by Iggy and his pal David Bowie, who made a mix of the track, which you can hear above.

    You are welcome.

  6. Rap song erased from US country chart

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    A song that mixed country and rap has been removed from Billboard's country chart, despite reaching the top 20.

    Lil Nas X's Old Town Road has become a viral hit in the US, with social media support from Justin Bieber, Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen.

    The song, which blends trap beats with banjos and lyrics about "ridin' on a tractor", is currently the third-most streamed song on US Spotify.

    But Billboard has argued its inclusion on the country chart was a mistake.

    The company, which compiles the US charts, did not publicise the change but told Rolling Stone the song was removed after a "review" of its musical merits.

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    It reminds us a little of the Rednex' mid nineties' monstrosity/classic (depending on who your ask at MNL) Cotton Eye Joe.

    Country or dance?

  7. New videos from K-Pop band Monsta X and Steve Aoki; and Flume

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    It's lunchtime and we think you deserve some new music as you've been so well behaved this morning.

    So, check out two new videos.

    First up, it's the collab between Korean pop band Monsta X and American DJ and producer Steve Aoki.

    The video for Play It Cool sees Steve chilling out to his own song on his car stereo while the boys do the normal kind of things people do when they find themselves in an otherwise deserted mansion.

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    Below, Aussie DJ Flume enlists pal, rapper Reo Cragun for vocal duties on his new track Friends.

    It's taken from Hi This Is Flume, his first new music since the Grammy-winning 2016 album, Skin.

    Take your pick.

  8. RZA says Wu-Tang Clan belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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    More on RZA now - scroll down rap/zombie movie fans...

    In an interview with Rolling Stone mag, the 49-year-old New York rapper has declared his seminal hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

    They've been eligible for induction since 2017 - 25 years after the release of their first record; 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

    He argues the rap has taken on the rock 'n' roll baton.

    “It may take some time to get in there, He said. "I think it’s good for us and I think it’s good for rock and roll because hip hop is a form of music that grabs from every genre, but definitely grabs from rock and roll.”

    He added: “Rock and roll has a certain spirit; it was the spirit of the sixties and seventies youth.

    Quote Message: Hip-hop is the eighties, nineties, up to now - the youth. It’s called hip-hop, but it’s in the same spirit of rock and roll at the end of the day. Lyrical stories, music, unorthodox, dissonant sometimes, energetic - all the things that rock is and was hip-hop embodies.

    The 34th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony takes place tomorrow night, when The Cure, Janet Jackson and Radiohead will be among the inductees.

    Bryan Ferry is also set to reunite with Roxy Music for their first live performance in 8 years, as they go into the class of 2019 too, along with Stevie Nicks.

  9. Big Narstie Show and Bros nominated for Baftas

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    The Channel 4 Friday night comedy chat show, hosted (nominally) by the south London rapper and (actually) by comedian Mo Gilligan has been nominated in the category for best comedy entertainment programme.

    It's up against the The Last Leg, A League of their Own and Would I Lie to You.

    "Fully gassed!" tweeted Narstie.

    Big up to the Brixton massive...

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    Elsewhere, the Bros documentary, After the Screaming Stops, has even more chance of winning a Bafta, with three nominations.

    The BBC doc charted the emotional return of the Goss brothers.

    BBC thriller Killing Eve leads this year's award nominations overall, with its stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer both up for best actress.

    Last year we looked into how the show's killer soundtrack was made.

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  10. Praise for new mental health charity set up in Avicii's name

    BBC Newsbeat

    Avicii

    BBC Newsbeat have been speaking to DJs and people in the electronic music industry about the news that a new charitable foundation is being set up in the late DJ's name.

    As reported in MNL on Wednesday, the Tim Berghling Foundation will tackle issues like mental health and suicide prevention.

    "One of the main issues Avicii's death highlighted was the reluctance of men to talk about the subject of mental health," Tristan Hunt from the Association For Electronic Music said.

    He's the co-chair of a group that's working to improve mental and physical health among fans and professionals in the dance music industry.

    "His suicide brought into sharp relief just how many men suffer from this, especially within our industry.

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  11. Orchestra for recovering addicts will perform this week

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    Video caption: A Bristol orchestra for recovering addicts will perform this week

    The Recovery Orchestra was set up by Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) to help individuals using their services.

    It encourages people to take up an instrument or use the skills they already had in a joint musical activity.

    The group, funded by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, will perform at a Bristol church this week.

    Watch above.

    They are the second such project in the UK, coming after the British Composer Award-nominated New Note Orchestra in Brighton.

  12. US rapper Cupcakke in spat with UK promoter over cancelled tour

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    A UK production company says it has been left out of pocket after cancelling the rapper's tour at the last minute when she did not board a plane in the States.

    Cupcakke was due to kick off her UK tour in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

    Slay Presents took to social media to announce the gig was cancelled, posting screenshots of a text conversation conversation with the rapper - whose real name is Elizabeth Harris - in which she said she had missed a flight from Chicago.

    When told she could get on a later flight, she responds by asking if the Glasgow show could be moved.

    Writing on Facebook - Slay said: "She made no attempt to enter the UK despite many alternative flight options suggested to her to arrive today as per agreement and her work Visa to complete the tour which has many dates near sold out.

    "As yet she has provided no statement or information as to why she has let her fans down and chose not to board the flight or any alternative flight options later in the day which would have landed her in the UK in good time to start the tour and is now not responding to any calls/texts or emails."

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    Cupcakke has now responded on Twitter (above) to claim she informed the promoters she was ill and said she was being treated "like I'm some criminal".

    In an update on Facebook - Slay Presents says the tour deposit has been paid back and refunds will be offered to ticketholders.

    Buy it said it had not been paid "for non refundable flights... as told that’s our problem".

    Earlier this year, Cupcakke was taken to hospital by police after tweeting that she was going to take her own life.

  13. Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, RZA & Selena Gomez to star in zombie movie

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    How's that for a lineup?

    Director Jim Jarmusch has recruited Iggy, Tom, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Selena to star alongside Hollywood actor (and part-time crooner) Bill Murray in his new scary movie, The Dead Don’t Die.

    The film, which will premiere on 14 June, will also feature the likes of Steve Buscemi and Danny Glover in what Focus Features has described as “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled".

    Nicely done.

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    In 2016, Jarmusch directed Gimme Danger, the documentary about young Iggy's seminal punk band, The Stooges, while the rock star also had a small role in his 1995 film, Dead Man.

    Tom Waits starred in Jarmusch's 1986 movie, Down By Law, while RZA scored and appeared in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, 20 years ago.

    No word yet on on who Iggy and co will play in the new flick but surely after his colourful career, the 71-year-old is now perfect for a role as one of the undead.

  14. Lil' Kim announces first new album in 14 years

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    Step back Wayne, Pump, Xan, Yachty, Jon, Uzi Vert and all the other Lil' Johnny-come-latelies.

    The original Lil' - Kim, that is, has announced her first new full-length album since 2005.

    It's her fifth and is titled 9. The music video for the lead single, Go Awff is due Friday but sadly we probably won't be able to embed it as y'know, it's Lil Kim.

    Her pal Missy Elliott was excited enough to tweet her saying: “Congratulations sis. Can’t wait.”

    Kim was discovered by The Notorious B.I.G. in 1994 and joined his group Junior M.A.F.I.A.

    Her debut album, Hard Core, was released in 1996.

  15. Salt-N-Pepa mini-series in the works

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    US subscription channel Lifetime has given the greenlight to a new series based on the NYC rap group.

    Fellow wordsmith Queen Latifah is reported to be on board as an executive producer alongside Cheryl 'Salt' James and Sandra 'Pepa' Denton.

    The series - due to be broadcast in 2020 - will explore the lives of the artists from their time as nursing school students to their takeover of the world of hip-hop.

    A series on gospel group, the Clark Sisters, has also been commissioned by Lifetime with Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott among the executive producers.

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  16. Little Simz: 'I know I'm very gifted but I don't get the credit I feel I deserve'

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    Earlier this month, Little Simz dropped what could be one of the best albums of 2019, with her third full-length release, Grey Area.

    Ahead of her performance at the 6 Music Festival in Liverpool this weekend, the north London rapper sat down for a chat with the BBC to discuss her late-blooming success and why she's as good as Jay-Z.

    "I feel like my talent has been suppressed in some sort of way," she says.

    "I've got all these odds against me, but when it comes down to it, I am actually very good at what I do."

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  17. Rammstein accused of 'trivialising' Holocaust

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    German hard rockers Rammstein have been criticised after releasing a new music video trailer which appears to shows the band dressed as concentration camp prisoners, with nooses around the neck.

    According to a quote obtained by Reuters, Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told German paper Bild: “With this video, the band has crossed a line."

    She added: “The instrumentalisation and trivialisation of the Holocaust, as shown in the images, is irresponsible.”

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    Image caption: Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann

    The German government’s first-ever commissioner for anti-semitism - appointed last year - Felix Klein, called the video “a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom.”

    Rammstein have yet to respond to the criticism.

    The Berlin rock band - led by singer Till Lindemann (pictured above) - are no strangers to controversy and in 2009 the government banned their album, Liebe ist Fuer Alle Da [Love is For All] from being public displayed because of its depictions of sadomasochism.

  18. R Kelly's former hairdresser goes public with sexual assault claims

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    Last month, Kelly was arrested on charges of criminal sexual abuse, in cases involving four different women.

    The singer has denied the allegations made against him.

    Until now, one of the women was known only as LC, but Lanita Carter - his former 'hair-braider' - has opened up to CBS television about the alleged abuse.

    “I was sexually abused by him,” she told the US station's Jericka Duncan

    “I try to pick up the pieces every day. It’s hard but I know I’ll get through it. I’m not ashamed of my past any more.”

    She said she’s been “carrying” her story since 2003 and decided to go public now as she was sick of over-hearing public conversations on the bus where people defended the star.

    Watch above.

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    Image caption: R. Kelly appears in court in Chicago before for a hearing to request that he be allowed to travel to Dubai to work
  19. The Big O & Buddy to tour together from beyond the grave

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    The Rock 'n' Roll Dream tour will see holograms of the late Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly tour together for the first time in the UK & Ireland.

    It comes of the back of Roy V2's trailblazing tour last year.

    The late rock stars will be backed by a full live band and backing singers as they perform across the nation in October.

    In dreams, they're yours - if you want them.

    An Amy Winehouse hologram tour for 2019 was put on hold earlier this year with producers citing "unique challenges and sensitivities".

  20. Don't worry - we're back

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    Morning all and welcome to the penultimate Music News LIVE.

    Coming up today:

    • Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly announce tour from beyond the grave
    • R. Kelly’s former hairdresser goes public with new assault allegations
    • German rock veterans Rammstein cause outrage with a controversial new video
    • Lil Kim announces first album in 14 years
    • Why Little Simz is every bit as good as Jay-Z

    First up, while most of were sleeping, Zara Larsson crept back into our lives like a thief in the night.

    The Swedish singer is back with her new track Don't Worry About Me, which she says is basically "Ruin My Life Part II"

    It's about a pesky ex.

    "I think we've all been in that situation where you're over someone and then it's like they know," she told Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts.

    "It's like they have a sixth sense and then they call you up just when you've stopped thinking about them that's when they're like 'hiiiiiii!'

    "And you're like 'what?'"

    If any of our exes are reading then we're with Zara on this one - let it be.