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  1. Goodbye

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    Video caption: Björk performs Venus As A Boy on Later... with Jools Holland in 1995.

    That's it for today.

    Scroll down for reflections on the Manchester Arena attack, one year on, from Ariana Grande and more.

    Plus news of America's new musical idol, Kendrick Lamar stopping a fan from using the N word on stage, Will Smith to record this summer's sporting anthem and a Newbie Tuesday artist that gets the thumbs up from Nicki Minaj.

    Have fun if you're seeing the Stones/Liam G tonight (more below from them too).

    If you're staying home instead then don't forget to tune into Jools Holland on BBC 2 from 22:00 BST for performances from the likes of Bjork and The Breeders.

    Check out this classic Bjork performance from 23 years ago.

    See you tomorrow.

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  2. Avicii funeral to be private says family

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    The family of late Swedish DJ Avicii have said his funeral will be private.

    In a statement, apparently given to Billboard, the family of the star, born Tim Bergling in Sweden said: "There have been many inquiries regarding the funeral arrangements for Tim Bergling, known by music fans as Avicii.

    "The Bergling family has now confirmed that the funeral will be private, in the presence of the people who were closest to Tim."

    The 28-year-old was found in his hotel room in Oman on 20 April with authorities ruling out foul play.

  3. Sparks singer calls Morrissey's recent comments 'ill-conceived'

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    Sparks singer Russell Mael has described comments Morrissey made following the Manchester terror attack as "ill-conceived and wrong".

    The Smiths frontman grew up as a massive fan of the avent garde Los Angeles band.

    Following the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena a year ago today, Moz implied in a statement that politicians were scared to call the attacker an Islamist extremist.

    “In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private," he wrote.

    Quote Message: It's just a pity. When you're a fan of somebody you want to be a fan in all sorts of ways. You may be like 'I still really like the music, but the person, I can't agree with their stance'. from Russell Mael
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    Speaking to the Press Association. singer Russell Mael said: "I'm totally in agreement with anybody being disillusioned because I am as well.

    "It seemed so inconsistent, all these perspectives that he has on those various issues, just stupid, dumb kind of things."

    He added that Morrissey comments were "just so ill-conceived and wrong".

    Sparks perform in Glasgow this evening, in support of latest album Hippopotamus.

  4. Jack White announces UK gigs

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    This will be music to the ears of the people of Brighton, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

    The Detroit rocker will head over to England and Scotland in October in support of his avant garde new album Boarding House Reach.

    Check out the full details above.

    He played a free show for fans when he was here in March.

  5. Big Will to record and perform official World Cup song

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    Will Smith is expected to be getting jiggy at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June by performing the tournament's official track at the opening ceremony ahead of the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

    The rapper/actor will team up with Nicky Jam, Diplo and Kosovan artist Era Istrefi to help soundtrack this summer's flagship Fifa football event.

    He posted the above pic of him and Nicky, tagging the other guys alongside the caption; "One Life to Live. Live it Up. #2018FIFAWorldCup."

    The track is reportedly out on Friday and the dream team are believed to have already recorded the video for the track in the Colombia.

    Which might go some way to explaining this...

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    Let's see if they can come up with a better one than this unofficial effort from Jason Derulo.

  6. Goldfrapp team up with Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan

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    Goldfrapp have teamed up with the Depeche Mode frontman on a new recording of their track Ocean.

    The song is taken form their Silver Eye album that was released last year but makes it a duet between Alison and Dave.

    They called it "a real honour for us as a band”

    Goldfrapp are supporting The Cure at their 40th anniversary British Summer Time gig in London in July.

  7. How One Love Manchester united the nation with music

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    This morning, Ariana Grande (scroll down) tweeted her love and support to those affected by the tragedy outside her gig at the Manchester Arena exactly one year ago today.

    In the wake of the life-changing event, the singer's response was to hastily arrange a benefit gig at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, less than two weeks later.

    Stars - including surprise special guest Liam Gallagher - and fans came out in force.

    Quote Message: For her to recognise that communal euphoria is just as powerful as communal mourning... was wonderful. from Laura Snapes Music journalist
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    Watch the story of One Love Manchester above but before you do be warned there is some emotive language from Liam.

    And re-live the event as it happened.

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    Meanwhile the family of the youngest victim of the atrocity, eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, say they are hoping to hold a concert in her memory later this year.

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    Video caption: Manchester attack: Remembering Saffie
  8. How Ed Sheeran is tackling ticket touts

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    Ed Sheeran has taken an aggressive stance against touts by cancelling more than 10,000 tickets for his upcoming stadium tour.

    After the tour went on sale, the star's team identified purchases by known touts and revoked their tickets.

    Any tickets listed for re-sale on sites like Viagogo were also cancelled.

    Fans who'd bought from those sites - often at vastly inflated prices - were given assistance in claiming refunds and getting genuine tickets.

    So far, more than £240,000 has been returned to fans who inadvertently bought invalid tickets.

    Stuart Galbraith of concert promoters Kilimanjaro Live, said:

    Quote Message: We're achieving exactly what Ed wanted, which is 'we want you to come in and pay this [fixed] price.

    A further 500 tickets are going to be cancelled this week, ahead of the first date of the tour at Manchester's Etihad Stadium, he added.

    Sheeran's team decided to pursue touts after hundreds of tickets for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig were snapped up and sold for profit last March.

    He imposed strict conditions on his 18-date stadium tour, including:

    • Names printed on tickets, with ID required at the door
    • A maximum of four tickets per customer
    • Tickets listed for resale to be cancelled
    • Any tickets bought by a "business or trader" to be cancelled

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  9. Newbie Tuesday #28: Ms Banks comes pre-approved by Nicki Minaj

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    "That she shows me love and loves what I do is a real confidence booster."

    South London rapper Ms Banks is still at the beginning of her career but she can already count on the support of one of the biggest players in the game, Nicki Minaj.

    It all started when Nicki quoted some of Tyra Banks' (yes she shares the same name as the US supermodel) bars from the track Yu Zimme on Twitter late last year.

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    The 24-year-old, who made her debut at new music festival The Great Escape last week, was understandably pretty happy with the contact, particularly when Nicki said she wanted to hang out when she came to the UK.

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    "She's still really nice and shows me love, it's amazing, she's the best female rapper of all time as far as I'm concerned," Ms Banks tells us adding, "hopefully you'll see something from us soon."

    Ms Banks is one of a group of young female MCs beginning to make a name for themselves in what is still a genre of music largely dominated by men.

    "We've got so many girls killin' it on the come up like Alicai Harley, Stefflon Don, Lady Leshurr there are so many of us.

    "The girls aren't scared and it's good that women are setting an example because it's going to encourage more women to come into the game and show what they're made of."

    She started out rapping at the age of 11 after she was encouraged by her family to try music: "I started off doing poetry first and my uncle was like, 'Try rapping it to this drum and bass beat and see how you do' and yeah, it sounded really good and I was like; 'Oh my God, I can actually rap".

    Nicki Minaj:
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    Ms Banks released her newest mixtape/album; The Coldest Winter earlier this year, filled with wall to wall club bangers like her single Bangs, Day Ones and Clap.

    She also supported another of the biggest names in the biz right now, Cardi B on her UK tour, last year.

    On 13 July, she joins a line-up at the Lovebox Festival which includes Skepta, Diplo and SZA.

    "My worst ever gig was in Sheffield," she confides. "I don't want to say too much but there was about four people in the room.

    "I don't know why. I still gave it my all like there was 400. I use things like that to better my performance skills."

    But what makes a great Ms Banks gig?

    "Loads of good vibes, loads of hair flicking and twerking, all of that," she chuckles.

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    While Ms Banks still accepts advice from her mentor Nicki Minaj ("She's always told me just to go hard"), she shies away a little from being held up as a role model herself.

    "I hope they don't take me too seriously as a role model but I know some will look up to me.

    Quote Message: If there's anything I want them to take away is to be yourself and be confident and be true. I think they are important because they access self love, transparency, honesty, for me it's all one thing. If you love yourself you'll be real.

    Read More: Newbie Tuesday #27 - The Magic Gang are sleepwalking their way to success

  10. Robyn shares new music at New Yok gig

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    The Swedish singer unveiled her track Honey at a surprise show in NYC.

    The song was used in the final season of HBO’s Girls but is yet to be released in full.

    Check out this snippet above.

    It's been eight long years since she released her trilogy of Body Talk albums but she has said in a recent interview, in which was was asked about a new album: “It’s almost there”.

    We understand not wanting to be rushed but we only waited five years between Arctic Monkeys albums.

  11. Doctor praises Michael Jackson's core strength to pull off dance move

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    Remember that 45 degree lean from the Smooth Criminal video? (See above, seven mins in).

    We've known for a while now how he did it - some specially designed shoes and stagecraft - but we didn't know HOW he did it.

    Now neurosurgeons have been describing in detail how Michael achieved that backbreaking move.

    Diagram detailing Michael Jackson's leaving move

    In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod.

    Spinal experts have warn others against attempting the potentially injurious but mind-boggling move.

    Dr Manjul Tripathi said: "The chances of injury to the ankle are significant. You need strong core muscles and good support around the ankle. It's not a simple trick."

    Doesn't stop people trying though...

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  12. Scott Hutchison mural unveiled in Glasgow

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    A mural of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison was unveiled in Glasgow at the weekend.

    The portrait of the late singer will be on show at BAaD (Barras Art and Design) until Sunday.

    Artist Michael Corr said he wanted to make a tribute to the Frightened Rabbit singer who died on 10 May.

    He said: "I knew that I wanted to create something colourful and expressive for Scott.

    "I was grateful to have a big space to create the piece. I have a small painting studio so I was glad to have the opportunity to work on Scott's portrait at this scale."

    Scott's body was found in the River Forth near Edinburgh two days after he went missing.

    The band called the mural "a beautiful tribute" on Twitter.

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  13. Dr. Dre protege Anderson .Paak is back with new music

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    The California rapper/producer - who can drum and sing too - is back with a new track; Bubblin.

    Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac is a fan - it's fair to say - and she made it her Hottest Record last night.

    Annie noted that A .Paak has gone in a slightly different direction with this one.

    "It's less soulful. More just jump up rap music."

    Listen above.

  14. Alex Turner regrets Arctic Monkeys invovlement in tax avoidance scheme

    Singer says band were given "poor advice".

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    Four years ago all four members of the Arctic Monkeys invested in a contoversial tax avoidance scheme, which the likes of George Michael, Michael Caine, Katie Melua and Ant & Dec also found themselves embroiled in.

    They reportedly paid between £38,000 and £84,000 each in fees to Liberty to protect £557,000 to £1.1m.

    Now in a new interview with The Times, frontman Alex said the band did not realise what they were getting themselves involved in and have always paid their taxes.

    Alex said:

    Quote Message: We were given some poor advice and I made a poor decision. But I always paid my taxes in full, on time.

    Read more (Story is behind a paywall).

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    On a more humorous note, some grafitti on a wall in the band's hometown Sheffield (above right) appears to take the mick out of Alex's by-now established LA rockstar lifestyle.

    As The NME points out, the message, located in the Hunters Bar area of the city - made famous by the Monkeys own track Fake Tales of an Francisco, which pokes fun at phoney Sheffield bands speaking in LA accents - reads: "Hey Alex… How’s California?", accompanied by a coffin.

    We'd imagine after their sixth album TBH + C became the fastest selling vinyl in 25 years, that his answers would be; "prettyyyyy good."

  15. Sheku is heading back into the top 20 after the Royal Wedding

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    The classical musician's debut solo album has entered the midweek top 20 following his performance at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding on Saturday.

    The 19-year-old cellist - who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016 - brought the ceremony to a close with a rendition of Ave Maria.

    He's marked it by a quick live performance of his arrangement of a Bob Marley classic (above).

  16. Maddie Poppe is America's new idol

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    The people have spoken and the twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from Clarksville, Iowa is the USA's latest pop star in waiting.

    Maddie - who plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard released her first album of original material in 2016 called Songs From The Basement, which she apparently wrote, recorded and produced herself.

    Earlier this month, one of the show's judges Katy Perry tweeted the singer saying; "I see the 17-year-old me in you".

    Check out her win above and her very first audition below.

    Previous winners include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.

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  17. The Stones get ready for homecoming gig

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    Well, the first gigs of their Ireland/UK tour were great.

    That's not our words but the words of Stones guitarist Keith Richards (above).

    Next stop on the No Filter tour is Mick and 'Keef's adopted city of London, where the band made their mark in the 60s.

    They play the London Stadium - aka the former Olympic Stadium - tonight.

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    The band took the time this morning to remember the victims of last year's attack at Manchester Arena.

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    Plenty of rock 'n' roll fans out there getting themselves prepared for tonight and Friday's gigs in the capital, before the band move on to Southampton, Coventry and Manchester - via London again.

    It will be a night to remember for most of them but none more so than support act and rock 'n' roll star in his own right Liam Gallagher.

    He's set to "shuffle the pack" before shuffling off stage to make room for Dartford's finest.

    Have fun if you're going to any of the Stones tour dates.

    Satisfaction guaranteed.

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  18. Kendrick Lamar stops fan from using the N word on stage

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    Now this is a question that has come up before in the MNL office.

    Is it ever acceptable for a white rap fan to rap along verbatim to their favourite black hip hop artist?

    It's a question that comedian Chris Rock has tackled with great hilarity (he says it's fine as long as it's in the song) but one Kendrick Lamar fan discovered that sometimes the answer is a big fat no at his Hangout Festival gig in Alabama on Sunday night.

    A white woman called Delaney was called up on stage - as Ken often does - to join him for a rap battle on his track M.A.A.D City.

    But she was cut short by the star after being heard to repeatedly rap along to the offending word contained within the backing track.

    Kendrick pulled the track, leaving Delaney floundering.

    "Aren't I cool enough for you?," she asked on the mic, to a chorus of aggressive boos.

    "What's up, bro?"

    Lamar then agreed to give her another try on one condition; "You got to bleep one single word, though."

    Delaney responded;

    Quote Message: Oh, I’m sorry. Did I do it? I’m so sorry… I’m used to singing it like you wrote it.

    After starting the music up again, the flustered fan then used the N-word again before Kendrick brought things to a close.

    We can't bring it to you here because of the language but you can find it on the worldwide web now.

    It's caused quite a debate online.

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  19. Camila pulls out of Taylor Swift show due to dehydration

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    Camila Cabello has pulled out of performing at Taylor Swift's Reputation tour in Seattle tonight due to dehydration.

    She told followers on social media she was checked into hospital after performing at the Billboard Awards - and has been told she also has "a low grade fever".

    "I guess sometimes I just push myself too hard," she added in her tweet below.

    Camila is due to perform at the BBC's Biggest Weekend in Swansea on Sunday.

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  20. Don't Look Back in Anger

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    Video caption: Manchester attacks: Don't Look Back in Anger sung at vigil

    Morning everybody.

    Today on Music News LIVE we'll bring you:

    • Kendrick Lamar brings a fan on stage to rap to one on his songs but stops her when she failed to self-censor
    • Katy Perry disses the Royal wedding dress
    • The Rolling Stones prepare to kick off the UK leg of their tour, alongside Liam Gallagher
    • A Newbie Tuesday UK rapper - fresh from The Great Escape - who has the official approval of Nicki Minaj.

    First though, it's exactly one year since the terrible tragedy that saw 22 music fans lose their lives after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

    Earlier, the singer tweeted she was sending "all of the light and warmth I have to offer".

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    We'll kick off today by remembering the moment the city came together in song, with an impromptu rendition of an Oasis classic, at a vigil for the dead.

    Watch above.