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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Can You See? We're done for the week

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    That's your lot music fans as we depart for the weekend.

    Scroll back down for news and reaction to Roy Orbison's hologram tour, Gomez on their big 20th anniversary album gig and Arctic Monkeys fans enjoying the idea of the forthcoming Brainstorm.

    There's 5 Things We've Learned This Week too, plus LOADS of new music from the likes of Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Liam Payne, Maroon 5 and Jessie Ware.

    We'll leave you with a snippet of another new song, this time courtesy of Fifth Harmony and their track Can You See from the animated Nativity movie The Star.

    Have fun if you're off to Radio 1's Teen Awards this weekend, like Camila (yikes - don't tell the other girls).

    In fact, have fun whatever you're up to and we'll meet again on Monday morning.

  2. Last but not least today...more new music videos

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    There is so much good music around today that we've combined some new videos for you to finish.

    Fresh from their collaboration with rising R&B star SZA, Maroon 5 have brought rapper A$AP Rocky on board for their track Whiskey.

    In the song, Adam Levine sings: She kissed me like a whiskey.

    We think he means something warm and powerful rather than something small, Scottish and which made him screw up his face.

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    There's also a new one from singer-songwriter Charlie Puth (above).

    How Long is the second single for his upcoming VoiceNotes, which is out next January.

    Shot in downtown LA, it sees the 25-year-old doing his best Michael Jackson Beat It impression.

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    Last but not least is US country star Chris Stapleton, who is in nominated for a couple of Country Music Awards, including entertainer of the year, at the big Tennessee bash in November.

    His album From A Room: Vol 2, is out on 1 December and the title refers to Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. The record will feature original material and a few bonus covers, like this heartfelt version of Kevin Welch’s track Millionaire above.

    "Love is more precious than gold / Can't be bought and it can't be sold"

    Amen to that brother. We'll keep that in mind this weekend...

  3. 5 Things We've Learned This Week

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    1) Ed Sheeran is a real trooper

    Poor old Ed broke a wrist, elbow and rib while being knocked off his bicycle by a car in London on Monday.

    The accident meant he had to postpone five upcoming gigs in Asia but he soldiered on, strapped on a sling and strolled down the red carpet on the way to picking up an award for best act in the world today at the Q Awards on Wednesday.

    We have to hand it to him for that.

    While there he revealed to 6 Music's Abbie McCarthy that after basically winning at music and appearing in Game of Thrones he's now set to appear in an up and coming US cartoon series...

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    Image caption: Come on now gentlemen. Tell us who done it?

    2) Who named One Direction?

    In the biggest 'whodunnit?' in recent years, new found solo star and international heart breaker Mr Styles has also now claimed credit for naming 1D.

    Not content with just being the 'most popular one' in the band, Harry is now claiming to be the brains behind the operation too.

    "I think it was me," he told American news show CBS Sunday Morning. "I thought it sounded good."

    Watch him elaborate from around 1.20 in.

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    3) There's a whole lotta love between Liam and Skepta

    Liam Gallagher - with a new number one album to his name - rocked up at the Q Awards, like Ed, to pick up not one, but two awards.

    The Mancunian frontman was given the best live act award by his old Britpop mucker Richard Ashcroft, then later handed the icon award by grime star Skepta.

    The 2016 Mercury Prize winner described the former Oasis singer as "a true, true icon", while fellow rapper Stormzy shouted out Liam as "my G!".

    Skepta said: "He's taken his iconic place and no-one will take it until he passes away."

    Liam then sent the love back Skepta's way, saying: "I wanna thank him for keeping it interesting." We bet they had an interesting evening afterwards.

    Even if they only went to the shop together, it was probably done in a rock 'n' roll way.

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    Video caption: Sir Tom Jones says he 'felt terrible' after being propositioned early in his career.

    4) Sir Tom Jones also faced unwanted sexual advances during his early career

    The singer says he was propositioned by someone in the music industry, early on in his career in the 1960s.

    Sir Tom shed light on the incident when he asked about the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC.

    "Things have always happened in the music industry as well," he told 5 Live's Colin Paterson.

    "There were a few things like that. But you avoid it. You just walk out... But what's tried on women is tried on men as well."

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    And finally...

    5) Rami Malek is slaying it as Freddie Mercury

    We've still got a good year to wait until it's released but early photos suggests the Mr Robot actor has been perfectly cast as the late, flamboyant Queen frontman in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Director Bryan Singer posted the above image of the 36-year-old star in action, alongside the caption: "Couldn’t help myself and had to post this iPhone pic."

    Wonder if Rami is feeling under pressure?

    We can't help but be excited...

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  4. Camila is ready for the Teen Awards...but are you???

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    Well you should be because it takes place this Sunday at Wembley Arena.

    The former Fifth Harmoniser, who took time out this from from filming her forthcoming video for Havana, will perform alongside today's New Music Friday stars Liam Payne (but only if he's tidied his room) and Rita Ora, as well as Dua Lipa and The Vamps.

    If you're not off to Wembley then you can listen live on Radio 1 from Midday and watch the action unfold from 14:30 BST via the Teen Awards site, the iPlayer or Red Button.

    Couldn't be easier.

  5. Did you get Foo Fighters tickets then?

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    Plenty of excitement online today regarding the release of tickets for Foo Fighters UK stadium tour next summer.

    Some of you are understandably chuffed to have bagged tickets while others have had another frustrating morning...

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    Many Foos fans were left angry and confused this summer after being turned away from their gig at the O2 Arena, despite having tickets.

    So we hope you all read the small print.

    While you were all frantically refreshing your browsers Dave and the lads have been uploading a bonus new track from the Concrete and Gold album sessions.

    You can listen to Soldier now via your local streaming site. The track is set to feature on a benefit compilation record to support Planned Parenthood.

  6. The Meaning of Life is...

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    ...42. No?

    It's also the name of Kelly Clarkson's new single and a rather ambitious title at that.

    The song is taken from her new album of the same name which is out this time next week.

    Listen below and then adjust the meaning of your own life accordingly.

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  7. Happy International Sloth Day everybody

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    The perfect day for people who enjoy simply hanging around.

    It's the weekend soon so you can all be as sloth-like as you want.

    Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth has made a career out of it.

    And another "brilliant singer/songwriter" below him has marked the day with a quick pic too.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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  8. George Michael music video released for Nile Rodgers remix of Fantasy

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    It wasn't quite the 'new music' that we expected when were were told of an unreleased George Michael song but nevertheless there is something infectious about Nile Rodgers' remix of his song Fantasy.

    It's made doubly-poignant as Nile was working on it just prior to George's death last Christmas.

    Now, we have a video featuring lots of footage of George doing what he did best. Getting his groove on.

    Enjoy.

  9. Reactions to Roy Orbison's forthcoming 'live' shows

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    So earlier, we told you how the hologram of Roy Orbison - who died nearly 30 years ago - is going on tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018 (scroll down).

    People have been scratching their heads a little at the announcement.

    Points go to Kirkdale Bookshop for their amusing response.

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  10. Sigma have Mistajam's Jam Hot track for Thursday

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    Drum and bass duo Sigma were the guests of Mistajam on 1Xtra on Thursday night where their new track Forever, which features Quavo (who else?) and Sebastian Kole was chosen as the Jam Hot track.

    But how did they land the Migos' man of the moment?

    "We wrote it in LA," they said. "It was an amazing time and I think we picked up the LA vibe, there's a little g-funk in there and we came back without a rap vocal.

    "We thought, Quavo's the man and we reached out and he said yes."

    Simple as...

  11. Jessie Ware: New album is like pregnancy...'Just get it out!'

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    London singer-songwriter Jessie Ware released her third studio album, Glasshouse today.

    She performed a stripped-back version of new single Alone for Radio 2's Jo Whiley last night and compared the stress of the new release to giving birth, as well as performing a cover of a Neil Young classic.

    Such is her appeal, she's also been in the Radio 1 Live Lounge having a crack another cover in the form of a Nick Jonas track.

    See how Ware faired below..

    We hope Neil Young doesn't get jealous...

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  12. Gomez to perform Bring It On in full to mark album's 20th

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    Video caption: Tom Grey from Gomez chats to Matt Everitt about playing Bring It On in full

    This year was a great year for 20th anniversaries with the likes of OK Computer, Urban Hymns and Be Here Now, to name but a few.

    So next year has a big act to follow but Southport alt-rockers Gomez are having a fair old crack. They won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize with their album Bring It On, which beat the favourites Massive Attack's Mezzanine and the aforementioned record by The Verve.

    To mark the anniversary, they'll re-issue the album and perform it in its entirety at London's Royal Albert Hall.

    Tom Grey from the band told 6 Music's Matt Everitt all about it. He still can't believe the accidental success of the record from a gang of teenage "hobbyists".

    Quote Message: We didn't know we were gonna make a record that like a million people were gonna own!
  13. Get Involved: Niall's new album - what do you think?

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    So we told you what the reviewers made of it (scroll down).

    But what do they know? They're only people with ears like me and you, so why don't we judge for ourselves. Let us know via the BBC Music Twitter page above and tell us exactly why you love it/hate it/don't mind it.

    Is it as good as Harry's album for instance...or Zayn's? Gulp...

  14. Storm Brian name tickles Arctic Monkeys fans

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    An Atlantic storm, which is due to hit parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland this weekend, has been named Brian, the Irish Met office has said.

    The storm - which could bring gusts of wind of up to 70mph (112kmph) - is likely to hit parts of south-west Ireland in the early hours tomorrow morning, so please do be careful out there.

    While it looks like it could be a nasty one, the news hasn't stopped Arctic Monkeys fans from seeing the humour in the name.

    Brianstorm (above) is the opening track off the Sheffield band's 2007 second album Favourite Worst Nightmare and sees singer Alex Turner warning us of an "unforcasted storm" of the same name.

    They always were ahead of their time. Or maybe there's just a big Arctics fan in the Met Office.

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  15. Solange tells magazine 'don't touch my hair'

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    Solange Knowles has called out the London Evening Standard for appearing to have digitally removed some of her braids in a picture.

    The singer's elaborate hairstyle looks to have been altered on the front cover of the free paper's magazine.

    Solange posted an original version of the image on Instagram (below), with the caption 'dtmh' which means "don't touch my hair"

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    It refers to a song on her acclaimed album A Seat At The Table.

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  16. Sam Smith announces UK + European tour

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    Thrilling news for fans of Sam Smith as the singer has this morning announced that he'll head out on a UK + European tour.

    This is the actual Sam Smith we think, not a hologram (scroll down to get that reference).

    It all starts in Sheffield on 20 March and the final UK show is in London on 7 April.

    Although Lisbon, Madrid and Verona are usually nice in May, so maybe something to bear in mind before you book your next summer holiday.

    Just don't get too attached to your new holiday friends, because we're not all as good at goodbyes as Sam.

  17. Strictly singer Tommy Blaize wants his time in the spotlight

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    Video caption: Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize launches debut solo album

    If you are one of the 10m people who tune into Strictly Come Dancing each week, you will know the voice, if not the face of singer Tommy Blaize.

    The Liverpudlian soul singer is, alongside Tess Daly and Anton Du Beke - one of the few remaining original member of the show and has performed in the region of 1,000 songs over the past 15 series.

    Now, he releasing his debut album, a compilation of classic soul numbers.

    Check him out at the launch of his album above.

  18. Niall Horan sees Liam's Payne's single and raises him an album

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    So Liam has a messy bedroom floor for some reason on his new single but 1D bandmate Niall Horan has a nice clean cut of a new album for us to enjoy.

    Flicker, which features singles This Town, Slow Hands and Too Much To Ask, is the Irishman's first full length solo effort.

    Check him out finger-picking his way through a live version of This Town below and we'll round up some reviews for you in the meantime.

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    Ready? Okay...

    The Guardian give it a measly 2/5 from, accusing him of drifting "towards the middle of the road with a debut album apparently designed to punctuate rounds of Ken Bruce’s PopMaster."

    Ouch. But we love PopMaster.

    The Independent are more keen on the record though, giving it three stars.

    They say: "Give the lad his due: it would have been easy for the One Direction heartthrob to trot out a collection of ersatz R&B crowd-pleasers, but on Flicker he keeps faith with the West Coast influences that first drew him into music."

    It's three stars again from The Evening Standard which says: "Navel-gazing ballads make 1D fans weak at the knees."

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  19. Listen to new Rita Ora track Anywhere

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    Such is the beauty of modern listening devices that you can do just that. Look how happy Rita is about it too.

    She was in early alongside today's other big new music dropper Liam Payne on Radio 1 Breakfast, which perhaps explains why she looks like she still had her pajama bottoms on.

    Have a sample of her fast-moving new music video below and find the full track in all the usual places now.

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  20. Why Tina Turner was reluctant to give the go-ahead to new musical

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    Image caption: Adrienne Warren will play Tina Turner in the musical, which opens in April

    A new musical based on the life of Tina Turner is set to open in London's West End in 2018 - but if Tina had got her own way, it might never have happened.

    "I didn't want to [sign up] because I didn't really understand it or agree with it, whatever there is - the magic between stage and music is totally different," she said at the Tina: The Musical's launch this week.

    "So I'm learning and experiencing what musicals are about."

    "Retirement is wonderful," the 77-year-old singer added.

    "You sleep long, do what you want, decorate the house two or three times. Just easy things that you dreamt about when you were working and that's all you did."

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