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  1. Time to cut and run

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    That's all for today folks.

    Scroll down for our review of Noel Gallagher's first official UK gig with his official scissor player.

    His brother (above) seems less enamored with the use of stationary in rock 'n' roll and will be going back to basics on tonight's In Concert for Radio 2, so don't forget to tune in to that one at 20:00 GMT.

    He reckons his gig will be just as sharp as Noel's.

    While you're waiting for that to start, check out N*E*R*D's new track with Rihanna and Rae Morris' ambitious mash-up (below), plus find out who Beyonce will play in the new Lion King.

    We'll give you a clue, it's not Mufasa.

    See you tomorrow with new music from Tay Tay, Sam Smith and more. Call it what you want but we call it New Music Friday.

    We'll leave you with some scissor soul and an Irish scissor jig - to add to our scissor psych from earlier.

    A new genre is born.

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  2. Jack White's next album will be 'good gardening or roofing music'

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    Image caption: "This next one is called Fibre Glass Blues"

    Lofty ambitions indeed from the Detroit bluesman.

    We haven't had a full length album from Jack since 2014's Lazaretto, so he's well overdue one.

    In an interview with his favourite actor Gary Oldman, the former White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather man revealed he's working on the follow-up and that once ready, it will provide the perfect soundtrack to household chores and DIY.

    Oh and some more menacing past-times too.

    Quote Message: I’m getting somewhere. I’ll send you something. It’s good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music. I’m trying to think of some good activities that people haven’t written songs for yet.”

    So if you have any more ideas give Jack a shout.

    Read the full interview in... well... Interview magazine.

    It does what it says on the tin.

  3. Meet the singer Taylor Swift calls 'little sis'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

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    Earlier this year, Kelsea Ballerini got to go to the Grammys for the first time.

    The 24-year-old was up for best new artist, and scheduled to perform with Lukas Graham - but she was still a little star-struck.

    "My mum was my date - and we were both sitting there fan-girling like, 'Oh my God, that's Adele! Don't look! Don't look!'"

    Awkward celebrity encounters aside, Ballerini has been living in a fairytale for the last few years.

    Kelsea Ballerini
    Image caption: "I grew up on a farm in Eastern Tennessee and country is where my roots are"

    She released her debut album, The First Time, in 2015 and watched its first three singles go to number one on Billboard's country airplay chart - an historic achievement for a female artist.

    The bubbly, vivacious melodies and autobiographical lyrics of Love Me Like You Mean It and Peter Pan won comparisons to Taylor Swift who quickly befriended the artist (she calls Ballerini her "little sis") and invited her onto her 1989 world tour.

    That led to her Grammy appearance and, at next week's Country Music Association Awards, a nomination for female artist of the year.

    All told, it's turned out pretty well for someone who was shunned by the establishment when she first arrived in Nashville.

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  4. Stereophonics to play two big Wales gigs

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    We should clarify we mean the country rather than the large sea-dwelling mammal, though we would like to hear Have A Nice Day played on the back of a humpback.

    The rockers' new album Scream Above The Sounds was heading for the top of the album charts last we heard (guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow night to find out).

    Now, Stereophonics are celebrating potentially landing a seventh #1 album by booking two big stadium gigs in their native Wales for next summer.

    They'll play Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Saturday 2 June, then head south for a big gig in the capital at the Cardiff City Stadium the following weekend.

    Local boys done good.

  5. New Taylor track at midnight peeps

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    You asked us to set you a reminder about the next Taylor Swift single.

    Well Taylor has beaten us to it.

    She's apparently posted some of the lyrics to new track Call It What You Want, which drops later tonight. We'll have that and more new music in tomorrow's Music News LIVE, of course.

    The third cut from her forthcoming album, follows lead singles What You Made Me Do and Ready For It? and contains the lyrics:

    "Holding my breath / Slowly I said / You don't need to save me / But would you run away with me? Yes"

    If you are going to run away with Taylor tonight or tomorrow then please do call home and let them know where you are going.

  6. Lana Del Rey retires song about Harvey Weinstein-esque character

    Lana Del Rey

    If you have never seen Lana perform it live, then bad luck as the singer has confirmed she will no longer perform her song Cola.

    The song appeared on Lana's 2012 Paradise EP and contains some of her most explicit lyrics and is apparently about someone like the now disgraced movie mogul giving gifts to a young star.

    "When I wrote that song, I suppose I had like a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston type of character in mind," she told MTV.

    "I envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something.

    "I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now," she added.

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  7. Rae Morris takes a massive chance with her Live Lounge cover...

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    Blackpool singer-songwriter Rae Morris was in the Live Lounge earlier and performed her latest single Do It and picked for her cover...well...she only went and mashed up the current UK number one and two singles with electropop covers of Post Malone's Rockstar and Camila Cabello's Havana.

    To top it, she even added a little Talking Heads's Psycho Killer.

    Talk about taking a creative risk, but did it pay off?

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    The full video will be up on Radio 1's YouTube channel in due course.

  8. Watch Fifth Harmony hijack Sam Smith's Carpool Karaoke

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    Sam Smith is the latest singing star to sit in a car with James Corden.

    After jumping in the passenger seat 'for a lift' (why do they still this as a set up?) and a rendition of his track Too Good At Goodbyes the pair go on to discuss their respective battles with weight loss.

    James jokes that Sam, whose second album The Thrill of it All is out tomorrow, appears to be winning his.

    But stay tuned and watch what happens at around 13 minutes in. 13 is unlucky for some but clearly not Sam, who is indeed thrilled to find one of his favourite bands Fifth Harmony piling into the back seats.

    "Oh my God this is my dream!" says a star-struck Sam, totally losing his cool in the moment but in an incredibly endearing Englishman abroad manner.

    He pulled it together again for a duet of their track Work From Home.

    Watch above.

  9. Lunchtime listen: Rapper Vic Mensa covers Radiohead

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    Yesterday, we had Jade Bird covering Kate Bush and, earlier this week, we gave you a brace of unusual cover versions.

    Now it's the turn of the Chicagoan rapper covering Oxford's finest Radiohead and their morose classic Karma Police from 1997's OK Computer.

    No vocoders here, this really is Vic singing.

    His mate Chance had better watch out...

  10. Katie Melua pays homage to Sir Terry with Children In Need single

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    Georgian/British singer/songwriter Katie Melua has recorded Fields Of Gold, one of Sir Terry Wogan's favourite songs, as this year's official Children in Need single.

    Unveiling the song, Melua said it was a "privilege" to pay tribute to the broadcaster by supporting the charity "that was so dear to his heart".

    "I hope it goes on to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK."

    Melua premiered the song live on BBC Radio 2, check it out below.

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    Video caption: Katie on how Sir Terry inspired this year's Children In Need single Fields of Gold.
  11. Noel's scissor player and some other weird noisemakers

    So, Noel Gallagher debuted his song She Taught Me How To Fly on Jools on Tuesday night and then again at a full gig at York Hall in London on Wednesday night (scroll down for our review)

    On both occasions, he was joined by his new band member, the scissors-playing Charlotte.

    We're not sure what she adds to the song but Noel clearly has big plans for her.

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    But he isn't the first musician to include some bizarre (and possibly a little bit pointless) noises on record.

    Here are a few more...

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    Part of the appeal of singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is her ability to make lots of amazing noises vocally.

    But she is not averse to making some noise on household objects as this fan shot-video of her performance shows.

    But we're sure the great drummers on the planet started banging on chairs so nothing too weird about that.

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    Video caption: alt-J on recording the sound of a squeaky gate for their record

    Mercury-prize winners from 2012 alt-J are famed for layering lots of instruments on their music.

    But a a squeaky gate? Surely that is peak J...

    Here they are speaking to our music reporter Mark Savage (above) at this year's Mercury award ceremony, where they were once again nominated.

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    Now defunct nu-folksters Noah and the Whale admitted to using an electric toothbrush on record.

    "That's the key to our sound," said singer Charlie Fink.

    "I tried holding an AM radio and the toothbrush up to the guitar amp and you get these feedback sounds that can be used to good effect."

    Okaaaay...

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    Here's one for aficiandos of late 80s dance music, did you know that the high hat sound from the classic Theme from S'Express is actually the sound of a deodorant?

    Listen above to hear the smell of success.

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    Who can forget Haim in the Live Lounge earlier this summer and their cover of Selena Gomez's Bad Liar.

    Their creative use of some discarded glasses and coffee cups could save them a lot of money when it comes to touring.

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    Bez.

    Don't get us wrong, who doesn't love a bit of Bez but his musicianship has never really been one of the selling points of the Happy Mondays.

    At least they ended up giving him some maracas. Maybe we're being unfair...

  12. Beyonce to star in The Lion King Disney remake

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    As if conquering the pop world while raising a family isn't enough of a workload, Beyonce is now set to star in the Disney remake of The Lion King.

    Bey will voice the role of lioness Nala, next to lead character Simba, played by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.

    Beyonce confirmed on Facebook that her long-rumoured involvement in the project was in fact true.

    Close your eyes and you just hear Beyonce singing Shadow Land already...

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    Her other co-stars include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Seth Rogan as Pumba the warthog, while James Earl Jones will play Mufasa, as he did in the 1994 animated original.

    Check out the full cast of voices below.

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  13. Noel Gallagher debuts 'cutting edge' new tracks (scissors and all...)

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    Music News LIVE reporter

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    Noel Gallagher used his sharp wit to cut critics of his band's new scissor player down to size, while debuting psychedelic new tunes at his first proper UK gig since the release of eyebrow-raising latest single Holy Mountain last night.

    The latest member of the High Flying Birds lineup caused a stir online by playing jazz scissors during a live TV performance of Noel's new track She Taught Me How To Fly, on Tuesday's Later... with Jools Holland.

    Obviously plenty of Oasis fans were keen to see what brother Liam, who performed in Newcastle last night, made of Noel's new office stationary-psych direction.

    Naturally, he decided to raise the stakes.

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    Not to be deterred in his quest to "soar like an eagle", Noel was backed once again by his own scissor sister Charlotte at the special one-off gig at York Hall in east London.

    While introducing the band mid-set, Noel declared: "This girl played the scissors for the first time on television. Legend!

    "This is cutting edge [stuff]!" joked the 50-year-old before launching into his aforementioned trippy love song.

    The gig was being filmed for Apple's new documentary, On the Record: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon? ahead of the release of his experimental David Holmes produced third album, with arrives on 24 November.

    It saw the legendary boxing venue adopt airport-style security on arrival, which included punters being asked to put their phones in secure pouches to prevent additional filming.

    "Did you need your passport?," quipped Noel. "There’s half an hour time difference in here!"

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    Earlier, Belfast producer Holmes set the tone for the evening with an alternative DJ set of Rolling Stones / Velvet Underground / Can remixes.

    Then, backed by a brass trio, Noel's ever-expanding (and increasingly female) HFB's - which included former Oasis guitarist Gem Archer - kicked off with with the glam-psych stomp of the forthcoming album's lead single and then went straight into another new track It's a Beautiful World.

    Five new tracks in total were chopped up, amongst favourites from his last solo album Chasing Yesterday and the inevitable offering of four Oasis classics.

    "These next two songs don’t need any introduction" said Noel before launching into Little by Little from his old band's 2002 album Heathen Chemistry and a beautifully re-worked version of Champagne Supernova, with the band leader on acoustic guitar and drummer Chris Sharrock (formerly of Oasis and The La's) gently shaking a tambourine.

    Noel largely gave himself the choruses off during the Oasis numbers, handing over singing duties to the delighted audience. He's had plenty of practice doing this of late, to crowds of delirious South Americans, while supporting U2 on their world tour.

    It's a fair trade off on the night with a setlist finely balanced between modern renditions of his celebrated rock 'n' roll past and his avant-garde present/near future.

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    Image caption: Noel and Gem: "He used to be my right hand man, now he's my left hand man!"

    "Don’t try and sing along to this one, because you don’t know the words," he commands, ahead of two more new tracks Be Careful What You Wish For and Black & White Sunshine.

    Half The World Away is given a joyous run-out followed shortly afterwards by an equally cathartic acoustic rendition of his "anthem for defiance" Don't Look Back In Anger, which has taken on a new lease of life after being sang spontaneously at a wake for the victims of the Manchester attacks.

    The intimate crowd was sent away to the dance vibes of AKA... What a Life! from his 2011 debut solo album.

    With Liam set to perform for Radio 2 In Concert tonight and then appear on Googlebox with their mum Peggy on Friday night, all we need now is a DJ set from the other brother Paul and we'll have reached peak Gallagher for the first time since 1995.

    The younger sibling may be back in the fast lane, having driven his rocking debut solo album As You Were to the top of the charts recently, but Noel it seems is on a higher plane with his new material - having finally learnt how to fly.

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  14. 'Beyond iconic' Mariah Carey gets hands-on in Hollywood

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    Mariah Carey refused to take off her high heel shoes as she was asked to leave her hand and footprints outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

    The singer instead left her mark with a par of stiletto heels as she was honoured for her achievements in film and music.

    Filmaker Lee Daniels, who directed her in the Oscar-nominated movie Precious called her "beyond iconic," adding, "Her heart is gold, her heart is pure, we've watched her in the media from the beginning. Her ups, her downs, we've lived them, we love her for them"

    Mariah's prints

    "It's an honour to be here and I hope I can walk in these shoes," she said, gesturing to her heels.

    Bless Mariah, she's always been (cement) stuck in her ways.

  15. Rihanna dominates NERD's comeback single with a scorching hot rap

    Pharrell Williams and Rihanna

    "Rihanna rapping is a rare and beautiful thing!," declared Annie Mac last night, while re-loading her Hottest Record for another spin - and why not?

    The Barbadian singer raps (and slays) on N*E*R*D's comeback single Lemon.

    She may not have released an album this year, but Ri Ri's never been bigger. Wild Thoughts, her collaboration with DJ Khaled, was one of the songs of the summer; while her new beauty line was valued at $72m in the space of a month.

    Her costume for the Crop Over festival in Barbados almost broke the internet; and she's taken a starring role in the all-female reboot of Ocean's Eleven.

    Now she's delivered one of the finest performances with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo on their comeback single.

    First Harry's Kiwi, now Lemon. Whatever next?

    Check out the fruits of their labours below and read more.

  16. Morning glory

    Noe Gallagher

    Hello again everyone and welcome to Thursday's edition of Music News LIVE.

    Today, we'll have Noel Gallagher's priceless response to the latest member of his band, who plays the scissors.

    Pop queen Beyonce is set to star in the Lion King and Rihanna slays on the new N*E*R*D track.

    Beyonce

    Plus Sam Smith's Carpool Karaoke session is interrupted by four very special back seat singers.

    By the time we've told you all that and more it will very nearly be the weekend.