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  1. Stop what you are doing

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    It's home time for us.

    Any more Music News LIVE story suggestions will have to wait until tomorrow.

    Scroll down for news of Katy Perry kissing a boy and him not liking it, Liam Gallagher backing the US National School Walkout and plenty of action from the Brits abroad for the BBC at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

    Plus, Elton John gathers a stellar lineup for his Revamp album and there's new music videos from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Arcade Fire and Spinal Tap's moustachioed bassist Derek Smalls.

    We'll leave you with a #TBT today in the form of a 90s pop classic from the Spice Girls (when they were still girls) which charted at #2 exactly 20 years ago today.

    Whatever did happen to those girls?


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  2. That's Our Girl

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    When she's not busy gigging/recording/winning awards with The Big Moon, guitarist Soph Nathann has a weekend job fronting another band.

    Check out Our Girl's shoegazey self-titled track above, featuring former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones.

    OG will support the Liverpudlian on his UK Tour in September.

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  3. What's the worst that could happen?

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    The UK's newest high profile Beatles tribute act; Dr Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band have been warming up for their forthcoming debut gig on these shores supporting Roger Daltrey at his Teenage Cancer gig next week.

    DPJHCB, who have played a few gigs in LA, have a fairly fluid lineup, and by the looks of the video above currently comprise of Matt Bellamy from Muse, Miles Kane from The Last Shadow Puppets and Nine Inch Nails member Ilan Rubin.

    Graham Coxon from Blur (not seen above) is due to join them next Thursday night at the Royal Albert Hall. Let's hope he's done his homework as the others have been jamming a Fab Four classic today.

    All Together now...

  4. Chvrches cover The 1975 in the Live Lounge

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    The Scots electro-rockers have paid a visit to Clara Amfo in the Radio 1 studios for a chat and a play of their new track Get Out, plus of course a cover of their choice.

    They plumped for Matt Healy's band's Somebody Else and by all accounts smashed it.

    See for yourselves above.

    The full performance should be up and running on Radio 1's Youtube channel by the same time tomorrow.

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  5. Is the new Arctic Monkeys album out in May?

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    George Evans on Instagram seems to think so.

    He bumped into Matt Helders in Aslan's Kebabs in his native Sheffield and confirmed the drummer "likes cheesy chips and gravy" and told him to expect their sixth studio album in two months time.

    We last heard from the Monkeys in 2013 with AM and Helders has since been moonlighting as Iggy Pop's drummer.

    But now their summer schedule is filling up nicely with dates around the globe but TRNSMT is Glasgow remains the only UK date... so far.

  6. Inhale Duke Dumont's new Hottest Record

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    In fact, take your time over it.

    UK DJ/producer Duke Dumont now lives in LA - but he still can't get a tan apparently.

    Why? Because he's been too busy making his funky new single, that's why!

    Inhale, ft Ebenezer was Annie Mac's Hottest Record last night and you can check it out above.

  7. Courtney Barnett needs a little time out

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    So do you, come to think of it.

    Time for a break then and to enjoy the Australian singer-songwriter's Star Trek-esque new video as she takes a break from... well... the entire planet, actually.

    Need A Little Time is taken from Courtney's forthcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, which drops on 18 May.

    That gives her precisely two earth months to make her way back.

  8. Listen to Janelle Monae (try to) explain her latest album Dirty Computer

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    Video caption: Janelle Monae explains the concept of her new album Dirty Computer

    The Afrofuturistic singer-songwriter is coming back with a brand new album next month, her first in five years.

    It's called Dirty Computer, and Music News LIVE was lucky enough to attend a top secret playback of the new album earlier this week.

    Trust us - it's brilliant. She has already shared two new tracks from the album Django Jane and Hottest Record, the Prince-infused The Way You Make Me Feel.

    Now, speaking to 6 Music, she explains how different the new work is from her 2010 debut concept album The Archandroid, with its central character - Cindi Mayweather.

    If you haven't already heard it then the above clip might not make much sense to you but we'd urge you to check it out.

    "I knew that I want to make this album but I knew it would take a deeper level of honesty and vulnerability," she says.

  9. Over half a million people watch Drake play a computer game

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    Here's one for all you gamers out there...

    When he's not busy dishing out millions of dollars to fans, Canadian superstar Drake loves a good old gaming session.

    Now, a team-up between Drizzy and top Fortnite player Ninja has broken the record for the most people watching an individual's Twitch stream (that's people watching other people playing games, to the rest of us).

    More than 600,000 people tuned in to watch the pair play the survival co-op shooting game on the streaming service. Later on, the two were also joined b fellow rapper Travis Scott and NFL player JuJu Smith-Schuster.

    The event still fell shy of the overall record for the most people watching a Twitch stream, which is 1.1 million.

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  10. Elton John's biggest songs recorded by stars like Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Miley Cryus

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    The piano-playing legend has announced a new album, Revamp, which will see the great and good of pop/rock, including Ed, Coldplay, Miley, Pink and Florence + The Machine reinterpret some of his classic songs.

    Elton, who co-wrote his hits with collaborator Bernie Taupin, said: "It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it.

    Quote Message: As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp choose to add their own unique twist in the process.
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    He added: "It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences."

    The Killers, Lady Gaga and Queens of the Stone Age are also among the artists involved in the album, which will come out on 6 April.

    Miley was on hand to sing his 70s classic, The Bitch is Back, on a televised tribute to Sir Elton, recorded ahead of the Grammys.

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    However she'll be slowing it down a notch on the album with a rendition of Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me.

    But what will Q-Tip and Demi Lovato duetting on Don't Go Breaking My Heart sound like? Well your guess is as good as ours.

    Here's the full Revamp tracklisting:

    1. Bennie And The Jets - Elton John, P!nk and Logic
    2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes - Coldplay
    3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues - Alessia Cara
    4. Candle In The Wind (2018 Version) - Ed Sheeran
    5. Tiny Dancer - Florence +The Machine
    6. Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Mumford & Sons
    7. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Mary J. Blige
    8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Q-Tip featuring Demi Lovato
    9. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - The Killers
    10. Daniel - Sam Smith
    11. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Miley Cyrus
    12. Your Song - Lady Gaga
    13. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Queens of the Stone Age

    What no Rocket Man?

    We suppose that was already well covered by Stewie Griffin on Family Guy...

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  11. New Harry Styles song labelled 'bisexual anthem'

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    The One Direction heart-throb set more hearts aflutter this week (of all sexes and genders) when he performed his new track Medicine during a gig in Paris on Tuesday night.

    The track apparently contains the lyrics: The boys and the girls are in / I’ll mess around with them / And I’m OK with it

    Harry, who has been in public relationships with the likes of Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner and Caroline Flack, has never officially put a label on his sexuality... nor should be be expected to.

    Nevertheless, social media has been quick to react.

    Check out a snippet of the track and some of the responses below.

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  12. All the way from Manchester, England...

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    Video caption: Pale Waves treat Austin to lovesick 90s-pop with a distinctive Manchester twist.

    After whetting your appetites earlier with Derry punks Touts (scroll down), let's have some more SXSW action from Austin, Texas.

    The Brits announced their arrived with a BBC Music Introducing Showcase, taking the likes of Pale Waves, Himalayas, Touts, Che Lingo, Rachel K Collier and Jerry Williams to a US audience.

    Check out the rather Heavenly set from the Manchester goth pop rockers - who made the top five of BBC's Sound of 2018 - above.

    While you're here, here's six performances you need to see from the Stateside new music festival.

    Tonight, Radio 2's Jo Whiley will be live from the festival with Nile Rodgers, Kim Deal and live music from Gaz Coombes, plus highlights from the BBC's new music showcase from Sam Fender & Nina Nesbitt.

    It's almost as good as being there.

  13. The Who's Roger Daltrey releases first solo material in 26 years ft Pete Townshend

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    Video caption: The Who's frontman calls Chris with exclusive first solo music in 26 years.

    Rog called Radio 2 Brekkie show host Chris Evans this morning from rainy San Fransisco with a world exclusive play of his first solo music in 26 years.

    "I've gone back to making the kind of music that The Who used to do before we did Pete Townshend songs" he joked.

    "Which were kind of soul gospel-y lillte coutnry songs."

    Roger, who this week urged rock 'n' roll fans to look after their ears by wearing ear-plugs at gigs will be performing tracks from his new album and a few Who classics at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 March in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.

    His old pal Pete features on the album, which is out on 1 June and ensured that it got done.

    "I thought the album was rubbish... but Pete encouraged me to finish it."

    Listen to the chat above and the new track, which is out now, in full below.

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  14. Some new music videos for your eyes and ears

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    It's never too early to have a sneaky watch of a new music video... or two.

    So here's the latest from Arcade Fire in the form of their new two track short film Money + Love.

    The video is co-written by the band themselves and stars Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette as an Everything Now corporate executive making a deal with the band for just "98% of future earnings".

    The film combines two songs from their recent Everything Now album; Put Your Money on Me and We Don't Deserve Love

    It's an epic 15 minutes long so make sure you go to the toilet first.

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    Next up is from Derek Smalls - the "luke warm water" between the fire and ice of his Spinal Tap bandmates.

    The video for his solo song It Don't Get Old, taken from his new album, has cameos from the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith.

  15. Katy Perry kissed a guy and he didn't like it

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    OK, part two of Katy Perry news today.

    As well as supporting US students (scroll down), KP has been encouraging would-be pop stars in her weekend job as a judge on the new American Idol.

    Encouraging them perhaps a little too much for some people.

    Contestant Benjamin Glaze has revealed to the New York Times that he "was a tad bit uncomfortable" when the I Kissed a Girl singer planted a surprise kiss on his lips, after he revealed to the panel - including Lionel Richie - that he had never been kissed and was waiting for his first girlfriend.

    "I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special," the 20-year-old told the US paper.

    Quote Message: Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no. I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.

    Watch above to see the then-19-year-old cashier from Oklahoma who is clearly uncomfortable with the whole scene, taken from this week's series premiere.

    The clip has caused many to question what the verdict would be had this been a 33-year-old male judge treating a teenage female contestant in the same way.

    Katy however seems to have seen the funny side of it.

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  16. Music world reacts to US National School Walkout over gun control

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    Thousands of American students walked out of schools yesterday in order to demand greater protection and a change in gun control legislation.

    The National School Walkout marked exactly one month since a 19-year-old former student shot and killed 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida.

    The likes of Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Garbage and Paramore have been showing their support online for the protesters.

    Miley said she was "proud of all of you", while Liam gave his "respect", declaring that "enough is enough".

    KP showed her support, pointing to a follow-up march on the capital later this month and Garbage used a poo emoji to show what they think about US President Donald Trump's suggestion that arming teachers would put an end to school shootings.

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    Kate Nash and Best Coast also tweeted in solidarity with the students, who walked out of classrooms at 10am for 17 minutes to show solidarity with the 17 victims of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

    Students in Washington DC held 17 minutes of silence, while chants of "not one more" were heard all around.

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  17. Howdy folks

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    Video caption: Repping for Northern Ireland, Touts seriously need to be witnessed in action.

    Hey y'all - come on in and make yourself at home.

    We've saved you your usual seat in the corner and one of our Music News LIVE waiters will be over shortly to serve you.

    On the menu today, reaction from the likes of Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Garbage and more to US students walking out of schools on mass to demand action over gun control.

    Speaking of KP, she finds herself in a reality TV kissing storm too and Drake once again proves he's a real player (this time in a computer game sense).

    Also Harry Styles sets tongues wagging with his latest lyrics and there's a new video from Spinal Tap's moustachioed bassist - ageing rocker Derek Smalls.

    OK the first one is on us. It's a Derry number and has a real kick to it, in the form of Touts' SXSW set in Austin, Texas, for BBC Introducing.