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  1. We'll get our coats...

    That's your lot for Tuesday but we will see you again tomorrow.

    In the meantime, scroll down for a bunch of pensioners recreating a Taylor Swift video, new music from Glass Animals, Father John Misty and Beyonce's co-writer Diana Gordon plus the history of punk retold in putty.

    Later alligator(s).

  2. The history of punk music, in putty form

    A book aiming to tell children the history of punk music is being released to coincide with the musical movement's 40th anniversary.

    What is Punk? by Eric Morse and Anny Yi is out on Friday in hardback, and uses rhymes and putty recreations of iconic figures such as The Clash and venues such as CBGB in New York.

    The pictures are pretty cool...

    What is Punk?
    What is Punk?
    What is Punk?
  3. Massive Attack release new material

    Massive Attack

    Massive Attack, who are currently in the midst of a European tour, have unveiled two new tracks - Come Near Me and The Spoils.

    They are also preparing to play a huge homecoming gig in Bristol in September.

    Fans can remix the new tracks on the band's mobile app, Fantom, which was launched to coincide with their Ritual Spirit EP earlier this year. 

  4. Regina Spektor announces UK tour dates

    After returning with Bleeding Heart, her first new track in three years on Friday, it's all systems go for Regina Spektor who's just announced some UK live dates later this year. 

    She'll play Gateshead, Manchester, Bristol and London in November to celebrate the release of new album Remember Us to Life. It's coming out on 30 September.

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  5. Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and Metallica headline Global Citizen Festival

    Kendrick Lamar

    Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Metallica, Major Lazer and Selena Gomez will headline the 2016 Global Citizen Festival on 24 September.

    The special free concert in New York's Central Park will also feature guest performers including Chris Martin, Usher, Eddie Vedder, Cat Stevens and Ellie Goulding - who recently scrapped several festival dates on doctor's orders. 

    Now in its fifth year, the event offers fans free tickets in return for joining their social action platform. 

    In a statement Gomez said: "I am particularly proud to be involved this year as the focus is on education. As an artist with many young fans, I believe everyone has the right to an education.”

    Goulding said she was "thrilled" to be part of the movement:

    Quote Message: I hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting our environment and ensuring access to safe water in the fight against global poverty. Together we can use our voices to urge our leaders to take action and support the health and development of citizens everywhere and preserving the world for future generations.
    Ellie Goulding

    The show's broadcast live on MSNBC in the US and this year's presenters include Hugh Jackman, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Salma Hayek and Seth Meyers.  

  6. Baz Luhrmann's musical drama The Get Down is coming soon

    A new trailer's been released for director Baz Luhrmann's new music-driven drama series The Get Down, about the birth of hip-hop and the last days of disco in late 1970s New York.

    The musical team behind the show includes executive producer Nas - who has penned original rhymes for the series - and associate producer Grandmaster Flash, who also appears in the series along with Jaden Smith.

    The show debuts globally on Netflix on 12 August. 

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  7. Glass Animals debut new track Youth

    Glass Animals

    Oxford band Glass Animals have shared the video for new track Youth, the second from their forthcoming album How To Be A Human Being due in August.

    The album has an overarching storyline with 'chapters' being rolled out one by one like a TV miniseries. 

    The video for Youth picks up where debut track Life Itself left off and was also directed by photographer Neil Krug. 

    The track got a first spin from Huw Stephens on Radio 1 last night and you can watch the video on NPR now

    "I always try to leave enough space for people to make their own interpretations," says frontman Dave Bayley of the plot.

    "For me, that's more interesting than having a definitive 'correct' explanation."

    The band also shared a teaser on Twitter: 

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  8. Taylor Swift video recreated... by residents of a retirement home

    Whilst the rest of the world is obsessing over the Taylor Swift vs Kimye row, a bunch of residents of a New Zealand retirement home have done an (almost) shot for shot remake of the singer's Shake it Off video.

    The 50 residents of the retirement village in Palmerston North apparently spent a week learning the words and moves.

    The average age of the dancers is 82, with a combined age of 4,000.

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    And here is the original for the sake of comparison...

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  9. The life of a Klaxon in a post-Klaxons world

    BBC Newsbeat

    James Righton

    As one third of British indie band Klaxons, James Righton won a Mercury Prize, played the Brits with Rihanna and sent sales of glowsticks soaring with the birth of 'nu rave'.

    But after a decade together and three albums, the band went their separate ways and Righton has moved on to new project Shock Machine.

    He's been telling Newsbeat how he made the transition to dad, husband (of actress Keira Knightley) and solo musician.

    "It was tough to end a band that you've been in for 10 years," he says.

    "It just felt like a really good point to say, 'Let's take a break for a minute and see what else we can do' and I felt I needed to do other things."

    He also explained the familiar synth sound of Shock Machine - whose touring band "borrows" Anna from Metronomy and Ed of Friendly Fires on bass: 

    Quote Message: I was one third of Klaxons so it is always going to sound like me. I've always loved melody and pop hooks, slightly left of centre but I have always tried to balance it with songs that have lyrics you can sing along to. I've tried to make a lot of them as unpredictable as possible, take the listener on a journey.

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  10. Learning music helps children's brains 'develop faster'

    We all know music has the power to make us happy, and sometimes even a bit sad - but now there's proof that learning music can actually make young people's brains work better.

    Neuroscientist Dr Sylvain Moreno has been telling BBC Radio 3 about the benefits of musical training.

    “After just 4 weeks of training, children's brains were developing faster and for the better," he said. 

    Here he explains it can help adults' brains keep their plasticity too: 

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    Video caption: Neuroscientist Dr. Sylvain Moreno explains that our brains keep their plasticity

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  11. Chance the Rapper to stage one day music event

    Chance the Rapper

    Chance The Rapper has roped in some of his mates for a one-day festival in his hometown Chicago.He made the announcement on Twitter on Monday.

    The Magnificent Coloring Day event at the US Cellular Field stadium, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, will feature performances by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Skrillex, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

    Though it seems some fans have already been struggling to get tickets...

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  12. Beyonce co-writer Diana Gordon releases track

    Of all the lyrics on Beyonce's Lemonade album, arguably the lines from Sorry - surrounding the mystery over who "Becky with the good hair" is - generated the most column inches.

    Now the writer of that lyric Diana Gordon, who has also worked with artists including Mary J Blige and Alicia Keys, has released a new track - the first under her real name.

    The song, The Legend Of, includes this gem:

    Quote Message: I know you wanna call me your fiancee / I just got a fat cheque from Beyonce

    I mean they do say 'write what you know'... You can listen to the full song below:

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  13. Demi Lovato talks mental health at the DNC

    Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato has used a speech at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention to address the role politicians should take when it comes to mental health and providing care for people.

    The 23-year-old has been open about her bi-polar condition, substance abuse issues and eating disorder in the past and told the crowd at the convention "we can do better".

    She said she wanted to "urge every politician to support laws that provide better access to healthcare and support for everyone".

    Lovato, who's currently on tour with Nick Jonas and performed her track Confident at the convention, also said she is "living proof that you can live a normal and empowered life with mental illness".

    Quote Message: This is not about politics, it's simply the right thing to do. I'm doing my very small part by having the treatment centre that saw me through my recovery on tour with me, so that at least a small group of people even for a brief moment can have the same support that I received.
    Quote Message: Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I am lucky, I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately too many Americans from all walks of life don't get help. Either because they fear the stigma, or cannot afford treatment... We can do better.
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  14. Unreleased George Harrison songs could be finished by family

    Billboard magazine

    Dhani Harrison

    Dhani Harrison, the son of Beatle George Harrison, could be about to release an album full of previously unheard songs by his late father.

    According to Bilboard, Dhani and his mother Olivia have talked about him finishing some of the unreleased tracks.

    George died in 2001, aged 58, from lung cancer.

    "There are a lot of songs that are unfinished," Olivia told the magazine. "I think there’s a project there. I just need time to get to it."

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  15. Christina Grimmie music videos to be released following her death

    Billboard magazine

    Christina Grimmie

    Four music videos recorded by late singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on the US version of The Voice, are to be released next month. 

    Grimmie's manager Brian Teefey said August would be "a visual celebration" of the singer's EP Side A, with fans getting to see the videos she'd worked on before her death in June, when she was shot following a show in Florida. 

    “I couldn’t be more proud of her and everyone involved for the labour of love that was put into this project," he said.

    The four videos will premiere on Billboard and her YouTube channel weekly, from 11 August.

    Teefey revealed, in a Twitter post, that the videos were shot in February and tell the story of a character called Jessica Blue on “her journey to find her voice and her path in life only to find they are one in the same.”

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  16. Father John Misty releases new track

    Father John Misty

    Its been a busy few days for Father John Misty. First he was filmed delivering an obscenity-laced rant at a US festival audience in Camden, New Jersey at the weekend.

    His rambling speech about modern society included the line "entertainment is stupid. Do you guys realise that?” 

    Now, and perhaps with a bittersweet taste in his mouth following his on-stage revelations, he has now released a new track Real Love Baby.

    With its Beach Boys-esque chorus, its actually pretty sweet.

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  17. Jack White's record label hopes to play first record in space

    Jack White

    We've had astronauts singing David Bowie, but a "space-proof turntable" that can play vinyl while orbiting the earth? Not yet...

    But Jack White's hoping to change all that, and his label Third Man Records has shared details of the custom-built "Icarus Craft" they'll be attaching to a high-altitude balloon in a bid to play the first phonographic record in space. 

    They've selected a gold-plated master of their 2010 single Carl Sagan’s A Glorious Dawn, their 3 millionth pressing.

    To mark the label's 7th anniversary they've announced launch parties at their bases in Nashville and Detroit on 30 July, featuring live bands and a screening of the pre-recorded launch which will also be streamed on the internet.

    Here's a preview of how it (might) work...

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  18. DJ Fresh quits 'soul destroying' music industry

    DJ Fresh

    If you plan on seeing a set by dubstep DJ Fresh, then you best hurry up about it because he has announced plans to quit the music industry calling it "soul destroying".

    The DJ, who has had number one hits with Louder and Hot Right Now, wrote in a Facebook post that he is due to stop touring by January next year.

    "It's time to begin the next chapter of my life.. And it's way overdue. Need to think about my health and life," he said.

    "Thanks so much everyone who has bought my records and supported my vision. Without you guys the music wouldn't exist."

    He added:

    Quote Message: I cannot continue to be part of this industry... I hate everything about it. It's fake, soul destroying and promotes everything BUT experimentation and heartfelt emotion (which is what music means to me).
    Quote Message: I just want to add that this is in no way related to my record label/labels who have all been fantastic (there are some good ones out there!)... Maybe one day I'll write a book, and explain it then.

    With some fans taking his announcement as some kind of indication of a health issue, he took to Twitter to reassure them that he is fine...

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  19. Good morning

    Hello and Happy Tuesday. Coming up on today's Music News LIVE we've got news from the likes of Demi Lovato, DJ Fresh, Father John Misty and Jack White - who wants to put vinyl into space. 

    But before we get cracking, don't forget to check out yesterday's page for news of Sia and Rihanna's new acting roles, tributes to Hollywood's 'invisible voice' Marni Nixon, the UK run of David Bowie's musical Lazarus and lots more.