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  1. Leshurr time

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    Let's finish as we started today on MNL with a bit of Black Madonna star Lady Leshurr performing at Electric Fields fest in Scotland a few weeks back.

    Then we're out of here but YOU can still scroll down for news of Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward re-building his life, hundreds paying tribute to late rapper Mac Miller at a hometown vigil in Pittsburgh and the earliest David Bowie recording fetches four times its estimate at an auction.

    Plus new music from The Distillers, Slaves (live) and much much more.

    Until tomorrow.

  2. Mike Posner shares first solo music in two years

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    It's Posner's first material since the billion streaming I Took A Pill In Ibiza and focuses on the collapse of a relationship over a hip hop beat and guitar.

    “It was good to make this song because of all the angst that was inside me. What do you do with that angst? I put it in a song.

    "Then I don’t have to throw it on another human or on myself," he said about the new track.

    Last year, Mike and producer and singer Blackbear released the self-titled album by their band Mansionz.

    Hear the new track below.

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  3. Algerian singer Rachid Taha dies aged 59 in Paris

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    Algerian-born singer Rachid Taha has died of a heart attack at home in Paris aged 59, his family said.

    Taha was born on Algeria's north-west coast in 1958 and moved with his family to Lyon aged 10.

    He rose to prominence as the lead singer of Arabic-language group Carte de Séjour, which blended Western punk rock with Algerian Maghrebi music.

    Taha then went solo, and in 2004 covered The Clash's song Rock the Casbah.

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  4. Nick Carter sexual assault charge dismissed

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    Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter will not be charged for a sexual assault accusation from 2003.

    Melissa Schuman - a former member of girlband Dream - accused Carter of raping her and waved her anonymity by writing a blog in February.

    After being reviewed by prosecutors, the case was thrown out as the statute of limitations has passed.

    Carter's lawyer Michael Holtz said he is "happy to put the matter behind him".

    "Nick has denied these allegations ever since he first learned of them last year," he added.

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  5. Jack White teases new concert film

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    Jack White: Kneeling at the Anthem D.C. will be released on 21 September and was shot at The Anthem in the US capital.

    The trailer ends with Jack lying prostrate at the foot of a very steep set of stairs which horror aficionados will recognise from the movie The Exorcist.

    Watch a trailer below.

    Alongside the film, Jack will release a live EP.

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  6. European MPs approve new copyright bill

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    Controversial new copyright laws have been approved by members of the European Parliament.

    Many musicians and creators claim the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists.

    But opponents fear that the plans could destroy user-generated content, memes and parodies.

    The new rules require internet platforms to filter content put online by users but have led many to believe it would be an excessive restriction on free speech.

    But artists including Sir Paul MCartney and James Blunt argued there is a "value gap" between the revenue platforms derive from the use of copyright-protected music and the revenue they pass on to the creators of that music.

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  7. Watch Slaves in the Live Lounge

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    Here's a little lunchtime treat for you all now...

    We're used to hearing them with their amps turned up to about 16 but the Kent punk duo performed a stripped-down acoustic version of their new tune Chokehold for Clara Amfo yesterday afternoon.

    As is customary in the Live Lounge, Isaac and Laurie also took on the challenge of covering another pop/rock/rap hit, going for SPRGNSM.

    That's Superorganism by the way but it's somehow more fun when you spell it without any vowels as the band do on their own socials.

    Watch above.

  8. Kele Okereke on tackling immigration and sexuality in new 'play with songs'

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    Video caption: Kele Okereke on new play, immigration and sexuality

    Last week we told you how the Bloc Party frontman had taken a slight career detour by writing songs for a new piece for the stage called Leave to Remain.

    Around the release of lead single, Not the Drugs Talking, we spoke to Kele about some of the key themes - immigration and sexuality - contained within the new play, which will run at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London for a month from 18 January.

    Kele said:

    Quote Message: It was important to shine a human story, a human perspective on the reality of people from different places coming together.

    Listen above.

  9. Eminem 'cringed' at Relapse album


    Em has been speaking to US rapper and presenter Sway about the harsh criticism of his 2017 album Revival, which featured guests slots from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Pink.

    The rapper took on critics with his surprise Kamikaze album which was released earlier this month.

    In that album, he takes on a crop of rappers including Tyler the Creator, Machine Gun Kelly and Joe Budden.

    "Some people more than others went a little far with it," he said of Revival reviews.

    "I'm not going to lie, there is something inside me that is a little more happy when I'm angry. As bad as it feels to be there, there's also a rush that I like, that inspires me to say something back."

    During the course of the interview, Em also revealed he cringes when looking back at some of his recent albums - two in particular.

    "I have made albums that definitely probably would not be at the top of my list.... Encore, Relapse...

    "I believe Encore is a better album than Relapse but Relapse is something that I looked at a couple of years later, I went back to it and cringed at it.

    "I was like, 'Jesus Christ, I didn't realise I was doing that many accents.'

    Quote Message: For whatever reason, I got into it and started in this weird serial killer vibe thing and started wanting to talk crazy and bend words and the only way was with this accent or that accent .

    "But I always say that if it wasn't for Relapse, I would not have been able to make Recovery."

    You can find Part 1 of the interview on Eminem's YouTube channel.

  10. Albert Hammond Jr on how his stillborn twin inspired his latest record

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    Video caption: Strokes Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. reveals the concept behind his latest solo album

    The Strokes guitarist is in the UK touring his latest solo album, Francis Trouble.

    He popped into 6 Music in Salford for a chat with RadMac about how the death of his stillborn twin brother Francis provided the inspiration for the record by giving him an alter ego.

    "It seemed like such a super natural thing... like the way a superhero was born."

    Listen above.

    Albert plays at SWG3 in Glasgow tonight.

  11. Slash admits some Guns N'Roses songs were 'sort of sexist'

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    The guitarist has been asked whether songs from the rock band's back catalogue have become problematic in a post #MeToo world.

    The band have faced accusations of misogyny throughout their career.

    Turn around, b****, I got a use for you, besides, you ain't got nothing better to do, and I’m bored: sang Axl Rose on It's So Easy from their debut album, Appetite for Destruction.

    “I’ve never thought of that. It’s never crossed my mind”, said Slash in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment.

    "We didn’t have that particular [predatory] relationship with girls. It was a lot more the other way around, in some cases.

    "Anyway, so some of the songs and all that were sort of sexist in their own way, but not to be taken that seriously. I don’t think they were malicious or anything.”

    Earlier this week, Paramore announced they were retiring one of their early hits, Misery Business, due to accusations of anti-feminist lyrics.

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  12. Cat Power on working with the 'mystical' Lana Del Rey

    New album singer also bigs up the 'icons' of the #MeToo Movement

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    Video caption: Cat Power on working with 'mystical' Lana Del Rey on new track, Woman

    Cat Power - aka Chan Marshall - has a new album, Wanderer, out on 5 October.

    It's her first record in six years and she produced the record herself, working with friends and collaborators including Lana Del Rey.

    "She's a beautiful mystical creature," Chan told 6 Music's Georgie Rogers.

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    The LP was written around the birth of her first child several years ago.

    Since then, she has enjoyed seeing the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

    "That lady that started that Me Too movement is such a huge icon now," she added.

    Listen above.

    Cat Power's only UK date on her current tour is a London show at the Roundhouse on 23 October.

  13. Nick Minaj takes her 'mommy' to New York Fashion Week

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    Following her scrap with rival rapper Cardi B last time out, Nicki M has returned to the fashion show with the back up of her mum, Carol Maraj.

    They attended the Oscar de la Renta show on Tuesday.

    The rapper posted the above pic of the two of them done up to the nines before stepping out to the "gorgeous show".

    She wrote: "Mommy & Me in #OscarDeLaRenta. GORGEOUS SHOW."

    If Nicki is with her mum then perhaps Cardi is still in the headmaster's office.

  14. Celebrity Masterchef would have 'freaked Dolly out'

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    Singer Stella Parton says she didn't ask her famous country star sister for any culinary advice before going on the cooking show because she believes that she's the more skilled in the kitchen.

    "I would say I'm a better cook than her", Stella told the Press Association.

    "I don't need her advice!

    "And I don't think she would have done better than me in that kitchen, it would have freaked her out as well."

    The younger Parton, 69, also described judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as "adorable".

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    Image caption: 'Adorable': John Torode (r) and Gregg Wallace

    The Tennessee-born vegetarian admitted though that she did struggle with some of the challenges, due to the difference in cooking style.

    "I consider myself more of a kettle cook, I'm great with stews and soups and things you can cook in one pot.

    Quote Message: The style of cooking I do is from the South. That's my forte, and on MasterChef you have to do a plate, a presentation of a meat and a side and then a glaze or whatever.

    If you can't stand the heat Stella, get out of the kitchen.

    Celebrity MasterChef airs at 20:00 BST, Thursday on BBC One.

  15. The Distillers return with first track in 15 years

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    Los Angeles punk rockers The Distillers have dropped their first new music since 2003 LP Coral Fang.

    The band split up in 2006, with frontwoman Brody Dalle (above) forming another band, Spinnerette, but eventually going solo.

    You can check out Man vs. Magnet, in all its feedback-drenched glory below.

    Earlier this summer, Brody supported husband Josh Homme's band, Queens of the Stone Age, at their own festival in London's Finsbury Park.

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  16. Hundreds of Mac Miller fans flock to Blue Slide Park for vigil

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    Fans, friends and family of Mac Miller paid a candlelit tribute to the later rapper at the Frick Park Blue Slide playground in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last night.

    The rapper - who died last week at his home in Los Angeles, aged 26 - named his 2011 album after the park which he frequented as a child.

    His grandmother told the press: "He loved LA but Pittsburgh was his favourite."

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    You can check out some locally-sourced pics of the scene below.

    Meanwhile Mac's friend Shane Powers has hit out at people criticising his former girlfriend Ariana Grande, following his death.

    On his podcast, The Shane Show, Powers called Grande “an unbelievably stabilising force" in the life of the rapper, who had struggled with addiction.

    On Tuesday, pop star Charlie Puth said he had "tried to help" Miller get clean.

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  17. Glass Animals drummer shares update after life-threatening crash

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    The Oxford indie rockers were forced to cancel tour dates earlier this summer when drummer, Joe Seaward, was seriously injured after being hit by a truck while cycling in Dublin.

    The musician had to undergo surgery to reshapes part of his skull.

    Now the band have posted a message from Joe during his recovery.

    He told fans: "I have learned a lot this summer, I thought I'd share a few of my findings with you all:

    Quote Message: 1) I am extremely lucky. my family and friends and the doctors and nurses in Dublin are remarkable people. the band and my family sat next to me in hospital for two weeks while I couldn't speak or move and haven't left me since, I've been looked after by the best.
    Quote Message: 2) Trucks are extremely hard.
    Quote Message: 3) In the last couple of months I have learnt to walk, talk and read again- watching a body heal in real time has been quite amazing, saying more than 'i' is actually very complicated and tiring, so is adapting to lots of metal in your limbs. i have always taken my body for granted, I won't anymore.

    Joe said his brain injury had led to "wildly increased creativity" and he had begun playing he drums again.

    Click the post above for the fuill message.

    The band were shortlisted for the Mercury Prize last year.

  18. Earliest David Bowie recording fetches four times its estimate at auction

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    Video caption: A clip of a 1963 recording, though to be the first, of a teenage David Bowie singing

    The first known studio recording of a teenage David Bowie has been sold for nearly £40,000 to an overseas buyer.

    The 1963 demo by The Konrads, which was rejected by Decca, features 16-year-old David - then known as plain 'ole David Jones - singing I Never Dreamed.

    He normally played saxophone in the group.

    The 18-minute recording was sold by the band's drummer David Hadfield, who had discovered it in an old bread basket in his loft.

    Omega Auctions said it sold for a total of £39,360 after a "bidding frenzy".

    The estimated price was £10,000.

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  19. Morning all, the p-leshurr is all ours

    Hello again folks and welcome back to Music News LIVE.

    Coming up today:

    • Hundreds pay tribute to Mac Miller at hometown vigil
    • The first-known David Bowie studio recording sells for nearly four times its estimate
    • Glass Animals drummer shares an update after life-threatening crash
    • Stella Parton says her sister Dolly would freak out over Masterchef
    • The Distillers release their first new track in 15 years
    • Albert Hammond Jr talks about the inspiration behind his new record

    First up though Lady Leshurr has a hottest new record and its title makes a very bold claim.

    Check out Black Madonna above, as LL tells Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac that she feels like "a brand new woman" these days.