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  1. Bye for now

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    That's about it for Tuesday, how about we met back here again tomorrow?

    If that feels too far away, then scroll back down for new videos from Grammy-winners Kacey Musgraves and St Vincent, a Newbie Tuesday who cut his teeth busking on Dublin's streets, a Fyre Festival spoof which might be coming to a screen near you, and Nile Rodgers has got himself yet another job.

    Seriously, when does that man sleep?

    We'll leave you with the new video from Weezer's 80s covers collection, The Teal Album, which sees Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard and his band Calpurnia lip-sync their way through Aha's Take On Me in their best retro threads.

  2. Netflix unveils TV series based on Dolly Parton hits

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    Image caption: Dolly performed with her god-daughter Miley Cyrus at the Grammys on Sunday

    Netflix has released details of its forthcoming Dolly Parton anthology based on a selection of her best-loved songs.

    Each of the eight episodes takes one of Dolly's hit tracks and builds a story around the song.

    Kathleen Turner takes a central role in These Old Bones, while Dolly herself stars in Jolene and Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig - from 1980s TV series Thirtysomething - reprise their roles as a married couple in Sugar Hill.

    Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is due to debut later this year.

  3. Kacey Musgraves drops new Rainbow video

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    Hot on the heels of her Grammy performance, Kacey Musgraves has dropped the new video for Rainbow, which features the country star in the role of a guardian angel.

    The singer walked away with the top prize, album of the year, on Sunday night, for her fourth studio album Golden Hour, alongside prizes for best country album, best country song (Space Cowboy) and best country solo performance (Butterflies).

    Rainbow was one of three tracks to see a significant sales bump in the first 24 hours post-Grammys, alongside H.E.R's Hard Place and Brandi Carlile's The Joke.

    Shallow, the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper duet from A Star is Born, was the biggest seller among all of the Grammy-performed tunes, according to Billboard.

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  4. Dermot Kennedy: Busking helped me 'develop a thick skin'

    Newbie Tuesday #64, whose talent has taken him from the streets of Dublin to a US telly debut

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    As a teenage busker in a city of buskers, Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy had his work cut out for him.

    As a boy whose father had to drive around to open mic nights at pubs because he was too young to get in himself, even more so.

    "The busking was great because it helps you develop a thick skin and to not really care about what people think," he says, ahead of a show alongside the winner and other shortlisted artists of the BBC's Sound of 2019.

    "It helps develop a strange sense of confidence to open up your case and play your songs regardless of whether people are listening. There are days when nobody stops and then there are other days where you can have a big crowd, so you become very comfortable."

    He's being modest. It was in fact the young artist's apparent ability to draw a regular crowd on Dublin's famous Grafton Street that gave him the time to work on his own music - and has seen him propelled into the big time.

    "The amount I would make directly correlated with how I was feeling on the day," he continues. "If I seemed happy to be there, the day would go better and if there was a day when I was grumpy, then it probably wouldn’t be a good day."

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    Raised in a small town about 45 minutes outside Dublin, Dermot learned to play the guitar after watching his cousin entertain his family at a party.

    As a left-handed player, he joins the esteemed ranks of artists like Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Kurt Cobain and, the greatest of them all, Jimi Hendrix.

    "It was a pain for my guitar teacher. He had to think upside down and that was a nightmare for him. Over time I stopped going because I realised I could figure it out myself.

    "There are certain chords and shapes that are probably pretty unorthodox. It's fine in terms of writing music but when I'm trying to buy a guitar, it’s a disaster."

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    A gravelly-voiced, bluesy folk singer, Dermot joins the ranks of artists like Tom Grennan, Hozier, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi,

    Lyrically, he also harks back to the poetic style of fellow Irishmen Glen Hansard and Damian Hansard - whom he cites as major influences.

    But there is also a hip-hop sensibility on tracks like Moments Passed (above).

    Dermot insists on having full control of the music: from the writing, all the way to production, following some early teething problems.

    "I gave myself a fright in the studio a few times because I'd go in with songs I’d written acoustically and didn’t have the bottle to speak up when producers just turned it into their thing."

    "My songs, which sounded best acoustic, became watered down.

    "So when I did go back in after a few years, I basically wanted to make sure that I knew what everything was going to be - in terms of drums and bass lines - so that nothing would be done without me.

    "When I hit that balance of acoustic and hip-hop beats, I think it's totally unique."

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    Dermot took off in the US when his single After Rain was picked up by a weekly playlist on Spotify and the massive jump in his streaming figures helped the independent artist fund several shows in the US.

    These days he's signed to Interscope and apparently shares management with Dua Lipa - whose Grammy for best new artist at the weekend won't harm her chances of making in America.

    Now Dermot is about to kick off a run of shows in the US and will play at Coachella.

    He says his live sets have continued to grow in size and ambition: "Some people might hear some of my older stuff and think it will be a really stripped back, but it’s not.

    "There are moments of quiet, but there are four of us on stage and some of the songs are big and heavy, so it’s a bit up-and-down in that way.

    "I started out thinking I would just do acoustic shows in theatres and now it’s just developed to this thing, I guess.

    "It’s a big show that has some big musical arrangements."

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    The singer also made his US television debut earlier this year on the Late Late Show with Stephen Colbert (above).

    "They made it very easy and they were super-chilled out. Even if we were five minutes late going on, he [Colbert] would just tell jokes.

    "They were really, really accommodating; he was really nice."

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    Dermot's latest single, Lost, has already picked up massive support from Radio 1 and was featured as a Hottest Record by Annie Mac last week.

    He's currently in New York working on his debut album.

    One question remains - does he still stop for buskers himself?

    "It depends," he says. "I feel sorry for them - I don’t mean that in a cocky way, but it is a tough slog. I knew people who busked every day all summer and I have a lot of admiration for those people because it’s not easy.

    "But definitely if they're any good, I’ll stop."

    Read Newbie Tuesday #63 Mae Muller says her songs are like 'weapons'

  5. Katy Perry 'saddened' over shoe claims

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    The pop star has spoken after removing the shoes - which some claimed resembled blackface - from sale (scroll down)

    "I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface," said Katy, in a statement.

    "Our intention was never to inflict any pain. We have immediately removed them."

    She added the shoes, The Rue and The Ora, were "envisioned as a nod to modern art and surrealism".

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  6. Big Narstie 'could have been another statistic'

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    Its good to have friends in high places - or at least the rapper and presenter seems to think so, saying his success is down to God.

    "I had no visions of being a superstar," he told the Radio Times.

    Asked about his big break, he said: "I would say it was God blessing my life, and giving me the opportunity to do everything I'm doing.

    "At 18, I could have not been here.

    "I could have been another statistic. All the odds were in favour of my just going to prison at that age."

    Narstie - whose name is Tyrone Lindo - said there were times when "it just wasn't working... when I couldn't even buy a loaf of bread" but his mum "pushed me and drove me".

    The TV star also said he had struggled to adapt to the "rules" of hosting a television show when C4's The Big Narstie Show kicked off last year, but was fortunate the channel "have got a soft spot for me".

  7. Quincy Jones to perform Jackson hits in London

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    Image caption: Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones at the Grammy Awards in 1984

    Quincy Jones is heading to the O2 in June for a live performance of his three Michael Jackson hit albums - Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller.

    “I had an absolutely beautiful time celebrating my 85th birthday with all y’all in London at The O2 last year and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year," said Quincy, in a statement.

    The 85-year-old music producer - who is the subject of a Grammy-winning film - will share conducting duties of the live symphony orchestra and promised "some very special guests" would join him on stage.

    “It’s an absolute dream to present this music live, so I hope you’ll come join me for a hang-thang! It’s time to rock wit y’all!”

    Tickets for the 23 June performance will go on sale this Friday.

  8. 100 Club faces backlash after saying it is to stop giving out stage times


    The iconic venue on London's Oxford Street announced on Monday that it is to stop revealing stage times - in an effort to get more people along early to watch support bands.

    An admirable enough aim - however some people have criticised the move, saying it will unfairly affect people with disabilities

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    Bands including Slaves (above) have previously spoken out against ticketholders who only show up for the main show.

    After posting the initial tweet, the 100 Club said it was "taking on board what people are saying".

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  9. Congrats to Kevin Parker

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    The Tame Impala frontman and in-demand producer apparently tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend at the weekend.

    According to Australian newspaper The Mail, the wedding party ordered 150 McDonald’s cheeseburgers at midnight

    In April, the psych-rockers will headline the Coachella Festival in California.

  10. St Vincent shares new Masseduction video

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    St. Vincent has shared a new video for her Grammy-winning track.

    In the rather creepy clip, the Saint - aka Annie Clark - sings calmly while nuclear bombs explode in the background and faceless dancers in pink wigs throw some shapes.

    She is also wearing a hat made of gloves.

    Masseduction won the Grammy for Best Rock Song and she performed it as part of a very steamy mashup with British star Dua Lipa on Sunday night.

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  11. Fyre festival 'to be focus of spoof film'

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    Image caption: The most famous image from Fyre Festival was of a bad cheese sandwich reportedly served to guests

    Seth Rogen and comedy band The Lonely Island are working on a spoof film about the failed Fyre festival.

    But apparently they had the idea first.

    Back in April 2017 - at the time of the now infamous Fyre festival flop - The Lonely Island joked they were thinking of suing the organisers "for stealing our idea".

    Now, in the wake of two critically acclaimed documentaries about the 'luxury' island festival that descended into Carry On Camping (without the laughs), it appears the film pitch has been resurrected.

    In an interview with the Daily Beast, The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone said they were all still working on it.

    "You've seen the docs, right? It's crazy. This is something that Akiva and Seth cooked up, and we're figuring it all out right now."

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    (L-R) Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg of 'The Lonely Island'

    Meanwhile Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has been ordered to pay back nearly $3m (£2.3m) to a sponsor of the event.

    New York County Judge Joel H. Cohen handed out the default judgement in favour of defrauded investor EHL Funding after McFarland “failed to appear, answer or otherwise move in this action”.

    EHL Funding is also requesting McFarland reimburse legal expenses.

    McFarland was convicted of fraud and jailed for six years in October last year.

  12. Nile Rodgers is curating the Meltdown festival

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    ...because he hasn't already got enough on his plate in 2019 - what with the UK festivals, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and his new role as Chief Creative Adviser to Abbey Road studios.

    Now the Chic frontman will personally select the artists who will play across the week at London's Meltdown festival from 3-11 August.

    Previous curators include M.I.A, Yoko Ono and Massive Attack - and last year, it was the turn of The Cure's Robert Smith and previous curators include M.I.A, Yoko Ono and Massive Attack.

    Nile has called it a "dream come true", but there is no word yet on the line-up.

    We hope he's prepared for a bit of graft. Speaking to the BBC when he curated the event in 2014, Unkle frontman James Lavelle said: "I've been on the phone every day 24-7 for the past five months, so I've taken on a lot."

  13. Hugh Jackman to open this year's Brit Awards

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    The Greatest Showman is opening the Brits.

    That's right, PT Barnum himself is hot-footing it to the O2 next week to open the circus that is the Brits, this year featuring performances from Pink, George Ezra, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith and many more.

    The Wolverine star - disappointingly in his joggers - posted a tweet announcing his forthcoming Brits gig. Apparently we're not meant to tell anyone.

    The Brits promised big Shug's ( as we like to call him) opening turn would be "nothing short of spectacular".

    According to a statement: "It’s only fitting that the UK's biggest celebration of musical successes should be kicked off with a performance from the biggest selling album in the UK of the last year."

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  14. Sam Fender announces massive north-east gig

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    The singer, and winner of this year's Brits Critics' Choice award, has announced a huge outdoor shown at Tynemouth Castle in Newcastle.

    Sam posted the amusing video (below) to social media before confirming the show on 11 July, where he'll be supported by Little Comets.

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  15. 21 Savage team 'reached out' to Grammy artists asking for show of solidarity

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    Despite being nominated for two awards at this year's Grammys, the detention of rapper 21 Savage by US immigration authorities was barely mentioned by the assembled music royalty at the ceremony on Sunday.

    Only Ludwig Göransson, the producer of Childish Gambino's This Is America, thanked Savage onstage while accepting the award for Record of the Year, and said the rapper "should be here".

    Post Malone, nominated with Savage for two awards for Rockstar, was silent on the issue during his performance of the song - although he reportedly wore a Free 21 Savage t-shirt that no one could see.

    Savage's co-manager, Kei Henderson, said she approached a number of music stars to give a shout out to the detained rapper during the awards night, but added "it just didn't work out that way".

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    Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage, a British citizen, is being held by US officials due to an expired visa.

    His legal team say that he arrived in the US from the UK in 1999, aged seven.

    But the USA's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service says the musician arrived in 2005 aged 12 and went on to overstay his visa.

    21 Savage's lawyers concede that the 26-year-old doesn't have the correct documents, but say they expired when he was a child, "through no fault of his own".

    Artists including Jay-Z, Cardi B, Meek Mill and Offset have called for his release.

    Monday night saw Metro Boomin wear a Free 21 Savage shirt during his performance on The Tonight Show - and this time you couldn't miss it.

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  16. Nicki Minaj is not happy with BET after the Grammys

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    The rapper reacted, shall we say badly, to a misjudged humorous tweet posted by the US entertainment channel during Sunday night's awards.

    The since-deleted tweet suggested she was "being dragged by her lacefront,” after her rival Cardi B - with whom she has a troubled relationship - picked up best rap album.

    Nicki did not care for the wig-based joke and cancelled her headline slot on its annual BET Experience festival in the US this summer.

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    Her fans took to social media in droves and BET has now issued a grovelling apology to the wounded artist saying the post "should never have been written".

    "The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki", continued the statement. "We deeply apologise for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused.

    "We apologise to all of her fans.This should have never happened.”

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    The rapper has also showed some solidarity with fellow artist Ariana Grande, who pulled out of performing at Sunday's Grammy awards after a disagreement with producer Ken Erlich over what song she could perform.

    She branded producers liars after they accused her of struggling to put a performance together for the show.

    Now Nicki has said she was "bullied" by producers after falling out with them and promise to tell all in her radio show (below).

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  17. Katy Perry pulls shoes over 'blackface' row

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    Katy Perry has pulled a range of designer shoes bearing her name amid ‘blackface’ accusations.

    The black loafers and sandals, priced at approximately £100, feature large blue eyes and and a pair of large red lips stitched on the front of the shoe.

    The shoes are also available in gold and beige, but they have not been subject to the same backlash.

    Empire director and writer Eric Haywood called out the shoes on Twitter, noting it is Black History month in the US.

    It follows a decision by Gucci to pull a black "balaclava jumper" last week after it too was criticised for "resembling blackface".

    The shoes have disappeared from store website and the Katy Perry Collections website - but the singer herself has yet to comment.

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  18. Morning

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    Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week's Music News LIVE.

    We hope you didn't miss us too much on Monday but there is a lot of catch up on.

    Not least from the Grammy awards in the US, where Dua Lipa (above) picked up two trophies in a night that was dominated by female artists- in stark comparison to previous years.

    Today, we'll have more fallout from the annual ceremony, including Nicki Minaj who reacted badly to a tweet from BET, plus growing criticism of the lack of stars publicly supporting detained rapper 21 Savage.


    • Katy Perry pulls a new pair of shoes from stores amid claims they are racist
    • Tame Impala's creative force Kevin Parker gets married
    • Quincy Jones announces a massive UK show
    • Nile Rodgers will curate a London festival
    • Plus new videos from St Vincent and Kacey Musgraves

    Sounds good, right?