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  1. See you later party people

    Shaun Ryder & Tony Wilson (r)

    We're off to have some fun...and you should too.

    Don't forget to leave something in the tank for the weekend, mind.

    Scroll down for new music from Liam Gallagher and Pink, plus news of a Seattle statue for Chris Cornell, Taylor Swift's mum gives evidence in court and Bill Murray steps out on Broadway for two (of exactly the same) nights.

    Meanwhile it's one night only for Blazin' Squad.

    Plus there are tributes and a special Throwback Thursday double in honour of Tony Wilson on the 10th anniversary of his death.

    This ones for you Tony...

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  2. #NationalLazyDay

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    Happy National Lazy Day... whatever.

    Hope you're reading today's Music News LIVE somewhere comfortable, like this guy above in the X-Press 2 cult classic.

    We would tell you more about who's on it, but we can't be bothered.

  3. Listen: Glen Campbell covers Green Day & plays with The Monkees

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    Well Glen Campbell may now be gone but he's far from forgotten in the music world.

    Yesterday we brought you tributes to the great US country musician, now Radio 2's Chris Evans has compiled some of his favourite moments from the career of an artist he's "always loved."

    Listen above as Glen covers a certain California punk band's nostalgic anthem and plays guitar on another classic that you may not even know he appeared on.

  4. Sir Paul McCartney: Frog Chorus given charity rebirth

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    Image caption: Rock star and frog lover

    Sir Paul McCartney of Beatles fame has only gone given the go ahead (or go 'ed in his native Scouse) for one of his greatest hits We All Stand Together aka The Frog Chorus to appear on a new charity album

    The 1984 song, that originally featured Macca and his animated amphibian friends will be re-worked by Choirs With Purpose - including the Parrs Wood High School who sang with Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester gig - and a selection of singers including Britain's Got Talent finalists, the Missing People Choir, and the NHS Choir.

    All profits from album, which will be in the shops for Christmas, will be split equally between the choirs or their nominated charities.

    "We All Stand Together is the perfect song to bring together all the different choirs featuring on the album" said record producer James Hawkins.

    Quote Message: The message 'one thing is certain we'll never give in' resonates with every group, and we are so excited to be bringing this classic song to a whole new generation."

    Great work guys. Just spare us the actual frogs again, we beg you.

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    Image caption: A frog
  5. Saudi singer arrested for dabbing

    Abdallah Al Shahani dabbing in Taif, Saudi Arabia last weekend

    A singer has been arrested for "dabbing" during a concert in south-west Saudi Arabia.

    TV host and actor Abdallah Al Shahani was performing the dance move, which consists of tucking your head into the crook of your arm at a music festival in the city of Taif at the weekend.

    Apparently dabbing is banned in Saudi where the authorities consider it a reference to narcotics culture.

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    Detail from an anti-dabbing infographic from Saudi Arabian National Commission for Combating Drugs
  6. Throwback Thursday: Tony Wilson defends Joy Division over lack of airplay

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    On this the 10th anniversary of his death, Manchester music magnate Tony Wilson provides our #TBT today.

    Here he is above with an inspired defence of an up and coming young Factory Records band called Joy Division back in 1979.

    Tony suggests to Radio 1 bosses that drummer Stephen Morris and co are just as worthy as being played on the station as "most of the dross that's around".

    Oh, and Cliff. That'll be Sir Cliff Richard to you and me.

    Wilson says they won't play the band's songs "because it's slightly unsettling", "gothic" and "comes from somewhere deeper within the soul."

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    Video caption: Tony discusses why being annoying works and recalls winding-up Liverpool fans in the '70s

    And while he was such a musical icon, we'll give you two for the price of one this week.

    Here's Tony back in 2006 on Radio 2 talking presenter Steve Wright through his love of winding people up. Particularly a certain set of North West football fans.

    Tony was talking ahead of the release of Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album. Like all Factory records items, the book was even given its own matrix number.

    How do you say that again To'?

  7. What about this from Pink?

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    Pink is back with a new single and she's angry on it. Angry about being "sold down the river".

    What About Us is the first cut from her questionably-named forthcoming album Beautiful Trauma, which is out on 13 October.

    "I could not be more excited right now" she said ahead of the release.

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    Quote Message: I'm certifiably, insanely proud of this album. It's been a while, and I'm grateful for all the years we've had. Looking forward to the next chapter with you."

    Check out the lyric video for the emotional new track and some equally emotive responses below.

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  8. Blazin' Squad back 'For One Night Only'

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    This is HUGE.

    Seven of the original 10 members of Blazin' Squad - including Love Island favourite Marcel -are reforming for a one-off gig.

    It will take place on 26 November at Koko in Camden, London.

    That's a big old club on the corner of a busy road Camden, so if you're going just be careful at the crossroads.

    Now, The Squad are all grown up with jobs, but Freek and Melo told Newsbeat why Love Island led to the re-union and how they're ready to relive the noughties.

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    Some of you are too by the sound of it.

    Best get that hair dyed blonde again guys and girls.

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    The reunion could be short lived though as Marcel has his solo career to think about...

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  9. 12 hidden messages of love buried in pop songs

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    Who knew that Spandau Ballet's True was dedicated to actress and singer Claire Grogan?

    Or that Jessie's Girl (above) was actually about Gary's Girl? And Gary wasn't even a friend of Rick Springfield and definitely not a good friend.

    These and ten more surprising lovelorn secrets from inside famous pop songs.

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  10. The National 'can't wait' to get to the liquor store on new track

    The National

    Right, you've had Liam G and Alice Glass now your third slice of new music comes courtesy of Ohio band The National.

    They've released a slow-building distorted piano ballad Carin at the Liquor Store.

    They "can't wait to see her apparently."

    Well we can't wait for new album Sleep Well Beast to arrived on 8 September.

    Check out their latest x-ray filtered video below.

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  11. Stormzy, Dave, Nick Cave and Jane Weaver up for AIM Awards

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    Stormzy

    Stormzy, Dave, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Jane Weaver are leading the way with three nominations each at the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards.

    AIM represents the UK's indie music sector, with the awards now in their seventh year.

    Stormzy, who won the innovator award last year is up for most played new independent act, track of the year for Big For Your Boots and album of the year for Gang Signs & Prayer.

    Sampha and Little Simz have two each.

    The awards take place on 5 September 5 at the Brewery in Clerkenwell, London.

    In the meantime, check out our chat with Music News LIVE psychedelic fave Jane at the Great Escape festival earlier this year.

  12. Alice Glass is back with smashing new single

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    Part two of our Toronto music news special today comes courtesy of Alice Glass.

    The former frontwoman of Canadian electro duo Crystal Castles (they're still going but somehow it's just not the same) is back with a new solo track.

    Without Love, is her first new music since 2015 single Stillbirth and you can find it in all the usual places now.

    Here's a snippet below alongside a rather horrifying and unsettling video.

    Warning: This clip may give you nightmares.

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  13. Groundhog day comes true as Bill Murray sees musical again

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    Actor, comedian and sometime singer Bill Murray has caused much hilarity after appearing to stage his own real life Groundhog Day.

    One screening will usually suffice but the 66-year-old joker rocked up on Broadway in New York last night to watch the new musical of the same name for the second time.

    Top marks to Bill, who starred in the 1993 film original.

    But how long can he keep the joke up for? We're going for seven nights.

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  14. Stefflon Don on how to handle the music industry like a boss

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    She was longlisted on the BBC's Sound of 2017 list and east London rapper/singer/dancerhall star Stefflon Don (that's Steff London btw) is releasing her first single.

    And Hurtin' Me was Annie Mac's Hottest Record for Wednesday

    You can check it out above and hear Steff talk about how she managed to secure a record deal which allowed her to form her own label.

    "For a year and a half before I was signed, I was going back and forth between labels and I kind of thought I want to do my own thing, I don't want people to tell me what to to."

    Listen up for some more tips people.

  15. Tori Amos: The power of nature inspired new album

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    Video caption: The theme of Nature is a strong theme in 'Native Invader' as Tori tells 6 Music Breakfast

    Tori Amos says she disappeared to the Great Smoky Mountains for "research" purposes in anticipation of writing her new album

    Native Invader is out next month and Tori will be taking the album out on a UK tour in October.

    She spoke to 6 Music's Claire Crane about how the power of nature and "those that are trying to exploit her" proved to be a source of great inspiration.

    Listen above.

  16. Taylor Swift's mum takes stand at groping trial

    Taylor Swift and her mum drawn in court

    Taylor Swift's mum made an emotional appearance in court yesterday, as she testified about the moment she learned the star had allegedly been groped backstage at a concert.

    "I went into the dressing room and I saw her face," Andrea Swift told jurors in Denver.

    "I could see that there was something horribly wrong...She said, 'Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass.'

    "I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time...She was really shaken. She was humiliated."

    Swift Snr, who is part of the star's management team, said she did not report the incident to police because: "I did not want this event to define her life."

    Taylor and Andrea Swift
    Quote Message: I did not want her to have to life through the endless memes and gifs that tabloid media and internet trolls decided to come up with - doctoring the pictures… and making her relive this awful moment over and over again."

    Taylor is suing radio DJ David Mueller over the alleged assault, which he denies.

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  17. Drake: Something with The Weeknd sir?

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    Drake seems to have hinted at an imminent musical collab of some sort or other with fellow Toronto star The Weeknd.

    Drizzy posted the above picture on Instagram of the pair performing at their hometown OVO Fest a few night's back, alongside the caption: "You don't know...What's in store..."

    It's thought to be a reference to the opening line of Mr Weeknd's track High For This.

    On stage together on Monday night, Drake told the Toronto crowd that project between the two of them "has to happen at some point".

    It would certainly be an eco-friendly partnership as they could probably share a taxi home from gigs.

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  18. Chris Evans plays world exclusive new Liam Gallagher song

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    All of which moves us nicely on to another of Manchester's favourite sons...

    Liam Gallagher's new track got its premiere on the Radio 2 breakfast show this morning.

    For What It's Worth sees the former Oasis frontman on confessional form as he sings: For what it's worth, I'm sorry for the hurt, I'll be the first to say I made my own mistakes.

    The singer teased the new song with an a cappella video yesterday filmed in the studio but it's now available for you to listen to above with full instrumentation.

    Behind is a poison picture you paint, let's not pretend you were ever searching for saints, cause I've been crucified for just being alive.

    A little dig at his love-hate relationship with the media? Or someone else perhaps...

  19. Tony Wilson: Ten years since the music manager and impresario's death

    (l - r) Designer Peter Saville and Factory Records co-founders Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus c. 1979 | Kevin Cummins / Getty Images

    Today marks exactly a decade since former Factory Records owner and 'Mr Manchester' Tony Wilson died aged 57.

    Tony was a seminal figure in establishing the Manchester music scene, having signed Joy Division, New Order and The Happy Mondays and co-founded the city's famous Hacienda nightclub.

    His role in shaping the musical history of the city was chronicled in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.

    BBC Radio 6 Music will be marking his life and works today and tributes have been pouring in from other key players from the Madchester scene.

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  20. A 'fierce giant crocodile' named after Lemmy

    Lemmy

    As natural history tributes to rock stars go this one is pretty awesome.

    British scientists have named the fossil of a giant crocodile from the Jurassic era after Lemmy from Motorhead.

    The 19ft (5.8m) long beast has been named Lemmysuchus by University of Edinburgh scientists.

    The crocodile swam in coastal waters around Britain more than 145 million years ago and had a skull measuring just over a metre with large, blunt teeth.

    Natural History Museum curator Lorna Steel said: "Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth."

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