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The battle is won

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We've fought the good fight all week and now we shall retreat to our home base camps for a few days.

Scroll down for news of Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift heading or a film version of Cats, Chance the Rapper buying a news website (and dropping some new tunes) and Liam Gallagher urging estranged brother Noel to get "The BIG O back together".

Plus lots of new music from the likes of Muse, the 1975 and Ariana Grande.

We'll leave you in the capable hands of Derbyshire grunge brothers Drenge and their new track.

Have fun and we'll see you on Monday.

Avelino on the boat that rapped

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Tottenham rapper Avelino has dug out his best Hawaiian shirt and headed off on holiday in the video for his track Boasy.

“It’s always a great feeling when as an artist, a visual perfectly captures the vibe and feeling of the song," explained the rapper.

"I hope the world enjoys it as much as I do."

The music video features fellow London rapper NOT3S and makes us think that we should really book a summer holiday.

Speaking of which, here's our suggestions for song of the summer so far, as well as that of some experts, such as The Killers, Alt-J and Wolf Alice.

The Orielles reveal a sneaky musician's trick

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The M62-based trio (Halifax, Manchester, Liverpool) added a new member to their lineup recently in the form of keys/percussion/'general sounds' man Alex.

The new formation have been found wigging out recently at the likes of Latitude, Down the Rabbit Hole and Truck festival.

"I live with Alex in Liverpool, we’re always jamming together," said drummer Sidonie B Hand-Halford

"He definitely brings something really cool to the band and obviously we get on with him super -well."

At Latitude, the new look four-piece ended their set with an extended full-on wig out version of Sugar Tastes Like Salt (above) from their debut album, Silver Dollar Moment.

"This is a little trick we do when we realise we’ve got like 15 minutes left," admitted guitarist Henry Carlyle Wade

"So an 8-minute song becomes a 10-minute song," added singer/bassist Esmé Dee Hand Halford.

We literally draw out all the bits we can and make it longer. We had like 20 minutes left so we just did loads of sounds and it kind of works as it builds up the anticipation.

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Like the musical equivalent of skillfully running the ball into the corner in injury time.

So how long could the former MNL Newbie Tuesday band drag this trick out for without shaking anyone from their mid-jam trance?

"I'm sure we could probably jam it for half an hour, like a full set that was just that one song," predicted Esme.

"We sometimes do soundscapes at practice messing about with pedals and stuff. We could definitely make something out of that," Henry went on.

"We’ve got a weird connection because we’ve been playing together for years,so we know what’s going on."

Aside from epic live jam sessions the band are preparing to record their second album, which Esme promises will be "dancier" but "more ambient" at the same time.

Make that an ambient baggy indie dance then.

Harry Styles tour raises more than $1m for charity

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The singer brought his world tour to an end with two nights at the Forum in Los Angeles at the weekend after 89 shows and almost 1,000,000 tickets sold.

Harry donated $1.2m (916,000) raised through merchandise and ticket contributions to more than 60 charities around the world.

In an Instagram post (above) he said he's "off to write some more music".

"Treat people with kindness. Goodbye for now. I love you all."

Right back atcha Hazza.

More new Noises for you...

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The new music is coming thick and fast today - now its the turn of 1975 proteges Pale Waves and their track Noises.

Not that we're fashionistas or anything but we think frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie could come down a size with her coat.

The track is taken from the Manchester band's debut album which is due out later this year.

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And on to Bebe Rexha who's being wheeled around a mental hospital for I'm A Mess.

It's like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a drum machine.

With images of strait-jackets and rows of people blindly nodding along to broken TV sets, we can't help but think its the kind of video which mental health charities may have some issues with.

5 Things We Learned This Week

It's been another fascinating week here at MNL towers.

U2, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran made Forbes' filthy rich list for musicians, Pharrell and Childish Gambino preached resistance at Lovebox festival and 'the Welsh Tame Impala' Boy Azooga told us the key to a killer band name.

But sadly none of them have made the cut.

In case you missed them here's our top five stories of the week.

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1) Travis Barker was involved in a car crash with a school bus

The Blink-182 drummer has been having a pretty hard time of it recently.

After developing blood clots in his arm which caused his band to cancel several lives shows, he developed a staph infection and, on Sunday, revealed he'd been in a crash with a school bus.

“I was on the way to my son’s basketball game and a school bus ran a stoplight and totalled my car,” he told Us Weekly.

“It was pretty crazy. I’m really lucky everyone’s safe.”

In 2008, Barker survived a plane crash which claimed four lives.

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2) Alt-J are living out their teenage hip hop dreams

The inventive Leeds indie band have never been ones to follow the crowd and on Tuesday announced they'll be putting out an entire album of hip hop re-workings of their recent tunes.

Reduxer will see the likes of Pusha T, Little Simz, Danny Brown, GoldLink, Twin Shadow and Rejjie Snow re-interpret tracks from their 2017 third studio album, Relaxer.

Speaking backstage before their headline slot at Latitude Festival at the weekend, frontman Joe Newman explained: "We enjoyed it [hip hop] as teenagers and I think some of our music reflects some elements of hip hop, like the heavy bass and the beats.

I think it's always been something we've been interested in as an idea, working with hip hop artists as our ideas and their ideas marry quite well together and we wanted to explore that with this album, Reduxer.

Read more and check out a previously released sample of things to come below.

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3) Sade is apparently working on a new album

The singer's collaborator Stuart Matthewman has said in a new interview that the band, named after the enigmatic frontwoman have “a bunch of songs”.

Speaking to Rated R&B, he added: “When we’re happy, then we’ll let everyone else hear it.”

Her last album, Soldier of Love, was released in 2010.

Earlier this year, Sade shared her first new song in seven years, Flower of the Universe, from director Ava DuVernay’s movie A Wrinkle in Time.

Matthewman added: “The record company knows there’s no point in nagging us or giving us deadlines. It doesn’t really help the process," adding that Sade "likes to put out art. So when it’s ready, it will come out.”

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Billie Eilish - You Should See Me In A Crown is Annie's Hottest for 18th July 2018.

4) Sherlock dialogue inspired Billie Eilish's new song

The teenage singer spoke to Annie Mac on the phone from the US about the dark-electro track.

"We wrote this song because of Sherlock because there's this scene where Jim Moriarty says [affects a crap Irish accent]: 'You should see me in a crown'.

"And then we just wrote a song about being jiggy, I guess."

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5) Surprise performer Liam Gallagher joined The Killers on stage at Latitude

Rock ‘n’ roll star Liam Gallagher performed a surprise set at Latitude Festival on Saturday before storming the stage during The Killers' headline set.

The unannounced singer, who not-so-cryptically announced his arrival in Suffolk that afternoon, grabbed the mic while Brandon Flowers was – as is now tradition - selecting a fan from the crowd to play drums on their track For Reasons Unknown.

LG declared: “Proper rock ‘n’ roll star stars do their thing and then get [drunk].

“I don’t know the words to nish but I thank the Lord that he does. So I’ll just say hello and leave you to Brandon to do his thing.


The Killers, who spoke to us before the set, said they hadn’t planned to do a cover but shortly after the surreal incident, they honoured Liam by ripping into an impromptu rendition of “the greatest B-side ever”, Acquiesce, by the Mancunian’s former band Oasis.

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Blood Orange announces new album

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dev Hynes has announced a new album coming next month.

Negro Swan will be released on 24 August and is the follow-up to 2016’s Freetown Sound, recorded under the name Blood Orange.

“My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of colour,” he said.

He'll follow the album up with a London show in October.

Watch Chvrches cover Kendrick track down under

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The Scots band have covered the rappers track, Love, from his DAMN album

It's for Australian radio station Triple J Like A Version - which is a bit like Radio 1's Live Lounge - and its pretty lovely.

Watch above.

Prodigy drop new track and announce album

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Need Some1 is the first taste of of the ravers newly-announced forthcoming seventh album, No Tourists, which is out in November.

It's their first full LP in three years.

In a press release, the band said: "To us, No Tourists is ultimately about escapism and the want and need to be derailed.

"Don’t be a tourist - there is always more danger and excitement to be found if you stray from the set path.”

The punk band protagonists of the video - which you'll need to head over to YouTube to see - certainly follows that advice, getting himself in a few hairy situations.

Phil Collins to release mammoth new box set

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The 59-track album, out in September will feature the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Phil's old band Genesis.

The title, Plays Well With Others, was apparently inspired by a slogan on a T-shirt gifted to Collins by Genesis’ touring drummer Chester Thompson.

“I’ve done what I wanted for most of it, and got paid well for doing something I’d have done for nothing - playing the drums,” he said.

“During that time, I’ve played with most of my heroes, most have become close friends. Over these four CDs you’ll find a mere smattering of those moments.”

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The album also features the Bee Gees, Adam Ant, Chaka Khan, Annie Lennox and Bryan Adams.

Rumours the Silverback drummer, who replicated Phil's opening solo on his track In the Air Tonight, is involved are yet to be confirmed.

New Music from Death Cab for Cutie and Steve Aoki

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It's lunchtime so here us a delicious double helping of new music to chew over and digest.

First up is the latest dreamy number from Death Cab for Cutie, their first new music since the Grammy-nominated album Kintsugi in 2015

It comes ahead of their new album Thanks You For Today which is out in August

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And here's a sweet treat for your afters, in the form of the new one from Steve Aoiki, featuring Ina Wroldsen - who has worked with the likes of Calvin Harris and Jax Jones.

"She has such an incredible voice and it really shined on our song. Happy we finally get to share this with the world," said Steve.

Listen above.

Idles: 'Three Lions is grotesque and funny'

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Idles: 'Three Lions is grotesque and funny'

The Baddiel/Skinner/Broudie terrace favourite - for England fans - broke a UK chart record last Friday when it became the first song to go to number one on four separate occasions with the same lineup.

Football didn't 'come home' in the end, as the song suggests.

Now that the World Cup is over, we fully expect the track to drop right down when the new charts are revealed on Radio 1 this evening.

Joe Talbot from Bristol post punk band Idles thinks the success of the track is that it taps into a certain dark part of the nation's humour.

Speaking ahead of their riotous set on the BBC Music Stage at Latitude on Sunday, Joe said:

It's that part of British humour and culture that I love - it's laughing at yourself and it's this grotesqueness to it that's funny.

Listen above.

Idles new album, Joy As An Act Of Resistance, is coming out in August and you can check out new track Danny Nedelko below.

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Linkin Park pay tribute to Chester Bennington on anniversary of his death

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The late singer's band have called the anniversary of the his suicide at the age of just 41 "a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal and recognition".

Praising Chester's "one of a kind spirit" - which has left an "indelible imprint on out hearts" - the ban tweeted a tribute (below).

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In a separate Instagram post (below), bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell added: "There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you.

"I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here.

"There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say... but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed."

"Be Well My Friend."

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Rock magazine Kerrang! has even published an anniversary special, made with the blessing of Chester's widow Talinda.

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No way-sis

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Sixteen hours after his original tweet and after approximately sixteen hours of radio silence from Noel, Liam seems to have got the hint about that suggested Oasis re-union.

As you were.

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Muse: Wish you were(wolf) here?

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Another new music video for you to get your teeth stuck into now courtesy of everyone's favourite Devon space rock trio.

Something Human sees frontman Matty Bellamy involved in a police car chase with a twist.

Firstly, the chasing officers are bass player Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard, who appear to chase their own singer off road and into another dimension before he eventually turns into a Werewolf.

We hate it when that happens.

It's a bit more of an acoustic country-folk vibe than we're used to from Muse but everyone from Justin Timberlake to Kylie Minogue have been headed in that direction this year.

We'll let you decode what the video means for yourselves above.

The 1975 are back with a bang

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The Cheshire pop rockers' new one, Love it if We Made It - which we can't bring you here sadly due to the language - references lovemaking in a car, taking drugs, late rapper Lil Peep, Kanye West and Donald Trump.

BBC Music reporter Mark Savage, among others, was clearly impressed by some of the bold if not baffling lyrics.

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The song follows comeback track, Give Yourself a Try, which could feature on their upcoming album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which is thought to be out in October.

A second album, entitled Notes on a Conditional Form, is set to follow next summer.

Read more: Matty's 6 best rants from Latitude 2017.

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Chance the Rapper is now a fledgling media mogul

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Chance says he has purchased the news website Chicagoist with the aim of "amplifying diverse voices and content".

The 25-year-old made the announcement in his song I Might Need Security, which was one of four he released on Thursday.

I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches out of business: he rapped.

New York's public radio station WNYC, which previously owned the Chicagoist, has confirmed the deal.

Chance said in a statement that he was "extremely excited" about the purchase, adding that the site was an "integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment".

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Four men charged in XXXTentacion shooting


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The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead outside a motorbike dealership in Florida in June.

It is believed the motive for the shooting was robbery as it's reported Onfroy had withdrawn $50,000 (£38,000) in cash.

Now, a Grand jury in the state has charged four men in connection with Onfroy's death.

Two men, Dedrick Devonshay Williams and Michael Boatwright are already in custody.

Authorities are still searching for Trayvon Newsome and Robert Allen, the Broward County sheriff's office said.

The four have been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, according to the indictment.

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Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift to star in film version of Cats

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Oscar-winning actress and singer Hudson (pictured above) has apparently signed up to play Grizabella in the cinema version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.

The movie will be directed by Tom Hooper - who made the Oscar and Bafta-winning Les Miserables.

Apparently Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen are also in talks for the movie.

Dancers and singers for dance sequences are being auditioned and will be begin rehearsals with famed choreographer Wayne McGregor.

The role of Grizabella has previously been played on stage by Nicole Scherzinger, Beverley Knight and Leona Lewis, as well as Elaine Paige, who you can check out performing Memory below.

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New Music Friday: Troy and Ariana release duet

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Time for some new music now, courtesy of Troye Sivan, featuring his pal Ariana Grande.

The video for Dance To This sees the South African-born Australian singer and the US pop star turning off the lights and dancing together on the table tops in a community centre in the dark.

It's probably the last thing you want as your preparing the next game of dominoes.

Also, see that thing they have at the start of the video kids? That's called a CD or Compact Disk. Your parents still buy them.

Check it above.

Radiohead hold moment of remembrance in Toronto for drum tech killed in 2012

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Radiohead have played their first show in the Canadian capital since the stage collapse that killed their drum technician Scott Johnson in 2012.

Frontman Thom Yorke took a moment to remember his old "colleague and friend" during the gig, declaring that "the people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable in your city".

He added: "The silence is deafening."

This led to a chorus of boos from the crowd, followed by cheers and then a moment of silence.

Following the tragedy, six years ago, the band described Scott as "a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny, a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew."

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Oasis: Liam urges Noel to get the old band back together

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He's suggested he'd be up for it in interviews in the past but now Liam Gallagher has sent his brother Noel a direct public request to "get The BIG O back together."

We assume he doesn't mean One Direction...

There's some typically strong language in there too so you'll have to find it for yourselves on Liam's Twitter page but apparently if Oasis do reform, the drinks are on him.

Before you all get too excited Oasis fans remember that Noel Gallagher told the BBC in November he would never play with his old band again.

Oasis split in 2009 after a row which allegedly began with Liam throwing a plum at his brother's head.

Last weekend, Liam played a surprise guest set at Latitude festival on the BBC Music Stage before invading The Killers' headline slot.

Yesterday, Noel shared a new cinematic western style video for his latest single, If Love is the Law, which you can check out below.

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Last chance saloon

Chance The Rapper - Wala Cam is Annie's Hottest Record in the World for 19th July 2018.

Morning folks.

It's Friday which means it's your last chance to grab some red hot Music News LIVE for this week.

Coming up today.

  • New Music Friday with Muse, The 1975 and Ariana Grande
  • Liam G asks Noel for Oasis re-union
  • Reports Jennifer Hudson will head up a film version of a West End hit
  • Phil Collins announced huge, all-star 59-track box set
  • ICYMI: 5 Things We've Learned This Week

Let's start today with one of the four new tracks dropped by Chicagoan rapper Chance. As well as putting out new music, he's apparently also bought a news website in his home city too (more on that later too).

Chance if you're reading this and you need some music news during the holidays, then get in touch via @BBCMusic.