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By Paul Glynn & Holly Rubenstein

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  1. Good-bi

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    Thanks for joining us today kids but our race here is run.

    It's goodbye from us and goodbye from new album man Richard Ashcroft and his bionic pal too.

    Scroll down for Bono, Pharrell and more contributing to a French artist's conceptual musical art project about her dead cat.

    More cat-related news involving Idris Elba and Taylor Swift, plus action from the BET Awards, where Cardi B won big and Lil Wayne dedicated his award to man who saved his life.

    Then there's Thom Yorke's song for the South Pole, Roger Daltrey calling for calm over Brexit and a K-Pop singer sacked for going out with a bandmate.

    See you tomorrow.

  2. Ty Dolla $ign’s album with Kanye West is "almost done"

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    Rapper Ty Dolla $ign's given his fans an update on the progress of his new album via an Instagram live message.

    Ty$ is collab'ing with Kanye West on the record, and it sounds as though Yeezy's much publicised trip to Uganda may have delayed things a little.

    “The album is coming,” he said. “I’m almost done with it now. Just putting the last, final touches on it. Me and Kanye are making it together. They left to Africa though. I’m doing my parts now, and then when we get back together, we’ll finish it.”

    Kanye has previously said: "Ty is one of the strongest artists we have living, and anything I can do to support, get around, produce, take my hands, chop up, I’m with it."

    'Ye is also working on his own album, Yhandi, which is due out on 23 November.

  3. Richard Branson launches Virgin Fest

    Richard Branson

    It's been a busy week for Richard Branson. Yesterday he picked up a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA. Later, he announced the first ever Virgin Fest, slated for next year.

    Held in the US, Virgin Fest will be "an innovative, multi-experiential music festival series," with a "mixture of diverse music acts, cutting edge technological experiences, exclusive content and a commitment to sustainability".

    “I am incredibly grateful to have received such an esteemed honour for the work Virgin has accomplished to date, but I can’t help but think we are really just getting started,” Branson said.

    It comes a year after the billionaire announced the winding up of the UK's V Festival - which started in 1996.

    The new festival is expected to be a two-day event taking place on the east coast of the US, but further details regarding dates and locations - as well as the lineup - are to follow.

  4. Joanna Lumley to host Black Eyed Peas celebration

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    The Black Eyed Peas are set to be the subject of a "one-hour spectacular" on ITV, that will be hosted by the group's friend, Joanna Lumley.

    J-Lu (that's what her pals call her) remarked: "I'm both a friend to and a big fan of The Black Eyed Peas. It's very exciting to be part of this and I'm looking forward to it enormously."

    The musical tribute will celebrate the band's 20 years at the top, and will feature exclusive performances of the some of their greatest hits.

    Black Eyed Peas

    "A whole host of international celebrities and faces from the music industry, as well as the friends and family that have shaped their lives, will share their insights into the group and what makes them such a unique and special act.

    "Away from the bright lights on stage, the show will take a look back at how The Black Eyed Peas came to be."

    The show will air towards the end of the year and it looks like it's come as a surprise to some.

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  5. Roger Daltrey: 'Brexit is nothing that can't be solved' for UK bands

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    The Who frontman seems rather more optimistic about the outcome of Brexit than many.

    He's been speaking to Radio 4 about the challenges facing UK bands who want to tour Europe after the UK is officially out of the EU on 29 March next year.

    Rog thinks it will just mean a bit more paper work, that's all.

    “We did it in those days [before the foundation of the EU]”, he said.

    “It might be a bit more paperwork on this side of the Channel. I’m sure they can make it hard if they want to but these things work both ways.”

    He added: “It’s nothing that can’t be solved”, he explained. “I mean we used to work in Europe before Europe was even thought about, or the EU was even thought about. We had the golden period of the 60s and the 70s. Come on, you know, wake up a bit. I’m not against Europe at all, it’s Brussels and the construct of Brussels and the democratic deficit of it."

    Listen to the full interview.

  6. Ariana Grande has announced she is taking a break from social media

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    Ariana Grande has announced she is taking a break from social media.

    Posting on Instagram stories after taping NBC special A Very Wicked Halloween, she hinted it was related to her recent break-up.

    In her Instagram story she wrote: "It's very sad and we're all tryin very hard to keep goin."

    It was reported earlier this week the singer had broken off her engagement to comedian Pete Davidson after five months together.

    "Today was very special," Grande wrote on Tuesday, adding: "Time to say bye bye again to the internet for jus a lil bit.

    "It's hard not to bump into news [and] stuff that I'm not trying to see rn [right now]," she continued.

    "It's very sad and we're all tryin very hard to keep goin. Love u and thank u for bein here always."

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  7. Smashing Pumpkins cover Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zep at Wembley

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    Talk about know your audience.

    The Chicago indie rockers delighted fans at their only UK gig of the year last night at London's Wembley Arena, by performing renditions of tracks by three big-hitters.

    Billy Corgan and co - including Peter Hook's son Jack Bates on bass - covered tracks by David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, as well playing new single Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) for the first time on these shores.

    The track is taken from their lengthily-titled forthcoming new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

    Earlier this week they spoke to 6 Music's Lauren Laverne about the new tunes and touring for the first time since the year 2000.

    "It's kind of weird as we didn't expect [to be] making an album," said Billy.

    "We thought we were just gonna do a single with Rick Rubin but we ended up making eight songs and then it was like 'what do we do with this pile?'"

    Listen in full below.

  8. K-pop's HyunA sacked over relationship controversy

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    K-pop singer HyunA has been sacked by her record label after her relationship with bandmate E'Dawn became public knowledge.

    Many K-pop artists - often known as "idols" - are not allowed to enter into any form of romantic relationship while under contract.

    In September, Cube Entertainment said no decision had been made to "oust" HyunA (Kim Hyun-ah) or E'Dawn (Kim Hyo-jong), after it emerged the pair had been in a secret relationship for over two years.

    But the label has now announced HyunA's contract has been "terminated".

    "We sincerely thank the artist who has been with us until now and fans once again," said Cube Entertainment in a statement.

    No public announcement has yet been made on the contract of E'Dawn, who is signed to the same label.

    After news broke of her sacking, HyunA posted a short video on Instagram of her and E'Dawn together.

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    HyunA has had a successful solo career and E'Dawn is also known as a member of boyband Pentagon.

    The pair formed Triple H as a side project with fellow Pentagon singer Hui.

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    The relationship was revealed by HyunA, confirmed in a post on Instagram, telling her followers she "wanted to stay honest".

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  9. Dave Grohl's emotional Nirvana reunion

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    Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana

    In a new cover story with Kerrang! magazine, Dave Grohl reveals how reuniting with his former Nirvana bandmates to perform in just the second time in over two decades, was "like being shot into outer space."

    The band played a reunion show at Cal Jam in San Bernardino last week, with guest vocalists including Joan Jett.

    "Being able to play that drum fill and break into the chorus…it’s spiritual, physical, emotional,” he said.

    Quote Message: We would look at each other and smile, but the emotions would kind of go in waves, because there was someone missing – and you wish that you could still share those songs with Kurt.
  10. Black power salute: Political protests that inspired music

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    Video caption: Tommie Smith on how it felt to make the Black Power salute and it’s lasting significance.

    This week marks the 50th anniversary of the black power salute.

    U.S athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos took a stand against racial injustice at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, bowing their heads and raising their gloved fists. It was a gesture that would later become known as the "Black Power" salute and remains a symbol of protest around the world to this day.

    The civil rights movement was heavily reflected in the music of the time from the likes of Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke, as well as later inspiring modern day artists like Beyonce.

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    Smith has been talking to 6 Music's Stuart Maconie about the historic moment and you can listen above.

    "Coming from Texas and nothing was black but the family I was raised in and the way I've been treated and I knew that it wasn't the way that everyone was treated," explained Tommie, "so it grew on me as I saw these things."

    BBC Radio 6 Music has a whole host of black power programmes coming up to mark the important anniversary, including the forefathers of hip hop,The Last Poets filling in for Iggy Popon Friday night from 19:00 BST.

    They've also been looking into some other political protests that have inspired music, from Black Lives Matter to the #MeToo movement, via the anti-Vietnam War movement and beyond.

    Read more.

  11. Idris Elba set to join Cats musical movie

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    Idris Elba looks set to join the already all-star cast of a big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats.

    In our second cat-related post of the day, Deadline is reporting that Idris is going to play the villainous McCavity, the Mystery Cat.

    He'll be starring alongside renowned cat enthusiast Taylor Swift - as well as Sir Ian McKellen who is playing Gus, The Theatre Cat; and Jennifer Hudson who'll be belting out Memory as Grizabella.

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    This won't be the first time that Idris has taken on a feline role. His take on Bengal tiger Shere Khan in 2016's The Jungle Book, will no doubt have been great practice.

    Cats will be jumping onto the big screen on 20 December next year.

    Idris, here's something to get you in the mood.

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  12. BET Awards: Vic Mensa stands by XXXTentacion diss rap

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    The Chicago rapper has responded to criticism over his freestyle rap, which aired during last night's awards.

    Mensa made a very pointed attack at the controversial late hip hop star, who was murdered in June aged 20.

    His rap went: Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser / Your favorite rapper's a domestic abuser.

    XXXTentacion, who won the award for best new hip hop artist, was facing a series of domestic violence charges when he died.

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    His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, was in attendance at last night's awards when the offending verse went out. Mensa has since posted on Instagram saying that it was not his intention to hurt her feelings but that he stands by his lyrics.

    “I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” he said in the clip.

    “However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers, and I will not hold my tongue about it."

    Scroll down for more news from the BET hip hop awards and read more about XXXTentacion's death.

  13. Stars pay tribute to... dead cat

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    Bono, Pharrell, Jarvis Cocker, Michael Stipe and more have been paying tribute to a dead cat on French artist Sophie Calle's new album.

    No, really.

    Sophie lost her beloved cat Souris (French for mouse) and she roped in a host of A-listers to contribute to a new conceptual musical art project in the cat's honour called Souris Calleis, featuring 37 tracks about the late feline.

    The album kicks off with the U2 frontman, who provides a voicemail ode to the late kitty over a rock beat with lyrics like:

    She turns her face to yours / And with a shock you see yourself / Tiny, inside the golden amber of her eyeballs

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    Souris Calle

    The immersive project (pictured above) debuted at her solo show at Galerie Perrotin in Paris last Saturday and the music is also now available on streaming services.

    Calle told art website Artnet: “When you say you’re sad about the cat, it’s a bit obscene for people. You can’t say that. I mean, if I say my mother or my father is dead, everyone tells me ‘Oh, poor thing, she lost her mother, oh, poor thing, she lost her father,’ but if we say that about our cat, we seem ridiculous.

    Quote Message: It makes me laugh, when for me, in my daily life, it was almost more violent, because I lived with my cat. I didn’t live with my parents.
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  14. Janet Jackson to receive Global Icon award from MTV

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    Janet Jackson is going to be receiving the “Global Icon” Award at this year’s MTV EMAs on 4 November.

    Janet's set to perform a medley of her greatest hits including her recent track, Made For Now ft. Daddy Yankee, at the ceremony in Bilbao, Spain, next month.

    Bruce Gillmer, global head of music at MTV International paid this glowing tribute to JJ:

    Quote Message: Janet is without question one of the world’s biggest stars. Her incredible artistry has opened doors for countless others while leaving an indelible impact on pop culture - well over three decades and counting.

    “We’re thrilled to honor her as this year’s MTV Global Icon,” he continued.

    Janet's sold over 160 million records worldwide.

    Let's take a trip down memory lane and enjoy one of the best from 1989.

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  15. There's a new Arctic Monkeys doco - and a new song

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    The band have shared a 12 minute short film called Warp Speed Chic, which captures the creation of their new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, as well as throwing in some cheeky snippets of tour footage.

    Wanna watch? Look no further...

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    If it looks familiar then the film was actually shown at the recent art exhibitions that accompanied their UK tour in selected cities.

    The band have also announced details of a new b-side single called Anyways, that's set for release next month.

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  16. BET Awards: Cardi B steals the show

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    What's new there then?...

    The Bronx rapper picked up four awards including MVP of the year, the made you look award and hustler of the year, as well as best featured verse for her rap on Migos' Motorsport.

    The fact that her arch rival Nicki Minaj also featured on that track will only make the win sweeter.

    She also performed an explosive rendition of Get Up 10, the opening track from her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, at last night's hip hop awards in LA.

    Cardi performed clad in an army style outfit, alongside a squadron of fellow female dancers before fellow rapper Pardison Fontaine came out to spit a few verses of his own on their new track Backin' It Up.

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    The performance contains some pretty explosive language so we can't bring it to you here but you can find it online.

    The awards also featured live shows from T.I and a collab between A$AP Rocky and YG.

    Check out the full list of winners via Billboard and scroll down for tear-jerking acceptance speech from special award winner Lil Wayne.

  17. David Bowie statue vandalized for a second time

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    David Bowie's tribute statue at the Friars Music Club in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, has been going through a tough time.

    Earlier this year it was defaced, just 48 hours after it was unveiled, with vandals spray-painting "feed the homeless first" across the artwork.

    Now, a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after blue paint was thrown over Bowie's face - as you can see in the photo below.

    David Bowie statue

    The statue, which can be found outside the club where Bowie first debuted Ziggy Stardust in the early 70s, has proved divisive among locals who questioned the likeness of the singer.

    Earlier this year, the statue's designer told NME, “I just hate wanton destruction. This whole project was put together by the fans and for the fans - and for Bowie’s family and memory.

    "There’s a lot of love and a lot of intent, and a huge amount of hard work.”

    The police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has info that could help the investigation.

  18. BET Awards: Lil Wayne gives emotional speech about man who saved his life

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    The rapper, who returned last month with his long-awaited album Tha Carter V, was honoured with the brilliantly-named I Am Hip Hop Award at last night's BET Awards in Los Angeles.

    DJ Khaled was on hand to give out the gong.

    During his acceptance speech the New Orleans rapper thanked god, his extended family and also shared a personal story about a man named Uncle Bob, who apparently saved his life when he was a kid.

    "He brought me to the hospital himself," said Wayne.

    "He refused to wait. He kicked in the doors. He said you get whatever you gotta do and you make sure this child make it."

    He added: "He refused to leave, he stayed and made sure that I made it."

    Check out his moving speech above and fellow rapper Missy Elliott's own shout out to the rapper below.

    We've got more from the BET Awards coming up shortly, including the night's big winner Cardi B.

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  19. Thom Yorke: Saving the South Pole in song form

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    Last week we heard from the Radiohead frontman talking about his new soundtrack to the horror film Suspiria.

    Now he's produced another track borne out of his real life horror at what's going on in the South Pole.

    Thom's track for Greenpeace is called Hands Off The Antarctic and it's a haunting, four-minute-long instrumental.

    It was debuted last night when a projection of the video was staged against Marble Arch in London.

    The piece of music is in support of Greenpeace's campaign for a new Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.

    Thom said in a statement: "There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity's footprint.

    Quote Message: This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That's why we should protect it.

    Greenpeace, is campaigning for a 700,000 square mile sanctuary for penguins, whales and other Antarctic wildlife and have received more than two million signatures supporting the project globally

    The organization is pushing for the sanctuary when international governments meet at the Antarctic Ocean Commission in Tasmania later this month.

    Here's the song that'll be on their playlists until then...

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  20. Lady Gaga is engaged!

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    Lady Gaga and her talent agent boyfriend, Christian Carino, are engaged.

    Gaga, who was being honoured at the Elle 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration in LA, thanked "my fiancé Christian" during her powerful speech, in which she addressed sexual assault and the objectification of women in the entertainment industry.

    According to People magazine, Gaga started dating the 49-year-old in February last year after they were spotted together at a Kings of Leon concert.

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    Gaga revealed that when she put on an oversized Marc Jacobs suit, to wear to the event, “I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today."

    Quote Message: In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut.

    "As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.”