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  1. That's it...

    LL Cool J

    Phew, that is your lot from us and LL Cool J for today.

    We'll be back tomorrow with some news on this year's Record Store Day.

    In the meantime, scroll down for tributes to rock and roll legend Chuck Berry (and news of some new songs), Ed Sheeran backing a new ticketing guide, London Grammar announcing some intimate shows and Father John Misty recording some generic pop music.

    Let meet again on... say... Tuesday?

    That's a date.

  2. Warning: This post will give you sympathy for Justin Bieber

    Just let him have his dinner in peace, you guys.

    "Look at him chew guys, he's so lifelike..."

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  3. Radiohead's OK Computer in five minutes


    Pitchfork continue their superb "Liner Notes" series with a slightly premature 20th-anniversary look at Radiohead's OK Computer.

    Best factoid: The band supported Alanis Morrisette on 13 dates of her Jagged Little Pill tour in 1996.

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  4. New Chuck Berry music expected this week

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    Chuck Berry 's family have released a new statement following his death at the age of 90, about new music that he had been working on prior to his death.

    The forthcoming album CHUCK, was announced on his 90th birthday in October last year. 

    The family said: "Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. 

    "While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music."

    The statement added "further details and music from the album" would be revealed later this week.

  5. Liam Gallagher is Not For Sale. Got that?

    Liam Gallagher

    And he wants you all to know about it.

    It's the name of the solo single from his forthcoming new album As You Were - when he presumably WILL be for sale (or streaming).

    Liam , being Liam of course, could not stop at that and took another pop at his potato, we mean brother, Noel in a series of tweets over the weekend.

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    He also suggested Noel's attempts at Oasis songs at his High Flying Birds gigs have been less than impressive, suggesting: "To all you NG fanboys I can and will sing any song he wrote bigger better than him."

    He later tweeted what could be lyrics from his single. 

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    Liam, what would be do without him?

  6. Creeper head Down Below as the Rockest Record

    It's the band's "favourite song" - which is just as well, as Creeper 's new track, Down Below, was Daniel P Carter's Rockest Record on Radio 1 at the weekend.

    The Southampton punk band are on the verge of the releasing their debut full-length album, Eternity, In Your Arms, later this year.

    FYI, we are loving singer Will Gould's Labyrinth t-shirt.

  7. Gorillaz launch Snapchat, post cryptic photos


    The long, slow tease of the new Gorillaz album may be, finally, coming to an end.

    Over the weekend, the band set up a Snapchat account and started posting snippets of new music; accompanied by a countdown clock. Thankfully, the clock is rapidly approaching zero, meaning we could have new music as soon as this week. 

    Have a look below; and check out this article on Consequence of Sound , which purports to have discovered a tracklisting for the new album.

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  8. Ed Sheeran backs new guide for fans on ticket buying

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    Ed Sheeran , Mumford & Sons and Radiohead have all given their backing to a new campaign by organisation The Fanfair Alliance urging people to reject websites selling gig tickets at inflated prices. 

    A new guide published by TheFanFair Alliance offers fans tips on getting tickets while avoiding touts.

    It said the guide is a "response to the dark arts employed by resale platforms".

    Ed said: "Find out who the authorised ticket sellers are, avoid the secondary sites... and if you've got to sell a ticket, sell if for face value."

    Meanwhile, the singer had more reasons to celebrate over the weekend as nine of the top 10 singles in the UK chart were from his album ÷ (Divide) which, unsurprisingly, continued to top the album chart at home at the US.

    In fact, Ed topped three of Billboard's charts, the Billboard 200, the Artist 100 and Shape of You is at number one in the Hot 100 for a seventh week. 

  9. Calvin Harris deconstructs his new single

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    Over on Instagram, Calvin Harris posted a series of videos showing how he wrote and produced his new single, Slide, which features Frank Ocean and Atlantan rappers Migos.

    Given the nature of Instagram Stories, it's told in a patchwork fashion, with short videos of the star playing the song's basic elements on guitar, bass and synth, then chaining them together on his computer.

    The story has disappeared from his feed now, but an enterprising fan grabbed the video and posted it on YouTube. Watch it above.

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  10. Zayn's anxiety is a 'demon of the past'

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    Over the past year,  Zayn Malik has been open about his struggles with anxiety and an eating disorder but, in a new interview, the star has claimed they are "demons of the past".

    The singer, 24, told the Sunday Times his problems were due to a "control thing".

    He launched a solo career after leaving One Direction more than a year ago, but had to cancel live performances because of low self-confidence.

    "Once I got over the control, the eating just came back into place, super naturally," he said.

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  11. Low key live return for London Grammar

    London Grammar

    Easing themselves gently back into touring, London Grammar have announced three tiny UK shows to preview their forthcoming second album.

    The trio will play Glasgow's Oran Mor, a converted church on Monday, 3 April; followed by dates at Birmingham's Town Hall and London's Hackney Round Chapel. 

    It should be the perfect way to hear their hushed new songs Rooting For You and Big Picture.

    Tickets go on sale this Friday. You have to pre-register on the band's website to be eligible.

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  12. SXSW: Best of the BBC

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    Video caption: Glorious, irresistible chaos. IDLES perform inedible track Well Done at SXSW in Austin.

    As the dust settles on the South By Southwest festival, and sales of paracetamol spike at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, it's a good time to look back at the highlights of the BBC's coverage.

    Over on the dedicated SXSW site, you can find.

  13. Father John Misty shares 'generic pop songs'

    Father John Misty

    Nope, we're not being nasty about the good Padre's latest offerings.

    These are genuinely the titles of three new songs he shared online: Generic Pop Songs #16, #9 and #3.

    Father John aka Josh Tillman is not a fan of the old pop music malarky and, if you really want to know why, you can read this recent interview with the man - who has written for Beyonce and Lady Gaga, in Pitchfork.

    Selected quote: "When you lionize pop music, you lionize the very thing that feminism purports to be against, which is a culture of exploitation and overcharging. 

    "When you read these ridiculous puff pieces about how wonderful major-label pop music is, and the whole industry is run like, you actually buy into the idea that that woman that’s onstage, wearing next to nothing, is powerful.

    "If you think that pop stars are anything other than prisoners, then you are kidding yourself. I know them. They are crying for help in their music." 

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  14. The Charlatans announce star-studded new album on 6 Music

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    Video caption: Tim Burgess joined 6 Music Breakfast to reveal The Charlatans are back with a new album.

    Tim from The Charlatans has revealed the band have readied a star-filled new albumm which is due out in May.

    He popped into 6 Music's Breakfast show earlier to share the news about Different Days, their 13th studio album.

    It comes two years after their last release, Modern Nature, and was self-produced at their studio in Crewe. Among the cameo performers are Sir Paul of Weller and Lord Johnny Marr.  

  15. Drake's More Life has arrived

    Drake's album cover

    After months of teasing, Drake finally released his More Life mixtape over the weekend.

    In an era of surprise releases and streaming exclusives, the reveal was unexpectedly old-fashioned: He played it on the radio and then it became available to buy. (Isn't it weird how that now sounds like a disruptive marketing plan?)

    Featuring a photo of the rapper's father Dennis on the cover, the 22-track project contains contributions from Kanye West and Jorja Smith - while Drake continues his love-in with the British urban scene by enlisting the help of Sampha, Skepta and Giggs.

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    Drake's own attempt at the British accent hasn't left too many people impressed, though.

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    Putting that to one side, More Life has been getting positive reviews from the critics.

    The Guardian said it "set the agenda for the sound of summer"; while GQ argued the playlist "said more about Drake than the routine, negative platitudes he eschewed in Views".

    You can listen to More Life on Spotify , or Apple Music , or Deezer  or just about any streaming service of your choice.

    Or indeed, tune into Radio 1 later for a live listening party.

    Its BYOB, by the way....

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  16. Appeal filed in Stairway to Heaven trial

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    Robert Plant

    Almost as soon as Led Zeppelin were cleared of plagiarism last June, they were notified that an appeal had been filed against the verdict.

    A jury found Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not lift the opening chords of Taurus, written by US band Spirit, for their composition. 

    But Michael Skidmore - who originally brought the claim on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist Randy Wolfe - said the finding was flawed.

    The full, 90-page appeal was lodged last week, and argues the judge made "a series of erroneous instructions" to the jury. 

    "The most important of these errors was that the trial court refused to let the jury hear the full and complete composition of Taurus," says Skidmore's lawyers.

    They are asking for a reversal of the previous verdict and a retrial. 

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  17. TLC announce first ever UK show


    Once upon a time, TLC were the biggest-selling girl band in the world - but their career was cut tragically short when founding member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a car crash.

    Her bandmates Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas completed work on the band's third album - but then largely stepped back from the limelight... until now.

    Having successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new album (Katy Perry was a prominent donor) they've now announced their first ever live show in the UK.

    T-Boz and Chilli will bring hits like Waterfalls, No Scrubs and Creep to London's Koko on 9 May. Keep it on the down low, but tickets go on sale this Friday.

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  18. Lana Del Rey gives low-key performance at SXSW

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    " What fingers do I need for a G minor?

    Lana Del Rey is all of us, as she picks up a guitar to play a short, intimate set at the SXSW music festival. 

    The star bewitched the Friday night audience with 10 songs, old and new, from her impressive back catalogue, all while struggling with sound problems.

    "Can we talk about the front of house bass?" she asked at one point, to a crowd who seemed content just to be in the presence of their idol. ("I wanna party with you!" was one of their more printable exhortations).

    Although the Apple Music set was announced at short notice, it still managed to draw a large crowd.

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    And the evening culminated with the first live performance of her new single, Love, which fans captured on shaky cameraphones for your viewing pleasure.

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  19. Katy Perry opens up about sexuality in emotional speech

    Katy Perry

    “I kissed a girl and I liked it. Truth be told, I did more than that,” Katy Perry told a crowd on Saturday, while accepting an award at the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles.

    The star was being honoured for her advocacy of equal rights, especially in the LGBTQ community; and used the opportunity to speak about her religious upbringing, where "homosexuality was synonymous with the word abomination".

    "Most of my unconscious adolescence, I prayed the gay away at my Jesus camps. But then in the middle of it all, in a twist of events, I found my gift and my gift introduced me to people outside of my bubble," she continued.

    The singer was introduced to LGBTQ collaborators in the music industry, calling them "the most free, strong, kind and inclusive people I have ever met. 

    "They stimulated my mind and they filled my heart with joy and they freaking danced all the while doing it. These people are actually magic, and they are magic because they are living their truth."

    Perry admitted she hadn’t “always gotten it right” in her career (one of her early singles, Ur So Gay, has frequently been cited as a black mark against her credentials as an advocate for equality) but added: "I'll never cease to be a champion, an ally, a spotlight, and a loving voice for all LGBTQ-identifying people." 

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  20. Tributes flood in for Chuck Berry

    "If Elvis Presley cracked open the door for rock & roll, Chuck Berry kicked it wide open - and did his signature duck walk over it for good measure."

    So said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as it was announced the musician had died over the weekend, at the age of 90.

    The musician was central to the development of modern music, thanks to indelible hits like Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode. 

    He wasn't the first rock musician, but he was the first to perfect the formula - combining the twang of country with the bite of the blues. 

    He inspired the Beatles and the Stones, amongst countless others. So it's no surprise that the biggest stars in music lined up to pay tribute yesterday. Here's a selection of their statements.

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