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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Disco nap time

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    That's it folks, the weeked has nearly landed and we're off home for a rest.

    Scroll down for all today's best music news, including the director of the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic being revealed, a rapper going from the streets to the BBC Sound of 2019 award and plenty of new big name musical collabs for you all to feast on.

    Plus, of course, 5 Things We Learned This Week - because knowledge is power.

    We'll leave you with a beat-filled fresh Desert Island Disco mix, courtesy of superstar DJs The Chemical Brothers (above).

    See you on the dancefloor.

  2. Motown 60th anniversary: How the label changed music


    Motown founder Berry Gordy (left) speaks to performer Stevie Wonder (centre)
    Image caption: Motown founder Berry Gordy (left) speaks to performer Stevie Wonder (centre)

    Tomorrow marks the the 60th anniversary of Motown records.

    The record label launched the careers of some of the most influential black music artists of the 20th Century including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

    It was founded in Detroit - 'Motor City' -1959 by music producer, Berry Gordy and its sound continues to influence our favourite music stars today.

    Newsround has been looking at five ways Motown changed music.

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  3. Some more new music vids for you...

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    Northern Irish singer-songwriter Soak aka Bridie Monds-Watson has shared a stock car racing video for her new track, Knock Me Off My Feet.

    It's from her forthcoming second album, Grim Town.

    Apparently the new song is about the idea that “you can be the best person to yourself, and the worst person to yourself”.

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    We've another new one from Busted too as the boys follow up their nostalgia-fest Nineties, with another slice of yesteryear and their ode to the radio.

    Or 'the wireless', as we like to call it.

    We'll be speaking to them about their new album in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that interview.

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    Last but not least, East London dance collective Rudimental also carry on their knack of finding just the right singers to work with, as Ray BLK, the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2017 and Stefflon Don - who also made the list that year - add their combined vocal talents to new track, Scared of Love.

    Sadly there's a minor swearword in there so the best we can do is offer you this snippet (above) and let you find it for yourselves.

    Love was never easy to find though...

  4. CupcakKe's new track is an x-rated take on Spongebob


    The rapper, who is apparently "ok" after receiving mental health treatment following her suicide scare earlier this week, has today released a track called Squidward Nose - much to the delight and amusement of her fans online.

    For those of you not familiar with Mr S Nose's work, he's a character in the popular kid TV programme Spongebob Square Pants.

    He's the turquoise one on the left of centre below.

    Sadly due to BBC News guidelines we'll have to let you work out the rest for yourselves.

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  5. A music tease from Grimes

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    The Canadian singer and producer has shared a (pretty bass heavy) short snippet of a new track on her social media channels.

    We have no name as yet but it sounds pretty good to us.

    Grimes has revealed “it’s a ballad not a single” to followers but added it will be on her new album.

    We've already had a preview of the new record with We Appreciate Power, her track with Hana.

  6. A Pulp fan is having fun with the BBC News straps

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    Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker joined the BBC News team today for a discussion around Brexit.

    As one eagle-eyed Twitter user pointed out, it seems like somebody in the news team has a penchant for Pulp-based politics puns.

    Titles of the Sheffield band's songs, including Something Changed, Do You Remeber the First Time and Common People, were skillfully shoehorned into the debate via the moving strap line at the bottom of the screen.

    Did you spot them all?

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    Video caption: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker calls for new EU referendum in UK

    While all that fun and games was going on, Jarvis himself was rather seriously explaining why he believes a second EU referendum is necessary.

    He told the TV panel: "People on both sides don’t think that this thing that’s going to get put before Parliament is any good, so the best thing would be to have another referendum."

    Watch above - other Brexit views are available.

  7. 5 Things We Learned This Week

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    After last week's 5 Things We Learned from a three-day week, we had the full quota to get to grips with in the second week of 2019.

    Tributes were paid to Eric Haydock, the original bass player from The Hollies, who died aged 75.

    Janelle Monae (pictured above) landed her first Glasto headline slot and newcomers Sports Team said they have Knebworth in their sights already.

    Here are five more...

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    1) Rami Malek announced himself as an Oscar contender

    Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two Golden Globes.

    The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor going to Rami Malek, who played the enigmatic late frontman.

    In his acceptance speech on Sunday, Malek (pictured above) paid tribute to the band and said he was "beyond moved" to have won.

    "To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity remains in the world," he said.

    He's now expected to be in the running for an Oscar.

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    Elsewhere Lady Gaga missed out on best actress but did win a Globe for the song Shallow, from A Star Is Born.

    She also found herself nominated for a Bafta later in the week though.

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    2) SuBo is back, yo

    It's been ten years since she shocked and surprised a live audience on Britain's Got Talent.

    Now Susan Boyle has done it again by returning to compete in the premiere of America's Got Talent: The Champions.

    Describing herself as a "champion of people who have no voice", Susan modestly adds, "I've sold about twenty million records."

    She came second on BGT, can she better that on AGT?

    Let's WAS (wait and see).

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    3) Stormzy is a 'mad underdog'

    His words, not ours.

    Stormz will become the first UK grime star to headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury this summer.

    Speaking to Elle UK, Stormzy, who smashed the Brits last year with his stunning politcally-charged performance, said: "I can't wait. I've got mad underdog syndrome, but I got confidence, too."

    The grime artist also addressed critics who have pointed out that, despite being one of the biggest stars in UK music, he still has just a single album to his name.

    "This is the biggest moment. The biggest stage, the biggest all-eyes-on-me kind of spotlight in my career, ever. I get it.

    "Only one album, where's all the number ones? But I think the argument doesn't even deserve the fuel."

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    4) US rapper CupcaKKE is getting help after suicide tweet

    The 21-year-old rapper was taken to hospital in Chicago for evaluation after tweeting on Monday that she was going to kill herself.

    Worried friends and fans contacted police who confirmed that she was being treated.

    The artist - whose real name is Elizabeth Harris - apologised to friends, saying she is "ok".

    "I've been fighting with depression for the longest," she wrote, adding "I'm finally getting the help that I need."

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    Octavian, King Princess, Grace Carter, Slowthai and Rosalia
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    5) The top five in the BBC's Sound of 2019 were revealed

    Maverick rapper Octavia was announced as the winner of the BBC's annual poll of experts, artists, DJs and critics earlier today (scroll down for plenty more on him).

    The week kicked off with the news that Spanish hip hop-inspired flamenco star Rosalia (below) was the number five.

    "It was a big surprise that I could have a space on this list, you know?," she said.

    The others were punk grime star Slowthai, soulful singer-songwriter and former Newbie Tuesday star Grace Carter, as well as rising 'queer icon' King Princess.

    Remember the names.

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    Video caption: Spanish artist Rosalia takes fifth place in the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 list
  8. Pond give us first glimpse of new Kevin Parker-produced album

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    Aussie psych rockers Pond have announced that their eighth album, Tasmania - produced by their old pal Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame - will be out on 1 March.

    The first music video for single Daisy, finds the band hanging out on aboriginal land.

    They "respectfully acknowledge" the Kulin and Nyoongar Nations at the start of the video and you can check it out above.

  9. Martin Scorsese to direct new film about Bob Dylan's star-studded tour

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    The US director, who previously made the epic Dylan documentary No Direction Home, will focus on the legendary singer-songwriter's mid-70s Rolling Thunder Revue tour in a new Netflix doc.

    The programme, out later this year, will feature new on-camera interviews with the star and ,according to the streaming service, “captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year."

    Dylan regularly performed in white face paint on the tour, where he was joined by a cast of artists including Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Mick Ronson, as well as Bette Midler, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Emmylou Harris.

    Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and Dylan's own mother also appear.

    Members of the Rolling Thunder Revue former at benefit concert for Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter at the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women on December, 1975 in New Jersey
    Image caption: Members of the Rolling Thunder Revue former at benefit concert for Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter at the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women on December, 1975 in New Jersey
  10. No-one can hold a candle to Dua Lipa...

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    Because she might actually melt.

    Following in the footsteps of One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Madonna, the double Brit Winner is about to get her own waxwork at Madame Tussauds London.

    Sharing the news on Twitter, she joked: "Excited for you all to see my body double that will now be taking all my bookings for my private events."

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  11. Dave Grohl falls off stage (again)

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    2019: New year, same old Dave...

    The Foo Fighters frontman has narrowly avoided hurting himself after tumbling off stage, directly after necking a beer at a gig in Las Vegas.

    Luckily a large security guard was there to break his fall.

    Check it out above but don't drink and (stage) dive people.

    The band were forced to delay their Glastonbury headline slot by two years, after the reckless singer broke his leg falling off stage in a similar manner at a gig in Sweden in 2015.

  12. Sam Smith and Normani: Big collab #2 of the day

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    Following the collab between two literal pop 'giants' earlier today (scroll down), Sam Smith and Normani are the next big acts teaming up on this New Music Friday.

    We're often told as kids not to take sweets from strangers but the singing duo are dancing with them.

    The track contains the best use of the phrase Ooh baby baby that we've heard in a long time.

    The former Fifth Harmony singer tweeted her appreciation of the London singer, saying: "At this moment, in one of the hardest times of my life, you made me smile.

    "Sam Smith you are such a light and I am extremely grateful to be a part of something so beautiful."

    "I love you Normani, very much," he replied in a video.

    Check out a snippet of the video above and the lust-driven track in full below, along with some of your reactions.

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  13. Hello, Westlife's new video has arrived

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    The Irish boyband are back with their first new music in seven years.

    The uptempo ballad Hello My Love sees the boys wandering around a barren landscape, which is clearly not in their home country (the cactus being the giveaway).

    They'll perform the new song on The Graham Norton Show tonight and will release a full-length album later this year as well as heading out on tour.

  14. Louise Redknapp pulls out of Dolly Parton musical after fall

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    The 44-year-old was set to play the role of Violet Newstead in 9 to 5, the new West End musical based on the 1980 film starring Dolly Parton.

    The accident happened on Tuesday, apparently while she was on her way to rehearsals, and has left her with a gash on her chin and a fracture wrist.

    "It breaks my heart to say I am having to take some time out," wrote Louise, adding in good showbiz tradition that "the show must go on."

    It's been reported that she could be out for up to two months, but keeping positive she said she'll "be back on that stage for 9-5 before you know it."

    That's the spirit.

    The opening night of the new show is scheduled for 28 January and Dolly is expected to attend.

    Get well soon Lou.

  15. Grime artist Solo 45 'raped four women' a jury is told

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    A "violent and controlling" grime artist falsely imprisoned and raped four women, a court has heard.

    Andy Anokye, 31, known as Solo 45, is accused of violently treating, bullying and sexually abusing his victims over a two-year period.

    On the first day of his trial at Bristol Crown Court, he was described as a narcissist "who derives satisfaction and sexual pleasure from inflicting pain and suffering".

    Mr Anokye denies 31 offences.

    The grime artist is part of the Boy Better Know collective which included artists like Skepta and JME.

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  16. Stage director to work on Aretha Franklin biopic

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    South African-born US theatre director Liesl Tommy will direct a new biopic, Respect, about the Queen of Soul - Deadline reports.

    Director Liesl became the first black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination for best direction of a play for 2016's Eclipsed.

    She said in a statement: “The story of Aretha Franklin’s journey from child prodigy in Detroit to international supernova is rife with struggle and triumph, making her life one of the great American stories of all time."

    Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson - currently working in the UK on the new series of The Voice - was apparently handpicked by Aretha herself for the role, before her death in August last year, aged 76.

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    Hudson performed an emotional rendition of Amazing Grace at Aretha's funeral (see above) in Detroit; where other performers included Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Ariana Grande.

    We reported on it live at the time and you can relive the event as it happened.

    Another Academy Award winner is involved in the new biopic in the form of Thelma & Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri.

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  17. R. Kelly's daughter describes estranged father as a 'monster'


    Joann Kelly, known by the name Buku Abi, has posted a lengthy and heartfelt message to the alleged victims of her estranged father.

    The recent docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, showed a series of women accusing the singer of sexual abuse - which he denies - and he's subsequently being investigated by the police.

    Now, in a message posted to her Instagram story, his 20-year-old daughter has shown solidarity for the accusers, while explaining her reasons for remaining silent on the subject until now.

    "To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now," she wrote, "I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently."

    "I do apologise if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.

    "That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father's actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this."

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    After being questioned online about her relationship with her father, she confirmed that she is no longer in contact with him and described him as a "monster."

    "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father," she replied.

    Quote Message: I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.
    Quote Message: My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing.
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    Elsewhere, Lady Gaga has come good on her promise to remove her collab track with R.Kelly; Do What U Want (With My Body), off all major streaming services.

    Following in the footsteps of Gaga and Chance the Rapper, French indie pop act Phoenix are the latest to apologise for having worked with the 52-year-old singer.

    They performed together onstage at Coachella in 2013, playing a mashup of Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) and the French band's own 1901, while Kelly also remixed their song, Trying To Be Cool.

    They posted on Twitter that they were "deeply horrified" by the allegations, adding: "We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously."

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  18. Calvin Harris and Rag 'n' Bone Man drop 'giant' new track

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    Scots hitmaker Calvin Harris and gravel-voiced English soul singer Rag 'n' Bone Man are both pretty big deals in the music world and standing tall at around six foot five each, they're also both quite literally pretty big too.

    So fitting then that their new collab is called Giant.

    I am a giant / Stand up on my shoulder, tell me what you see / 'Cause I am a giant / We'll be breaking boulders, underneath our feet, sings the Bone Man over Calvin's brass-tinged commercial house beat.

    Check it out below and dream of the summer.

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  19. Gay Latin trap rapper shot dead in Puerto Rico

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    Tributes are being paid to Kevin Fret, a rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community who has been shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24.

    The musician, described as Latin Trap music's first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning, police said.

    Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorbike in the street.

    Fret's manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, described the rapper as "an artistic soul" who had a passion for music.

    Confirming his death, Mr Rodriguez said: "There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go."

    On Twitter, writer and activist, Samy Nemir Olivares wrote: "Kevin Fret became a constant target of harassment and bullying.

    "Kevin recorded several videos responding to this and calling singers to stop mocking him or being gay in their lyrics."

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  20. 'Mum, I made it!': Octavian wins the BBC Sound of 2019

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    Video caption: BBC Music Sound Of list: Octavian 2019's winner

    Maverick, genre-defying rapper Octavian (not the former Roman emperor) has won BBC Music's Sound of 2019.

    Endorsed by Drake, but entirely self-made, the 23-year-old has caught critics' ears with a series of unpredictable EPs that juggle grime, house, pop and gospel.

    He beat pop singer King Princess and balladeer Grace Carter to take the title, which has previously gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Sigrid.

    "That's lit," the Southeast Londoner told the BBC. "I don't even know how to feel right now... Mum, I made it!"

    Quote Message: My mum, the last thing she told me before I left was, 'You're either going to be in prison or you're going to be big.'

    Octavian is the first rapper to win the Sound Of... since 50 Cent topped the inaugural list in 2003.

    He was chosen by a panel of 136 critics, broadcasters and DJs, including former nominees Ellie Goulding and Stormzy - who were each asked to name three of their favourite new acts.

    Read more about his journey from homelessness to winning the accolade.