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  1. We're off to play Pop Trumps

    That's all for Monday's music news.

    As we speak, Phil Collins is at London Zoo opening negotiations with Kumbuka the gorilla to play drums on his comeback tour, while Kanye West is claiming it was his idea first.

    We'll let you know the outcome tomorrow. Maybe. 

    Talyor Swift card from BBC Music Pop Trumps

    In the meantime, here's something to keep you entertained from BBC Music, who have come up with a way of working out who is today's king or queen of pop.

    For Pop Trumps, BBC Music's Fraser McAlpine has assessed the globe's 10 biggest stars on different criteria, Top Trumps style, and then ranked them.

    To find out whether Drake comes out higher than Rihanna, whether Taylor trumps Bieber - and to see who comes out as the reigning ruler of the pop world - take a look.

  2. Niall Horan to appear on Celebrity Gogglebox

    Olly Murs and Niall Horan on Gogglebox

    Former One Directioner Niall Horan has announced he'll be taking part in an all-star edition of Gogglebox, alongside fellow pop star and X Factor graduate Olly Murs.

    The one-off episode, which will be screened on Friday, has been filmed in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

    But did Niall have fun filming the episode? 

    "Olly and I had a great laugh filming Gogglebox," he confirmed in a statement. 

    "With every penny raised going towards finding cures for cancer, we’re honoured to be a part of Stand Up to Cancer’s fundraising this year."

    The episode will be dedicated to narrator Caroline Aherne, who died of cancer earlier this year.

    Meanwhile, Billboard reports that Niall's ex-bandmate Liam Payne has signed a deal with Republic Records - home to Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. The singer already has a deal with Capitol Records in the UK, and the two will work in tandem to launch his solo career.

  3. Kanye West accuses rappers of stealing his stage show

    Kanye West

    Kanye West's stage rants are as common as they are infamous - but his latest one is rather perplexing.

    He called a halt to his show in Edmonton, Canada, over the weekend to criticise artists who are "stealing" his stage design. 

    Given that the stage for his Saint Pablo tour is essentially a giant, moving platform that hangs from the ceiling, it seems unlikely that anyone could copy it without acknowledging the inspiration. But Kanye is furious, nonetheless.

    "This the original!" he shouted. "Accept no imitations! You with the rap god right now!" he yelled. He added that other people were "copying" and "stealing our stages... one-to-one".

    If the Pyramid Stage is fitted with rocket jets next year, we'll know who's responsible.

  4. Toni Braxton out of hospital after Lupus treatment

    Toni Braxton

    R&B singer Toni Braxton has left hospital after her Lupus forced her to seek treatment and postpone a concert in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday.

    Braxton became a household name in the 1990s with hits like Breathe Again and Un-Break My Heart.

    Her brief admission to hospital over the weekend came two weeks after she spent several days being treated for the condition, a chronic autoimmune disease where the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal tissue.

    The singer resumed her tour in Chicago on Sunday.  

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  5. Kings Of Leon: 'We never play to a click track'

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    It might come as a surprise to learn that a lot of bands these days play to a "click track" - essentially a metronome that keeps everyone in time with each other.

    The technique is particularly useful for bands who can't afford to hire extra musicians, because if they're all in sync, a computer can be triggered to play pre-recorded string samples, or even backing vocals, at the appropriate time.

    But Kings Of Leon won't be doing with that kind of malarkey, as they told the BBC.

    "I think it takes the emotion out of the song," said drummer Nathan Followill. 

    "I've got buddies that play to a click every night and they're phenomenal, but it always seems to be missing that live magic, where anything can happen."

    Read the full interview.

  6. Here's the title track from Big Narstie's new album

    Big Narstie

    Rapper Big Narstie has been a feature the grime scene for almost a decade, but his career received a shot in the artm when he enlisted Craig David for last year's breakout hit When The Bassline Drops.

    That has, in turn, increased expectations for his first "proper" album (after seven mixtapes and two critically-acclaimed EPs). 

    He's just uploaded a video for the album's title track, BDL Skank, an unashamed party anthem which even includes a shout out to Mr Kipling.

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  7. Courteeners to play stadium gig

    Liam Fray of The Courteeners

    They have never reached higher than 19 in the UK singles chart (and that was eight years ago) but The Courteeners have just announced their biggest gig to date - and it really is a big 'un.

    They will play to a massive 50,000 people at the Old Trafford cricket stadium in their home city of Manchester on 27 May next year.

    They are huge in Manchester - when they played Heaton Park in the city in 2015, all 25,000 tickets sold out in an hour.

    In contrast, elsewhere around the country, they are playing venues with capacities around 2,000 when they tour next month.

    Tickets for the Old Trafford show go on sale on Friday. It is a proper Manchester line-up, with support from The Charlatans, Blossoms and the city's newest up-and-comers Cabbage.

  8. Watch Lady Gaga perform in a dive bar

    Lady Gaga

    As you may know, Lady Gaga has been touring "dive bars" in the US, previewing the songs from her upcoming fourth album, Joanne.

    It's fascinating to see someone whose career is built on artifice strip everything down and perform with a live band in a down, dirty and sweaty venue. One thing you realise is that her vocals - while sometimes an acquired taste - are fantastically accomplished.

    Over the weekend, she just posted the first official video from the tour, so check it out for yourself. The song is her current single, Million Reasons, a countrified ballad about (what else) heartbreak.

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    The tour's sponsors - a popular brand of lager - have also uploaded a video of the song A-Yo, one of the album's more uptempo numbers, which many fans are predicting will be a future single.

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  9. Cast your votes now...

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    The ballots for the 2017 Grammy Awards were posted on Friday... so they should be arriving with voters today. 

    As anyone who's ever sat through the full Grammy ceremony (and believe us, we have) will know, there are approximately 2,097 categories including perennial favourites best polka and best sleeve notes.

    Luckily, jurors only have to cast votes in their area of expertise - but everyone gets a say in the big four categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

    The winners will be unveiled in Los Angeles on 12 February next year. Expect it to be a big night for Adele, whose album 25 was released too late to be eligible for this year's awards. 

  10. Bruno Mars plays Saturday Night Live

    Bruno Mars put on a show-stopping performance at this weekend's Saturday Night Live, with an energetic rendition of his new single 24K Magic and a brand-new R&B jam called Chunky.

    You can watch the former below. As Mars has explained: "You can call it my first single, but I call it the invitation to the party."

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  11. Phil Collins reveals 'lost' Adele collaboration

    Adele and Phil Collins

    At the press conference for Phil Collins' comeback tour, the star was asked whether he'd ever consider working with Pharrell Williams or Adele.

    Turns out, he's considered one and actually hooked up with the other.

    On Pharrell, he said his daughter, actress Lily Collins, had procured a phone number so they could get in touch - but he was too embarrassed to make the call.

    A co-write with Adele came closer after the pair met in London to start work on a song for her album 25.

    "I was kind of frantically writing it," he said. But the star later informed him she was postponing work on her third album to have a baby. 

    "I didn’t actually finish the thing and she didn’t hear what I did," he added.

    Listen to the anecdote below.

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  12. Green Day are number one on both sides of the Atlantic

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    Punk pop pioneers Green Day have rocketed to number one on both the UK's Official Charts and America's Billboard Hot 200.

    Their new album, Revolution Radio, comes after a forced hiatus, during which singer Billie Joe Armstrong received treatment for substance abuse, and the band's touring guitarist Jason White had tonsil cancer.

    Revolution Radio is their first chart-topper since 2007's 21st Century Breakdown and their third overall - having first achieved the feat with 2004's American Idiot.

    Norah Jones, OneRepublic and AlterBridge also scored new entries inside the Top 10 in both the UK and US.

  13. Charli XCX teases new single on Halloween TV advert

    Charli XCX

    Pop star Charli XCX has slowly been teasing details about her new single on social media over the past week. Here's what we know so far.

    • It's called After The Afterparty
    • It features the improbably-named rapper Lil Yachty
    • It is out on 28 October
    • The artwork looks like this
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    After all that kerfuffle, she's finally let fans hear some of the song... in the background of a trailer for a season of spooky films on a US TV network - which Charli is hosting this Halloween, for some reason.

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is the music industry in 2016.

    Watch the trailer below.

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  14. Irish blood, English heart, Danish bacon


    A Chicago snack retailer has named a meat sandwich after Morrissey in protest at the singer's insistence that food stalls stopped selling meat while he performed at a festival last month.

    The seller, Puffs of Doom, has launched the Pork Morrissey, which consists of pork, cheese and bacon, according to the DNAInfo website.

    Puffs of Doom co-owner Luke Petillon told the website the order "bullied these little businesses that are already having a hard time hacking it", adding: "What it doesn't do is actually change anything."

    He said he and his business partner didn't take issue with Morrissey's anti-meat stance and that his partner had been a vegetarian for 26 years.

    Quote Message: She shares Morrissey's views. But the way he tried to push his views down the public's throats and the fact that it didn't change or fix anything... it just translated into small businesses being bullied.
  15. Sir Cliff to address MPs on being a sex crime suspect

    Cliff Richard

    Singer Sir Cliff Richard will address MPs and peers later today as part of a campaign to change the law so sex crime suspects are not named unless they are charged.

    He will be joined by broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, both of whom were accused of historical offences but told there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

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  16. Olly Murs pulls out of Olympic parade concert

    Olly Murs

    Olly Murs has pulled out of headlining a special concert as part of this evening's Team GB Olympic parade in Manchester.

    The pop star will miss the event "due to unforeseen circumstances", according to Manchester City Council. No further details have been released.

    Rebecca Ferguson is also due to appear on stage in Albert Square.

    Olly hasn't given any further information on social media - at the time of writing, this was his most recent tweet.

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  17. Randy Travis stuns by singing after stroke

    Randy Travis and his wife Mary

    Country music legend Randy Travis has given the world some enduring songs - Forever and Ever, Amen, Diggin' Up Bones and I Told You So to name a few.

    But he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013, requiring emergency brain surgery, and has barely been seen in public since.

    However, he attended last night's Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony and brought the crowd to tears. His wife Mary described the star's rise to fame in the 1980s, then asked the guests to stand and sing the first verse of Amazing Grace. 

    Hearing Travis, who still cannot form complete sentences, sing with them was particularly emotional, said Billboard magazine, adding: "While the moment showed that Travis still had a way to go with his speech therapy, it also proved the determination of the singer to make it as far back as he has in the past three years."

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  18. What's stopping the Oasis reunion? Liam speaks...

    Liam Gallagher

    Earlier this year, bookmakers stopped taking bets on Oasis getting back together as rumours swirled about the band's 25th anniversary.

    But nothing has happened... and Liam Gallagher is pretty certain it never will. But don't blame him, OK?

    "This is a serious question and I’m not bringing the mood down," he told Radio X when asked about a potential reunion.

    "Our kid's going around like I've stabbed his cat. He wants to be in a solo band. 

    "I don't think Noel will ever reform Oasis, ever - but when he's a bit older I think Liam will probably reform Oasis and he'll sell 10,000 tickets a night singing Oasis tunes and he'll be happy with that."

  19. Justin Timberlake talks new material

    Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake has revealed he's been in the studio with mega-hitmaker/producers Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Max Martin as the wait goes on for his first album since 2013.

    He also said he has been working with country group Little Big Town - but rejected the notion that he is doing a country album.

    He was speaking to BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin alongside Anna Kendrick, his co-voice-star from the new Dreamworks animation Trolls, who in 2013 had a hit with the song Cups, from Pitch Perfect.

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    Video caption: Justin Timberlake tells BBC Breakfast about working on new material

    Timberlake has just had a hit with Can't Stop the Feeling!, from Trolls soundtrack, but his last album was the two-part 20/20 Experience three years ago.

  20. Phil Collins comes out of retirement

    Phil Collins

    Could you feel it coming in the air last night? Phil Collins has announced the end of his retirement, with his first live dates in 10 years. 

    He will play a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall next June, with a few extra dates in Cologne and Paris.

    It follows a troubled period for the singer, drummer and producer, who nearly lost the use of his left hand after suffering nerve damage on tour with Genesis; and who later came close to death when he turned to alcohol.

    "I thought I would retire quietly," said the star of his return, "But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It's time to do it all again and I'm excited.  It just feels right."

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