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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Just beat it

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    That's it Tuesday lovers. We have no more for you today, but what a day it was...

    Scroll down for Noel Gallagher's thoughts on his We Are Manchester gig, Nadine Coyle spills the beans on the Girls Aloud split, ABBA tease a virtual reunion, Selena Gomez talks mental health and social media and there's a beautiful Live Lounge from London Grammar.

    Plus new music from the likes of Arcane Roots, Wolf Alice and Mavis Staples.

    We'll leave you with this video of billionaire Chinese businessman Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba (think Chinese Amazon) marking his company's 18th birthday with a tribute to Michael Jackson.

    Does he pull off the moves?

    Then again, does he need to with an estimated personal wealth of £37.5bn? Shamone!

  2. Watch Prophets of Rage perform new track on US TV

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    Now the term 'Supergroup' is often banded about willy nilly.

    However fans of rock or rap music and anything in between will know that a collaboration between Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine and Cypress Hill is probably worthy of the title.

    Prophets of Rage fit that description and they appeared (apparently directly from the desert) on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon in the US last night .

    They performed Living on the 110 from their forthcoming self-titled debut album - which is out on Friday - and you can check it above.

    But only if you're really ready to angry rap/rock 'n' roll...

  3. And did those feet in ancient times...

    Okay you've nearly made it through another working day and have probably absorbed a fair few music news stories by now.

    So time for a live musical treat from Saturday's Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    You can catch up with lost of clips from the night at the Proms website.

    Here's Hubert Parry above conducting Elgar's musical rendition of the William Blake poem Jerusalem.

    You know the one...which longs for a universal heaven of love and peace in England's green and pleasant lands.

    Oh and they sing it at the rugby!

    Not only do the England national rugby team use it as their anthem to get pumped up before games but it seems that Richard Ashcroft and The Verve boys may have been inspired by it as well.

    What do you think?

  4. Mercury nominee Kate Tempest says second time should be more fun

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    Video caption: The spoken-word artist speaks to Tom Ravenscroft about her nomination.

    Poet Kate Tempest in up for the Mercury Prize this week for a second time.

    This time around she is nominated for her brilliant takedown of modern society Let The Eat Chaos.

    In 2014, she was nominated for her debut solo album Everybody Down.

    "It's really exciting, a bit weird yeah," she told 6 Music's Tom Ravenscroft.

    "It's interesting going through the process again because the first time I was a bag of nerves and couldn't really take anything in.

    "[Now] I can be in the room a bit more calmly."

    Listen above and set your alarms for Thursday afternoon as we will be doing a Mercury prize special on Music News LIVE.

    We'll fill you in on more details in the coming days.

  5. Arcane Roots manoeuvre their way to Hottest Record

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    The Kingston-Upon-Thames alt rock trio had the honour bestowed upon new track Indigo by Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac last night.

    Andy from the band spoke to Annie on the blower from a Danish airport about the stripped-back new tune, ahead of the release of their new album Melancholia Hymns on Friday.

    He said: "It [Indigo] was a real turning point for us on the record...

    "Maybe it's the first anti-Arcane Roots song!"

    Listen above.

  6. Check out this trailer for a new Eric Clapton documentary

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    Life in 12 Bars, a documentary for US network Showtime, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival at the weekend.

    As well as celebrating his guitar playing which revolutionised British music, it will also dig into the dark side of Eric Clapton's life, including his drug and alcohol addictions and the death of his four-year-old son Conor in 1991.

    Watch above.

  7. Watch U2 & Jennifer Hudson sing Come Together for US schools

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    They're doing it for the kids. Oh yes. The kids of America.

    Irish rockers U2 and American singer Jennifer Hudson have led an all-star performance of The Beatles classic Come Together during the XQ Super School Live special.

    The multi-network special show, which aired on Friday, invited the public to help "rethink the future of American high schools."

    Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from Sheryl Crow and the original drummer from the track too. You know, what's his name...likes his jewellery...

    Check it out below.

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    Justin Timberlake, Chance the Rapper and Kelly Clarkson also appear on the full show, where at around 33 minutes, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks joins James Corden for touch of a *Carpool Karaoke, Kim Wilde style.

    Celebrities singing in a car. That'll never catch on.

    *Make that School Buspool Karaoke.

  8. Wolf Alice scrub up well in Beatifully Unconventional new video

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    Would you like to see Wolf Alice as you've never seen them before?

    Well, alright-y then.

    The West London grunge rockers are usually pretty dressed down when knocking out bangers like new track Beautifully Unconventional.

    So who are these imposters dolled up to the nines like Marilyon Monroe and the Rat Pack in their brand new video?

    "Any excuse to dress up," said the band in a tweet.

    Check it above.

    Speaking of unconventional, the band are are set to appear in the new Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) film On The Road, which follows them on tour while a fictional love story plays out around them.

    That 'meta' enough for you folks?

  9. Kid Rock hits back at civil rights protestors

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    US rocker and would-be senator Kid Rock has hit back at civil rights groups who are demanding that he cancels a series of forthcoming gigs in Detroit.

    Rock, who announced his intention to stand for US Senate earlier this year, has been criticized for his support of President Donald Trump, use of the Confederate flag and his comments against American Football player and black rights protester Colin Kaepernick.

    In a new statement entitled: "People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create!", Rock wrote: "My track record in Detroit and Michigan speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine.

    Quote Message: I am also a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of Detroit, so suck on that too!"

    He added: “I will always stand up for myself, my family, my friends, my fans, my city, my state, my country and the good in human nature!”

    Rock signs off his email in bizarre fashion with: “P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!”

    His full statement below contains some offensive language.

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  10. Little Barrie drummer Virgil Howe dies aged 41

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    Virgil Howe, the drummer for Nottingham rockers Little Barrie and son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, has died suddenly at the age of 41.

    The band called his death "sudden and unexpected" adding his death has come "as an incredible shock to his friends and family".

    The band, which famously played the intro music to the hit drama series, Breaking Bad spin-off Better call Saul (below), had been in rehearsals for a UK tour.

    "We are heartbroken that we have lost our dear friend and brother Virgil Howe," said singer and guitarist Barrie Cadogan.

    "Our thoughts are with his daughter, family and partner.

    “I am utterly devastated to lose my friend and a positive force in my life,”added bassist Lewis Wharton.

    Tickets for the tour, which was due to start in Cambridge tonight will be refunded.

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  11. Mavis Staples shares powerful new Wilco produced track

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    The soul singer who recently worked with Gorillaz on their album Humanz has shared a new track from her own forthcoming album which has been produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

    The powerful If All I Was Was Black is from an album of the same name, featuring ten songs about contemporary America.

    "Nothing has changed," said Mavis who witnessed and endured racism throughout her career touring the US with The Staple Sisters in the 1960s, "We are still in it.”

    It's her third collaboration with Jeff, their first You Are Not Alone, won a Grammy for best Americana album.

    "Some people are saying they want to make the world great again," said the 78-year-old, "but we never lost our greatness. We just strayed into division.”

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  12. The purple lights are a clue to London Grammar's Live Lounge cover...

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    What else could it be but Prince's classic Purple Rain?

    They've given Harry Styles' Fleetwood Mac effort yesterday a run for its money with a stripped-back version of the late singer's hit. Singer Hannah Reid's gorgeous soothing vocals wrapping around the sparse instrumentation.

    We're not the only ones who are loving it.

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    You're never going to please everyone though...

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  13. Eleanor Rigby deed fails to sell at Beatles auction

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    The deeds to the real-life Eleanor Rigby's Liverpool burial plot has failed to sell at a Beatles auction.

    Whether the scullery maid, who died in 1939, was actually the inspiration for the song is still being debated.

    What is undebatable is that the official papers registering her grave failed to reach a £2,000 reserve price on Monday.

    An unreleased George Harrison recording, Hello Miss Mary Bee, sold for £14,000 while a pair of John Lennon’s glasses went for £5,600.

    A set of autographs from the set of the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Beatles auction on Monday in Cheshire.

    An original score for Eleanor Rigby was removed from an auction ahead of time amid claims it was stolen.

    The handwritten score, signed by Paul McCartney had a guide price of £20,000.

    The auction house said an allegation of theft had been made to Thames Valley Police.

  14. A fine Example of music baby news

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    Hello there young man. Welcome to planet Earth.

    London singer/producer Example has posted this picture of his new baby boy Ennio Stanley Gleave.

    The Changed The Way You Kissed Me star - aka Elliot John Gleave - poetically thanked wife and model/actress Erin McNaught for "baking this perfect little cake for us".

    Congratulations to the Example family.

    Image caption: Jumping for joy
  15. Fiddler Seth Lakeman thought Robert Plant's offer was a prank

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    Mercury-nominated folk star Seth Lakeman is the newest member of Robert Plant's touring band the Sensational Space Shifters but he thought he was the victim of a prank when he got the offer.

    Speaking to the BBC at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, he said: "I literally got a text from an engineer I know at Real World [Peter Gabriel's recording studio in Bath] and he said, 'Can RP ring you in the morning?'

    "I was like, 'Yeah, but I don't know who RP is.' Then I was getting my daughter into the car and Robert Plant rang up.

    He added: "One of my mates is a mad Zeppelin fan and I thought it was him. But then it dawned on me: This guy knows too much information about Zeppelin."

    Seth got the gig after working on Plant's forthcoming album, Carry Fire.

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  16. Selena Gomez: I feel like I have no friends

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    The 25-year-old Texan-born singer bravely opened up about mental problems she had suffered, brought on by social media, during an emotional speech at last year's AMA awards.

    Gomez gave herself a 'digital detox' and said she had felt "broken inside".

    Now in an interview with Business of Fashion, the star - who has 126m Instagram followers - has expanded further on why, despite being connected to so many fans, fame and social media can still leave her feeling all alone.

    "It’s a lonely journey to really figure out where all this stuff is coming from," she said.

    Quote Message: You have to figure out the people that are in your circle. I feel like I know everybody but have no friends."

    Selena, who is currently trying her hand at acting in a new Woody Allen film, added: “I have like three good friends that I can tell everything to, but I know everyone. I go anywhere and I’m like, ‘Hey guys, how’s it going?’ And it feels great to be connected to people, but having boundaries is so important.

    "I see a disconnect from real life connections to people, and that makes me a little worried."

  17. ABBA coming to a venue near you soon?

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    Well, in a purely virtual sense.

    Benny Andersson has confirmed to a Swedish newspaper that plans for a virtual reality tour featuring all four members is in the works.

    He told Expressen: "We see each other every now and then, we've done a few different things, and now we've got a project ahead of us"

    The tour, featuring digital avatars of Benny, Bjorn lveaus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog is planned to kick off in 2019.

    “It will take a bit of time, it takes time to digitalize a face,” he said, adding: "It's fun that it's so technologically advanced. It will be interesting."

    Until they crack the technology, there is still a new exhibition on the band at London's Southbank Centre to go and see, if you're in town.

  18. Holby City star John Michie's daughter dies at Bestival

    Louella Michie's body was discovered in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival site

    Some tragic news to report from this weekend's Bestival...

    A woman who was found dead at the Dorset music festival was the daughter of Holby City, Taggart and Coronation Street actor John Michie, his agent has confirmed.

    The body of Louella Michie, 25, from London, was discovered in a wooded area of the festival site.

    A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by police.

    In a statement, Bestival organisers said the team were "devastated to hear about this tragic news".

    Read the full statement below.

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  19. Nadine Coyle on life after 'silly' Girls Aloud split & love of bleach

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    Now, think for a minute - who was your favourite member of Girls Aloud?

    Be honest - we all had one.

    Well if it was Nadine Coyle, then you're in luck as not only is the 32-year-old Irish singer back to work with a new single but she's also been chatting to our reporter Mark Savage about life after the band, why their split in 2013 was "silly" and why her favourite smell is bleach.

    Best be careful around that stuff though Nadine.

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    Check out a snippet of her new video below too.

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