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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Chillyo everyone

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    That's all we have today so we're zipping up our fleeces and heading out into the cold.

    But you can keep snuggly and warm with new video from the likes of Sleeper, Nilüfer Yanya and Rosalia (scroll down).

    Plus Drakes fans react to his ticket prices, tributes to funk pioneer Edwin Birdsong, the Isle of Wight announces its 2019 headliners and there could be a bobble-head Moz doll on the way.

    Please, please, please...

  2. The Futureheads announce their return

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    Sunderland's finest have announced they are back working on new material after a four-year hiatus.

    Their last album Rant was actually released six years ago. Since then, lead singer Barry Hyde has released solo material while guitarist Ross Millard join another band, Frankie and the Heartstrings.

    Now they've shared some studio footage and a note which says they "breathe frantically once more".

    Alongside the promise of an "almost ready" album, they've announced six live dates kicking off in Stoke in May.

    Full details online.

  3. Cara Delevingne's secret backing vocals on St Vincent

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    We did not know this, did you?

    St Vincent's ex, British model Cara, sings the catchy chorus bit on her track Pills from her 2017 album Masseduction.

    Speaking to GQ in a new interview, the musician - also known as Annie Clark - reveals the song was heavily-inspired by Eminem too.

    Watch above for more.

    She's full of surprises, as our reporter Mark Savage found out around the time of the album's release.

  4. Idris Elba joins all-star collective for ragga track remake

    Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and Idris Elba

    The Hollywood actor has teamed up with The Godfather of Grime, Wiley, Stefflon Don and Sean Paul on a new track.

    Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Boasty, finds the four stars flaunting their wads throughout.

    It's a new version of a track cut by Wiley and Toddla T last year.

    We can only bring you the above cartoon pic sadly, due to the song containing the language of the (reggae) dancehall.

    In 2018, Idris made his move into the music world by launching his own record label and was recently announced to DJ at Coachella Festival in the States.

    It's a far cry from his new character; a struggling DJ, in the upcoming Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie.

  5. Flight of the Conchords to release new live record

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    If you weren't lucky enough to catch Jemaine and Brett on their tour last year (one of us didn't, grrrr) then fear not, as the Kiwi duo have announced the release of a new album, Live in London - out on 8 March.

    It was recorded at the city's Hammersmith Apollo, alongside their recent HBO US TV special.

    Expect lots of musical comedy capers including the lust-driven story of Deanna from human resources and Iain from accounting (above).

  6. Another posthumous XXXTentacion album has been released

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    Members Only, Vol. 4 has been shared on what would have the been the late rapper's 21st birthday.

    He was shot and killed during a robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida in June last year.

    The 23-track collection features guest appearances from the likes of Ski Mask, The Slump God and Killstation.

    Since his death, he has appeared on Lil Wayne's album, Tha Carter V, and is due to appear on Kanye's awaited Yandhi album.

    His previous album, Skins, was released almost six months after the controversial rapper was killed and went to #1 in the US, with a running time of only 19-minutes.

  7. Eurovision Song Contest 2019: BBC reveals this year's hopefuls

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    Six contestants are set to battle it out to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in May.

    The hopefuls, include Michael Rice, who won BBC singing competition All Together Now last year, and 2017 X Factor competitor Holly Tandy.

    The names were unveiled on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday.

    The public will choose who goes through to the final in a live TV show, Eurovision: You Decide, on Friday 8 February.

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  8. Nilufer Yanya gets out of her head and into the desert

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    MNL fave and former Newbie Tuesday artist Nilüfer has announced her debut album, Miss Universe will be released on 22 March.

    She's released a new Las Vegas video for her track, In Your Head.

    It follows Heavyweight Champion of the Year which came out last November before she supported New York indie giants Interpol at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Nilüfer is due to play dates across the UK in the spring.

  9. Vampire Weekend trail new music with two-hour guitar loop

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    The New York band are set to release their first new music in almost six years on Thursday, in the form of two new tracks; Harmony Hall and 2021.

    Now in a most modern way they've teased the release by uploading a guitar riff from Harmony Hall, set on a loop for two whole hours.

    It's pretty soothing actually and handy if planning a little nap later today.

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    Ezra Koenig's band last released Modern Vampires of the City, back in 2013.

    Since then, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij left the band but he does apparently appear on their forthcoming new album, FOTB (no, we don't know what that acronym stands for).

    We'll here from Ezra tomorrow on MNL ( we do know what that one means).

    Until then though, for the real musos out there, the band have also written out the guitar tab for the as-yet-unreleased song.

    Have a crack today maybe and then compare it with the actual song when it drops tomorrow.

    Who knows, your interpretation might even better.

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  10. Drake fans stunned by tour ticket prices

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    Drizzy delighted fans this week by announcing a UK and Ireland stadium tour for March and April.

    The delight soon turned to despair for many though after the people who registered for priority booking were asked to stump up almost £140 for standing tickets to The Assassination Vacation Tour.

    That's face value - before they even get to the touts.

    And the price of the good seats is seemingly north of that price too.

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    The singer/rapper will be supported on the road by Canadian Tory Lanez and Radio 1Xtra DJ Tiffany Calver.

    Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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  11. Watch Rosalia's cinematic new video

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    One of the stars of the recent BBC Sound of 2019 poll, Rosalia, has released an epic new video for her track, De Aqui No Sales (Cap.4: Disputa)

    That translates roughly as: From Here You Do Not Go Out (Chapter 4: Dispute.

    (We have to say it must've been one hell of a dispute, given the flaming motorcyclists).

    Watch above.

    The 25-year-old finished fifth in the poll, impressing the panel with her own unique blend of modern pop/hip hop and flamenco.

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  12. Tributes to funk musician sampled by Daft Punk, Kanye and De La Soul

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    Tributes are being paid to musician Edwin Birdsong whose 1978 track Cola Bottle Baby was sampled by Daft Punk on their hit, Harder Better Faster (above).

    The track was later re-used by Kanye on his own track, Stronger.

    The news of his death at the age of 77 was announced by his son, Singh Birdsong.

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    Rap duo Gang Starr’s Skills sampled Birdsong’s Rapper Dapper Snapper too.

    After attending the prestigious Julliard school of performing arts, Birdsong signed a deal with Polydor in 1971 and went on to release five albums.

    The popular session musician also produced records by artists like Stevie Wonder and Roy Ayers.

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  13. Roger Waters helps abandoned boys out of Syria

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    The Pink Floyd frontman has lent his private jet to help reunite two children of a dead Islamic State (ISIS) fighter stuck in Syria with their mum.

    As The Telegraph reports, Waters flew Felicia Perkins-Ferreira (pictured below, right) from Trinidad & Tobago in Caribbean to the Iraqi border with Syria, where she then crossed with a British human rights lawyer.

    A member of an NGO accompanies two Caribbean children and their mother as they prepare to leave Syria

    She hadn't seen her sons Ayyub, seven, and 11-year-old Mahmud, since they were taken by their father, Abebe Oboi Ferreira, to the Middle East in 2014

    He's thought to have died fighting in Raqqa in 2017.

    The kids were picked up by Syrian Democratic Forces, who have been battling ISIS and the Levant (ISIL) alongside the US-led coalition.

  14. Noel, George and The Biff to headline IoW 2019

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    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro are to top the bill at this summer's Isle of Wight Festival from 13-16 June.

    Tickets go on sale on Friday.

    Liam Fray from The Courteeners doesn't need one as his band are playing.

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    He's compared the lineup to the one in 1970 - dubbed as the British Woodstock - which featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors, as well as Joni Mitchell, Sly and the Family Stone, Melanie, Donovan and more.

    So we'll let you make your own minds up about that one.

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    Image caption: Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970
  15. Judge tells R.Kelly to stop whoever is living in his studio

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    The beleaguered singer has been told by a judge in Chicago to stop using his studio as a residence.

    According to a report in Rolling Stone, inspectors discovered 66 building code violations at the recording studio, which appeared to have been turned into living quarters, complete with kitchen, bar room and sauna.

    “It looks like people are living there, and that’s not good,” said Cook County judge Patrice Ball-Reed

    “Someone is living there.”

    NBC Chicago has photos allegedly taken inside the studio.

    The inspectors showed up at the warehouse building on 11 January, after an anonymous tip off that two people were illegally living in the commercial property.

    According to court documents obtained by the magazine, the building "originally a photography studio… now consists of a recording studio with bathrooms, sauna room, steam room, bathtubs, kitchen area, bar area, recording rooms, bedrooms, and multiple heating-plant rooms,” all of which violate various city building codes.

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    Each of the 66 violations punishable with a fine of $500 (£385) to $1,000 (£769) per day.

    His lawyer Melvin Sim has denied anyone is living there, speaking outside court, he said: "A couch on the premises does not make it a living room".

    R. Kelly is facing allegations of sexual abuse made in a recent documentary series, which he denies.

    The singer and his Sony-owned RCA record label have ended their working relationship, US media reported last week.

    While other performers including Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Chance the Rapper has removed their collaborations with him from streaming services.

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  16. Ariana Grande announces new album deets

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    She's one of the hardest working women in pop and now just six months after the release of her last album, Sweetener, Ari' has announced that its follow-up, Thank U, Next will arrive on 8 February.

    Her 12-track fifth album will feature the hit single from which it takes its name, as well as the previously-released track Imagine and her latest, 7 Rings.

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    Other song titles - posted on her Insta - include Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored and Needy, as well as NASA and Bloodline.

    At present, the 25-year-old is on course to score her fourth UK number one single on Friday.

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  17. You can now own a cute Morrissey for you desk

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    In news that will surely thrill the famously morose singer, toymakers Funko have now created a wobbly-head doll based on the Mancunian's likeness.

    Check out their announcement above, that does however come with the caveat: "Concept subject to licensor approval".

    Which of course means Morrissey could yet veto the idea.

    Then you might have to wait longer for that wobbly Moz...

  18. Nile Rodgers offer some good times to furloughed US federal workers

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    The Chic frontman and all-round good fella has announced 600 free tickets at their Washington DC show will be given away to government employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown.

    Chic are playing the MGM National Harbor on Saturday and the first 300 applicants will each receive two tickets to the show.

    “Like many people, I’m frustrated by what’s happening and my heart goes out to these incredibly hard-working people who provide important service to our country," said Nile in a statement.

    “In one of my biggest songs I wrote, ‘We Are Family, I’ve got all my sisters with me,’ I consider all of these people to be my brothers and sisters and I hope this lets them know that we are 100 percent behind them."

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  19. Chris Brown released from custody in France

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    US singer Chris Brown has been released without charge in Paris after being questioned on suspicion of rape, French police say.

    An investigation into the alleged incident is continuing, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

    The star and two other men were arrested on Monday after a 24-year-old woman alleged she was assaulted in a hotel in the city earlier this month.

    Brown has since taken to social media to deny any wrongdoing, writing in all-capitals: "I wanna make it perfectly clear... this is false," before going on to say it was "against my character and morals".

    He also posted a graphic on Instagram which read: "This b!tch lyin'."

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  20. Cardi B: 'I can wear or not wear whatever I want'

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    Cardi B has hit back at a Fox 5 News presenter in the States after she declared the Bronx rapper's new Twerk challenge video with City Girls was not very in keeping with the #MeToo movement.

    We can't bring the video to you here sadly, due to the lyrical content but it sees Cardi join City Girls and host of other semi-nude women in twerking on boats, beaches and streets.

    Broadcaster Stephanie Hamill tweeted the star to ask "how exactly does this empower women?", inviting 'leftists' to "chime in."

    Cardi didn't need a second invitation to do exactly that, replying: "It says to women that I can wear and not wear whatever I want.

    "Do what we want and that NO still means NO.

    Quote Message: If I twerk and be half-naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks.

    The TV host responded by agreeing with Cardi on the latter point, before reinforcing her belief that the video "objectifies women."

    Hamill ended by joking her personal views might stem from the fact that she "can't twerk."