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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. Time to fly

    Image caption: Gangster-looking pigeons

    That's it for another week and what a week it has been.

    Scroll down for 5 Things We've Learned as well as lots of new music videos and huge collabs spawning EdStorm, The Cold Smokers and Frank Harris.

    Not heard of them? You will soon, we've trademarked the names (not really).

    We wonder if anyone is doing the Stormzy / Foo Fighters secret gig double today?  Might be a stretch.

    Anyway, go wild this weekend.  Like these animals , who:

    1. Clearly want to be rock/rap stars and...
    2. Know where the camera is at a band photoshoot

    Our fave is the Coo-Tang Clan above.

    Laters x

  2. 5 Things We've Learned This Week

    Rag'N'Bone Man

    1) Rag'N'Bone Man can officially quit his day job.

    He dresses like a world class don and now Rory Graham aka Rag'N'Bone Man is in the big league.

    The Bone Man arrived at the Brit Awards on Wednesday with a massive chain on his neck and an even bigger number one album under his belt... and he left with the award for  best British breakthrough act.

    His debut LP Human was also the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade.

    He was lost for words but might need to work on his acceptance speeches as these won't be the only awards he wins, we're sure.

    Someone else will need to collect your old iron from now on.

    George Michael

    2) George Michael was planning a big comeback.

    Following Adele's Fastlove at the Grammys, The Brits provided the second George Michael tribute in as many weeks.

    Coldplay's Chris Martin duetted with a recording of the late singer's voice on A Different Corner. 

    Also, Nile Rodgers, who was working on a remix with him just days before his death, revealed George was  "planning a big comeback".

    The Chic guitarist said:

    Quote Message: It was heart-breaking and he never got a chance to hear what I did, so now I'm ambivalent about the work because I wanted him to hear it, not the record company necessarily."

    Another lost icon Kurt Cobain would've turned 50 this week...

    ...and while it's difficult to picture him as an old man,  it seems that for many of you it's still hard to imagine music without him.

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    Chris Brown v Soulja Boy

    3) Chris Brown v Soulja Boy has been cancelled

    All bets are off people.

    Despite all the hype and dissing one another, the big $1m celebrity boxing match between the two rappers is not happening.

    You'd get better odds on one of us eating a pie right now than of those two stepping in the ring together anytime.

    It was less Rumble in the Jungle and more storm in a teacup.  

    Little Mix

    4) Little Mix smashed The Brits

    Four girls at the top of their game right now.

    The former X Factor winners opened this year's ceremony with a bang and a great big Shout Out To My Ex.

    Which, like a quick early speech at a wedding, afforded them the luxury of kicking back and enjoying the rest of the night before the same track won best British single.

    And what do they put their success down to?  Friendship of course. And previous relationships.

    Jade said: "If it wasn't for our friendship we wouldn't still be going.

    "Cheers to our exes for giving us such a major song. This is to you lads!"

    And this is to you girls...

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    5) Katy Perry brought the house down...literally

    We were going to talk about Ed and Stormzy's new public bromance...

    ...but then we remembered about this and it's just.too.funny.

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  3. Lana Del Rey on new single Love and joining forces with Miles Kane

    BBC Radio 2

    Sultry songstress Lana Del Rey took time out from recording in sunny LA to have a quick chinwag on the blower to Jo Wiley on Thursday night.

    And she even passed the phone over to a "mystery artist"...who turned out to be her sometime  karaoke partner  and lately Last Shadow Puppet Miles Kane.

    The guitarist tells Jo that the two were "just having a coffee" but we don't believe him.

    Is that the sweet smell of a musical collaboration brewing?

    *We've gone collab crazy today.

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    Video caption: Jo chats to Lana Del Rey about her new record 'Love' and working with TLSP's Miles Kane.

    The Radio 2 DJ seems generally concerned about the tightness of Mile's trousers too.

    To be fair you do need a bit of wiggle room with moves like that Milo lad.

    Miles Kane
  4. 6 Music Festival announces measures to deal with touts

    BBC 6 Music

    Depeche Mode

    6 Music has announced measures to stop tickets for next month's 6 Music Festival in Glasgow being sold for inflated prices.

    The three-day event will see performances from the likes of Depeche Mode (pictured above), The Jesus and Mary Chain, Goldfrapp, Belle & Sebastain and Mogwai.

    In a message on Facebook , 6 Music said: "To guard against ticket touts reselling tickets for profit and tickets being resold via the web for profit, 6 Music Festival tickets will be printed with the name of the lead purchaser who will have to show their ID on arrival at the venue to gain entry."

    Adding: "There will be security around the venues to monitor any touting of tickets.

    Quote Message: We strongly recommend the public do not buy tickets being resold as the purchaser cannot guarantee they are genuine and not copies, and without the ID of the lead purchaser they will not gain entry to the Festival."

    The festival is being held from 24-26 March and if you haven't got tickets you'll be able to watch some of live performances on the Red Button on TV and online and video highlights will be available on the 6 Music website.

  5. New Music Roundup: Skepta, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Lumineers


    Here's a quick round-up now of some more new music out today.

    Skepta nearly got the Brits TV show Shutdown with his explosive performance on Wednesday and he's dropped another explosive track No Security today.

    We'd love to include it on here but again due to the language we can't, so you'll just have to find it for yourselves - it you want.

    Elsewhere, Americana stars  The Lumineers  have released new UK single Angela today, taken from their 2016 US number one album Cleopatra.

    Thankfully we can show you that video and it charts a day in the life of a pregnant woman - presumably Angela.

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    You can catch the band this summer on these shores supporting Tom Petty and/or U2.

    And third but not least... prolific San Franciscan Psych-rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre dropped a new album today.

    Their 16th LP, Don't Get Lost, includes this trippy little number featuring Tim Burgess from the Charlatans.

    If these grooves don't start to get you in the mood for the weekend then nothing will.

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    Oh, by the way if you like old psych bands, then allow us to quickly recommend a new (or at least young) one while we're here.

    The brilliantly-named King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back with a suitably ridiculously-titled new album Flying Microtonal Banana.

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  6. Stormzy is in the manor

    True to his word, Brit-nominee Stormzy has played an impromptu (ish) outdoor show in Camden, north London to mark the release of his debut album.

    He wore some bright sleeves so even the people at the back could see him.

    We can't see any discarded pizza boxes , perhaps he's realised the value of a proper nutritional brekkie.

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    No sound on this video below from Sally but you can still see Stormzy throwing out some serious shapes.

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  7. Radiohead's saddest song revealed

    Thom Yorke
    Image caption: Smile Thom...

    This one will interest you on one of two levels.

    You are either a big Radiohead fan... or... you are a statistician.

    The answer, apparently, is True Love Waits from their Mercury Prize-nominated album A Moon Shaped Pool has been proven to be the most depressing Radiohead song. 

    Superfan Charlie Thompson made the discovery using some pretty impressive algorithms and methodology that we don't pretend to understand.

    True Love beat off some serious competition from We Suck Young Blood and High and Dry.

    What we want to know though, is what Radiohead's most cheerful tune is? Maybe you can help us?

    Read more (if you dare...)

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  8. Happy birthday to jazz, happy birthday to jazz...

    BBC Culture

    BBC Culture

    This weekend marks the anniversary of the first ever jazz recording 100 years ago in New York.

    The date was 26 February 1917, and the song, Livery Stable Blues was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band.

    The all-white group of musicians basically nicked from the African-American musicians they’d heard in their native New Orleans.

    It was even the subject of a Blurred Lines-style legal action and the presiding judge ruled that since the song was in bad taste and composed by people who couldn’t actually read or write sheet music, it would be remanded to the "public domain". 

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    P.s. Has the Queen sent jazz a card?

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  9. Stormzy playing a surprise gig in north London. Like, now...


    It's probably too far away for most of you to get to but Stormzy is marking the release of his new album with a surprise outdoor gig in a park in Camden, north London.

    We're not sure he'll bring out Ed Sheeran to repay the favour from Brits night, but it's a nice thought...

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  10. Have a go on Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean's new Slide

    Calvin Harris
    Image caption: That feeling when you just know the beat be about to drop

    The third in our trilogy of new collabs today pairs Scottish DJ and Taylor Swift's ex  Calvin Harris with US singer/rap star Frank Ocean together,

    Here's a snippet below of their new track Slide, which appears to fade out before the hottest new hip hoppers around Migos also appear.

    Without further ado, following EdStorm and The Cold Smokers...please welcome to the stage the artist now known as...Frank Harris...

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  11. Professor Green blags his way into political event

    BBC reporter Emma Thomas and Professor Green

    Not really.

    But the rapper-turned-social commentary documentarian was an unexpected arrival at the the count for yesterday's by-election in Stroke-On-Trent.

    The songwriter declined to be interviewed by the BBC's reporter Emma Thomas but did stop for a selfie and revealed to her that he had been filming with the candidates.

    Pro Green has recently fronted documentaries for the BBC on suicide, homelessness and dangerous dogs.

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  12. Coldplay and The Chainsmokers release new track together

    Coldplay and The Chainsmokers

    More new music for you now and it's time for nu collab #2.

    Following on from EdStorm, please welcome to the stage...The Cold Smokers.

    Or Chain-Play - if you prefer, though that sounds a bit 50 Shades...

    We all got a sample of Coldplay 's hook up with US DJ duo The Chainsmokers at Wednesday night's Brits.

    Or as history will remember it, the bit where singer Chris Martin got stuck after a pretty poor attempt at a stage dive.

    Chris Martin of Coldplay
    Image caption: "You were supposed to catch me"


    Anyway, the new track goes a little Something Just Like This.  Literally.

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  13. Why are The Flaming Lips headlining Festival Number 6?

    BBC 6 Music

    The most obvious answer from the festival's point of view is that The Flaming Lips  are ruddy marvelous live and their show includes people in fancy dress costumes, glitter and plenty of bouncing balloons.

    But singer Wayne Coyne has his own special reason for performing in Portmeirion Wales - the location of cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner.

    He's been speaking to 6 Music about the event in September. 

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    Video caption: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips on playing Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion

    For all you young 'uns out there, this is the show to which Wayne is referring.

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  14. Beyonce pulls out of headlining Coachella and tickets are cheaper for it

    Billboard magazine


    Beyonce has pulled out of performing at this year's Coachella music festival in California under doctor's orders.

    The pregnant singer was due to top the bill at the festival which is held over two weekends from 15-22 April.

    Organisers have said Beyonce will headline the event in 2018, following the birth of her twins.

    "Following advice of doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival," a statement said.

    Fellow headliners Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead are still playing the festival but Beyonce's replacement is yet to be announced.  

    Thom Yorke of Radiohead
    Image caption: Thom Yorke's band are unaffected by Beyonce's pregnancy

    The immediate effect of the her departure is that the price of tickets has dropped on the secondary market.

    The prices for the first weekend have apparently dropped 12% from an average price of $978 to $872.

    Tickets for the weekend two dropped nearly 3% from an average price of $856 to $834.

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    In Lieu of Beyonce, here's some of your suggestions, possibles, hopefuls and never-gonna-happens...

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  15. Listen to Stormzy's album launch listening party



    What a week it's been for the man.

    On Wednesday night Stormzy performed with pal Ed Sheeran at the Brits (see below).

    He was up again early (or possibly went right through) on Thursday morning when he had 20 pizzas for Grimmy, Rita Ora and the Radio 1 Breakfast team.

    Today, his debut album Gangs Signs & Prayer dropped and he was up early again to join 1Xtra's A.Dot for a track-by-track album launch listening party.

    If you don't rise as early as Stormz then you can listen again here.

    We think the lad's earned himself a lie in.

    Fellow Londoner Adele reminded the world earlier about the arrival of "this fine young man's album".

    ...and the man himself said he was "emotional and overwhelmed" by the positive response the record has received already.

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  16. Are the Foos headlining Glasto or not then?

    Foo Fighters

    The rumours have been circulating for weeks.

    Well, ever since they pulled their headline slot in 2015 after Dave Grohl broke his leg actually.

    Ticket holders got excited earlier this week when fans on the band's mailing list got mysterious boarding cards carrying the name of a fictional airline, Obelisk Airlines - which had a Pyramid as its logo.

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    Now, a new ticket appears to have been issued, for a gig in Frome, Somerset tonight. 

    For non-geography experts that's approximately 15 miles from Worthy Farm, where Glasto is held.

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    The Cheese & Grain in Frome has released a statement saying: "We have a strictly private event at the Cheese and Grain this Friday 24th February. 

    "There will be no tickets available at all to anyone who has not already been invited.

    The cafe bar is a not-for-profit company and charity.  

    So, by the time we come back to you on Monday, Dave and co. could have already sized up new pairs of wellies for June.

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  17. Eminem to headline Reading and Leeds Festival

    BBC Newsbeat


    The US rapper will headline the double header for the third time in August, having appeared in 2001 and again in 2013.

    Double M will headline the event on 25-27 August alongside apocalyptic space rockers Muse and swaggering rock 'n' roll ravers Kasabian.

    Festival organiser Melvin Benn called Eminem's return "beyond exciting" and some of you tend to agree.

    Others however seem less fussed about the return of Slim Shady.

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    Earlier this year, the festivals were criticised by music fans after only one female performer was included in the initial line-up.

    Now Haim, Ray BLK, Halsey and Charli XCX, fronted by Chrissy Costanza, have been added to the bill.

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    But it's still overwhelmingly male, as one Tweeter has pointed out...

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  18. The 1975 pledge more political talk on their records

    BBC Newsbeat

    The 1975

    Following on from his impassioned speech after The 1975 won best British group at Wednesday's Brit Awards, Matt Healy insists the band will speak up for issues they believe in.

    On stage, the pint-sized pop fop said he rejected the idea that musicians should "stay in their lane".

    Speaking to Newsbeat, he said, "We will stay in our lane but our lane is socially and politically-informed pop music.

    Quote Message: You can be scared of being perceived as being preachy but the fact of the matter is, in times like this, art is way more important. It just is.

    "People need to accept and do something about that. We're going to try and do something about that."

    The band have shared a new track, to be released on a War Child charity album, and it's a cover of a Sade's By Your Side...which Mistajam had as his Hottest Record this week.

    Hot stuff.

  19. Watch the birth of EdStorm

    Ed Sheeran and Stormzy
    Image caption: EdStorm

    OK let's kick of New Music Friday with the hottest new double act in town.

    Ed Sheeran and Stormzy - or EdStorm as we're calling them - performed together at the Brits on Wednesday night.

    Stormzy's debut record Gang Signs & Prayer is out today, some the language is bit too frank for a daytime news service so consider this a warning. But if you'e over 18,  you can check it out on YouTube.

    Back to the big Brits collab... Ed kicked off alone with his band for Castle On The Hill before the track suddenly took the Shape Of You and got the grime treatment courtesy of the big man.

    Check it.

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  20. It's Friday people...

    Little Mix

    Little Mix know it. We know it... and you do too!

    The weekend has nearly landed which means it must be New Music Friday.

    Today we'll have videos of three new big collab's that everyone is talking about as 1) EDM meets indie pop-rock, 2) dance meets rap and 3) acoustic guitars meet grime head on.

    Can you guess who we mean?

    Stormzy and Ed Sheeran
    Image caption: Who could this be?

    Later on we'll reveal 5 Things We've Learned This Week, which after this week's Brit awards promises to be big 'un.

    For now get your teeth into  yesterday's MNL and Stormzy's big breakfast.