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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

All times stated are UK

  1. Doing anything Special tonight?

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    We're off home to consider what's for dinner/tea.

    Before we do, just time to wish Terry Hall of two tone legends The Specials a very happy birthday.

    He's got 60 candles on his big cake this year.

    Scroll down for news of Janet Jackson bumping herself up the Glastonbury bill, Nicki Minaj praising "resilient" Manchester at her Arena gig and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne paying tribute to a former bandmate.

    Plus videos from Billie Eilish, Panic! At the Disco and a Newbie Tuesday artist with a very special backing band.

    See you tomorrow.

  2. Rita Ora pelted with some belting questions

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    A bit of fun to finish today...

    Rita, who'll bring her Phoenix tour to the UK in May, today marked 10 years on Twitter by throwing her feed open to the great unwashed to ask her basically whatever they wanted.

    Presumably she was after questions about her music but the broad remit of the #AskRitaOra format threw up some rather surprising angles.

    Including this absolute stonker from Sad Face Otter:

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    Fans of popular juice drinks from the 90s will understand...

    The thread was so compelling that even (possibly) the UK's most intelligent man Stephen Fry got involved with a deep-minded question of his own?

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    It's a fair point.

    Here's a few more for Rita to consider as she embarks upon her second decade of being a social media star...

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  3. When Sting said 'why aye' to Sam

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    Sting showed his appreciation for Brits Critics' Choice winner Sam Fender, after watching his fellow Geordie rocker at a gig in Toronto, Canada, last night.

    What a moment.

    The former Police star and one half of Shagging (our name for his collab with Shaggy) tweeted: "Sam fender is off the scale good!

    "I was blown away last night at the horseshoe."

    Last week, Sam performed for BBC Music Introducing at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

    We wonder if they'll catch up for a pint of Newkie Brown when/if they make it home?

  4. Rosalia and The Gossip among Somerset House headliners

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    This year's run of summer shows at the venue on the banks of London's River Thames will kick off with hip hop collective, The Internet, on 11 July.

    Nao, Mercury-nominees Sons of Kemet and Jacob Banks are also on the lineup as are Damon Albarn's The Good, The Bad and The Queen.

    Sound of 2019 runner-up Rosalia will bring her modern flamenco style on 15 July (in only her second UK performance) with Beth Ditto reuniting with her former chums, The Gossip, on 21 July.

    Tickets are on sale on Friday.

  5. Metallica celebrate 20 years of S&M


    Don't worry, this isn't top shelf material...

    S&M [Symphony and Metallica] was the name of their 1999 live album, alongside the San Francisco Symphony orchestra.

    The gig, billed as S&M2 will take place on 6 September and will reunite both groups live for the first time live since the record.

    It will also act as the opening of the Chase Center; the new home of NBA side Golden State Warriors.

    The band posted the news on Instagram below:

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  6. Is Michael Jackson cancelled?


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    It's a debate that continues to rage around the world following the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary.

    With this in mind, BBC Radio 1Xtra made Jackson the subject of their latest #CutTheChat podcast and you can see what conclusions DJ Ace, Damon, Femi and Lee came to now via BBC Sounds.

    "I feel like a hypocrite," confessed Ace.

    "Because I cancelled R. Kelly [who is also accused of sexual assault] and then I haven't watched it because I'm scared I'll want to cancel Mike."

  7. Apparently cheese loves the Brie-stie Boys and Edam-inem


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    Video caption: The music beats that speed up cheese production

    Swiss scientists have discovered playing music during the cheese-making process might have an impact on how it will taste.

    Nine 10kg wheels of Emmental cheese were placed in separate wooden crates last September and played different types of music from classical, rock and techno to hip hop.

    A panel of people then decided what impact it had on flavour and smell.

    Apparently the best results came from hip hop.

  8. Panic! At The Disco singer's personal muppet is dusted off

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    The Las Vegas band have shared a new music video for uptempo new single, Dancing’s Not A Crime.

    It stars frontman Brendon Urie’s puppet alter ego, The Amazing Beebo, who first appeared in the video for Hey Look Ma, I Made It.

    Beebo has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram. Frankly, we're not sure we needed to see him on the toilet as we do in the video but there you go.

    P!ATD are playing a sold out tour of the UK later this month.

    Watch above and if it's alter-egos that you like, scroll down to find an evil cartoonish Billie Eilish.

  9. You won't like (animated) Billie Eilish when she's angry

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    The rising US star - another artist on the bill at this year's Glasto - has released a haunting new animated video for her track, You Should See Me in a Crown.

    The visuals, courtesy of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, feature a Godzilla-sized version of Billie leering over a futuristic city.

    The track is set to appear on the 17-year-old's upcoming debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

    Watch a snippet above if you dare.

  10. Loyle Carner announces long-awaited second album

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    The Brixton rapper burst on to the scene in 2017 with his glorious Mercury-nominated gospel-tinged hip hop debut, Yesterday's Gone.

    Now, he's announced the follow-up, Not Waving, But Drowning, will be with us on 19 April.

    It kicks off with a track entitled Letter to Jean, no doubt about his mum who he's brought out on stage live and has featured in several of his music videos.

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    The collab filled LP will feature the previously released tracks Ottolenghi, with Jordan Rakei, You Don't Know, alongside Rebel Kleff & Kiko Bun and latest cut, Loose Ends, alongside Jorja Smith.

    Loyle was another one of the artists announced to play Glastonbury last week.

    He was pretty pumped to be on the same poster as Janet Jackson.

    "Gassed to be back at Glastonbury this summer," he tweeted.

    "Catch me in the black panther one piece watching Janet Jackson."

  11. How The Lemon Twigs became Jackie Cohen's backing band

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    "Well, their first record, Do Hollywood, they made in my garage," explains LA-based singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen, about her association with the talented New York indie darlings, the D'Addario brothers.

    "I think Michael was like, 15. And so Brian must have been, you know, 17."

    Jackie's husband, Jonathan Rado of Californian rock duo Foxygen, produced the lads' debut album and suggested they stick around to help Jackie record her own debut EP, Tacoma Night Terror Part 1.

    "They sent Rado some demos and he knew immediately that they were going to be huge. And he said, 'Why don't you come out and we'll make a record?' And they did.

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    "I was writing my EP and after they were done recording, there was still sort of, like, energy and momentum and everyone wanted to keep working. So he said, Why don't you guys come back and be the backing band on Jackie's EP?

    "I love them, they're the most incredible musicians and I think everyone who gets in a room with them, you almost can't understand how talented kids can be until you get in a room with them and see them actually going at it."

    Jackie first cut her teeth studying musical theatre and performing backing vocals for Foxygen before branching out with her own music

    Like The Lemon Twigs - whose baroque music is hard to categorise, taking leads from all sorts of genres including rock, glam and psychedelia - Jackie sits astride many styles.

    From the Fleetwood Mac-sounding Maddy which finishes with an Afrobeat flourish (above) to the carnival-esque title track from her second EP (below).

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    How would she describe her sound?

    "I don't think I can. And I don't know if I necessarily want to.

    "I think that I write a lot of different types of songs. When I sit down and start writing, I'll just play something and it strikes me in a certain way, or I like something about it, or it makes me laugh, and I just sort of follow that path.

    "I've never really felt the need to stick to a sound or genre or whatever. I never want to box myself in, man."

    The first song Jackie wrote, the track Bold, is on her debut EP and is a reflection on the end of a relationship.

    Quote Message: Left with almost nothing left to build on / I'll send my blueprints out to you / Maybe I'll be famous in California Baby / I'll be more famous than you from Bold by Jackie Cohen
    Bold by Jackie Cohen

    "We recorded it in our apartment in New York on this little broken eight track. And that is the version that made it to the EP," she says.

    "We recorded a new version with The Lemon Twigs and it just didn't have the same feeling as the original. So we ended up keeping it.

    "Sometimes there's just a little like intangible magic in a recording. The quality and the playing on the newer version was really good. But there's just something about the original we did in the middle of the night, just on a whim, in New York City."

    Jackie's lyrics are also shot through with dark humour in songs like Ladies Man, the title of which doesn't really need much by way of explanation.

    He's always searchin' for someone to love him / Like a television actress / Or an heiressSomeone famous / Like a princess who's lived in Paris (but has really gotta say the city's lost its charm for her lately)

    Even a song like I Hate My Body, an essay on depression, has its moments.

    I stay out of the sun / And think about melanomas a ton / But my chances of developing oneAre slim to none / Due to my olive complexion.

    Her music videos too retain some black humour. The country-tinged Make U Sick was shot at her own home and shows Jackie in a less than flattering light, complete with red nose and red-lined eyes in the throes of a flu whilst singing to a former lover.

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    "I worked on that video with my friend Sam Nulman, who is a very creative writer and he works in television," she explains.

    "I came to him and told him I wanted to do a video where we were sort of playing up in a visual way the idea of, like, emotional sickness.

    "Sam can be really gross, his sense of humour can be kind of disgusting and he took my idea and brought it to a new place, which ended up being really fun for me. We had a lot of fun on that shoot."

    The video was shot at her home in California. Between the garage-base studio and the film crews, Jackie must have some understanding neighbours.

    "They were not for a long time, " she laughs, "they've sort of given up.

    "My dad came over and all by himself converted the garage into a - to the best of his abilities - soundproof studio.

    Quote Message: But it wasn't perfect. The types of things that get through are like drums, and really percussive piano playing. And so for a couple of years, we would get texts from our neighbours when we were recording stuff, like 'Dude, come on, bro, I'm trying to work, I'm trying to sleep...'
    Quote Message: And every now and then we'd get an, "I'm calling the police,' text. But they never did anything. And eventually they gave up. I can't imagine they like us very much.
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    Currently signed to Spacebomb Records an independent Virginia-based label founded by musician Matthew E White, Jackie performed several gigs last week at SXSW in Texas and is releasing her debut album Zagg in May.

    "I'm very excited about that. I made the record with the Spacebomb house band and I'm really proud of it. I mean, it's it's a really big record and I'm excited for everyone to hear it."

    The first taster is FMK, which is based on the game [EXPLETIVE], Marry or Kill.

    You know the one.

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    Jackie won't say who the song is about, maintaining there is "some artistic license taken".

    "I write lyrics based on some real part of my life, some real emotion, whether it's just a feeling of like, uncertainty, or rejection, or loneliness or something like that.

    "From that feeling, I embellish a little. It's a sort of an amalgam of all these different experiences.

    "I'll reveal reveal the secrets of my lyrics someday."

    Read Newbie Tuesday #68: Georgia is going into electro pop 'battle' at SXSW

  12. We need to Talk about Two Door Cinema Club

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    After teasing fans with a series of interactive billboards around the world, the Northern Irish band have released an arty new video for their song, Talk.

    Speaking about the track, which continues their musical evolution from indie rock into a polished pop sound, singer Alex Trimble said: “I love the pop thing.

    "I love experimenting and going to different places, I love doing things that are a little bit wonky and I love the idea of doing something we haven’t done before, why can’t we do all of those things at once?"

    Why not indeed.

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    Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac loves it equally, having made it her Hottest Record last night and you'll no doubt be able to catch them perform live at this year's Glasto.

    As far we know they haven't yet declared themselves to be headliners, but there's still time (sorry Janet).

  13. Queen: Bo Rhap editor admits some of the film's editing is bad

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    The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won four Oscars including best editing.

    Some people joked online that the film should have won the award for "most editing" - citing one fast-moving scene in particular (below), which shows the moment the band meet manager John Reid for the first time.

    The Oscar-winning man responsible, editor John Ottman, has now told the Washington Post: "Whenever I see it, I want to put a bag over my head.

    "Because that's not my aesthetic. If there's ever an extended version of the film where I can put a couple scenes back, I will recut that scene!"

    The film changed directors mid-way through after Bryan Singer was sacked due to "unreliable behaviour".

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    Ottman also spoke about the epic Live Aid sequence at the end of the film, which he had to cut from 25 to 13 minutes.

    "No matter how good the film was up to that point," he revealed, "if Live Aid didn't work, the entire film would collapse and be a downer.

    "It had to feel emotionally exhausting, in a good way. It couldn't feel like it was being cut down."

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  14. Ozzy Osbourne pays tribute to 'gentle soul' Bernie Tormé

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    Ozzy has been leading tributes to his former guitarist Bernie Tormé, who died on Sunday, aged 66.

    He described the Irish musician, who also played with former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan’s band, Gillan, as "a gentle soul with a heart of gold," adding "He will be dearly missed."

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    A statement from Tormé's family said he had "passed away peacefully on the 17 March 2019, one day short of his 67th birthday, surrounded by his family."

    It was confirmed via Tormé's own Twitter account last month, that he was extremely ill and in intensive care with pneumonia.

    He was apparently owed nearly £16,000 by direct-to-fan marketplace PledgeMusic which has been struggling to pay artists.

    The guitarist joined the Prince of Darkness' band in 1982 band following the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads.

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  15. Fleetwood Mac confirm reason for Lyndsey Buckingham departure



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    In news that will surprise absolutely no-one, The Mac have confirmed singer/guitarist Lyndsey Buckingham (above right) was indeed invited to leave the band last year after reigniting his feud with Stevie Nicks (above left).

    Buckingham himself said as much to the press last year but now drummer Mick Fleetwood has been telling music mag Mojo that Buckingham was given his P45 after Nicks refused to share the stage with her ex-flame again.

    Fleetwood said: “Support really could not be given to ask the situation to continue. It was too challenging.

    Quote Message: The truth is, call it what you want, a parting of company took place and it had to take place and it was supported by the remaining band members around something that, for sure, was a major problem to two people - Lindsey and Stevie.

    Fleetwood Mac replaced Buckingham in their live shows with Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and with Crowded House's Neil Finn.

    Buckingham told CBS in December he had settled his lawsuit with the band for missing earnings and was "happy enough with it."

  16. Nicki Minaj praises 'resilient' Manchester at Arena gig

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    The rapper - whose European tour has been beset with technical issues - performed on stage at Manchester Arena on Monday night and took time to mention the victims of the 2017 bombing and their families.

    In footage captured by fans and posted to Twitter (below), Minaj, said: “Put your light in the sky for everybody we lost.

    “God bless the families of everyone who survived and God bless Manchester for being resilient and not bowing down to fear. For being strong no matter what.”

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  17. Hans Zimmer will score new Dune movie adaptation

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    The German Oscar-winning composer who provided the soundtrack to the BBC's Blue Planet II is to score the new adaptation of the iconic sci-fi film Dune.

    Production is underway on the movie, directed by Blade Runner 2049's Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides; a young man who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

    Zimmer also composed the score for Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel.

    British musician Sting (pictured below on set) starred in a critically-mauled 1984 adaption of the Frank Herbert novel, directed by David Lynch.

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  18. Jack White praises 'unique innovator' Dick Dale

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    The White Stripes frontman - no slouch on the guitar himself - has paid tribute to the surf rock innovator who died at the weekend.

    Writing on Instagram, Jack said he "spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song “Nitro” whenever I can".

    He said that, while he never had the pleasure of meeting Dick, personally: "I can remember travelling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen."

    Jack, who is planning to release a new album with his band The Raconteurs this year, called Dale: "A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles.

    "That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special."

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  19. Nobody puts Janet in the corner... of the Glasto poster

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    For many Janet fans, she will be the highlight of the Worthy Farm event this June.

    However, officially top of the bill will be Stormzy, The Cure and The Killers, with Kylie Minogue in the Sunday aftenoon 'legends slot'.

    That hasn't stopped JJ's official Twitter account from uploading this slightly doctored festival poster:

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    She must have been getting Photoshopping lessons from Yorkshire indie band The Sherlocks, who admitted cheekily doctoring last year's Y Not line-up poster so they appeared higher than The Amazons.

    Here's what the official Glasto poster looks like below.

    Spot the difference?

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  20. Grime music is being 'stifled', MPs say


    Grime music faces significant challenges because of discrimination against urban acts, MPs have said.

    Despite the success of Stormzy, Dave and Skepta, it is often difficult for grime acts to play live, they said.

    Licensing authorities and police have been known to cancel gigs at short notice, affecting musicians' ability to gain a following.

    "Prejudices against grime artists risks stifling one of the UK's most exciting musical exports," MPs said in a report.

    "I had a venue cancel on me on the day that I was meant to go there," said south London rapper Shaodow (pictured above).

    "I was booked for a performance in a club and called them ahead of time to say, 'I am on my way', and they said, 'Oh, by the way, we were just listening to your music. You make hip-hop'.

    "I said, 'Yes', and he said, 'Oh, we cannot do that here, we will lose our licence'."

    The extensive report into the UK's live music scene was published by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, made up of 11 MPs from the Conservatives, Labour and the SNP.

    The review also looked into touting and took the unusual step of warning consumers to avoid ticket resale site Viagogo.

    MPs said the site used "misleading sales practices" which had "caused distress to too many music fans for too long".

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