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Do and must come to an end.

And so we must go but scroll down for some new music and videos from the likes of Taylor Swift and Morcheeba, plus Eminem baits the NRA, Bono is sorry over bullying claims against his charity, reviews of James Bay's twinkly SNL debut and a Bey Z (pictured above) - or should that be J-eyonce - tour announcement.

We'll be back with more of the biggest news in music tomorrow, so join us again then.

Be good.

Rage Against the Machine rage against Nigel Farage over podcast name

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Now don't do what Nige told yah!

The former UKIP leader now has a new platform to vent his spleen now in the form of a new LBC podcast called... Farage Against the Machine.

See what he's done there?

The LA rockers had responded with some rather sharp words for the "failed right-wing politician."

They tweeted (please rest assured that the words in square brackets have replaced slightly stronger ones) :

This [guy] IS the machine – peddling the sort of inane, blame-heavy [stuff] that the guys in RATM have been raging against since day one.

Morcheeba return after half a decade

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Their Big Calm album soundtracked a thousand student house shares in the late 90s and now the electronic trip-hoppers are back with a new album and singe in the shape of Never Undo (which you can hear above).

“We brought back a lot of the influences of early Morcheeba records - from ‘50s blues, ‘60s psychedelic rock and ‘70s dub reggae to ‘80s electro and ‘90s hip hop," said producer Ross Godfrey.

Two years ago, Ross and singer Skye Edwards formed another group, the somewhat unimaginative Skye Ross, following the departure of his brother Paul.

Paul remains absent from the new Mocheeba line-up.

Blaze Away is out on 1 June.

J Hus: I don't want to go back to prison

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After fellow grime star Skepta cut a fine figure alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, another of "British music's new power generation" J Hus is now a GQ cover star too.

The men's quarterly mag describe J as "British Grime's new king-in-waiting" and aside from rocking a white linen suit and a some cowboy double denim, the rapper told the publication about how a stint in prison in 2016 helped to inform his music.

"I don’t want to go back there again," he said.

But I learned how much I love doing music. Before that experience, I had a negative mind-set. Through meeting other people inside, it helped me to understand that I needed to have a much better one.

I spent my whole time in there planning. I knew when I came out I wanted to make music that meant something, that lifted the spirit.

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Saudi's bootleg music shops

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With Record Store Day just around the corner, here is a timely read from BBC Culture about the secret music shops of Jeddah during the 1980s.

The strict country's position on music may be softening slightly, rapper Nelly played a gig (to a men-only audience) last last year.

But for many people, it's a pleasure which still must be enjoyed behind closed doors.

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Noel Gallagher performs for Jimmy Kimmel

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NG and his new-look HFB's stopped off on their American tour this weekend to perform two tracks from latest album Who Built the Moon? for the US TV chat show.

Check out the French psych pop-inspired Holy Mountain above with flute solo and everything.

While Noel is flying the flag for 'cosmic pop' in North America his bro is getting ready to deliver some straight up rock 'n' roll action in South America.

We think this loosely translates as; "more crazy than a goat with chicks as you were LG x"

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Bey and Jay are back on the run

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There were rumours last week after a social media leak but now it's official.

Beyonce has just posted an Instagram video of her and her rapper hubby entitled OTR2, referencing their previous On The Run joint tour from 2014.

The video shows images of the pair performing, as Marca Aitken's I'm Still in Love With You Boy plays in the background.

Both of their last albums detailed problems within their relationship quite public.

We're confident that Blue Ivy can handle things back at the Carter family home though, after her Grammys showing.

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Album artist Gary Burden dies aged 84

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The Grammy-winning artist designed some of the most iconic album covers of the 20th Century, working with the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

His work includes Joni's Blue album, Morrison's Hotel and After The Gold Rush.

Young wrote a tribute to Burden, calling him: "My friend for life.

"Gary," he continued, "was my art director, creating album covers with me for almost 50 years.

"I still have some covers for unreleased albums that we made together. They are coming. We probably made 40 covers. I lost count."

The Eagles bassist Timothy Schmidt said Gary "will be missed".

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Watch intense new Nick Cave film trailer

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Distant Sky sees the maverick Aussie perform tracks from his latest album Skeleton Tree, alongside his trusted Bad Seeds at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena in October 2017.

The album was Cave's first following the tragic death of his 15-year-old son Arthur and the tour was therefore understandably emotionally-charged.

The film will be shown in cinemas around the world on 12 April but you can check out the trailer above.

The UK leg of the tour culmintated in September in memorable fashion when the singer unwittingly bumped into Primal Scream man Bobby Gillespie in the crowd and allowed him to sing the final words of the night.

Find tickets at his website.

Why you won't see Martin Freeman at a gig near you

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Martin Freeman spoke to Craig Charles about the new Jazz compilation he's curated

The actor has curated a new jazz album to mark the 30th anniversary of the Acid Jazz label, founded by 6 Music's Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller.

He's proved his muso credentials many times before and has even starred in a video by one of his idols, Paul Weller.

But if you're hoping to catch a sighting of The Office star at venue, you're probably out of luck as he explains to Craig Charles in the clip above.

"I'm not a very tall man, it's easy for me not to see the act."

Listen to the full show and listen below to Kamasi Washington - one of Martin's picks for the new album.

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Teenager's Beatles pictures expected to make £250,000 at auction

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The shots were taken in 1964 during their first trip to the US, by then-18 year old Mike Mitchell.

The teenage photographer who was working for two US publications - had access to the band's arrival at Union Station in Washington DC, a press conference and their show at the Coliseum.

He shot them again Baltimore later that year and now his entire archive of pictures is being auctioned in Merseyside at the end of the month.

Some of the images were exhibited in 2011 but many have never been seen before.

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Here are a few more from his archive.

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Katy Perry lawsuit: Nun involved in property row 'dies in court'

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A nun embroiled in a long-running property dispute with singer Katy Perry collapsed and died during a court hearing on Friday, US media report.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman was 89.

She was one of two nuns locked in a legal battle with the pop star and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over her purchase of a former convent in the city.

Katy had agreed to buy the property for $14.5m (£10.4m) in 2015, but the deal turned sour when the former residents objected.

Sister Catherine Rose and Sister Rita Callanan said they were uncomfortable handing the convent and its eight surrounding acres over to the star.

She had reportedly visited the nuns to win them over, and is said to have shown them her tattoo of Jesus and sung a hymn for them. But the pair remained unconvinced.

"I found her videos," Sister Rita Callanan told the Los Angeles Times."I wasn't happy with any of it."

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James Bay makes Saturday Night Live debut

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Newly bequiffed singer-songwriter James Bay made his debut performance on SNL in the US on Saturday night.

Dressed in a sparkling pink shirt, he plays two song songs - the Strokes-lite Pink Lemonade and 80s soul groove of Wild Love.

In its review, EW reported: "I’m sure James Bay has some great charts: His pink sparkly shirt and groovy performance of Pink Lemonade looked like a lot of fun.

"But the SNL sound team did him a major disservice making both his performances seem muted. Literally. It was difficult to hear a lot of his performance, and the sound seemed off throughout, making it difficult to truly get a grasp of his work."

AV Club added James played "a pair of nondescript, performatively posturing songs, looking and sounding like nothing so much as someone who opened for Kenny Loggins in the early 80s."

While Culturess decided: "If you took Mick Jagger and you let him have a kid with Harry Styles, it would be James Bay.

He decided to wear another fancy jacket that we should all want to purchase, and his music just seems like you’d hear it in a movie when two people are falling in love.

On social media, the response was just as mixed (below).

He recently told our music reporter about his change of direction: "I'm not really interested in standing still. I'm only interested in moving forward."

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Comic and singer Sir Ken Dodd dies aged 90

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The Liverpool funny man was known for his one liners and epic live performances but also enjoyed chart success.

As BBC Radio 5 live point out above, his track Tears was the number three best selling single of the 60s, with only fellow Merseysiders The Beatles selling more.

Sir Ken had recently been released from hospital after six weeks of treatment for a chest infection.

On Friday, he had married Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their house, the same one he grew up in, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash.

"To my mind, he was one of the last music hall greats," his publicist Robert Holmes said.

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He certainly brought great Happiness to many...

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Sir Elton John pays tribute to the NME

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Friday's edition - featuring Stefflon Don - was the final ever printed issue of the NME.

While the music mag will continue online, for many it marked the end of an era.

Sir Elton John has been reflecting on the end of his favourite childhood magazine and how an advert in the publication helped him to meet songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

"It changed my life forever" he wrote.

Music journalist Charles Shaar Murray worked at the NME between 1972 and 1986.

SXSW: BBC Music return to Austin with the British Music Embassy

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South-by-Southwest kicks off in Nashville this week.

The music festival allows new bands and artists to showcase their talents in front of industry execs and fans alike in Texas.

BBC Music will be helping to shine a light on some of the best new British talent, by returning for a five-night stint at the 'British Music Embassy'.

The line up this year includes emerging artists such as Nilüfer Yanya, Touts and London-based Superorganism (above), as well as more established acts such as Gaz Coombes and Frank Turner.

Check out the full lineup.

You can keep up with all the action all week via Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music and Radio 1Xtra.

But can you separate the real SXSW band names from the ones generated by AI? (It would be embarrasing to get that one wrong...)

Take the quiz.

Eminem attacks NRA at iHeart Radio Awards

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While many used it to plug their records Em took his time in the spotlight at the annual awards ceremony hosted in Inglewood, California last night to highlight the problem of gun control and blamed the National Rifles Association for being "responsible for this whole production".

The rapper's comments come after the National Rifle Association (NRA) began suing the state of Florida for passing a gun control law in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 people dead.

While performing his track Nowhere Fast, with Kehlani, Marshall opened with a special extra verse and the aim was quite clear.

“This whole country is going nuts / And the NRA is in our way / They’re responsible for this whole production/ They hold the strings, they control the puppet.”

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Elsewhere, rapper Cardi B thanked the haters for helping to make her best new artist while confirming her debut album will arrive in April.

Watch her typically excitable speech above and look out for another showbiz 'singer' in the audience mouthing the words; "I love her".

Best male and best song (Shape of You) went to Ed Sheeran while his BFF Taylor Swift was named best female.

But despite all the big names in the house perhaps the star of the show was DJ Khaled's son Asahd.

DJK was busy bigging up Rihanna for her efforts on their best hip hop song of the year - for Wild Thoughts - when his son crept up behind him on stage... with a little help from Diddy.

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He too then declared that his album, titled Father of Asahd, would be out this year and plugged his latest single Top Off, with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Future.

We can't help but feel that UK artists could learn a thing or two about the shameless plug.

Check out a master class in self promotion above.

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A special mention too but go to Ariana Grande's pet dog Toulouse, who fended off stiff competition from the likes of Demi Lavato's dog Batman and Katy Perry's furry friend Nugget to win the award for cutest musician's pet.

Like Asahd before him, Toulouse seemed to take it all in his stride (above).

For those of you not yet familiar with his work, here's Ariana introducing the "humble" dog to Jimmy Fallon back in 2016.

Let's just hope he stays humble.

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Bono apologises after One charity hit by bullying allegations

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U2 singer Bono has apologised after claims of bullying and abuse emerged at One, the charity he co-founded.

Among the allegations are that one female worker was demoted after refusing to "become intimate" with a foreign government official.

The woman's manager reportedly made "sexist and suggestive comments" about her to the official.

Bono told the Mail on Sunday newspaper:

We are all deeply sorry. I hate bullying, can't stand it.

The newspaper said the charity publicly admitted the issues hours after it had sent a long list of allegations at the end of an investigation, in order to allow One to comment.

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Rihanna crosses Apple Music's two BILLION streaming mark

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The Barbadian singer set a timely new Apple Music streaming record on International Women’s Day (Thursday).

Riri's two billion worldwide streams - the first female artist to achieve this - makes her more stream-able than Taylor, Beyonce and Adele.

Check out Apple's top ten below.

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'Dehydrated' country star Tim McGraw collapses on stage

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The singer was performing with his wife - singer Faith Hill - at a show in Ireland on Sunday night when he became unwell.

McGraw, 50, has finished two songs when he sat down and then, after attempting to stand up dropped to his knees and had to be helped off.

Reporter Del Crookes was there and tweeted that Faith took to the stage and explained her husband was "severely dehydrated".

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Taylor Swift is feeling Delicate in new music video

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I think we all feel the same way first thing on a Monday morning Taylor, you're not alone.

An apparently invisible Taylor cuts loose and dances around hotel rooms, in the subway and does the the splits on top of a car in the rain in her fourth video from #1 album Reputation

Check it out above.

You can hear her sing the track live this summer in the UK on tour, with support coming from the likes of Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.

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Morning all you mother lovers

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Hello again and welcome back to your bespoke music news service to help you through the working week.

Today on the show we'll have a new video from Taylor Swift, Bono apologizes over a charity bullying allegation and a nun dies during a Katy Perry court hearing.

Plus Ed Sheeran is among the winners at the iHeart Radio music awards, country star Tim McGraw is recovering after collapsing on stage in Dublin and Rihanna sets a new streaming record .

While we get up and running, check out young Cheryl's pictorial Mother's Day tribute to her mam above and 'amazing mummy' Posh Spice with her gang below.

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