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  1. Until tomorrow...

    We're off now but we hope you have enjoyed today's mix of Noel and textbook Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran and his record-breaking comeback and Emma Watson stretching her vocal cords.

    Plus a review of David Bowie's 70th b'day bash tribute concert.  Don't forget to lie back on your bed and enjoy Hunky Dory in full on 6 Music tonight from 23:00 GMT.

    We'll be back on Tuesday with more Music News LIVE.

    In the meantime, speaking of birthdays a happy 29th to Paisley's coolest man, Paolo Nutini (oh and Jimmy Page too - he's a little older though).

    Everybody scream!

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  2. Sir Elton John needs your help...

    Elton John and Bernie Taupin

    ...providing you can make top quality music videos that is.  If not, nothing to see here.

    To mark Sir Elton's 50th anniversary of his song-writing partnership with Bernie Taupin, the pair are giving budding filmmakers the chance to make videos for their as-yet-video-less classic hits Rocket Man, Tiny Dancer and Bennie and the Jets.

    The winner of The Cut will be given "everything you need" to make bring a creative vision to life, but as creativity doesn't put bread on the table there's also $10,000 up for grabs too to help support "future endeavours".

    It's open now and you have until Monday 23 Jan.

  3. Classic rock magazines saved in new business deal

    The Daily Telegraph


    Magazine titles including Classic Rock, Prog and Metal Hammer have been saved after their publisher went into administration last month.

    The magazines' former owners Future Publishing has bought back the titles, along with the Golden Gods Awards and the Classic Rock Awards.

    Future sold the titles to Team Rock in 2013 for £10.2m and has now bought them back for a bargain £800,000.  

    Team Rock went into administration in December, putting 70 staff out of work.

    Future has not yet confirmed how many of the magazines' staff will keep their jobs.

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  4. Fabric nightclub re-opens to clubbers

    BBC Newsbeat

    Fabric nightclub

    Back and tougher than ever, the world-famous Fabric nightclub reopened its doors to clubbers over the weekend after months of closure.

    Tougher security measures at the London venue, including a zero tolerance drugs policy and no admission for under 19s are part of new licensing conditions.

    The above sign outside asked people to "respect our zero policy to drugs", adding that "Anyone found with illegal drugs will be banned from the venue and reported to the police."

    But those who did get in were apparently thrilled, with 27-year-old Ricky Payne, who was there for the re-opening telling Newsbeat it was "brilliant" the club was back.

    "Where else do we have to go? It is the best club in the world - an institution."

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  5. Liam Gallagher has his inevitable say on Noel's tour with U2

    Noel and Liam Gallagher

    They say that in life there are two certainties - death and taxes.

    Well, in the age of social media, we add a third. Whenever Noel Gallagher is mentioned in a news story, brother Liam will have his say sooner or later.

    Earlier, we told you about Noel's High Flying Birds touring with U2 in the summer (scroll down).

    Now Liam has shared his thoughts on how Noel got the gig.  And they ain't pretty.

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  6. Jonny Greenwood to play There Will Be Blood live on stage

    Jonny Greenwood

    Radiohead band member and composer Jonny Greenwood has confirmed that he will be appearing on stage with a live orchestra to play his highly acclaimed score to the 2007 film There Will be Blood.

    Greewood was nominated for a Grammy for the score.

    The Oscar-winning film - directed by Paul Thomas Anderson -  starred Daniel Day Lewis as morally corrupt oil magnate Daniel Plainview. 

    Greenwoof has since written scores for We Need to Talk About Kevin, and The Master and Inherent Vice - both for Anderson.

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  7. Thousands gather for Bowie's 70th birthday celebration in London

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

    Celebrating David Bowie with Gary Oldman and friends.

    On the face of it, there are all the hallmarks of a normal 70th birthday bash here.

    Four generations, coming back to where it all began to drink, be merry and sing classic songs from the last six decades.

    Just one major difference tonight: The birthday boy is not actually here.  Well, not in body anyway but definitely in spirit.

    Thousands of David Bowie fans young and old (and everything in between) braved the London Tube strike on Sunday to make the pilgrimage to his hometown Brixton, first to see the painted mural tribute over the road from the station and then on to the Academy for an evening of musical celebration on what would have been his 70th birthday...almost a year on from his shock death.

    David Bowie
    David Bowie mural in Brixton

    ‘Celebrating David Bowie With Gary Oldman And Friends’ saw the main man's many various old bandmates and friends join with special guests to produce an incredible greatest hits set that would've brought Bowie himself "a big smile".

    That's according to former keyboardist Mike Garson who, unlike the 6 Music listeners, said his favourite record was Aladdin Sane, as he "really let me go crazy on the piano on that one".  He did so again all evening, as did Earl Slick on guitar, who, for the record, prefers the "experimental" Station to Station.

    ‘Celebrating David Bowie With Gary Oldman And Friends’
    Celebrating Bowie with Gary Oldman and friends
    Celebrating David Bowie with Gary Oldman

    On a night of many various vocal tributes, Dave's old friend Gary Oldman opens up proceedings with a rendition of Dead Man Walking from his 1997 album Earthling, but things really get going when Bernard Fowler strides out like a real Rebel Rebel.

    Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno belts out a powerful Five Years; the track that launched Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars into orbit, before Bowie lookalike La Roux gets her groove on for Golden Years and then Keane singer Tom Chaplin contemplates Life on Mars - possibly for the first time.

    Def Lepard front man Joe Elliot, backed by the London Community Gospel Choir, treats us to a roaring version of All The Young Dudes, which Bowie the magnanimous gifted to Mott The Hoople.

    Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley appears for a crack at Changes before Angelo Moore treats us to a classic dream double of Ziggy Stardust and Mooonage Daydream.

    An emotional evening ends with a rousing Heroes from Fowler, who declares the evening "a celebration of life".  In that vain, he returns for an encore with The Jean Genie...oh and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran fame, who simply says Let's Dance.  Most of us agree this is what Dave would've wanted.

    Celebrating Bowie with Gary Oldman and friends
    Celebrating Bowie with Gary Oldman and friends

    The finale arrives with Under Pressure, as sang by Joe Sumner and Catherine Russell.  

    No room for Modern Love sadly or Absolute Beginners, but selecting such a mammoth set-list must have been an absolute nightmare even for the experts, like tonight's music director Scrote (whose favourite Bowie record is Heroes by the way).  Try picking Bowie's best era, let alone album or song.

    "David was a true artist who never sat down to write a 'hit record'," says guitarist Slick.

    "He was for real.  He had something special, that got to people on a deep level.

    "He would've thought this was ridiculous that we are doing this.  In a funny way!"

    Ultimately there was no Lazarus style resurrection from the birthday boy himself, which while it would have certainly shocked, given his many previous re-incarnations would not have surprised.

    As his son Duncan Jones says below, 'Happy Birthday' David. We're sorry you missed it.

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  8. Let It Shine ratings beat The Voice UK

    Gary Barlow and Tom Jones

    Gary Barlow 1 Tom Jones 0

    BBC One's new show Let It Shine has narrowly beaten ITV's The Voice UK in Saturday night's ratings battle, 

    Barlow's vocal talent competition attracted an average of 6.3 million viewers while Sir Tom's vocal talent competition drew an average of 5.9 million. 

    Let It Shine aims to find cast members for a new Take That musical.

    The Voice UK saw the return of Sir Tom, who was dropped by the BBC from its version of the show in 2015.

    Judging by Barlow's tweet below, no-one should take the ratings battle too seriously...

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  9. Mariah is still fuming over her NY debacle

    To be honest, we kind of thought that this might have faded away like most people's hangovers a day or two after New Year's Eve.

    However, Mariah has taken to social media (where else?) to record a new message in which she again lays the blame for her disastrous televised performance at the feet of the production company.

    In this tape she accuses Dick Clark Productions of "foiling" her appearance, even adding #thefoilers - which to us sounds a little like the name of a folk rock band.

    Dick Clark Productions have previously denied any wrongdoing.

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  10. Hollywood foreign press goes La La for new musical

    Ryan Gosling in La La Land

    The Hollywood musical La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling as a struggling jazz musician, has broken the record for the most Golden Globe Awards, winning seven prizes.

    It won every award it was nominated for - including best musical or comedy film, best director, screenplay, score and song.

    Gosling and co-star Emma Stone also won in the acting categories.

    And in the second part of our 'movie stars singing' special today (scroll down for Emma Watson), you can also check out Gosling's tonsil trembles in the clip below.

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    The film also won the Globes for Orignal score and best song, for the one above.

    Here is the film's musical director Marius De Vries from Front Row talking about the soundtrack.

  11. David Bowie: Hunky Dory named 6 Music listeners best album

    Hunky Dory

    David Bowie would have been 70 years old yesterday and to mark that fact, almost exactly one year on from his death, 6 Music asked listeners to select their favourite album from the great man...

    ...and the results are in.

    As you may have already surmised from our opening post and picture, his classic 1971 record Hunky Dory came out on top and will now be played out in full on Gideon Coe's show tonight from 23:00 GMT.

    We wonder did most of you know your favourite Bowie record right away?  Or did you ch-ch-ch-ch-change your mind a few times along the way.

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  12. Tributes paid to 1960s ear-worm creator Peter Sarstedt

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    Video caption: Peter Sarstedt's most famous song

    Tributes have been paid to singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt, best known for the song Where Do You Go To (My Lovely), who has died at the age of 75.

    The song topped the UK singles charts in February 1969 and remained number one for four weeks.

    It also won the Ivor Novello award for best song composition.

    Indian-born Sarstedt died after a six-year battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a family statement said.

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  13. Arrests made over Kim Kardashian West robbery

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West

    Sixteen people have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of Kanye West's wife Kim Kardashian West in Paris in October.

    The American reality TV star was robbed at gunpoint in her luxury apartment by at least two men dressed as police officers.

    They escaped with an estimated €10m (£8.7m; $10.5m) in jewellery.

    Kanye was in concert in New York at the time and cut the show short after hearing the news.

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    Video caption: Kanye West halts concert in New York

    The men were detained in early morning raids in the Paris region, Normandy and the French Riviera following three months of investigations.

    After a self-imposed social media silence, Kim has recently started posting pictures again as she gets back to focusing on her family life.

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  14. Hear Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast

    The first trailer for the live action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast basically broke YouTube and now, we can hear Harry Potter actress sing in the central role of Belle.

    She's no Paige O'Hara, who voiced the original Belle in the 1991 animation but she can certainly hold the melody.

    It's really just a shame about Ewan McGregor's comedy French impersonation about halfway through.

    Mon dieu.

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  15. Noel Gallagher to support U2 on summer stadium tour of Joshua Tree

    Noel Gallagher

    Take four of music's most famous Irish men (no, not Boyzone), add showbiz's biggest Irish Mancunian and what have you got?  "The greatest show on earth" apparently.

    We'll find out this summer for sure as Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds open up for U2 at a string of massive stadium gigs across Europe, beginning at Twickenham on 8 July and ending in Brussels on 1 August, taking in a homecoming pilgrimage to Croke Park, Dublin on 22 July.

    Bono, The Edge et al will also bring their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree to life once more in Berlin, Barcelona and Rome as well as Paris and Amsterdam.  

    In his usual humble manner, the former Oasis 'chief' said:

    Quote Message: It will be both a pleasure and an honour to play my part in what still remains the greatest show on earth."
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    Noel comes from a big Irish family and has played with U2 before, as well as running out at Croke Park before if the below tweet is correct. Is that Noel? It sure looks like him...

    Either way, we're sure it will be great craic all round.

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  16. Ed Sheeran: Record breaker

    It's been a pretty full on few days for Suffolk-bred troubadour Ed Sheeran.

    After premiering his two new singles on Radio 1's breakfast show on Friday the singer is on course to set a new UK chart record, with both songs looking set to land at numbers one and two.

    Shape Of You is currently leading with more than 83,000 chart sales within the first 48 hours of release, while Castle On The Hill (which got him a telling off from Suffolk police for its speed limit busting lyrics) trails safely behind.

    Both tracks are outstripping the rest of the Top 10 combined.

    On top of that, Ed has broken Spotify's day 1 streaming record with both songs reaching a combined 13 million global streams in the first 24 hours.

    The previous record holders were One Direction.

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  17. Oh! You Pretty Things...

    David Bowie in 1971

    Please forgive us for a late start this morning, we have lots for you in return today.

    Ed Sheeran looks like he will dominate 2017 if his chart stats are anything to go by, he's smashed some streaming records and looks like setting a UK chart record.

    6 Music listeners have picked their favourite David Bowie album, Gary Barlow edges out and Sir Tom Jones in the battle of weekend telly plus a musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone  has swept the board at the Golden Globes.

    Lets get cracking...