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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. This mortal coil

    Another day of music news have taken it's toll and alas we must go now and lie down in a darkened, snow-free room.

    Scroll down for news of Demi Lovato's kind gesture and some fine poetry from Lorde's sister... must run in the family.

    Plus more on Robbie Williams, the Spice Girls, Shakira and The Great Escape festival.

    We'll leave you with a live 6 Music session from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, whose new album Sex & Food, will be released in April.

    Until we meet again (tomorrow).

  2. Thom Yorke: Not fit for office

    Thom Yorke

    Either Thom Yorke is letting us all know that he's not well enough to get himself to Radiohead band practice today...

    ...Or he's questioning the ability of some world leader or other to do their job.

    We'll let you decide - but there is something going around.

    He'll be hoping that his pal Johnny Greenwood is fit for the award for best original score at this Sunday's Oscars, for his work on Phantom Thread.

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  3. 2018 will see the return of Ladytron

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    The Scouse electromongers have announced a crowdfunding project and have even shared a snippet of new music.

    The website says they have "chosen [this route] as a way to record a new album with the direct participation of their audience."

    Its their first since 2011's Gravity The Seducer.

    Here's a reminder of their previous music

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  4. What happens next?

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    It used to be everybody's favourite round of Question of Sport and BBC Music have taken it to the next level.

    Test you knowledge and see if you can guess what happens next in each of these music videos.

    Its harder than you think.

    Watch the one above and you'll get at least one right...

  5. The Great Escape announces some familiar names

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    BBC Sound of graduates Superorganism (scroll down for more from them), Tom Grennan and Nilunfer Yanya have been named among a raft of new bands to play at the festival in Brighton in May.

    Tom Walker and Goat Girl join the bill too for the event which, like SXSW in the US or Eurosonic in well... Europe, shines a light on some of the best new bands and acts around.

    This year, sees the seaside town open three new venues alongside The Beach; a new 2,000 capacity space.

    Buckets and spades at the ready - and hopefully not to carry snow.

  6. Little Simz praises Gorillaz for her Brits recognition


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    The London rapper was invited to join a slightly sozzled sounding Damon Albarn and co on stage to share in the limelight as they picked up their award for Best British group at this month's awards.

    Which means she'll have had a great view of Damon's slurred and thinly-veiled Brexit lecture (below)

    The 24-year-old appears on the track Garage Palace, which features on the boxset edition of the animated band's last album Humanz, and was chuffed to be a part of it.

    "They didn't have to do that," she told Radio 1Xtra's DJ Target (above).

    "But it was like they've allowed me to share those moments with them of which I'm always grateful."

    Well deserved we'd say. Sadly, Simzy raps herself out of Music News LIVE with one big swear word on her Gorillaz track but you're all grown ups and you can find it for yourselves.

    Listen to the full interview tonight from 19:00 GMT.

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  7. Gomez: Our debut album is like a 'spotty, awkward teenager'

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    Video caption: Gomez reflect on 20th anniversary re-release of Mercury Prize-winning debut album

    The Southport band are due to release a 20th anniversary of their debut album Bring It On, which won the Mercury Prize in 1998.

    At the time of release, the NME said of the album: "No-one can believe that these dorks posing as Gomez actually made it.

    "Because, believe it or not, this is one of the most assured, poised, hilarious, out-there, plain don't-give-a-**** enjoyable debut albums in living memory."

    Speaking to 6 Music, Tom from the band said: "It makes you feel old, it reminds you of your mortality - like looking at an old photo of youself.

    "On one level, its' lovely but on others it's really embarrassing."

    Listen above and check out the stone-cold classic Whippin' Piccadilly below.

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  8. Lorde bigs up her little sister's poetry book


    She's a world conquering pop star but that doesn't mean that Lorde is above giving her younger sister a leg up in her career.

    India Yelich has released a tome of her own poetry which Lorde has brought to the attention of her 7.5m Twitter followers.

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    You can read some of the 19-year-old's musings below.

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  9. Miss Piggy on the 'electricity' between her and Dave Grohl

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    Video caption: The Muppets tell Matt Everitt about their relationship with Dave Grohl and Debbie Harry

    The legendary kids' TV characters are all revving up for their first ever European and UK tour.

    Kermit, Miss Piggy and co will play two dates at London's O2 Arena on 13/14 July, as part of the musical and comedic extravaganza.

    Matt Everitt of 6 Music interviewed the famous furry friends earlier and recalled Dave Grohl's epic drum off with Animal in the Muppets Movie, as well as their collab with Blondie singer Debbie Harry.

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    Miss Piggy said of the Foo Fighter: "He's a wonderful musician. I love him as a person. I love him a man...he's hot.

    "There's electricity between moi and nearly every male co-star I've ever had."

    Listen above but be warned; it's pretty steamy stuff.

    Miss P apparently confirmed on Channel 4's The Last Leg on Friday that her and Kermit are no longer an item and that she is single and ready to mingle.

    Dave, however, is a married man.

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    Image caption: Dave Grohl: 'Have you seen a little green guy? About yay big?'
  10. Charlie Watts: 'It wouldn't bother me if Rolling Stones split'

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    Image caption: Charlie Watts (second from left) and his band of merry men

    The big story on Monday was the return of The Rolling Stones to the UK touring circuit for the first time in 12 years.

    They'll play a series of huge gigs in Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London this summer as part of the final leg of their No Filter tour.

    We were all pretty excited about that news.

    Stones drummer Charlie Watts however could take it or leave it, it seems.

    Charlie told The Guardian; “I love playing the drums and I love playing with Mick and Keith and Ronnie, I don’t know about the rest of it."

    “It wouldn’t bother me if the Rolling Stones said 'that’s it... enough'.”

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    Image caption: Bowie 'not a genius'

    It seems sentimentality just isn't for Charlie as he went on to add to that, while it was sad, David Bowie's death in 2016 had not quite moved him in the same manner as many music fans.

    “I thought people would have been very sad obviously, and he was a lovely guy and he wrote a couple of good songs.

    "But for me, he wasn’t this musical genius.”

    As for the future? Well, the now clean living 76-year-old is just taking it one gig at a time.

    “For me, I would like to be standing on Sunday 8 July at the end of the show in Warsaw. That’s as far as I can see.

    Quote Message: We are getting to that elderly period... When you’re 40 and you’ve got a hangover you get up and have another drink and you’re off again. I don’t think we could do it nowadays ... at this age.

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  11. Egyptian music star jailed for 'spreading false news' about the Nile

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    Egyptian music star Sherine Abdel Wahab has been sentenced to six months in prison for questioning whether it is safe to drink water from the River Nile.

    Sherine, one of the country's most famous singers - and a judge on the Arabic version of The Voice TV show - told a fan it might give them parasites.

    "Drink Evian instead," she joked.

    Sherine was convicted by a court in Cairo of spreading false news and ordered to pay 5,000 Egyptian pounds (£204) as bail, in addition to a fine of 10,000 pounds.

    Another singer, Laila Amer, has also been sentenced to two years in prison because of a music video.

    Amer was found guilty of "inciting debauchery and immorality".

    The director and another actor were sentenced to shorter terms.

    In December, singer Shaimaa Ahmed was also jailed for two years for appearing in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana.

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  12. Demi Lovato brings Florida shooting survivors on stage

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    The US singer paid tribute to the students by bringing them up on stage during the first gig of her Tell Me You Love Me tour in San Diego.

    The 25-year-old kicked off her world tour by honouring six survivors who had escaped the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day.

    Nikolas Cruz, 19, stormed the school with an assault rifle and killed 17 people.

    "On February 14, one of the worst mass shootings in American history took place. These students were in school that day," said Demi, who encouraged fans to donate to CAST Foundation, a non-profit organisation she backs to help people with mental health and addiction problems.

    "Let's come together as Lovatics, as people," she added.

    Quote Message: This isn't about politics. It's about people.
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  13. Superorganism: 'We're a non-stop pop production house'


    Multicultural hype band of the moment Superorganism release their self-titled debut album on Friday.

    It's been quite a whirlwind for the international eight-piece, who only really formed a year ago, with members of all ages and from all corners of the globe moving to a house in east London to be together in their own personal hit factory.

    Tracks like Something For Your M.I.N.D and Everybody Wants To Be Famous became instant indie hits and regular kitchen summits at SO towers are being called to decide on the next one.

    "Every room has got something going on at all times," Harry from the band told the BBC.

    "It's kind of a non-stop pop production house."

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    Video caption: Superorganism on new album, 'non-stop pop production house' and who broke the oven?

    We caught up with Harry and singer Orono a few weeks back at Eurosonic Festival in The Netherlands and they talked us through the album release and their artistic living conditions.

    As well as the mystery of the broken oven.

    Time to come clean someone - we don't want oven-gate to break up the band.

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  14. Shakira pays more than 20m euros in tax

    Shakira and Gerard Pique

    The Colombian superstar paid the hefty bill of nearly £18m to Spanish authorities who accused her of not paying taxes despite being a resident of Barcelona between 2011 and 2014.

    The Catalan newspaper, El Periodico, reported the Grammy-winner paid the money "to settle part of the debt".

    Shakira is in a relationship with FC Barcelona and former Manchester United footballer Gerard Pique (pictured together above), with whom she has two sons.

    She officially transferred her residency to the Catalan city in 2015.

    Until then, it was in the Bahamas. But authorities claimed it didn't "match reality, with the children in school in Barcelona and her partner here".

    Shakira' spokesman said, until 2014, she earned most of her money touring internationally and didn't live more than six months a year in Spain which exempted her from paying tax.

  15. Robbie Williams has 'a disease that wants to kill me and it's in my head'

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    Robbie Williams

    The most successful Brit Awards artist of all time has been speaking about his ongoing mental health battles, telling The Sun newspaper: "Left to my own devices, I’m inclined to sabotage everything".

    He described his battle against depression saying "I’ve got a disease that wants to kill me and it’s in my head, so I have to guard against that."

    In September last year, In an interview with the Sunday Times, the former Take That star said; "This job is really bad for my health. It's going to kill me. Unless I view it in a different way."

    The singer's latest album, The Heavy Entertainment Show topped the UK album chart, giving him his twelfth number one.

    "Sometimes it overwhelms me and sometimes it’s a tool I need to get on stage. Sometimes I live in bliss and it’s wonderful," he said in the new interview.

    “But most of the time I’m human — having a human experience, ­trying to deal with the trials and tribulations of what goes on between my ears."

  16. Alma on her Hottest Record and being in the new Spice Girls

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    The jet-lagged Finnish singer took a break from making her debut album to speak to Annie Mac down the line from LA

    The BBC Sound of 2018 star is set to release a mixtape called Heavy Rules on Friday and told the DJ that new single Dance With Me is "may be the best track" on the new release.

    "It's a good party song."

    That's we like to hear Alma - check out the track above.

    Speaking of her recent Live Lounge collaboration with Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, Mo and Charli XCX,

    "That was super nice...I felt like I was in The Spice Girls again"


    She added: "I think there are so many men, rappers... doing things together... I think females, especially at this time, we need to do things together and it needs to be positive.

    "It's super inspiring."

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  17. Spice Girls 'invited to the royal wedding', says Mel B

    Three Spice Girls and a young Prince Harry in 1997
    Image caption: Three Spice Girls and a young Prince Harry in 1997

    Just look at all those fresh young faces.

    All five Spice Girls have been invited to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle later this year, Scary Spice Mel B has said.

    Appearing on a US talk show, she nodded when asked if they were going, before clarifying that "us five Spice Girls" had each received an invitation.

    She also sparked speculation they could perform at the wedding, joking she would be fired if she said any more.

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    Appearing on talk show The Real, Mel B threw some papers she had been holding into the air when asked about a possible performance at the wedding reception.

    "I need to go, I'm going to get fired," she jokingly told the hosts.

    The Girl Power gang recently confirmed they are planning to work on new projects after meeting for the first time since 2012.

    Here's the proof, from round at Geri's house.

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  18. Spent the day in bed

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    Hello everyone.

    We hope you all made it through the snow safely and into work/college/wherever.

    Better still if you're 'working from home'/staying in bed today.

    Wherever you are, get yourself a hot drink, defrost your feet and we'll start gathering today's top music news stories.

    Stories like a royal invitation for a certain reunited UK girl band, a Rolling Stone is non-plussed about their upcoming tour (and the work of David Bowie) and more from The Muppets on their first ever UK gigs - yes, gig - as Missy Piggy explains her relationship with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.

    Plus, a Hottest Record from a fantastic Finn who claims to have formed the modern version of The Spice Girls with Dua Lipa and a few others.

    Those and more should help warm the cockles of our collective hearts (and feet) today.

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