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By Kev Geoghegan & Paul Glynn

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  1. It's been Thrilling...

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    That's all we have time for today.

    Scroll down for Black Eyes Peas addressing America's gun problem, Drake thanking his doctors after suffering an undisclosed illness, Paul Simon saying goodbye and Carrie Underwood making US chart history.

    Plus new videos from Liam Payne, Rita Ora and... erm... The Ramones.

    We'll leave you with the next generation of music stars as the offspring of Chance the Rapper and Kanye West bust some grooves to an 80s horror classic.

    Bye bye.

  2. Dr Dre series 'axed' over sex and violence

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    Vital Signs, a semi-autobiographical series about Dr Dre has reportedly been axed by Apple Music over its graphic depictions of violence, sex and drug use.

    The Wall Street Journal reports Apple CEO Tim Cook was “troubled” by the series, which featured characters using drugs, scenes of gun violence and an explicit orgy scene.

    The six episode series was due to star Dre himself and actors including Sam Rockwell, The Wire's Michael K. Williams and Ian McShane.

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  3. Rita Ora parties hard in new video

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    Following in the footsteps of Liam Payne (kind of... scroll down) Rita begins her new music video for Let You Love Me exploring London's underground.

    It's from her forthcoming second album Phoenix , which is coming just six short years after her debut album.

    Directed by Malia James, the new video sees Rita at a house party with friends where a mysterious guy catches her eye and she drags him up for a dance and a snog before leaving him hanging out of a window.

    Always leave them wanting more, as they say...

  4. Watch Bradley Cooper become a musician

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    The actor apparently learned to play guitar, piano and sing for his role as fading rock star Jackson Maine in the new remake of A Star Is Born.

    Not bad going.

    He even composed a Neil Young-inspired song called Black Eyes, which - according to his co-star Lady Gaga - opens the movie.

    Watch above.

  5. 'New' Ramones video unearthed for album re-release

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    A previously unseen video for their‘ 1978 track She’s the One has been released as part of a 40th birthday release of their album Road to Ruin.

    The video, which looks like it's been shot through an Insta filter, sees the punk icons dressed in their signature leather jackets and ripped jeans as they tear through their two minute ode to young love.

    You've bought the t-shirt now listen to the music...

  6. Guitarist leaves Panic! At the Disco amid allegations of misconduct

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    The band - fronted by Brendon Urie - have confirmed touring guitarist Kenny Harris will no longer perform with the band,.

    In a statement on Twitter, Panic! At The Disco said Harris “will no longer be performing with us because of a personal matter”.

    According to reports, the announcement comes after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Harris on social media.

    He is yet to respond to the allegations.

    Since 2015, Urie is the only full-time member of the group.

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  7. Camp Bestival admits 'financial challenges'

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    Organisers of the Camp Bestival music festival say they are facing "financial challenges" and are looking for a new partner for next year.

    Thousands of people are waiting for refunds after the annual festival was forced to close early when bad weather battered the site in July.

    The festival said the closure was not the cause of the problems but admitted it was "not a positive factor".

    They said there was "every intention" to hold the event in 2019.

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    It's been a tough year for festivals with Festival Number 6 in Wales announcing this year was the last for the time being and the organisers of Womad saying due to the UK visa process it had become harder to attract foreign musicians.

  8. Take That re-record their back catalogue for new album

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    Video caption: Gary, Mark and Howard join Chris in the studio to announce the exciting news.

    Never forget where you're coming from people...

    Take That announced on Friday they're off on a Greatest Hits Live tour next year - with support coming from Rick Astley - to mark 30 years of the band.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans (above), Gary Barlow joked that the feat "is impossible as I'm only 24!"

    Meanwhile a new 27-track Greatest Hits album, Odyssey will be released on 23 November, featuring new versions of old tracks like 1993 track Pray (below), special guests and "a couple of new ones" too.

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  9. Liam Payne goes underground in NYC

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    The One D singer turned solo star has shared the video for First Time, his collaboration French Montana.

    It sees him off on a jaunt around Manhattan before he manages to blag a lift with the rapper.

    The track is a name dropping spectacular with Rihanna and Mike Tyson given shout outs.

    Check it out above.

  10. Toto respond to Bristol venue's plans to play Africa on repeat

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    Bandmembers have reacted to news that a music venue in Bristol is going to play their track Africa on loop all night to raise funds for an African charity.

    DJ Michael Savage will play the US rock band's biggest hit on vinyl for "five hours straight" at The Exchange in Bristol on 30 November.

    He said people can be sponsored for how long they last.

    Steve Lukather from the band said in a tweet "this could be worse that waterboarding".

    "Imagine if you will, we cut this 1981," he added.

    "You think YOU have heard it too much? LOL".

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  11. Drake thanks doctors for 'round the clock care'


    Drizzy was forced to cancel two gigs in Miami this weekend after falling "so ill so fast".

    "I just wanted to say how sorry I am about those two Miami shows," he told fans online.

    "I got so ill so fast and I had never experienced anything like that in my life. Unlike other show cancellations or date adjustments due to production issues, this one fell on me."

    He added:

    Quote Message: Thank you to the two doctors and nurse that helped me with round the clock care... Thank you God for allowing me to recover and continue on we go!

    The 31-year-old Canadian singer has a gig tonight in New Orleans, so let's hope he's on the mend.

    Meanwhile, Drake's mate - actress Millie Bobby Brown has defended him, after many fans questioned the appropriateness of their friendship.

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    Speaking on the Emmys red carpet last week, the 14-year-old Stranger Things actress said they were text buddies and he had recently text her saying: "I miss you so much."

    "Why u gotta make a lovey friendship ur headline? U guys are weird… for real,” she wrote on Instagram.

    “I’m lucky to have people in the business extend their time to help me further my career and offer their wisdom and guidance. I’m very blessed to have amazing people in my life. U don’t get to choose that for me. It’s nice to have people who understand what I do. Now get back to talking about real problems in this world other than my friendships… jeez.”

  12. Justin Timberlake and Shawn Mendes perform surprise duet

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    It was twice as nice for pop fans on day two of the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, as Justin Timberlake brought his pal Shawn Mendes out as a surprise guest.

    They joined forces on JT's track What Goes Around ... Comes Around.

    "I am a big fan of this young man," said Justin, introducing the Canadian.

    It seems he's not the only one.

    Check it out below.

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  13. Rihanna appointed as ambassador by Barbados


    Singer Rihanna has said she "couldn't be more proud" after being given a new ambassadorial role by the government of her native Barbados.

    The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary" for her home country on Thursday.

    The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment.

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title.

    Quote Message: Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education.

    "She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home, "the prime minister said in a statement.

    It comes the week after Ri Ri was praised for her "diverse" New York Fashion Week lingerie show.

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  14. 1Xtra Live: Kojo Funds wants to work with Ed Sheeran

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    It was a huge night for BBC Radio 1Xtra as they celebrated ten years of 1Xtra Live by selling out London's O2 Arena on Saturday.

    The schedule was packed with performances from the biggest names in hip hop, Afrobeat and grime - including Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, Yxng Bane and Chip.

    One of the highlights was an energetic set by Kojo Funds, who brought his signature Afroswing style to the stage, performing his hits Warning, Who Am I and Check.

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    He's collaborated with the likes of Bugzy Malone, Raye and Mabel, but told BBC Music ahead of his performance that there's one British artist he's got his eye on for a future project...

    "Working with Ed Sheeran would be something different, out of the box and would be good for our music and culture.

    "There's a few artists I've been working with and it's very important because you get to learn new things but also perform and display your work to a different kind of audience that's not used to your music.

    "One thing I've learnt [from working with Raye and Mabel] is to have fun - you make the best songs out of that."

    Sheeran performed alongside another rapper, Stormzy at the 2017 Brit Awards.

    Could EdFunds top EdStorm? Stay tuned.

    In the meantime check out more action from on the night.

  15. X Factor's Chico recovering 'incredibly well' after stroke

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    The former goatherder turned novelty singer has his fitness to thank as he recovers from a stroke cause by a cerebral blood clot.

    The 47-year-old, who was a popular star on the second series of the show, fell ill on the way back from performing a gig at the weekend.

    He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 series and had a number one in 2006 with It's Chico Time.

    A statement on his website said he is "resting and recovering very well whilst undergoing further tests".

    He is said to be "overwhelmed" by support.

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  16. Mumford & Sons' new album touches on death, divorce and depression

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    The band's Paul Epworth-produced album Delta is due out in November.

    They shared their uplifting new single Guiding Light on Annie Mac's show last week.

    "It's got a bit more real in the last couple of years," says singer Marcus Mumford of the new album.

    "Some of the issues we've faced as individuals or in the circles around us have felt pretty serious - from death to depression and everything in between.

    "I've definitely been closer to death in the last year than I've ever been."

    Read our music reporter Mark Savage's exclusive interview with Marcus and his bandmates as they put the finishing touches to the record.

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  17. Richard Ashcroft urges music lovers to 'switch off X-Factor'

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    Manchester United fan Ashcroft closed the Sky Sports footy show with a performance of his new track, Surprised by the Joy, on Saturday morning.

    Not before dishing out a few pearls of weekend wisdom for any potential rock stars out there.

    “This is my advice" he said, "when The X Factor comes on tonight, right, if you’re a budding musician, turn it off immediately, and go and find an instrument.

    "And no matter how rubbish you are, within that hour, you’ll have done more for your future than just sat there watching people who have no right to be judging anyone musically.”

    He added:

    Quote Message: Turn the telly off, get hold of your guitar, keyboard, drum machine, however you make music, and spend that hour when that show’s on making your own stuff.

    After the show the 47-year-old Verve singer, who was later ringside for world boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's latest victory, also delivered a subsequent message to the "trolls" who had suggested online he may have been using drugs after a clip showed something appearing to fall out of his sock on the show.

    "Cocaine and I have had no relationship for decades," said a furious Richard.

  18. Black Eyed Peas announce new album and release provocative music video

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    Masters of The Sun is set for release on 12 October.

    The band have also shared a video for the new track Big Love which comes with warning message and depicts, in graphic detail, a school shooting.

    Proceeds from the song will go to March for Our Lives, the student-activist movement dedicated to ending the US mass shooting epidemic.

    Writing on Twitter, said: "They took kids away from their parents, but they can’t take guns away from kids? We need compassion, empathy, understanding, patience, guidance, protection, collaboration, tolerance & #BIGLOVE#VOTE."

    It's the group's first studio album in eight years and you can check out the new video below.

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  19. Chas and Dave: Dave Peacock pays tribute to bandmate Chas Hodges

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    Chas and Dave musician Dave Peacock has paid tribute to his "fabulous mate" Chas Hodges, who died on Saturday aged 74.

    "I'm going to miss him terribly," he told BBC News.

    Chas recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but died peacefully in his sleep.

    Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.

    The pair have been friends for more than 50 years, forming the band in the 1970s.

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    Chas's beloved Spurs posted they were "deeply saddened" about the news.

    They played Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend and fans of both sides joined in with a rendition of Ain't No Pleasing You at half-time.

    Other tributes have come from the likes of fellow singer Billy Bragg and broadcasters David Baddiel, Danny Baker and more.

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  20. Metallica announce UK shows

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    The US metal gods' WorldWired Tour will head to Europe next summer, including two dates In Manchester and London.

    James, Lars, Kirk and Robert will perform at the Etihad Stadium on 18 June, followed by Twickenham on 20 June.

    Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10:00 am and nothing else matters.