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  1. We're off H O M E

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    That's all we have time for today

    But scroll back down to find out why Thom Yorke will snub the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, why Sam Fender is calling out someone on Tinder and why Chris Martin went on another honeymoon with Gwyneth Paltrow... this time as an invited guest.

    Plus new music and videos from Circa Waves, Unkle and Beirut.

    We'll leave you in the hands of Matt and Luke Goss and some of their philosophical musings from the the funny/scary/sometimes sad BBC Bros documentary, After the Screaming Stops.

    If you haven't already, you have another few weeks to catch it over on the iPlayer.

    Bye for now.

  2. Sam Fender slams Tinder impersonator

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    The Brits critics choice-winner and one-time Newbie Tuesday artist has reacted furiously after being told by fans that someone has been using the dating app, pretending to be him.

    He's urged people to be wary if contacted by the fake account who apparently "leads women on" and has been "asking girls for pictures".

    In an Instagram post, which he we can't share here due to his understandably colourful language, he said he was "furious".

    "Just letting people know that I am not on any dating apps or anything of the sort," wrote Sam, adding, “If anyone comes across these accounts, report them."

  3. Country rockers enjoy love-in

    Jade Bird and Ryan Adams

    One of last year's hotly-tipped country rockers, Jade Bird, was delighted to hear yesterday that one of her own faves, Ryan Adams, was planning on releasing three albums this time around.

    Big Colors, the first of three albums planned for this year, is out in 19 April.

    Jade tweeted her joy at this news, declaring 2019 to be "Ryan Adams year".

    The UK singer will have been further buoyed by the fact the US guitar star then returned the favour, replying; "Nah, this is YOUR year".

    He added: "You are ruling it."

    Awwwww.

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    Guess when Jade's self-titled debut album is out though?

    Yup. 19 April.

    Let's see if this remains friendly if one keeps the other off THE top spot of the indie charts.

  4. James Blake has been in the studio with Rosalia

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    Well she is number five on the BBC's Sound of 2019 poll so JB is striking while the iron is hot.

    He shared some footage of them on his Instagram stories which somebody handily managed to record (above).

    The track marries her intense flamenco-style lyrics with his brooding, sparse electronic beats and it sounds like she is singing in English during the duet.

    James's new album, Assume Form, is due out a week on Friday (18 Jan) and he's worked with Andre 3000, Travis Scott, Moses Sumney and Metro Boomin.

  5. Watch GoT actor trek across Kazakhstan in new Beirut video

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    Beirut have released a cinematic new video for their latest track, Landslide.

    The video (above) features Game of Thrones actor Ian Beattie, aka Ser Meryn Tran who, fans may recall, rather foolishly under-estimated young Arya Stark.

    We can't say anymore - if you know, you know.

    Watch him back in action with his trusted steed above in the video for the song taken from the indie rock/world music outfit's forthcoming album, Gallipoli, which is out on 1 February.

  6. Frank Ocean got 'eight thousand more people to vote' in US Midterms

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    It's a hell of a claim and one that's pretty difficult to corroborate but Frank believes it's "testament" to the political influence that pop stars like him can hold.

    Speaking in a new interview with Pitchfork, the US singer explained the motives behind his politically-themed 'blonded Midterms' Beats 1 radio shows last year.

    "I was excited about the idea of incentivising people to vote," he said, "and to get excited about midterms, because people aren’t usually excited about voting at midterms.

    "Getting seven or eight thousand people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice."

    He added: "It feels responsible, especially at this time. Maybe also at many times prior, but it feels less like responsibility and more like a great opportunity that I had and still have.... It was a success when I look at it - it felt like something I’d like to continue doing.”

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    Musicians endorsing politicians has been done before with mixed success...

    Beyonce, Hillary Clinton and Jay-Z
  7. Unkle return to the road

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    James Lavelle's electronica/trip hop outfit Unkle have announced that their sixth album, The Road: Part 2/Lost Highway, will be released in March

    The follow-up to 2017 record, The Road: Part 1, will guest star the likes of Mick Jones of The Clash, Editors’ Tom Smith and Mark Lanegan.

    If Salvador Dali made modern music videos then they might look something like this psychedelic first cut above, featuring Elliott Power and Miink.

    Warning: Video contains flashing images.

  8. Circa Waves search the movies for video inspiration

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    Liverpudlian rockers Circa Waves act out scenes from some of their fave films in their new promo for the track, Movies.

    Back to the Future, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Point Break, A Clockwork Orange, Thelma and Louise and Reservoir Dogs are all referenced.

    Ariana Grande, you may recall, recently did a similar thing, channeling her love of Mean Girls in her music video for Thank U, Next.

    "The Movies video was about us having fun," said C Waves frontman Kieran Shudall.

    "Whilst doubling up as a showreel for when we all individually want to break into Hollywood. It is a homage to the movies we've loved growing up.

    "I thought to dress up as Louise would be me putting myself out of my comfort zone, but I've never felt more at home."

    The lads shared some pics from the shoot on social media (below).

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    The band have also announced a 2019 headline tour of the UK.

    Full deets at their website.

  9. Throwback Thursday: When Bowie predicted the future of music brilliantly

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    He always was ahead of his time.

    The star man, who died three years ago today - just days after his 69th birthday and the release of what would be his final album, Blackstar - spoke to Newsnight in 1999 about the "unimaginable effect" that the fledgling internet would have on society.

    There sure have been a lot of technological ch-ch-ch-ch-changes since then.

    "I think we are on the cusp of something exhilarating and terrifying," he told Jeremy Paxman.

    "It's just a tool though isn't it?" replied the journalist.

    "No, it's not, no, it's an alien life form."

    For context, kids, our #TBT today was filmed back in the days when music fans mostly listened to CDs and no one had ever even heard of music-streaming or YouTube.

    Watch above.

  10. Lewis Capaldi completes Stand Up to Cancer gig lineup

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    The Brits critics' choice award runner-up is the final addition to the lineup for the charity event at London's Union Chapel on 31 January.

    Lewis joins Ed Harcourt, Editors frontman Tom Smith and Louise Roach from She Drew The Gun, as well The Modern Strangers and Sam Johnson for an evening of acoustic stripped-back shows.

    Our former Newbie Tuesday star, Lewis, has come along way since he swapped fish and ice cream for music, performing a belting cover of the Oscar-nominated Shallow, from a Star is Born, for Radio 1's Live Lounge month in November.

    Tickets are on sale now.

  11. Rock hoaxer to return to UK venue where he played

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    The metal band Threatin, aka Jered Threatin, has announced a show at Underworld in Camden a year to the day after he played to an empty venue.

    Based on what he has since claimed - is this more fake news?

    It could be another stunt but the venue has retweeted Jered's news above, which suggests it is actually happening.

    Not until November though, so there's plenty of time for things to go wrong.

  12. Chance the Rapper ashamed of abusive former friends

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    This week began with Chance the Rapper expressing his regret at having worked with R Kelly, following widespread allegations of abuse made in the new docuseries, Surviving R Kelly.

    Further to that, Chance has also now taken to Twitter to call out all "abusers" that he used to call his friends.

    The Chicago hip hop star, who has clearly been doing a lot of thinking, wrote that this week he'd "heard too many stories of domestic abuse, sexual violence and rape perpetrated by ppl I called friends.

    "I'm ashamed of yall."

    He added: "These stories will be amplified and your victims will receive the justice they deserve."

    As we told you earlier, Lady Gaga has apologised similarly for working with R Kelly in the past (scroll down).

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    Elsewhere, comedian Kevin Hart has admitted that he had a frank discussion with his kids, after watching the "eye-opening" R Kelly documentary.

    According to Billboard, he told Sirius XM DJ Andy Cohen: "I immediately talked to my daughter afterwards and my son.

    "Just make sure you understand that you have to be present. You have to be present, you have to talk to your kids, you have to make sure your kids got so much confidence in the ability to just have a conversation and talk."

    He added: "Make sure this is a time where you just embrace your household, your family, your loved ones and make sure you’re talking to these kids, man, because you don’t want this to be your child."

  13. 1Xtra announce their Hot for 19 artists to watch this year

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    The digital station has named fifteen artists from the world of black music for their annual list, compiled by DJs and staff.

    They are (in alphabetical order):

    • Aitch
    • Alicai Harley
    • Amber-Mark
    • Ambush
    • Daniel Caesar
    • D Block Europe
    • DigDat
    • Hamzaa
    • Koffee
    • Octavian
    • Roddy Ricch
    • Rygin King
    • slowthai
    • Tiana Major9
    • Unknown T

    Check out Alicai (above) in action at the Biggest Weekend last summer.

    DJ Target is hosting a 1Xtra Hot For 2019 party live from Maida Vale on 22 January, with some interviews and performances.

    "We’re expecting some real breakthrough stories from these artists this year,” he said.

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  14. Gwyneth Paltrow's 'very modern honeymoon'

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    US Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says her ex-husband, Chris Martin joined her and her new hubby Brad Falchuk on their honeymoon.

    After marrying in September, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Maldives over the festive season, alongside the Coldplay frontman and their two children; Apple and Moses, as well as a few other family members.

    Speaking on US talk show Live With Kelly And Ryan, Paltrow called it "a very modern honeymoon".

    "We had a big family honeymoon over Christmas," she said.

    Quote Message: My new husband, and his children, my children, my ex-husband, our best family friends. A very modern honeymoon. It was great, we had such a good time.
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    Gwyneth and Chris had a "conscious uncoupling" in 2014, after 10 years of marriage.

    "We just wanted to minimise the pain for the kids," she added.

    "They just want to see their parents around a dinner table, basically, so we try to keep that."

  15. Lady Gaga says sorry for working with R Kelly and promises to pull track

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    Following in the footsteps of Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga has apologised for working with the singer; who is accused of sexual abuse by a host of women in a new docu-series, Surviving R Kelly.

    The singer/actor has also gone a step further by promising to remove their unfortunately-titled track, Do What U Want (With My Body), from streaming services.

    She's now condemned the singer, saying she stands "behind these women 1000%" and that the allegations are "horrifying and indefensible".

    For his part, R.Kelly had denied all the claims made against him and is reportedly considering legal action against the producers.

    In a statement, Gaga said "as a victim of sexual assault myself" she was at a "dark time in my life" when she collaborated with Kelly in 2013.

    The 32-year-old added she had wanted to "create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life".

    "I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again," she went on to write.

    Quote Message: I'm sorry, both for my poor judgement when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you.
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    Read the full statement below.

    Elsewhere, 'MuteRKelly' placard-carrying protesters (pictured above) showed up at the singer's Chicago recording studio on Wednesday night.

    Prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia have opened investigations into allegations made against the singer.

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  16. King Princess is BBC Sound of 2019 runner-up

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    Video caption: King Princess is the runner-up in this year's BBC Music Sound Of poll

    Teenage 'queer icon' King Princess, aka 20-year-old NYC singer songwriter Mikaela Straus, has been named in second place in the BBC's Sound of 2019.

    "A gay icon in waiting, "says the NME. "A queer pop star for a new generation," agrees DIY magazine. "All Hail King Princess, the newest member of queer pop royalty," declares The Guardian.

    "When I was a kid, I wanted somebody to look up to, whose music I was excited about, who was gay," she told our music reporter Mark Savage.

    "That would have been really cool, so I'm down to take that on."

    The singer's father is a recording engineer who has worked with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and The National and she turned down her own record deal when she was just 11-years-old.

    She is the first artist to sign to Mark Ronson's Zelig label.

    "I'm just a massive fan and love watching her develop with leaps and bounds with everything she puts out," he told the BBC in November.

    It wasn't until last year that her career really took off with the release of 1950 - a tender ballad of forbidden lesbian romance, which explored how the queer community used to have to "hide in public, and how that affects the way that we love each other now".

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    The winner will be announced on Friday.

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  17. Michael Jackson's family slam 'lurid' new abuse documentary

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    A new, two-part documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations at Michael Jackson will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Leaving Neverland, directed and produced by Dan Reed, follows two men who claim Jackson sexually abused them in 1990s, when they were ages 7 and 10.

    In 2005, the singer, who died in 2009, was acquitted of child molestation charges following a highly publicised trial.

    Jackson’s estate responded to the announcement of the film in a statement, calling it "yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."

    It added: "This so called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations. It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

    The film will premiere on 25 January at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah.

  18. Thom Yorke won't attend Radiohead's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

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    For most US rockers it's the stuff of dreams, but the Radiohead frontman clearly couldn't care less.

    The Oxfordshire band will be inducted alongside fellow Brits Def Leppard, Roxy Music, The Cure and The Zombies, as well as Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks, at the Brooklyn, New York event on 29 March.

    We're not sure yet who will collect the award on their behalf but it sure won't be Thom.

    The official reason is that he will be attending a concert by Katia and Marielle Labèque; for whom he has written piano pieces, in Paris, over a week later.

    But the singer told Variety: “We’ve always been very blasé about that stuff. So we don’t want to offend anyone. We just think that we just don’t quite understand it.

    “We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people. I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks.

    Quote Message: We grew up with the Brits, which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with. So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it.
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    FYI the band have never won a Brit Award.

    Thom might be more interested in attending the Oscars ceremony on 24 February, however, after his track Suspirium - taken from the horror flick remake - made the longlist for best original song.

  19. Satisfying start

    Zayn

    Morning everybody and welcome to today's Music News LIVE.

    Yesterday Stormzy was our headline act.

    Who will top today's bill?

    Here are some contenders, coming up:

    • Lady Gaga apologises for working with R Kelly
    • Thom Yorke won't join bandmates at Radiohead’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
    • Chance the Rapper takes a stand against abusers
    • Michael Jackson's estate criticises a new documentary about his private life

    We'll start today with a new music video from Zayn, for his slow-burning ballad Satisfaction - which borrows a line from a Rolling Stones classic.

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    It also uses a lyric from the former One Direction man's own 2016 track, Intermission: Flower, as the words; Until the flower of this love has blossomed / this heart won’t be at peace,roll across the screen at the start.

    Ahead of his tour which is apparently "coming soon" - according to his own website - Zayn also tweeted: "I can not wait to get on stage ! Mans got tunes that bang for days !"

    The track is taken from the 25-year-old's epic 27-track second album, Icarus Falls.

    Check it out above and we'll get cracking.