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By Frances Cronin & Paul Glynn

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  1. Oh it's such a purr-fect day

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    We're glad we spent it with you.

    We've actually now found out what Taylor is doing at home at the moment, while listening to the song's she's "loving right now".

    She's getting ready for her upcoming tour and that apparently involves choreography, which it seems she's practicing with the aid of her cat.

    Taylor's posted this pic of kitty Olivier Benson (to give her her full name) on Instagram, entitled: "We are all stretching to prep for that tour choreo."

    We suggest you all do the same this evening but before you do scroll down for bold claims from Beyonce's dad, Bruno Mars' big Super Bowl wish and Shirley Manson and Fiona Apple's message for the Grammys' boss, plus a bit of alternative Arabic electro/hip hop for good measure.

    See you tomorrow... aaaaaand stretch....

  2. Arcade Fire bring the carnival vibes

    Arcade Fire

    Hawaiian shirts at the ready people, as the first ever Krewe du Kanaval begins later in New Orleans.

    It's a festival founded by the Montreal band's Win Butler and bandmate/wife Regine Chassagne, in collaboration with Preservation Hall.

    So what better way to get the party started than with a song, courtesy of all of the above, alongside Haitian group RAM.

    The track is called Ann Ale! (Let’s Go!) and it goes a little something like this...

  3. Songs Taylor Swift is loving right now

    Taylor Swift

    If you've ever wondered what Taylor Swift is listening to when she's chilling out at home plotting taking over the world (or whatever she does) well we can help you out.

    She's posted a tracklist of the songs she's "loving right now" on Twitter.

    She's sneakily snuck in one of her own at 31 - Endgame, her track with Ed Sheeran and Future.

    Take a gander at the full 43 and see if you are Spotify twins with Taylor and her musical tastes.

    Taylor Swift spotify playlist
    Taylor Swift spotify playlist
    Taylor Swift spotify playlist
    Taylor Swift spotify playlist
  4. Newbie Tuesday #13: Alternative Arabic hip hop / electro from the heart of 47 Soul

    Paul Glynn

    Music News LIVE reporter

    47 Soul

    Today marks the 13th in our Newbie Tuesday series, which might have been considered an unlucky slot by many up and coming Western musicians.

    It's by happy co-incidence then perhaps that this week's new act are Palestinian Jordanians.

    47 Soul released their new album Balfron Promise on Friday and kicked off their UK tour with a "magical" sold-out show to a multi-cultural crowd at London's Jazz Cafe.

    The self-appointed kings of 'Shamstep' are determined to change perceptions about what is possible for modern musicians from the Arab world and to give their native land a new voice on the world stage.

    Or as MC Tareq Kwaik - aka El Far3i - boldy states:

    Quote Message: Some people think it's risky to mix Arabic music with soul, dub and hip hop. We don't believe that.
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    "The challenge of borders triggered the idea behind 47 Soul" adds Hamza Arnaout - aka El Jehaz - of the collective, who began life in Amman, Jordan in 2013, after meeting online.

    Tareq continues: "On the alternative Arabic scene, when there a musician from a town you can't go to, this is how you hear it and connect with each other."

    The band, who sing in both Arabic and English, have been based in London for three years now and have already enjoyed playing a variety of stages big and small for the "energetic zombies, just like us" at Glastonbury in 2015/16, as well as performing at WOMAD.

    Their new album references a tower block in east London, which became home for a short while, after unused flats were offered to artists, to replace evicted tenants.

    The similarities between the name and that of the Balfour Declaration, issued by the British government during the First World War, as well as what's happening in their homeland proving too tempting to resist.

    "The amount of oppression from where we are from is hard to comprehend" says Tareq.

    "I'm an Arabic Mc and I did not face anything heavy for my lyrics. People always say 'how did you manage that?'

    "It's always a worry."

    Hamza explans: "There are so many layers and invisible borders for artists in our area of the world.

    Quote Message: I think music or expressing your opinion should be a human right.
    47 Soul

    Last year was all about Latino pop and everyone from Justin Bieber to Little Mix wanted to be heard on a Hispanic sounding track.

    So can 47 Soul, who note the Arabic influence on samples from the likes of Jay-Z and Chemical Brothers, help 2018 be the year of the crossover Middle Eastern hit?

    Hamsa confesses: "I really wish we can do for Palestine what Despacito did for Puerto Rico.

    "If you read the news the economy increase 20% due to tourism from one music video.

    Quote Message: I really wish we could write one song to make the whole world go to Palestine and help the economy.

    Both musicians express their "disappointment" in Radiohead and Nick Cave for disgregarding UK Artists for Palestine's cultural boycott of neighbouring Israel to play gigs in Tel Aviv, while underlining their "huge respect" for Lorde for doing the opposite.

    And while the ongoing troubles in the region they are from undoubtedly flavours their music, Tareq is keen to stress that their intention is to make you move, first.

    And then maybe think, second.

    "[Middle Eastern politics] is not the subject of our songs. It's the seasoning and flavour.

    "If I'm to write something that I love musically and lyrically, then that is the point.

    "If it later became a chant for the people that would be amazing but that's not the goal.

    "I don't want to play that card - I just want to make people dance!"

    People like the good folk of Manchester this Friday night.

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    Read more: Newbie Tuesday #12 - Jalen N'Gonda swapped Maryland for Merseyside

  5. The Chainsmokers head behind the scenes...

    The Chainsmokers have posted a behind the scenes film from their video for Sick Boy.

    The promo has had 50 million views on Youtube and now they've shown how it was put together.

    Drew Taggart says; "It's a song that means a lot to us and where we've come as artists ... a really important moment in our careers."

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    If you're not one of the almost 50 million people who have seen the finished video you can check it out here.

  6. Another singing hologram is on the way

    Frank Zappa

    We showed you last week the hologram of Roy Orbison which is set to go out on tour - well now it's been announced that Frank Zappa is also going to get the hologram treatment.

    Production for the live Zappa hologram shows will start later this year, with performances announced later in 2018.

    His son Ahmet Zappa says hologram Zappa will play his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material.

    Quote Message: We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.
  7. Tame Impala head to a park near you...

    Kevin Parker / Tame Impala

    But only if you live in London.

    The Aussie psych disco-rockers - led by Kevin Parker (above) - are set to headline this year's Citadel Festival that will take place in London's Gunnersbury Park on Sunday 15 July.

    It's TI's first London show in two years and is apparently a UK exclusive.

    Fans can sign up to the special Tame Impala pre-sale on 6 February.

    Tickets will go on general sale on 12 February.

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  8. The Magic Gang work miracles on hottest new track

    BBC Radio 1

    The Brighton four piece had the honour of having their new track Getting Along being named as the Hottest Record In The World last night.

    There is no hotter apparently.

    Or at least there wasn't last night when the lads popped in for a chat with DJ Annie Mac.

    The Gang are up for best new artist as next week's NME Awards but they're a bit concerned they'll either "under do it or over do it" with their look.

    "Were definitely not gonna do it right."

    Just wear whatever you feel comfortable in lads we'd say.

    Listen above.

  9. Willie Nelson cancels more gigs

    Rolling Stone magazine

    Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson has had to cancel all his live dates in February as he needs more time to recover from the flu.

    The 84-year-old had already missed out on some dates in January.

    Rolling Stone report he needs "a few extra weeks to recover completely."

    They say Nelson is moving about and looking "healthy as ever," but is under doctor's orders to rest his voice.

    His next scheduled date is 5 March in Greenville, South Carolina.

    Get well soon Willie.

  10. Drake-mania grips Miami High

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    Drizzy has sent US students into a tiz while shooting the music video for his new track God's Plan at Miami Senior High.

    As well as letting the gathered masses star in his video, the Canadian singer also announced that he'll supply the school with new uniforms, by way of thanks.

    Check him out below busting out some moves on top of a crane while a helicopter hovers, and being generally mobbed in the corridors too.

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  11. Meek Mill's responds to Super Bowl win from prison

    Meek Mill

    Rapper Meek Mill has given his response from jail to his team; the Philadelphia Eagles, winning the Super Bowl.

    The team came out on the pitch to his song Dreams and Nightmares and also sang and danced to it in the locker room after their win.

    The rapper who is from Philly gave his statement to NBC's John Clark who posted it on Instagram.

    Quote Message: Last night, I felt especially proud to be from the great city of Philadelphia. All the heart that the Eagles showed in winning the Super Bowl has given the best fans in the world real hope and inspiration and I'm truly humbled. I wish my current situation was different, and that I could be with my brothers on that team, and the other Eagles fans, in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But I have faith that truth and justice will win out in the end.

    Meek is in jail for violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to two to four years in prison in November.

    Jay Z is among the stars who have protested his sentence, saying it's too harsh.

  12. Prince lyrics and gifts to old flames go up for auction

    Prince's custom-made stag work purple boots

    Just look at the heels on those bad boys.

    They've got his old symbol and everything.

    Prince's custom made stage-worn Purple Boots are just one of the items available to the highest bidder at the RR auction house in Boston.

    Gifts from the late singer to his old love interests are also up for grabs, as well as handwritten lyrics. It turns out that the draft of his track I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, from 1987 album Sign 'O' the Times, had a very different chorus.

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    "Baby, stop wasting your time / I know what's on your mind / I won't be satisfied with a one-night stand / and I could never take the place of your man / but I'll try, but I'll sure as hell try."

    The lyrics are estimated to go for $10,000, so we hope you have deep pockets Prince fans.

    These items and more will be available from 8-15 February.

    Check out the full list of items.

  13. Beyonce's dad says her career was boosted by her light skin

    Beyonce and her dad Mathew Knowles and mum Tina Knowles Lawson

    Beyonce's dad reckons her music career has been boosted by her being a light skinned black woman.

    He's given an interview with Ebony magazine where he discusses his book Racism: From the Eyes of a Child.

    He talks about his experiences of race growing up in the deep South and admits he thought his former wife and mum to Beyonce Tina Knowles Lawson was white when he first met her.

    Mathew, who managed Beyonce's career until 2011, was asked how colourism affects aspiring artists when they are looking for mainstream acceptance.

    "When it comes to Black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids [Beyonce and Solange], and what do they all have in common?"

    Reporter: "They’re all lighter skinned."

    "Do you think that’s an accident?"

    "Of course not!"

    "So you get it!"

  14. Meltdown announces curator for 25th festival...

    Robert Smith

    And the honour goes to The Cure's Robert Smith.

    The festival at London's Southbank Centre is celebrating it's 25th year from 15-24 June 2018.

    This year's event will also be the first major festival to take place across the whole Southbank Centre site, making use of the newly re-opened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room after two years of refurbishment.

    Robert says he's honoured to be following in the footsteps of previous curators including David Bowie, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Ray Davies, Yoko Ono, David Byrne and last year's curator MIA.

    In a no way pre-prepared statement, Robert said:

    Quote Message: I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. More than 30 of my all time favourite artists - some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years - will make sure this ten-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the ‘must see’ event of the summer!

    In other festival news Elvis Costello will join The Waterboys and Nick Lowe at Blenheim Palace on 16 June.

    Previously announced to play the Nocturne Live series of gigs in Oxfordshire were Nile Rodgers, Soul II Soul and Gary Barlow.

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  15. Brit Awards are almost with us...

    Conor Maynard and Yasmin Evans

    Just a quick reminder now that if you're out of the country on 21 February or you're one of our international readers you can still catch the Brit Awards as it's being livestreamed on Youtube.

    It's just been announced that Conor Maynard and Radio 1Xtra DJ Yasmin Evans (both above) will be the hosts of this year's livestream.

  16. Shirley Manson and Fiona Apple go after Grammys boss Neil Portnow

    New York Times

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    Scottish frontwoman Shirley Manson of Garbage fame and US solo star Fiona Apple joined forces for a potent cover of Lesley Gore’s You Don’t Own Me at the Girlschool Festival in LA.

    If it wasn't already abundantly clear who the message was aimed at then check out Fiona's T-shirt (above), which references Grammys president Neil Portnow, who said women needed to "step up" at next year's awards.

    Swap Neil for 'Kneel' and you get the picture.

    At last month's awards in New York, Alessia Cara was the only female artist to win a major award, while Lorde - the only female nominated for album of the year - was not invited to perform solo, like the other nominees.

    This was in spite of many artists wearing white roses in support of #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns, which help victims of sexual harassment.

    Neil Portnow

    Elsewhere, in a joint letter to the Academy, six top female music industry execs have described the organisation as "woefully out of touch".

    This latest move comes after stars like Pink and Kelly Clarkson had criticised the president and some had called for him to resign.

    The letter said:

    Quote Message: Neil Portnow's comments are not a reflection of being 'inarticulate' ... They are, unfortunately, emblematic of a much larger issue.

    Portnow responded to the letter, via the New York Times,with the following.

    "We appreciate the points raised in this letter and welcome the opportunity to work with these executives to address the issues of inclusion, representation, fairness, and diversity in our community.

    "As we establish the details around our recently announced task force, we will seek their input and guidance."

  17. Justin Timberlake's sales soar

    Billboard magazine

    Justin Timberlake

    To cheer up Justin Timberlake after the 'Meh personified' review for his Super Bowl performance is the news that his sales rocketed after the show.

    Billboard report he had a 534% sales gain.

    The biggest seller among all of the songs he performed was Can’t Stop the Feeling! which he closed the show with - it sold nearly 8,000 downloads - up 482 percent from 1,000 sold a day earlier.

    His second biggest seller was Filthy, the lead single from his new album Man of the Woods.

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    Handy as that's the album he's trying to promote at the mo.

  18. Bruno Mars wants hip hop in the next Super Bowl half-time show

    Beyonce and Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 2016

    He's not offering to play though.

    Bruno Mars has been telling the NFL who he wants to see play at next years Super Bowl in Atlanta and he's hoping for a celebration of hip-hop.

    He even offers a list of acts in a series of tweets.

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    What do you think?

    He then offers to curate the show and jokes he'll only charge a billion dollars.

    We reckon they should snap his hand off, as judging by the picture above Bruno knows how to put on a Super Bowl half-time show. He got Beyonce and Chris Martin involved when he performed at the 'greatest show on earth' in 2016.

    Especially as Justin Timberlake's performance at this years event didn't receive the best reviews... Pitchfork called it 'Meh Personified' - ouch!

  19. Let's get this party started

    Bruno Mars

    Morning all and welcome back to Music News LIVE.

    Today, after Justin Timberlake's big show in Minneapolis Bruno Mars has big plans already for next year's Super Bowl.

    A pair of rock 'n' roll female stars sing a pointed message to the Grammys boss, as the Recording Academy is labelled “woefully out of touch”

    And Prince’s handwritten lyrics and gifts to his old flames are to set to go on auction. So if that's you then you might recognise some of them...

    Elsewhere Frank Zappa follows Roy Orbison into hologram form, while the Brit Awards are set to be streamed live online.

    Also find out why Drake is driving high school students wild and how Taylor Swift's cat is helping her to get in shape for life on the road.

    Later on we'll have our latest Newbie Tuesday band all the way from the Middle East and determined to make you dance.