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  1. We can see you sneaking out...

    Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice & Bands 4 Refugees

    Like Ellie and the gang last night, our work here is done and we are offski.

    Scroll down to hear all about their charity band-aoke antics and for plenty of reaction to this afternoon's Grammy nominations.  Didn't Adele do well?

    Join us tomorrow for some more mid-week musical madness.  

    Until then, Choose Love everybody...

  2. Jaden Smith follows Will into music. And Jada. And Willow.

    Jaden, son of the Hollywood A-list Smith family is the latest to have stepped into the music industry.

    He's released bits and bobs since 2012, including some mixtapes and last year an EP.

    Here is his latest offering which sees him stumble around what look a lot like sets from the HBO thriller Westworld, wearing the self-lacing boots from Back to the Future II while chucking up what looks like oil.

    Weird visuals aside, there's something a little PM Dawn about this and we kind of like it..

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  3. Grammy nominations; not everyone so thrilled

    While the congratulations and backslapping is in full effect, post Grammy-nominations, not everyone is popping the champagne corks.

    Step forward, the brilliantly irascible M.I.A.  

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  4. Major Lazer and Bad Royale cover reggae classic

    Major Lazer

    Toots and the Maytals' 1968 classic “54-46 (That’s My Number) has been given an EDM going over by Major Lazer and Bad Royale in the new track My Number.

    You might best recognise the original from the opening credits to the Film This Is England.

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    Meanwhile, a snippet of an as-yet-unreleased collaboration with rappers Nicki Minaj and PARTYNEXTDOOR has also been shared by some folks on social media - it looks to be from a video shoot for the track...

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  5. More Grammys reaction: Do-nut try this at home kids

    The Chainsmokers

    The Chainsmokers have had time to reflect on their Grammy nomination further, revealing their precise whereabouts when the news first dropped.

    Dunkin Donuts of course.  Why wouldn't they be? Of course, we should stress that other doughnut retailers are always available.

    Here's their reaction below along with one or two other chuffed performers.

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  6. Beyonce is now most Grammy nominated woman. EVER.


    With her nine nominations this year, added to her previous 53, Beyonce is now the most nominated woman in the awards history - just two behind her husband, rapper Jay Z.

    She has won twenty of them - compared with Jay's 21 but only a fool would bet against her leapfrogging him come the awards night in Los Angeles on Sunday, 12 February.

    Country star Alison Krauss still has the most wins for a woman on 26.

  7. 'Oh my god. MOM I'M GOING TO THE GRAMMYS'

    More on the Grammys now, after Adele secured five nominations in total.

    We told you she had three.  Well she's just added two more, for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance

    She'll be happy about that then. As will American country pop singer Kelsey Ballerini who made the shortlist for Best New Artist.

    She tweeted the following after realising that she's going to need a new frock for the occasion.   

    Also some early responses from fellow best new artist nominees Chainsmokers and Maren Morris.

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  8. BreakingAdele nominated for three Grammy Awards


    Adele has been nominated for three Grammy awards alongside Beyonce

    The London-singer is nominated Record Of The Year for Hello, Album Of The Year for 25 and Song Of The Year, again for Hello.

    While Beyonce is in the same categories for her track Formation and the Lemonade album. 

    Record Of The Year

    Adele - Hello

    Beyonce - Formation

    Rihanna featuring Drake - Work 

    Lukas Graham - 7 Years

    Twenty-One Pilots - Stressed Out

    Album Of The Year

    Adele - 25

    Beyonce - Lemonade

    Drake - Views

    Justin Bieber - Purpose

    Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

    Song Of The Year

    Adele - Hello

    Beyonce - Formation

    Justin Bieber - Love Yourself

    Lukas Graham - 7 Years

    Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza

    Best New Artist

    Kelsea Ballerini

    The Chainsmokers

    Anderson .Paak

    Chance The Rapper

    Maren Morris

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  9. Delaware festival to be world's first entirely fan-curated event

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    Consequence of Sound

    Blink 182

    The Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, is to be the world's first completely fan-curated music festival.

    Fans will be able to register on the Firefly website to vote on everything from bands to art installations to foot outlets and merchandise.

    Previous event have seen acts like Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Blink-182, and Florence and the Machine booked at the request of fans.

    The festival is held over three days next June.

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  10. Dua Lipa shares desert-set new video

    Brits Critics Choice nominee Dua Lipa is driving an astounding blue LED lit car in the new video for her track Be The One.

    The video was directed by Daniel Kaufman and stars rising US actor, Ansel Elgort.

    We don't normally go in for overly flashy cars but the flashes on this one are pretty cool.

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  11. Peter Doherty misses solo show due to 'delays en route'


    Pete Doherty

    Libertine Pete - no wait, Peter Doherty failed to turn up for an in-store gig at Rough Trade East in London last night.

    The record label used social media to let fans know that the frontman would not be coming “due to delays en route."

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    Pete's second solo album Hamburg Demonstrations was released on Friday and he's due to play the O2 Forum in London tonight and the Albert Hall in Manchester tomorrow.  So fingers crossed if you have tickets for that one.

    Fans with tickets for yesterday's in-store can get a refund, although Rough Trade are apparently working on re-arranging the gig today.

    So it's your call really.  Foolish maybe, but we're not giving up on Pete just yet.

    Whether he turns up or not is all part of the fun isn't it? Anyone?

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  12. Vinyl sales earn more than downloads for the first time

    A record player, yesterday
    Image caption: Audophiles say vinyl has a "warmer" sound than digital files

    For the first time, more money has been spent on vinyl in a week than money spent on downloaded albums.

    Vinyls earned £2.4m last week, while downloads took in £2.1m, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

    In the same week last year, vinyl albums made £1.2m while digital ones made £4.4m.

    However, downloads have been in sharp decline as consumers switch to streaming services while the surge in vinyl sales is being attributed, in part, to supermarkets - which now stock old school records.

    And itss worth noting that vinyl is the more expensive medium - in the case of Kate Bush's live album Before The Dawn, by four times.

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  13. Wolf Alice & friends do karaoke classics at Bands 4 Refugees night

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    Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice

    ‘Choose love’ was the mission last night in East London as indie icons Wolf Alice, Swim Deep, Slaves and more came together for a spot of ‘glorified karaoke’ in aid of the Help Refugees charity.

    The Band 4 Refugees night was part of a series of events, including next week’s Rave For Refugees (involving acts such as Chase & Status and Faithless) aimed at raising money and awareness about the ongoing problems for many at refugee camps around Europe.

    Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice told BBC News she'd been inspired to pull together fans of all of the bands involved for a fundraiser after seeing some of the "inspiring work" achieved by the charity.


    "All of the bands here are of the same opinion that we want to help," she said.

    Quote Message: We don’t agree with a lot of the ways our government have been dealing with the refugee situation and a lot of the hatred that is apparent online and across the globe - so this covers night was one way of pushing that message."

    She added: "People are not seeing it as hugely urgent global crisis, but one that is easy to push to the back of their minds and there's a general lack of empathy - but people like Help Refugees are doing brilliant work."


    The bands above were also joined on stage at various points by members of Years & Years, Black Honey, Superfood and Dream Wife, to name but a few.

    Spector frontman Frederick Macpherson adopted the role of MC for most of the proceedings and seemed quite at home, drawing great laughs from the room when introducing Peace frontman Harrison Koisser as "The lead singer of the 1975...'s ex-girl-friend's new boyfriend!"


    Peace's cover of The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter was certainly the musical highlight on a night of indulging some rather guilty pleasures... the spirits of George Michael, Five, Robbie Williams and Cyndi Lauper were all channelled at some point.  

    And while some of the covers were only meant for having fun (quite literally in the case of Years & Years' Cyndi routine) the overall message was a much more serious one.  

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    Help Refugees work across France, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria and some of the cash raised from ticket sales on the night will go to prepare a camp in Greece for the winter, where an estimated 9,000 pregnant women and 24,000 children are still living in tents susceptible to flooding. 

    Philli Boyle from Help Refugees said: "With winter approaching there’s an even greater need to provide insulation, warm clothes, food, and heating.

    "It's incredible to have these influential musicians involved, as people who care what they have to say will now understand the humanitarian possibilities and that this is something we all have to get behind."

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  14. 50 Cent awarded $14m but might see a penny of it...


    50 Cent

    Rapper 50 Cent has won a $14.5m (£11m) payout in a malpractice lawsuit over a pair of headphones, it is being reported.

    According to Forbes, Fiddy  - real name Curtis Jackson - sued a US legal firm over advice it gave him which led to a former business partner, Sleek Audio, taking legal action over the release of his own range of headphones.

    He had worked with Sleek in 2010 to create a range but the venture collapsed.

    On legal advice, he then formed another business using a similar design which sold well, however Sleek then sued him for 'misappropriation of trade secrets' and was awarded $16m.

    50 Cent filed for bankruptcy in 2015 after another legal action over a sex tape left him with a $5m bill.

    The new $14.5m will now go towards settling some £20m in debts.

  15. Joe Strummer's London squat to get blue plaque

    Joe Strummer

    A former squat, where Clash singer Joe Strummer lived nearly 40 years ago is to get a commemorative blue plaque.

    It's part of Punk.London - the year-long festival commemorating 40 years of punk.

    Seymour Housing Co-op will unveil the blue plaque at the site of the squat in Daventry Street in Marylebone.

    Strummer, who died in 2002, lived there in one of his most creative phases, in 1978 and 1979.

    The Clash used the Edgware Road Ice Cream parlour nearby as their office.

    The unveiling will take place at 1300 GMT tomorrow - the anniversary of the release of The Clash’s London Calling single.

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  16. Watch Newcastle singer's weird animated Red Hot Chili Pepper video

    Newcastle singer and visual artist Beth Jeans Houghton has provided the quite awesomely weird visual for the latest offering from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    The video for Sick Love seems to be some kind of warning about living in Los Angeles and if you don't mind seeing a cartoon Anthony Kiedis being decapitated by a massive tarantula, then watch below.

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  17. Elbow premiere new track Magnificent


    Elbow have debuted their newest track Magnificent on Jo Whiley's show on Radio 2.

    It's taken from their forthcoming album Little Fictions and fans will be glad to know that it's the type of soaring ballad that they band generally excel at.

    A big string section and Garvey's emotive vocals about "throwing her arms around the world / a world that doesn't know how much it needs this little girl".

    Expect to hear it over various sporting montages next year.

    Listen in at around seven and a half minutes into the show for the track

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  18. Lady Gaga reveals PTSD following sex attack at age 19

    Lady Gaga

    US pop star Lady Gaga has revealed on a US TV show that she continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped at the age of 19.

    "I suffer from a mental illness - I suffer from PTSD," she told the Today Show on a visit to a homeless shelter for young gay people in New York.

    "I've never told anyone that before," the star, now 30, added.

    Lady Gaga revealed in a radio interview two years ago that she was raped as a teenager.

    "The kindness that's been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it's really saved my life," she said, after bringing presents to the astonished teenagers at the centre.

    The Poker Face singer later tweeted: "Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame".

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  19. Campaigners raise cash for David Bowie Ziggy Stardust statue

    David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

    Campaigners have successfully hit a 100,000 crowdfunding target to help erect a statue of David Bowie in character as Ziggy Stardust 

    The statue is planned for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, where he first performed as Ziggy at the Friars music venue in September 1971.

    He also played tracks from his as-yet-unreleased album Hunky Dory, which turned out to be a bit good. 

    There is a still a pretty big but though - as the campaigners must raise another £50,000 yet.

    Time to dig deep for the thin white duke.

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  20. Choose Love

    Wolf Alice

    Morning all and welcome back to Music News LIVE.

    Just like the old Woodstock logo, today is all about peace, love and music as Wolf Alice and friends come together for a night of 'glorified karaoke' in aid of refugees, plus Lady Gaga shares one of her "deepest secrets" with the world.

    For now check out yesterday's MNL as Morrissey rates his own audiences and fires a shot across the bows of the Bank of England, plus Drake's dad gives his son a run for his money by releasing his debut single.

    Stick with us today, as we're also expecting the Grammy nominations for you a bit later.