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Al Jarreau

Just days after announcing that he was retiring from touring after being hospitalized for exhaustion, legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

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George Michael

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said.

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Chris Brown

A bizarre standoff Tuesday between authorities and singer Chris Brown promised to be a 'long and protracted' affair, according to an LAPD official, who said investigators had obtained a search warrant for the performer’s Tarzana home.

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Prince

The hugely popular and acclaimed musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.

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Soweto Kinch

Renowned Birmingham-born saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is to front a new-look jazz show on BBC Radio 3.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown

Whitney Houston's daughter died as a result of immersion in water and drug intoxication, medical records show.

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Rihanna

In less than two days since its release, Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti has gone platinum.

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Yasiin Bey

Yasiin Bey has announced that his retirement from the music and film industries is 'effective immediately' after the release of his final album later this year

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Steel Pulse

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched in a bid to complete a new documentary on Birmingham reggae band Steel Pulse.

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Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76

Just days after announcing that he was retiring from touring after being hospitalized for exhaustion, legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

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Ex-Wham singer George Michael dies

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said.

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Standoff between LAPD and Chris Brown will be 'long and protracted,' police say

A bizarre standoff Tuesday between authorities and singer Chris Brown promised to be a 'long and protracted' affair, according to an LAPD official, who said investigators had obtained a search warrant for the performer’s Tarzana home.

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Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park

The hugely popular and acclaimed musician Prince has died at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57, his publicist has said.

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Soweto Kinch to front revamped Radio 3 jazz show

Renowned Birmingham-born saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is to front a new-look jazz show on BBC Radio 3.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's cause of death revealed

Whitney Houston's daughter died as a result of immersion in water and drug intoxication, medical records show.

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Rihanna’s Anti goes platinum in 48-hours

In less than two days since its release, Rihanna’s eighth studio album Anti has gone platinum.

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Mos Def announces his retirement from music and film

Yasiin Bey has announced that his retirement from the music and film industries is 'effective immediately' after the release of his final album later this year

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Steel Pulse documentary makers ask for help to finish tribute to Handsworth reggae band

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched in a bid to complete a new documentary on Birmingham reggae band Steel Pulse.

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David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer.

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Soul singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

Chart-topping R&B singer Natalie Cole, who followed her legendary father into the music business with hits like 'This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)' and 'Unforgettable,' died at age 65.

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Christian rapper Jahaziel renounces Christianity

Former UK based Christian rapper Jahaziel released a shocking statement, renouncing Christianity on his Facebook page just a few hours ago.

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Billboard names Joss Stone reggae artist for 2015

British singer Joss Stone, whose throaty style has won her a huge following among neo-soul fans, is Billboard magazine’s Reggae Artist Of The Year.

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Tesco to start selling vinyl records as format's popularity soars

Tesco is to start selling vinyl records for the first time in its history in recognition of the format’s increasing popularity.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's final hours revealed

Bobbi Kristina Brown was left 'screaming' after an altercation with Nick Gordon.

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Jamaican Dancehall singer J Capri has died

Dancehall artiste Jordan Phillips more popularly known as J Capri has died.

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Chos3n and Lady Leshurr win Urban Music Awards for Birmingham

Birmingham acts Chos3n and Lady Leshurr both won awards at the Urban Music Awards on Saturday night.

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Ice-T swaps rap for poetry and jazz

It's a long time since Ice-T burst on to the rap scene with his debut album Rhyme Pays. Since then he's become known as an actor as well, playing roles such as Fin Tutuola in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Benjamin Clementine wins Mercury Music Prize 2015

Benjamin Clementine has won the 2015 Mercury Music Prize for his debut album, At Least For Now.

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Miles Davis voted greatest jazz artist

Miles Davis, the trumpeter whose lyrical playing and ever-changing style made him a touchstone of 20th Century music, has been voted the greatest jazz artist of all time.

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R&B legend Allen Toussaint dies aged 77

US musician Allen Toussaint has died at the age of 77, Spanish authorities have confirmed to the BBC.

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Night Nurse singer Gregory Isaacs dies aged 59

Reggae star Gregory Isaacs has died at the age of 59 at his London home following a long illness, his manager has confirmed.

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Birmingham acts Chos3n and Lady Leshurr nominated for MOBO Awards

Two acts from Birmingham have been nominated at the MOBO Awards 2015.

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Janet Jackson earns historic seventh No.1 album

Janet Jackson debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her new album, Unbreakable. It marks her seventh chart-topper and makes her just the third act to achieve No. 1 albums in each of the last four decades.

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Diddy and LA Reid create joint label

When two of the greatest music moguls collide, collectively responsible for some of the biggest names in R&B and rap today, that can only mean one thing. Epic music is soon to follow, literally.

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The philosopher who foresaw the crisis of the music industry

Musicians aren't likely to get rich from selling records today, unlike their 20th Century predecessors - and one man saw it all coming a long time ago.

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Kanye West wants to run for president in 2020

Kanye West has announced that he wants to run for the US presidency in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Madame Tussauds rethinks Nicki Minaj waxwork after saucy fan photos

Madame Tussauds has said it is redesigning its Nicki Minaj display after images of visitors taking provocative photos with the waxwork appeared online.

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Legendary TV presenter and singing star Cilla Black dies aged 72

Surprise Surprise and Blind Date star Cilla Black has died aged 72, it was announced today.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22, family confirms

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22.

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50 Cent testifies his lifestyle is an illusion

After filing for bankruptcy last week, 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, appeared in a Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to testify that he is not as wealthy as his flashy lifestyle makes him appear to be.

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Lionel Richie storms album chart

Lionel Richie has soared to the top of the album chart following his triumphant show at Glastonbury.

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Val Doonican, Irish singer, dies at 88

Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican has died aged 88.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown in hospice, boyfriend accused of abuse

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, was moved to hospice care on Wednesday after suffering irreversible brain damage...

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Grace Jones looks absolutely incredible in body paint at Parklife

Grace Jones must have been pretty chilly as she took to the stage in a black basque and white body paint at the Parklife Festival in Manchester (June 7).

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Akon is bringing electricity to 600 million people in Africa

Despite being best known for making pop music, Akon's decided to give filling dancefloors a break in favour of bringing solar energy to people living in rural Africa.

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The manager who helped Tinie Tempah's rise to stardom

Music manager Dumi Oburota remembers with a smile just how short of money he and rapper Tinie Tempah often were before they hit the big time.

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BB King's death to be investigated as murder

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of blues legend BB King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned.

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Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia's Polina Gagarina.

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Gigantic record collection sells for £70,000

An extraordinary record collection that includes every UK chart single ever made has sold for £70,000 at auction.

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Mike Oldfield mourns son's sudden death

Mike Oldfield, the composer, has thanked fans for their messages of support after the sudden death of his eldest son Dougal.

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Jay Z & Beyonce helped bail out Baltimore protesters anonymously

Jay Z and Beyonce donated tens of thousands of dollars to help bail out protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., who could not pay their bails.

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Rapper Chinx Drugz murdered in drive by shooting

Rapper Chinx Drugz was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a drive-by.

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Buju calls it quits

Incarcerated reggae artiste Buju Banton has instructed his legal team to halt any further appeals of his 2011 conviction on cocaine charges.

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Marcia Griffiths tour cancelled after fall-out with promoter

A major tour by a collective of internationally-acclaimed reggae stars has been postponed amid a fall-out with the promoter.

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Blues legend BB King dies in Las Vegas aged 89

Blues legend BB King has died in Las Vegas at the age of 89, his lawyer has said.

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Cissy Houston: Bobbi Kristina is not progressing

Giving a heartbreaking update on the 22-year-old's condition, Cissy Houston conceded that the life of her granddaughter is completely in God's hands.

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Chris Brown 'catches naked intruder in bed'

Chris Brown reportedly found a random naked woman in his bed yesterday.

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Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies

Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown has died aged 71, his manager has announced.

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Jamie Foxx defends Mayweather-Pacquiao fight national anthem

Jamie Foxx has hit back at detractors who derided his national anthem performance at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

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Lauryn Hill cancels Israel show to avoid stirring tensions

Lauryn Hill is canceling a planned performance in Tel Aviv because she wasn't able to also schedule a concert in the nearby Palestinian city of Ramallah.

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Mark Ronson updates Uptown Funk credits

Mark Ronson has added five names to the songwriting credits of 'Uptown Funk' in a blatant attempt to divert litigation.

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Jamie Foxx gets trashed for poor national anthem rendition

Jamie Foxx is taking a beating following the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, and he wasn't even in the ring.

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BB King 'receiving hospice care'

Blues guitarist BB King has told fans he is receiving hospice care at his home following a short stay in hospital.

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Beyonce's five albums in four minutes: Todrick Hall's flawless medley

It seems highly unlikely that Beyonce's entire catalog could be contained to just four minutes, but Todrick Hall does a pretty flawless job with the task.

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The tech that helps techno artists get paid

When music is played in public, the artist who created it is meant to receive royalties. But keeping track of what is played in clubs isn't always easy.

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Ben E King: R&B legend dies at 76

R&B and soul singer Ben E King, best known for the classic song Stand By Me, has died at the age of 76.

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Top of the Pops set for comeback

Top of the Pops is a beat away from a TV return with a move to a prestigious Friday night slot.

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'Bobbi Kristina is awake' says Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown has said his daughter Bobbi Kristina 'is awake' nearly three months after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bath tub at her home in Georgia, Atlanta.

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Singer Johnny Kemp found dead in Jamaica at age 55

Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song Just Got Paid, has died in Jamaica. He was 55.

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Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge dead at 73

Percy Sledge, the soul singer behind the iconic hit 'When A Man Loves A Woman,' died early Tuesday morning at the age of 73.

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The Voice: Sasha Simone's backpacking Bali dream

Voice finalist Sasha Simone, sasha-simone, Bali, write songs, backpacking, song-writer, bbc, reality tv, talent competition, runner-up, UK

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Pharrell and Missy Elliott will be joining forces for her next album

Jimmy Fallon has a way of bringing out the best in the stars he interviews, even if they're already extremely dope like America's favorite renaissance man, Pharrell Williams.

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De La Soul hit crowdfunding goal for new album in less than a day

For most folks, crowdfunding can be a worrisome and insanely stressful ordeal, lamenting over whether their project will ever see the light of day.

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Spotlight on UK women in reggae

A spotlight is about to fall on a group of unsung heroes in the UK music industry - women who have devoted their lives to the culture of reggae and lover's rock.

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Destiny's Child reunite for surprise performance

Beyonce and Kelly Rowland joined Michelle Williams onstage Saturday at the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards in Las Vegas.

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A Grace Jones documentary is finally in the works

Grace Jones, one of the most talked about women of the '70s and '80s is being honored with a project backed by BBC Films.

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Nile Rodgers: 'Chic song will feature Elton and Miley'

Chic's Nile Rodgers has revealed Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Chaka Khan and Janelle Monae will all feature on a track on his forthcoming album.

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Similarities: Uptown Funk and Really Wild Show theme tune

Is Uptown Funk just an inferior version of the Really Wild Show theme tune?

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Brownstone singer Charmayne Maxwell dies from fall

Charmayne Maxwell of the '90s R'n'B group Brownstone has died. The singer reportedly suffered a fatal fall in Denmark on Saturday.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown is being taken out of coma

Bobbi Kristina Brown is reportedly being taken out of a medically induced coma.

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Is Iggy Azalea done with hip hop music?

From Twitter feuds with fellow rappers to criticism over perceived cultural appropriation, it's no secret that Iggy Azalea has been met with resistance by some members of the hip-hop community.

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Nicki Minaj roadie dead in Philadelphia stabbing

A member of Nicki Minaj's team was stabbed to death Tuesday night in Philadelphia ... so says Nicki herself.

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Beyonce's Stevie Wonder tribute is 9 minutes of perfection

Beyonce took some heat for her Grammys performance earlier this month, but she showed no signs of slowing down during the Grammys' tribute to Stevie Wonder.

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Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk hits million mark

Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk has reached the one million sales mark, 10 weeks after it was first released, according to Official Charts Company data.

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X Factor winner Sam Bailey dropped by Simon Cowell

Sam Bailey has reportedly been dropped by Simon Cowell's record label Syco just 14 months after winning the X Factor - and has now set her sights on rival show Strictly Come Dancing.

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Bobbi Kristina 'in car wreck days before coma'

Bobbi Kristina Brown was reportedly in a car wreck two days before being hospitalised.

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Steve Strange, Visage lead singer, dies aged 55

Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says.

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Bobbi Kristina is 'doing better' says aunt Leolah Brown

'I was very numb when I saw her,' says Leolah Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown's aunt, in a sit-down interview with Atlanta's Fox 5 TV station.

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Bobbi Kristina to die on same day as Whitney Houston

Bobbi Kristina Brown's family have come to the decision to take her off life support on the same day as her mother died, according to Pagesix.

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Why did the Grammys replace Ledisi with Beyonce?

Beyonce dazzled millions with her magic at this year's Grammy Awards. The pop megastar performed with John Legend and rapper Common, who were both nominated for their collaboration of the Golden Globe-winning song, 'Glory.'

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Grammy award for Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley won his third solo Best Reggae Grammy at The Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre, on Sunday.

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Unseen performance footage of Bob Marley released

Bob Marley's 70th birthday to be celebrated with unreleased material

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'Boyfriend under investigation' over Houston daughter drowning

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, US media reported, one week after the 21-year old daughter of late singing legend Whitney Houston was pulled unconscious from a bathtub.

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Funk pioneer Sly Stone awarded $5m in unpaid royalties

Sly Stone has been awarded $5m in unpaid royalties. The funk pioneer had taken out a lawsuit against his former manager and attorney...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown 'not married' to 'husband'

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was never married to the man who found her unconscious in her bath, a family lawyer has claimed.

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Suge Knight pleads not guilty to murder

Former US rap music mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run incident.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown 'fighting for her life'

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, is 'fighting for her life' after being found unconscious, her family says.

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Suge Knight officially charged with murder, attempted murder

Former rap music mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly ran over two people, killing one, following an argument in Compton last week.

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Comedian turned reggae artist Eddie Murphy tops iTunes chart

Two days after its official release, Oh Jah Jah the reggae song by actor Eddie Murphy, has topped the iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart.

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Whitney Houston's daughter 'found unresponsive' in bath

The daughter of late American singer Whitney Houston has been found unresponsive in a bathtub in a home in Georgia, US police say.

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Rap Mogul Suge Knight arrested for hit and run

Notorious rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has reportedly been arrested over his involvement in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another person in the hospital in Los Angeles.

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DJ Lil Louis suffers 'career threatening injury'

A top DJ suffered a career-threatening injury during a soundcheck at a Manchester club.

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Greek singer Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged 68 the Hygeia Hospital in Athens has confirmed to the BBC.

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A$AP Yams of A$AP Mob passes away

A$AP Yams, the founding member of rap group A$AP MOB, has passed away.

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Freddie McGregor headlines Valentine's Showcase

Reggae veteran Freddie McGregor headlines an impressive reggae line-up for a very special reggae Valentine's event.

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Music fans 'prefer old chart hits'

Hits ain't what they used to be - as radio audience figures show that listeners to the BBC's chart countdown are dwarfed by those for a weekly run-down of vintage hits.

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Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

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Pharrell made less than $3,000 from streams of 'Happy'

Through the first three months of 2014, 'Happy' was streamed 43 million times on Pandora, while 'All Of Me' was played 55 million times on the service.

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X-Factor: 'You should NOT kiss your sister like that!'

Blonde Electra sisters Jazzy and Ruby King proved to be a controversial choice when they were selected to be among the 16 finalists on this year's X Factor.

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X Factor final ratings at 10-year low

Ratings for the X Factor final dipped to a 10-year low on Saturday, despite attracting more than a third of the available audience.

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X Factor final: Ben Haenow wins 2014 contest

Croydon boy Ben Haenow has been named this year's X Factor winner after going head to head with Fleur East in the 2014 final at Wembley Arena.

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Diddy punches Drake after comment to girlfriend Cassie

Diddy smacked Drake during a Miami Beach club brawl early Monday after a 'nasty' comment lobbed at singer Cassie, sources say.

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Learning disabled girl band breaking down barriers

An image-conscious Australian girl group with learning difficulties wants the world to know that they are adults, not children.

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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

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Rap artist faces life in prison for album lyrics

Prosecutors are going after Rapper Brandon Duncan, 33, over violent lyrics on his latest album.

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Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin dies

Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin, whose top songs include What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted and Hold On To My Love, has died at the age of 78.

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Fuse ODG: 'Why I Turned Down Band Aid 30'

Afrobeats artist Fuse ODG has confirmed he declined Sir Bob Geldof's invitation to feature on this year's Band Aid charity anthem aimed to raise funds to fight Ebola because the song 'was not in line' with his personal beliefs.

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Musical farewell for veteran reggae singer, John Holt

The music of celebrated reggae act John Holt reverberated throughout the double domes of the historic Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston yesterday...

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Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank dead at 57

Henry Jackson, better known as Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang, died early Tuesday morning at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey from complications due to cancer.

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Elbow and Ed Sheeran among Band Aid 30 artists

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Elbow are among the acts who will take part in a fourth version of the Band Aid charity single, Do They Know It's Christmas.

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Legendary jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk dies aged 85

Clarinettist Acker Bilk, who personified the trad jazz revival of the 1950s and 60s, has died after a lengthy illness, aged 85.

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Chaka Khan: 'I've battled addiction my entire life'

She survived alcoholic parents and drug addiction, and married the quick-thinking neighbour who called an ambulance when she walked into his house and collapsed...

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Beyonce and Jay Z renew their wedding vows

Beyonce and Jay Z are stronger than ever! Hip hop's power couple have silenced their marriage skeptics by reportedly renewing their wedding vows.

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Glam Rock singer, Alvin Stardust dies aged 72

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

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Mike Read withdraws 'racist' UKIP Calypso song

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested a song he wrote in support of UKIP be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.

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Jodeci to Reunite at Soul Train Awards 2014

The Soul Train Awards 2014 is prepping arguably the biggest reunion in hip-hop/R&B history - including Jodeci. The North Carolina quartet that scored five No. 1 in the 1990s.

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Baker Street saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies

The musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street - has died.

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Veteran reggae singer John Holt dies

Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69.

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Stevie Wonder 'Expecting Triplets With 25-yr-old Fiancee'

LEGENDARY SINGER Stevie Wonder is said to be expecting triplets with his 25-year-old fiancé Tomeeka Robyn Bracy.

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Hip-hop therapy is new route to mental health

From its roots in rap, graffiti, DJing and breakdancing in the Bronx borough of New York in the 1970s, hip-hop has grown to become a global cultural and commercial powerhouse.

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Eurovision Song Contest: BBC asks public for entries

The BBC is asking the public to submit entries for the UK's entry to next year's Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2008.

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Wu-Tang Clan's long awaited reunion album in the offing

Wu-Tang Clan's long-awaited comeback is finally arriving - for real this time.

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Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64

Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemorrhage.

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Talib Kweli: Lauryn Hill doesn't owe us anything

Lauryn Hill is one of the few artists who can still ignite passionate responses in fans.

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Does Kelly Rowland have her eye on Donna Summer role?

Kelly Rowland had the rumor mill spinning today after posting a picture of herself channeling Donna Summer's signature look.

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Former Sugababes Mutya Buena is declared bankrupt

Mutya Buena has been declared bankrupt by a High Court judge.

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Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

Soulful R&B crooner Keyshia Cole (pictured) was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of battery, after an early Friday morning altercation involving another woman...

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Apple denies report that it will shut down Beats Music

Apple denies a TechCrunch report that it is shutting down its Beats Music streaming service.

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Lauryn Hill's London gig trends on Twitter for being awful

Lauryn Hill's return to Britain for the first of five UK shows proved to be a disaster on Saturday night.

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Soul singer Bobby Womack died broke!

The late-soulful crooner Bobby Womack, who died in June at the age of 70 after battling a series of diseases such as pneumonia, Alzheimer's, and prostate cancer, reportedly passed away practically penniless.

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Jazz-Funk pioneer Joe Sample dies At 75

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75.

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Suge Knight shot at pre-MTV VMA party in Hollywood

Death Row Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight has been injured in an shooting at a party that Chris Brown was hosting in Los Angeles.

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Mary Wilson celebrates 50th anniversary of first number one

Fifty years ago this month, girl group the Supremes began an unprecedented run of success for Motown in the music charts.

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The secret ghostwriters of Hip Hop

The practice of ghostwriting is one of rap's biggest taboos, and yet many of its greatest hits were ghostwritten. So who are Hip Hop's ghostwriters and what place do they have in a style of music built on speaking from the heart?

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Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial collapses

Singer and TV star Tulisa Contostavlos's trial over drugs allegations has collapsed.

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Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead at 70

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the singer has died...

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Action taken against KRS1 rap song police officers

Two police officers who blasted out a rap song from their Essex patrol car late at night have been given "words of advice" by a senior officer.

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BBC DJ loses job over 'n-word' in song

A veteran BBC local radio DJ has lost his job after playing a song on his golden oldies show containing a racist word.

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Austria wins Eurovision Song Contest

Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst has been crowned the winner of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest held in Denmark's capital, Copenhagen.

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Hip-hop pioneer, E-Z Rock dies at 46

E-Z Rock, the Harlem DJ who found fame with rapper Rob Base with 1988 hip-hop track It Takes Two, has died aged 46.

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Lauryn Hill announces rare UK appearance

Lauryn Hill has announced a one-of London show, which will be only her second British appearance in five years. She will play at Brixton Academy on Saturday 20 September.

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Jamaican music star Vybz Kartel gets 35-years for murder

Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, he won't be eligible for parole for 35 years.

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Frankie Knuckles: House pioneer dies aged 59

Musician Frankie Knuckles, known as the Godfather of House music, has died unexpectedly, it has been announced.

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Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel found guilty of murder

Embattled dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty today of the August 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams.

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Japanese composer apologises for pretending to be deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, one of Japan's most famous composers, officially apologises for pretending to be deaf.

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Rap star, Da Brat ordered to pay attack victim $6.4million

Rap star, Da Brat is gonna pay twice for violently bottling a former NFL cheerleader inside an ATL nightclub back in 2007.

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Rebecca Ferguson collapses live on ITV's Loose Women

Rebecca Ferguson collapsed live on air during a performance on Loose Women earlier today (27 02 14).

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Neneh Cherry: welcome return for a unique talent

If any of the winners at last week's Brit Awards are struggling to find a place to stash their gongs, they could take inspiration from Neneh Cherry.

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Oprah Winfrey shuts down Tina Turner stroke rumours

No need to panic. Tina Turner is just fine.

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Rock legend Tina Turner suffers a stroke?

A source exclusively tells HSK that Tina Turner, whose real name is, Anna Mae Bullock, - recently suffered a stroke at her home in Zurich, Switzerland.

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De La Soul make their entire catalog available for free

In honor of next month's 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group's website.

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Lorde's suppressed Grammy Award acceptance speech

Thank you so much everyone... Planet Earth is run by psychopaths that hide behind slick marketing, 'freedom' propaganda and 'economic growth' rhetoric...

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Renee Fleming and Queen Latifah nail Super Bowl anthems

That was NFL announcer Joe Buck's quick take on opera singer Renee Fleming's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Sunday's Super Bowl matchup...

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Third World lead singer Bunny Rugs dies

Lead singer of the iconic reggae band, Third World, William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke is dead.

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Hungarian singer demonstrates video effects on the fly

Hungarian musician Boggie sits still and sings for her latest music video... So what makes it interesting?

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Grammys 2014 - Macklemore 'robbed' Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore has apologised to Kendrick Lamar for winning best rap album at the Grammy Awards.

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Azealia Banks 'begs' Universal record label to drop her

Azealia Banks has said she is "tired" of consulting "old white guys" about her music and wants her record label, Universal, to drop her.

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Stars line up for Grammy Awards

Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and Macklemore and Lewis are among the stars who will be vying for glory when the prestigious Grammy Awards are handed out later.

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Pharrell tells Will.I.Am 'you're nothing like me'

The gloves are off in Pharrell WIlliams' trademark war with Will.i.am -- Pharrell now says Will.i.am is DREAMING if he thinks he's up to the "Get Lucky" singer's level...

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Justin Bieber arrested in Miami Beach, Florida

Pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested in Florida accused of drunken driving and drag racing.

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Madonna apologises for using racial slur on Instagram

Pop star Madonna has apologised for using a racial slur to refer to her son on an Instagram post.

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UB40 founding members reform to record a new album

The three original members of the Birmingham reggae band, UB40, have announced they are reforming.

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British Jazz legend Ronny Jordan dies aged 51

Guitarist Ronny Jordan, widely credited for bringing jazz guitar briefly back to a pop and dance audience as part of the early-1990s Acid Jazz scene with his signature take on Miles Davis' 'So What', has died aged 51.

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Beyonce - Stop buying into the myth of gender equality

Beyonce has said gender equality is a myth and people need to "demand" women get the same opportunities as men.

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Laura Mvula nominated for 2014 Brit Awards

Pop acts Bastille and Disclosure lead the nominations at the 2014 Brit Awards, in a field that leans heavily towards new bands.

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Tulisa Contostavlos drug trial - Court date set

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos is to stand trial later this year on a charge of supplying a class A drug.

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Rapper Young Jeezy arrested for terrorizing his son

Rapper Young Jeezy turned himself over to authorities on Friday for battery, false imprisonment and making terrorist threats against his own son in a 2012 incident.

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Apache Indian opens Handsworth music academy

A reggae music star is opening a music academy in Handsworth, Birmingham, to pass on his skills to young people.

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Erykah Badu disses contemporary Hip Hop music

How y'all gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music. We don't own our music no more. Come to think of it, did we EVER own it?

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Laura Mvula in L.A. Times top ten

Beyonce's stealth midnight release - a self-titled collection of new music and videos - may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013.

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Beyonce defends using Challenger disaster audio in song

Singer Beyonce has defended using audio recordings from the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster in a track from her recently released album.

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X-Factor's Sam Bailey tops Christmas chart

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has claimed this year's Christmas number one, with her debut single Skyscraper.

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Singer Tulisa Contostavlos denies supplying drugs

Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has denied being involved in the supply of class A drugs.

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Jamaica's, Tessanne Chin wins 'The Voice' Season 5

Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin sang landmark songs associated with the Beatles and Whitney Houston for her final performance on "The Voice" and walked away with the season five crown.

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X Factor winner Sam Bailey to support Beyonce

Sam Bailey was crowned the winner of this year's X Factor, beating 17-year-old Nicholas McDonald.

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Beyonce releases fifth album 'out of the blue'

Beyonce has unexpectedly released her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new songs and 17 music videos.

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R. Kelly's twitter chat doesn't quite go to plan

R. Kelly, the veteran R&B singer poised to make a major comeback with the release of his latest album, tried a little consumer engagement on Twitter and didn't get quite what he was expecting.

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Jamaican reggae singer Junior Murvin dies, aged 67

Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the 1976 hit song Police and Thieves, has died in Jamaica aged 67.

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80s soul singer Oliver Cheatham dies at age 65

Oliver Cheatham, best known for the 1983 dance hit "Get Down Saturday Night," has died at age 65.

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Hannah Barrett: X Factor racist abuse disappointing

Hannah Barrett, the latest contestant to be voted off The X Factor, has said she was "disappointed" by the racist abuse she got while on the show.

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Tinie Tempah reschedules UK tour after rehearsal issues

Tinie Tempah has announced his UK tour, which was due to start next month, will be rescheduled to March and April in 2014.

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Eminem lands seventh UK number one album

Eminem has become the first US artist to have seven consecutive number ones in the UK album chart.

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Rihanna makes chart history with Eminem hit

Rihanna has joined The Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of just three acts to top the UK singles chart seven times over seven years.

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Mercury Prize: James Blake wins with Overgrown

Electronic artist James Blake has won this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize with his second album, Overgrown.

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Laura Mvula favourite for Mercury Prize

Birmingham soul singer Laura Mvula is favourite to win the £20,000 Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday.

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Lou Reed, Velvet Underground frontman, dies at 71

US musician and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.

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Blue singer Simon Webbe has declared himself bankrupt

Simon Webbe, singer with boy band Blue, has been declared bankrupt.

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CeeLo Green sexual assault charges 'to be dropped'

CeeLo Green will NOT be charged with sexually assaulting a woman after allegedly spiking her drink - but will be charged with possession of ecstasy, TMZ report.

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Rihanna asked to leave mosque over photo shoot

Pop star Rihanna was asked to leave a famous Abu Dhabi mosque complex after posing outside the building for an unauthorised photo shoot.

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Patti Austin cancels gig after Beijing asthma attack

American jazz star Patti Austin has cancelled a concert in Beijing after suffering "a severe asthma attack".

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Michael Jackson: Tour promoters AEG Live cleared

A jury has found Michael Jackson's concert promoters, AEG Live, not guilty of negligence in hiring the doctor who killed him.

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Kanye West rants over Jimmy Kimmel's Radio 1 spoof

Kanye West has told chat show host Jimmy Kimmel he was "out of line" to make fun of his Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe on his US TV show.

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Beyonce and Jay Z named top-earning celebrity couple

Beyonce and Jay Z have been named the highest-earning celebrity couple by Forbes.

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Birmingham's Laura Mvula short listed for Mercury Prize

Veteran musician David Bowie and newcomers Laura Mvula and Jake Bugg are among the nominees for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

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Kylie Minogue to join The Voice

Pop star Kylie Minogue will replace Jessie J as a coach on The Voice, joining will.i.am and Tom Jones for the third series.

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Molly is a drug and lots of singers are singing about it

By now you've likely heard about molly -- the much buzzed about street name for the drug MDMA.

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Miley Cyrus defends her performance at MTV VMAs

Miley Cyrus claims she wanted to "make history" at the MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.

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Kanye West tells of love for Kim and reveals baby pic

Kanye West has spoken about his love for reality TV star Kim Kardashian and their baby daughter North.

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Laura Mvula to feature in new ad campaign

Marks & Spencer has turned to Birmingham singer Laura Mvula in a bid to revive its fashion fortunes.

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Raz B out of coma and in stable condition

Following a recent life-threatening scare over the weekend, singer Raz-B is reportedly making progress at a hospital in China.

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More bad news for Chris Brown as concerts cancelled

Toronto - The promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled this summer says the events have been canceled.

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Fans boo Beyonce at V Festival

Beyonce was booed at Britain's V Festival after leaving fans waiting in the pouring rain.

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R'n'B Singer reportedly on life support and in coma

R'n'B singer Raz-B is currently on life support in a hospital in China ... just one day after he was smashed in the face with a bottle at a nightclub.

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Ellie Goulding secures first UK number one single

Singer Ellie Goulding has achieved her first UK number one single with her song, Burn.

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Tulisa devastated after insult scratched into her car

Tulisa was left devastated after someone keyed the word "s**t" into the bodywork of her £100,000 Audi last week.

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'Ex-Gay' singer cut from Martin Luther King concert

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Charlatans drummer Jon Brookes dies aged 44

Jon Brookes, the drummer with indie band The Charlatans has died aged 44.

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Chris Brown blames seizure on extreme emotional stress

Chris Brown suffered a seizure early Friday morning while working at Los Angeles recording studio the Record Plant, the singer's rep has confirmed. He was not hospitalized.

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Urban stars raise roof at BBC Proms

A cast of rising British urban music stars brought the Royal Albert Hall to its feet at the first BBC Urban Proms.

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Jazz legend George Duke dies aged 67

American jazz musician George Duke, a pioneering keyboardist who collaborated with Frank Zappa during the 1970s, has died at the age of 67.

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50 Cent pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge

Rapper 50 Cent stood silently before a judge on Monday as his attorney entered his plea of not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend.

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Rihanna wins Topshop T-shirt court case

Pop singer Rihanna has won a legal battle with clothing retailer Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.

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Fugees director Aswad Ayinde given 90 Years

Award-winning music video producer Aswad Ayinde has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after a New Jersey court found him guilty of raping and impregnating his daughters.

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X Factor's Jahmene Douglas tops album chart

X Factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas has topped the UK album chart with his debut solo album Love Never Fails.

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Tim Westwood to leave Radio 1 and 1Xtra

DJ Tim Westwood is leaving BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra as part of a schedule update.

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Beyonce gets hair caught in fan during concert

Beyonce has soldiered through a concert in Montreal after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan.

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JAY Z changes the spelling of his name

JAY Z has officially changed the way his name is spelt.

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Tina Turner marries for second time

Soul singer Tina Turner has married her long term partner in a civil ceremony in Switzerland where they live.

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Eurythmics song tops misheard lyrics poll

The Eurythmics' pop classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) is the most frequently misquoted song in the UK, according to a survey.

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50 Cent cancels visit after domestic assault charge

Rapper 50 Cent has cancelled a planned appearance at a Birmingham branch of Argos after he was charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend in the US.

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Singer Bernie Nolan dies aged 52

Actress and singer Bernie Nolan has died at the age of 52, following a long battle with breast cancer.

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Eddie Murphy and Snoop Lion release reggae collaboration

Comedian EDDIE MURPHY has recruited rapper-turned-reggae star SNOOP LION to channel the sounds of Jamaica on a new song.

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Chris Brown faces new charges over car crash

The RnB star Chris Brown has been charged with a hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence.

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Ying Yang Twins praises Miley Cyrus' twerking

Ying Yang Twins was so impressed with Miley Cyrus' recent twerking habit that they created a new song dedicated to her.

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Kanye West tops the UK album charts with Yeezus

If Kanye West weren't on enough of a high already following the birth last week of his baby daughter North, then the only direction is up

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Emeli Sande to perform in Stephen Lawrence's memory

Award-winning pop stars Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran will perform at a concert to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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Little Mix's debut album breaks records in America

The debut album by girl group Little Mix has become the highest ever charting album by a UK girl group in America.

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Michael Jackson daughter Paris in suicide bid

Paris Jackson, the daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson, is in hospital after attempting to kill herself, a publicist has confirmed.

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Tulisa Contostavlos bailed after drug deal claims

The former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been bailed after being arrested for the supply of class A drugs.

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Lostprophets rock star denies baby rape charges

The lead singer of south Wales rock band Lostprophets has denied 23 sexual offences involving children, including two charges of raping a baby.

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Amanda Bynes attacks Rihanna on Twitter

She's not having a great time of it lately, what with her arrest this week.

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George Michael injured in M1 crash

Singer George Michael has been airlifted to hospital with a head injury following a crash on the M1.

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Lil Kim sued for $15 million!

Rapper Lil Kim has reportedly been hit with a $15 million lawsuit by her former business manager amid claims that her diva-like behavior cost him a ton of money in lost endorsement deals, according to TMZ.

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The role that made Beyonce cry

Beyonce loved voicing Queen Tara in the new children's movie "Epic" - at least once she stopped crying.

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Lauryn Hill jailed for tax evasion

Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in the US state of New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion.

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Reggae: Skatalites legend Cedric Brooks dies

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Cedric Brooks, a Jamaican saxophone player and influential roots reggae musician, has died. He was 70.

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'Bestival' crash death musician makes the Top 40

A song recorded by an 18-year-old Liverpool musician who died in a coach crash has entered the singles chart.

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Lil Wayne dropped by sponsor over Emmett Till lyric

New Orleans based entertainer Lil Wayne has become the latest rapper to grovel at the the feet of his corporate sponsors in hopes of not getting kicked off the plantation.

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Rapper Danny Brown allegedly sexually assaulted on stage

Detroit-based rapper, Danny Brown, allegedly received oral sex while he was onstage performing in Minneapolis, and his friend, rapper Kitty Pryde says that he was raped.

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Nicki Minaj flips out at journalist

Nicki Minaj flipped out at a female journalist who accused her of being unprofessional after she declined an interview backstage.

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Wyclef Jean's charity sued for $100,000

Wyclef Jean may have closed his defamed charity's doors, but it's been hit with yet another lawsuit.

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Tupac's former bodyguard found dead

"Big Frank," the former body guard of late rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, was found dead in his California home Sunday night.

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Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly dead at 34

Rapper Chris Kelly of the '90s group Kris Kross was found dead at his Atlanta home this evening, a rep for the Fulton Country Medical Examiner confirmed to Billboard. He was 34.

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Michael Jackson 'wrongful death' case opens

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother says the pop star's promoters failed properly to vet the doctor convicted of causing his death from a drug overdose, as a wrongful death lawsuit opens.

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JLS announce split after farewell tour and new album

Former X Factor boy band JLS have announced that they are splitting up after five years together.

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Pink concert cancellation: Singer too ill to perform

Pop singer Pink has called off a concert in Birmingham.

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Lauryn Hill faces sentencing in New Jersey for tax evasion

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill faces sentencing today (Monday Apr 22) in New Jersey on tax evasion charges.

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Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead enters chart at two

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead has failed to reach the number one spot in the music charts.

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Chaka Khan chosen for Apollo Legends Hall of Fame

R&B star Chaka Khan will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame.

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R1 Chart show will not play full Thatcher row song

The Wizard of Oz song at the centre of an anti-Margaret Thatcher campaign will not be played in full on the Official Chart Show.

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New music 'rewarding for the brain'

Listening to new music is rewarding for the brain, a study suggests.

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Jessie J to headline new Birmingham Fusion Festival

Jessie J has been announced as the headline act of a new music festival to be held in Birmingham.

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'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' could reach number one

Lady Thatcher's death could propel The Wizard Of Oz track "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead to the top of the charts.

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Snoop: 'Homosexuality may never be acceptable in rap'

The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg tells NME he doesn't think homosexuality will ever be fully acceptable in rap music.

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Jamaican reggae legend Harry J Johnson dies

Harry Johnson, the former insurance salesman who became one of reggae's top producers in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

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Mitch Winehouse not impressed with Beyonce's, Amy cover

Beyonce's "Back to Black" cover, which features Andre 3000 and debuts in "The Great Gatsby," seems to have hit one snag.

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Busta Rhymes throws homophobic tantrum

Rapper Busta Rhymes allegedly threw a slur-filled tantrum in Miami Beach early Wednesday morning...

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Chris Brown acknowledges assault of Rihanna was wrong

R&B singer Chris Brown may never live down the 2009 domestic assault charge he was slapped with after brutally beating girlfriend Rihanna. However...

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Jury to be selected in Michael Jackson case

Jury selection has begun in Michael Jackson's 82-year-old mother's $40bn (£26bn) lawsuit against the late singer's promoters, AEG Live.

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Ant and Dec top the UK singles chart

TV hosts Ant and Dec are celebrating their first British number one single with a re-release of their 1994 hit Let's Get Ready to Rhumble.

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Lil Wayne: Epilepsy caused my seizure

Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic and has had seizures for years.

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Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy, owing $10m

Walk On By singer Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy in the US after amounting debts of almost $10 million (£6.6m) in taxes since 1991.

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Johnny Gill finally denies homosexual relationship

Rumors about R&B legend JOHNNY GILL's sexuality have been around for a number of years.

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Music sales are not affected by web piracy

A report published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre claims that music web piracy does not harm legitimate sales.

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Bobby Brown starts jail term

Singer Bobby Brown has turned himself in to begin serving a 55-day jail sentence for his recent drink-driving conviction.

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Keyshia Cole blasts lyrics to Beyonce's new song

After voicing her opinion on Michelle Williams' performance during the Destiny's Child Super Bowl halftime reunion, Keyshia Cole has taken to her Twitter account once again...

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'Old School' rapper Tone Loc collapses on stage in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa - Rapper Tone Loc collapsed on stage while performing in Iowa this weekend.

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David Bowie album scores first number one in 20 years

David Bowie's first album in a decade has become the fastest selling of the year, hitting the number one spot in its first week.

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Lil Wayne is 'not close to death'

Everybody chill: Lil Wayne is going to be okay.

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Chaka Khan makes Billboard Magazine history

On the cusp of her 60th birthday on March 23, Billboard magazine is celebrating Chaka Khan's career with the release of their "Stars Tribute" issue.

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Rapper Lil Wayne 'critical' after seizures

Grammy-winning hip hop star Lil Wayne is in critical condition in Los Angeles after being admitted to hospital twice this week for seizures, celebrity news website TMZ reports.

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'Old school' rapper Tim Dog dies aged 46

The MC was known for his West Coast diss track and collaborations with Kool Keith and Ultramagnetic MCs

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Lil Wayne hospitalised after suffering from seizures

Lil Wayne has once again been hospitalised after suffering from seizures.

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Tina Turner becomes oldest ever Vogue cover girl

The queen of rock 'n' roll, Tina Turner, proved she's still got it, becoming the oldest person to cover Vogue Magazine.

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Harlem Shake sparks royalties row

Reggae artist Hector Delgado and rapper Jayson Musson say the producer of the chart-topping hit Harlem Shake did not have permission to use their voices.

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Lil' Kim sues lawyer for $1 million

Lil' Kim filed a $1 million lawsuit against a lawyer and businessman who she claims duped her into signing a series of bad licensing agreements.

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Posthumous Jimi Hendrix album set to be big hit

"People, Hell and Angels," a new posthumous album from music legend Jimi Hendrix, is set to be the deceased rocker's biggest album since his 1968 smash hit, "Electric Ladyland."

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Michael Jackson demanded to be called 'King of Pop'

As instantly as Michael Jackson began to be referred to as "The King of Pop", so did people quickly assumed that the artist got that moniker by his sheer talent and artistry...

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Justin Bieber lashes out at the paparazzi in angry rage

Justin Bieber has lashed out at a paparazzo who was taking his picture as he left his London hotel yesterday.

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Kendrick Lamar tops MTV's Hottest MCs list

West Coast's rap artist Kendrick Lamar has just been crowned this year's "Hottest MC in the Game" via a unanimous vote by MTV's Hip-Hop Brain Trust.

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The (fake) Beyonce photo everyone is talking about

Details about Beyonce's upcoming fifth studio album have been sparse. Queen Bey has yet to announce a name or release date for the expected 2013 album.

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Justin Bieber treated by doctors after O2 Arena concert

Pop star Justin Bieber was treated by doctors after suffering breathing problems during his concert at London's O2 Arena, his spokeswoman has said.

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Beyonce Leak: Sony Sues Man Who Pirated '4'

Sony sprung a leak in June 2011 and is looking to plug it with $233,000 in reparations from the Swedish man accused of putting Beyonce's "4" album online in advance of its release date.

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Man Charged in fatal French Montana tour bus shooting

Police arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting last Thursday outside French Montana's tour bus.

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Keri Hilson breaks down over Beyonce fans abuse

Singer Keri Hilton is still being harassed by Beyonce fans, aka the BeyHive, who are angry over an alleged feud that is years old.

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Kelly Rowland responds to Keyshia Cole's tweets

Though Michelle Williams took the high road when responding to Keyshia Cole's mean girl tweets following the "surprise" Destiny's Child reunion during Beyonce's electricity snatching Super Bowl performance.

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Anger as Justin Bieber late for London O2 gig

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber has angered parents by emerging onstage for a concert at London's O2 Arena almost two hours late.

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X Factor cleared over Pink tribute act complaints

ITV has escaped censure over complaints from an X Factor contestant who claimed she was "misrepresented" by bosses.

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The Miracles' singer Bobby Rogers dies aged 73

Bobby Rogers, the notable member of Motown Records' The Miracles that was formed in the mid-1950s with Smokey Robinson, has died in Detroit, at the age of 73.

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Nicki Minaj fires beauty advisors

Do you like Nicki Minaj's look? Turns out, the artist herself isn't even a fan.

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Beyonce, Emeli Sande and Kings of Leon, headline V

The US singer - famed for hits such as Crazy In Love and Single Ladies - will perform at the twin-site event in August.

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Kanye Rants Again: Disses Grammys and the industry

Nominated for six awards at the recent 2013 Grammys but still not "satisfied," Hip-Hop heavyweight, Kanye West, let loose with a rant against music executives...

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David Guetta's Titanium hits 1 million download sales

David Guetta's single Titanium has hit the one million download sales mark, according to the Official Charts Company.

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Jermaine Jackson officially changes his surname

Jermaine Jackson has a new, brighter surname - Jacksun.

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Laura Mvula: Everything's gone at 110mph

At a time when new artists have to work hard to capture the attention of jaded record companies, Laura Mvula's approach was almost laughably simple.

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Tulisa to be axed from the X-Factor

Ruthless Simon Cowell has axed Tulisa Contostavlos from The X Factor judging panel as he tries to boost the show's flagging ratings.

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Mel B will be new 'America's Got Talent' Judge

NBC says former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is joining the judges' panel of "America's Got Talent."

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Rihanna attacked by fan angry over Chris Brown reunion

Rihanna was left bloodied early Sunday outside a London nightclub when she cut her knee dodging a bottle hurled by a heckler spewing insults aimed at Chris Brown.

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Country singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

US country singer Mindy McCready has killed herself, police say.

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Lil Wayne's Emmett Till lyric is pulled by Epic Records

A cousin of the late Emmett Till wonders if Lil Wayne understands just how damaging it was when he rapped a vulgar reference to the black U.S. teen...

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Rihanna's dopey Valentine's messages

Rihanna has never been shy when it comes to controversy but it seems some of her fans are tiring of her increasingly frequent references to marijuana.

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N-Dubz's Dappy breaks down after suspended sentence

N-Dubz rapper Dappy broke down in tears and shouted 'Yes' after he avoided a jail term when he was sentenced for assault and affray.

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Beyonce premieres documentary 'Life Is But a Dream'

Beyonce Knowles was glowing when she attended the premiere of her HBO documentary "Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream" at the Ziegfeld Theater, New York on Tuesday, February 12.

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Adele blasts Chris Brown for Frank Ocean Grammys snub

This is the moment when Adele gave Chris Brown a piece of her mind at the Grammys.

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Bruno Mars, Rihanna & Sting: Grammys Bob Marley tribute

Bruno Mars opened the Bob Marley tribute Sunday night at the Grammys with a reggae-infused performance of "Locked Out of Heaven."

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Mary J. Blige honored at pre-grammy party

Babyface called her an icon; Diddy said she was like a sister; and Anita Baker credited her for helping secure her latest Grammy nomination.

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Toni Braxton retires from music: 'Heart no longer in it'

Toni Braxton's twenty-year music career has come to an end. The "He Wasn't Man Enough" singer made the announcement during a Friday, Feb. 8, appearance on Good Morning America.

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Man dies after door falls on him at G Live music venue

A man has died and another is seriously injured after a large metal door fell on them at a music venue in Surrey.

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Rick Ross Sued Over '3 Kings' Along With Jay-Z & Dr. Dre

After dodging a life-threatening drive-by shooting incident last week, Rick Ross is facing yet another bump in his otherwise successful career as a rapper and record label big boss.

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Lil Kiesha puts a rap on fake Jamaicans

Jamaican born, UK-based rapper Lil Kiesha has put her concern to music. She contends many persons in her neck of the woods are pretending to be Jamaican.

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Beyonce orders unflattering images taken down

Beyonce's publicist has asked a website to remove "unflattering" pictures of the star performing at the Super Bowl.

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Jazz trumpeting legend, Donald Byrd dies

Legendary trumpet player, bandleader and recording artist Donald Byrd, passed away earlier this week, according to the artist's nephew.

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Destiny's Child's album sales surge after super bowl

Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (II) are reaping the rewards of their memorable performance.

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Rihanna supports Chris Brown in court

Rihanna left no doubt about how she feels about Chris Brown and the probation he's serving for beating her up four years ago

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Neville Willoughby interviews the great Bob Marley

This is in tribute to the great one on his earthday (birthday) b. February 6th 1945.

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Keyshia Cole blasts Michelle Williams' performance

In a series of tweets posted on February 4, R'n'B artist Keyshia Cole shared her thought on Michelle Williams (II)' performance during the Super Bowl halftime show.

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Frank Ocean forgives Chris Brown for brawl

Frank Ocean has released a statement revealing he has dropped any charges against Chris Brown following the pair's argument in LA last month.

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R&B singer Cecil Womack dies

Cecil Womack passed away Friday at the age of 65, according to the website soul source.

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AKB48 pop star shaves head after breaking band rules

A Japanese pop star has shaved her head and offered a filmed apology after breaking her management firm's rules by spending a night with her boyfriend.

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Beyonce admits lip-sync and sings it again - live!

Beyonce appeared at a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans on Thursday Jan. 31 - and before she took questions from reporters, she gave an unexpected performance of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94

The last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters - the popular singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s - has died in California at the age of 94.

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Chris Brown and Frank Ocean 'brawl outside of studio'

Two of the most prominent singers of recent times were allegedly involved in a mass brawl outside of a studio in Los Angeles on January 27.

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Underground strangers orchestra concert takes place

A concert performed by an orchestra made up entirely of strangers recruited on the London Underground has taken place.

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Mexico band Kombo Kolombia reported missing after gig

Police in northern Mexico are searching for 20 members of a band who went missing after playing a gig in the city of Hidalgo on Thursday night.

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Nicki Minaj: 'Mariah Carey does not like me'

The discomfort between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey has taken center stage on "American Idol" this season, and Minaj tried to explain the situation on Friday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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Five mintues with Leona Lewis

The multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer Leona Lewis talks to Matthew Stadlen about keeping her private life private, how her songs come about, and her relationship with Simon Cowell.

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Beyonce: Confusion over 'lip-syncing' claims

Conflicting reports have emerged over whether Beyonce sang live at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Beyonce added to the performers at the Brit Awards

Beyonce is heading to London next month to perform at the 2013 Brit Awards.

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Dappy found guilty of affray and one count of assault

Dappy has been found guilty of affray and one count of assault.

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Anthony Hamilton surprised by Grammy nod

US SOUL singer Anthony Hamilton has said his recent Grammy nominations took him by surprise.

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Golden Globes 2013: Adele triumphs with Skyfall theme

Adele has thanked her newborn son as she triumphed at the Golden Globes with a win for best original song for theme to James Bond film Skyfall.

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L.L. Cool J: 'You don't need a record label'

The Windows 8 Liquid My Connect Studio app from Boomdizzle is the brainchild of LL Cool J which allows users to create music with another person from a mobile gadget or PC.

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Destiny's Child return after eight years with new song

Destiny's Child have reunited. In a week of surprise comebacks, their thunder might have been slightly stolen by David Bowie's return,

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Brit Awards: Emeli Sande leads nominations

Singer Emeli Sande has capped a stellar rise over the past 12 months with four nominations for the 2013 Brit Awards.

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Beyonce to Perform at President Obama's Inauguration

After supporting him throughout his campaign, Beyonce will perform the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

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Rodigan returns to the airwaves

Veteran reggae DJ David Rodigan will return to the airwaves to host a Sunday evening show for BBC Radio 1Xtra, starting on February 17.

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N-Dubz Frontman Dappy accused of mob attack

Rapper Dappy sparked a "mob attack" at a petrol station when he spat at two young women who refused to get into a car with him, his trial has heard.

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Amy Winehouse inquest: Singer drank herself to death

Singer Amy Winehouse died after drinking too much alcohol, a second inquest has confirmed.

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Freddy E tweets about despair before committing suicide

Overcome with depression, rising hip-hop star Freddy E went on Twitter to talk about taking his own life before shooting himself.

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Diana Ross throws tantrum at restaurant

Grammy Award-winning singer Diana Ross, the founding member and lead singer of the famous Motown group The Supremes, threw a "supreme" tantrum after she was not allowed to sit at a table...

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Azealia Banks under fire for 'gay slur' on Twitter

US rapper Azealia Banks' homophobic tweet directed celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, has sparked a response from campaigners the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD].

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R. Kelly Releases song for Newtown Shooting survivors

R. Kelly comes out anew with a tribute to the survivors of the Newtown shooting massacre that gripped the American nation last month.

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Bobby Womack updates fans on battle with Alzheimer's

Bobby Womack has released an official statement after revealing this week that he is suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Nicki Minaj worries about American Idol fame

Nicki Minaj may be the most famous female in hip-hop, but she's about to attract an entirely new audience when American Idol's twelfth season premieres on FOX Jan. 16.

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Sean Paul's ex sues, claiming he had erection issues

Dancehall artist Sean Paul is being sued by jilted ex Susanne Persson for $80 million.

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2Pac named most popular artist among U.K. prison inmates

Tupac has been named the most popular artist among prisoners in United Kingdom jails.

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Patti Page, singer of Tennessee Waltz, dies aged 85

American singer Patti Page, one of the most popular artists of the 1950s, has died at the age of 85.

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Digital sales break £1bn barrier

More than £1bn was spent on downloaded films, music and games in 2012, the highest annual total.

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Jay-Z Confirmed to Work on 'The Great Gatsby' Score

The inclusion of Jay-Z and Kanye West's song "No Church in the Wild" in the trailer of "The Great Gatsby" is not without a reason.

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Birmingham's Laura Mvula: 4th in the BBC's Sound of 2013

Laura Mvula has come fourth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 new music list, which showcases emerging artists for the coming 12 months.

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Kanye West breaks baby news to concert crowd

Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West's child, it has been confirmed.

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X Factor winner James Arthur returns to number one

X Factor winner James Arthur has returned to the top of the singles' chart, a week after missing out on the Christmas number one spot.

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'Boring' Britney Spears facing X Factor axe

Britney Spears is reportedly facing the axe from X Factor USA after just one season.

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Soul singer Fontella Bass died of heart attack complications

St. Louis soul singer Fontanella Bass passed away on Wednesday, December 26 around 9:45 P.M. at the age of 72.

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Rock guitarist rushed to hospital but dies aged 47

Mike Scaccia, guitarist with heavy metal bands Ministry and Rigor Mortis, has died at the age of 47.

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Emeli Sande surprises school kids

Pop star Emeli Sande made a surprise visit to pupils and teachers at two Aberdeenshire schools during her festive trip back home on Friday.

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Hillsborough single is Christmas number one

The Hillsborough charity single, He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, is this year's Christmas number one.

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Kidnapped Concert Promoter Suing Nas for $10 Million

A concert promoter filed a lawsuit against rapper Nas on Friday, December 19, asking for $10 million. Patrick Allocco claimed in his lawsuit that Nas' no-show at a concert in Angola had resulted in him being kidnapped and tortured a year ago.

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Leona Lewis fails to make Top 200 with new single

The singer released 'Lovebird' as the second cut from her latest album Glassheart on December 9, but the track didn't register on the UK's official singles chart

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Frank Ocean's father suing him for $1 million?

US singer Frank Ocean reportedly tweeted that his father is attempting to sue him for $1 million.

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James Arthur and Matt Cardle in music feud

Battle of the X Factor winners as 2010 champ Matt Cardle slams 2012 victor James Arthur.

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Jahmene Douglas signs to Sony

Jahmene Douglas has become the latest X Factor finalist to sign a record deal.

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Has Kelly Rowland got MORE Bootylicious?

Has Kelly got MORE Bootylicious? Ms Rowland shows off a very rounded posterior in skintight catsuit for VH1 Divas show

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Trey Songz arrested for 'throwing money at woman'

Singer Trey Songz was arrested following claims he gave a woman a black eye after throwing money at her in a New York strip club in August.

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Simon Cowell to try and recruit Rihanna for X Factor

Simon Cowell is planning on meeting superstar Rihanna to ask her to become an X Factor judge, reports claims.

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Drunk Kim Wilde sings on Tube: Video goes viral

You're on the tube, on the way home from work after a long day at the office, and some attention-seeking clown is loudly destroying the hits of Kim Wilde. Singing - if that's what you can call it - out loud. There's even some guy accompanying her on gu

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L.A. Reid: I'm Leaving X Factor

There's another "X Factor" judges shake-up in the works.

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Kanye West Wears Leather Skirt for 12-12-12 Benefit Show

Kanye West stole the show during Wednesday's 12-12-12 concert benefitting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - and this time, it wasn't for saying anything outrageous.

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Donna Summer inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Donna Summer has been inducted into into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Kraftwerk gig breaks Tate website

Kraftwerk fans have brought the Tate Modern's website to a standstill after a rush to buy tickets for a retrospective of their albums in February.

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India sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dies

Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar has died in a hospital in the US, aged 92.

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Singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has died in a plane crash in northern Mexico, has father has confirmed.

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R'n'B singer, Ciara hit with nude pics scandal

Risque pictures of Ciara have been circulating online, showing her totally nude.

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Another semi-nude photo shoot for Rihanna

She recently bared all for the cover of her seventh studio album Unapologetic and again when she fronted GQ magazine.

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Britney Spears 'Cries' over potential X Factor axe

recently "sobbed to fellow 'X Factor' judge Demi Lovato that she fears network execs will fire her from the $15 million gig."

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Mariah Carey revamps Christmas song with The Roots

Mariah Carey has performed her famous holiday hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" countless times - but likely not quite like she did when Jimmy Fallon and the Roots sang backup on the Dec. 4 episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

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Dave Brubeck: Take Five jazz pianist dies

Pioneering jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has died, aged 91.

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Rock star charged over fan death

Randy Blythe, the frontman of US metal band Lamb of God, has been charged over the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010.

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X Factor judge Tulisa thrills fans at Swan Centre in Yardley

X Factor judge Tulisa proved her fans are a close-knit community - by arriving to Birmingham in the same jumper as her biggest admirer.

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Less of J-Lo on show as singer tones down concert

Jennifer Lopez wowed thousands of fans in Indonesia, but they didn't see as much of her as concertgoers in other countries.

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Stevie Wonder Cancels Event Supporting Israeli Military

Stevie Wonder is no longer scheduled to perform in a fundraiser benefitting Israeli soldiers.

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Rihanna kisses Chris Brown in instagram photo

Rihanna sparks more speculation about her reuniting with Chris Brown after posting a picture of her and Breezy canoodling with each other on Thursday, November 29 via Instagram.

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Dr. Dre tops Forbes' List of highest earning musicians 2012

Forbes Magazine has just released its list of 2012's highest paid musicians and it shows an international cast of pop stars, hip-hop giants, and rock icons.

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One Direction's Zayn Malik deletes his Twitter account

One Direction's Zayn Malik has deleted his Twitter account saying he is "sick of all the useless opinions and hate".

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Nicki Minaj has rant over Steven Tyler's 'racist' comments

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter on Monday night to respond to former "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler's recent remarks about her alleged feud with Mariah Carey.

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Is illegal downloading dead?

Do you remember how we were told that illegal downloading was killing the music industry?

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Girls Aloud's comeback song misses top spot

Girls Aloud's comeback single Something New has been beaten to the UK number one spot by Olly Murs' latest release.

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Beyonce shares Blue Ivy photos for Thanksgiving

Beyonce and Jay-Z have quite a bit to be grateful for in 2012, having welcomed daughter Blue Ivy to the world last January.

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Gangnam Style becomes YouTube's most-viewed video

Gangnam Style, the dance track by South Korean pop phenomenon Psy, has become YouTube's most-watched video of all time.

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Rebecca Ferguson still has X Factor nerves

Rebecca Ferguson says she still feels sick when she watches The X Factor, despite not being a contestant any more.

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Cheryl Cole's TV show attracts huge ratings

Cheryl Cole's one-off fly-on-the-wall television show, called Cheryl: Access All Areas, scored huge ratings when it was broadcast on ITV2 on 20 November.

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Reggae legend David Rodigan quits Kiss FM

Veteran deejay David Rodigan has quit his flagship show on Kiss FM, claiming that the London-based station is marginalising reggae music.

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R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet heading to Broadway

US Singer, R Kelly has announced plans to bring his musical soap opera Trapped in the Closet to Broadway.

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Rihanna curses out her band live on stage

Rihanna showed to audience at her 777 tour stop in London what a perfection means to her.

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Nicki Minaj Suffers Nip Slip on Live TV

Nicki Minaj has never been known for her buttoned-up style, but on Monday, the star revealed more than she planned to an unsuspecting audience on live TV

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X Factor: Nobody should be shocked at Ella's exit

Let's get two things straight from the start. Firstly, Ella Henderson is a brilliant young singer who, as Gary Barlow informed us a few weeks ago, can hit a soprano F-sharp descending...

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Will.I.Am swaps music for tech

The tech world sometimes needs a helping hand from global icons - superstars who shout from the rooftops about their passion for technology.

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Nick Cannon: I Change Diapers More Than Mariah Carey

During an interview on Anderson Live Nick Cannon described what a typical day is like at home with wife Carey and their 18-month-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

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Rihanna's 777 Tour Survives Earthquake

To fete the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, will be flying via Delta 777 jet to play seven concerts in seven cities in seven different countries in seven days

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Florence Welch plans to 'take a year off and write musical'

Florence Welch has revealed that she plans to take a year off after her tour ends next month.

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Lauryn Hill refuses to respond to Wyclef claims?

Singer Lauryn Hill hinted that she is 'taking the high road' over her recent issues with former bandmate and lover Wyclef Jean.

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Rihanna and Brown Together Again in Hot Duet

Chris Brown and Rihanna Fenty are making music together again, and this time, on a Rihanna release, the song is aptly named "Nobodies Business."

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Rihanna donates 1,000 sleeping bags to 'Sandy' victims

Superstar Rihanna has reportedly donated at least one thousand sleeping bags to New Yorkers displaced by superstorm Sandy.

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Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates to leave Radio 1

Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates are to leave Radio 1, the station has said.

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Beyonce pens praising public letter to President Obama

Beyonce has been making her political allegiance known as she posted a snap of her vote for President Obama on her Tumblr page.

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Robbie Williams returns to number one spot

Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK number one for eight years, after Candy topped the official singles chart.

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Lucy Spraggan leaves the X Factor 2012

After various reports, it's finally been confirmed that Lucy Spraggan will not be returning to the X Factor 2012.

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Amy Winehouse's wedding dress stolen from house

The dress Amy Winehouse wore when she married ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil has been stolen, a spokesman has confirmed.

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Lady GaGa Almost Topless in Halloween Costume

Lady GaGa was really comfortable in her own skin. She didn't feel shy to show off her bare chest as she dressed up as a weed when attending a Halloween party this week.

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Cee-Lo Green Investigated for Alleged Sexual Assault

Cee-Lo Green is a target of investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department after a woman filed a police report accusing the Goodie Mob star of sexual battery.

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Christina Aguilera calls Simon Cowell a 'D**k'

Christina Aguilera is currently promoting her latest album Lotus - and while out and about she is causing a little bit of controversy in her classic sassy style!

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Labrinth and Sande duet tops UK singles chart

London rapper and producer Labrinth has shot to the top of the UK singles chart with Beneath Your Beautiful, his duet with Scottish singer Emeli Sande.

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R&B singer Natina Reed killed by car

Natina Reed, a member of the US R&B trio Blaque who played a cheerleader in the 2000 film Bring It On, has died in Georgia, police have confirmed.

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Alicia Keys to headline 1Xtra Live Birmingham

Alicia Keys will headline the final night of 1Xtra Live at the Birmingham Ballroom.

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Original Sugababes line-up say new music is 'special'

The original line-up of girl band Sugababes have spoken about their reasons for getting back together.

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Leona Lewis: Glassheart album from 'stronger place'

Leona Lewis says new album Glassheart has a "different energy" and comes from a "stronger place" than her previous records.

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Vile trolls target new mum Adele

SICK trolls are targeting new mum Adele with revolting jibes about KILLING her tiny son. The online yobs began taunting the singer, 24, just minutes after the birth was confirmed on Saturday.

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The X Factor 2012's hidden star Leanne Robinson

Leanne Robinson shone from her first appearance on The X Factor 2012. She has an amazing voice but for some reason, she was hidden in the edits from there on in.

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Council's £425,000 Alicia Keys gig probed

A one-off concert starring Alicia Keys that cost Manchester City Council about £425,000 to stage is to be investigated by a spending watchdog.

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Tinie Tempah and Adele honoured in US

Adele has been honoured by the US music industry for the success of her hit song Rolling In The Deep.

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Rihanna Beats One Direction To Singles Chart Top Spot

Rihanna has landed her sixth UK No 1 single, going straight to the top spot in this week's Official UK Singles Chart with Diamonds.

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Half of the X Factor finalists were invited to audition

Half of this year's 12 X Factor finalists were approached to audition for the show.

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Nick Clegg spoof song enters UK singles chart

A TRACK made from an auto-tuned version of Nick Clegg's apology for his tuition fees U-turn has joined the race to the top of the charts.

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Manchester named as UK's biggest piracy city in study

Manchester has been named the piracy capital of the UK, according to a new study seen exclusively by the BBC.

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Kanye West's sex tape was stolen from his computer, says lawyer

Kanye West's lawyers have issued a statement about a sex tape reportedly featuring the rapper that is being shopped to media outlets.

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