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Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

Charles Bradley, a soul singer who found fame in his later years, has died from cancer aged 68. The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed “the screaming eagle of soul” released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62. He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late last year. His death come just two weeks after the remainder of his 2017 tour dates were cancelled due to illness. Charles Bradley spent much of his life working odd jobs – and some of…

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Five things we learned at Later with Jools Holland's 25th birthday

Later… with Jools Holland turns 25 this year, after more than 350 shows and over a thousand musical guests. To celebrate, the programme abandoned its home in Maidstone for a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Among the guests were Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal and Malian band Songhoy Blues. The results will be screened on BBC Two on Saturday night, but here are some of the things we learned behind the scenes. 1. Taylor Hawkins was playing hide and seek Foo Fighters’ star Dave Grohl (pictured with…

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Sampha leaps up chart after Mercury Music Prize win

Sampha’s debut album Process has jumped back into the top 10 after winning the Mercury Music Prize. It leapt to number seven in this week’s chart – a climb of 145 places – after beating Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win the £25,000 prize. The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, topped this week’s chart. It’s the band’s ninth studio album and the fourth to reach the top of the UK album chart. Process had also been at number seven back in February. Gary Numan also entered the top…

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Greg James and A.Dot to host new pop show on BBC One

Greg James and A.Dot have been announced as the hosts of a new, primetime music show on BBC One. Sounds Like Friday Night will be the first regular, mainstream music programme on the BBC since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006. Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, alongside interviews and sketches. Brit Award-winners Royal Blood have written the show’s theme tune. “We always imagined doing something like this one day,” said the band. “It’s great that a…

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Bernie Casey: NFL star and actor dies at 78

Bernie Casey, the ex-American Football player who became the first black actor to play James Bond’s CIA ally Felix Leiter, has died in Los Angeles at 78. The actor, who played Leiter opposite Sir Sean Connery in 1983’s Never Say Never Again, had other roles in Boxcar Bertha and Revenge of the Nerds. He also appeared in Cleopatra Jones and other so-called “blaxploitation” films. They included Dr Black, Mr Hyde, a 1976 horror film inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde story. Born in 1939 in West Virginia, Casey…

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Seen a gig recently? You're not the only one

Live music now accounts for almost 25% of UK music industry revenues, new figures reveal. Concerts brought in £1 billion in 2016, over £300 million more than recorded music – which includes sales of CDs, vinyl, downloads and streaming. In total, 30.9 million tickets were sold for concerts and festivals in 2016, up from 27.7 million in 2015. But UK Music warned that the closure of small venues posed a threat to up-and-coming artists. “Live music did have another great year,” said CEO Michael Dugher. “But future talent will never…

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