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Why singer Lucy Dacus makes her fans cry

<b>Here's some friendly advice: If you go to see Lucy Dacus in concert, take a tissue.</b><p>"It seems like people are getting a good cry out of these shows," tweeted the singer-songwriter earlier this month. "Sorry, not sorry."<p>Listening to her second album, Historian, it's easy to see why the 22-year-old is …

Indie Music

A philosopher rates Kanye West's tweets

<b>"It's not where you take things from. It's where you take them to."</b><p>We all knew Kanye West had a way with words. But instead of rap lyrics, these days the star is dropping knowledge on Twitter.<p>Since he reactivated his account on Monday, West has been sending out a series of bon mots and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A philosopher rates Kanye West's tweets

<b>"It's not where you take things from. It's where you take them to."</b><p>We all knew Kanye West had a way with words. But instead of rap lyrics, these days the star is dropping knowledge on Twitter.<p>Since he reactivated his account on Monday, West has been sending out a series of bon mots and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Ariana Grande unveils emotional new single, No Tears Left To Cry

<b>Ariana Grande has returned with her first new music since the terrorist attack that killed 22 people outside her Manchester Arena show in May 2017.</b><p>No Tears Left To Cry is an emotional anthem to overcoming adversity, which channels the resilience and optimism of her One Love concert, held just two …

Pop Music

Prince's original recording of Nothing Compares 2 U is finally released

<b>Prince's estate has released the star's original 1984 recording of Nothing Compares 2 U, ahead of the second anniversary of his death.</b><p>One of Prince's loneliest songs, it was initially given to his side project, The Family, before Sinead O'Connor made it a hit in 1990.<p>Prince later reclaimed it in …

Music Videos

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

<b>Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.</b><p>The group is led by James Rose, who has cerebral palsy and conducts using a baton strapped to his head.<p>His fellow musicians have conditions such as blindness, autism and …

Flute

Sting: 'Cultural appropriation is an ugly term'

<b>Pop legend Sting is browsing the racks at Honest Jon's record store on London's Portobello Road when a single catches his attention.</b><p>It's a limited edition white vinyl by the late hip-hop producer J Dilla. The title is unprintable here, but it roughly translates as "Forget The Police".<p>"Now there's a …

Bob Marley

Conchita Wurst reveals HIV diagnosis

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for "several years".<p>The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had "threatened to go public".<p>"I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and …

Eurovision Song Contest

Isaac Gracie: From choir boy to the charts

<b>Isaac Gracie's life changed forever the day his voice broke.</b><p>From the age of seven, the London-born singer had been a chorister, rehearsing and performing six times a week with the Ealing Abbey Choir.<p>"I was in the full cassocks and everything," remembers the 23-year-old. "And by the end of it I had …

Self-confidence

George Ezra: 'I struggled to accept fame'

<b>"Every gig I ever play, I promise myself I'm going to be the cool pop star," says George Ezra.</b><p>"But I'm just not that person. After two songs, I'm grinning from ear to ear."<p>That grin is infectious. When Ezra played in London earlier this week, the whole room lit up with smiles as the audience …

New Albums

Brits to give bronze disc to new artists

<b>The music industry is relaunching its gold, silver and platinum disc awards - with a twist.</b><p>A new bronze disc will be awarded to "breakthrough" artists the first time one of their albums sells 30,000 units.<p>The BPI, which represents the industry, said the award would benefit independent artists at …

New Music

Arctic Monkeys announce new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

<b>Arctic Monkeys have announced their return after a break of five years, with a new album called Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.</b><p>The Sheffield band confirmed the news on Twitter, telling fans the new record will be released on 11 May.<p>They also posted a brief video showing a model of a building …

New Albums

The Aces: 'Not all girl bands are the same'

<b>Cristal Ramirez is concerned.</b><p>Recently, fans have been showing up at gigs sporting tattoos dedicated to The Aces, the band she formed with her sister when she was 10.<p>"I feel like a worried mother," she laughs.<p>"I'm like, 'Are you sure you want that on your body for the rest of your entire …

Whitney Houston

Kenny Rogers: Country star cancels tour over 'health challenges'

<b>Country music legend Kenny Rogers has scrapped the remainder of his farewell tour on doctor's orders.</b><p>The 79-year-old singer is "working through a series of health challenges", his management said in a statement.<p>"His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great," they added, but said he had been …

Country Music

Florence + The Machine to headline BBC's Biggest Weekend

<b>Florence + The Machine will headline the BBC's Biggest Weekend festival in Swansea, marking her live comeback in the UK.</b><p>The star, who is expected to release new music this month, will top the bill at Singleton Park on Sunday, 28 May.<p>She joins the likes of Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift, Craig David …

Lineup

Snow Patrol star opens up about depression

<b>Snow Patrol star Gary Lightbody has opened up about his struggle with depression, saying he "used to think about not existing".</b><p>The singer, whose hits include Chasing Cars and Run, said he had been battling the condition since he was a teenager.<p>"Winston Churchill had a great name for depression: His …

Mental Health

1812 Overture is 'top classical piece' - BBC News

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky had 14 entries in the Classic FM Top 300<p>Tchaikovsky may have loathed it, but his 1812 Overture has just been voted the UK's most popular piece of classical music.<p>The composer famously said it was "very loud and noisy and completely without artistic merit, obviously written …

Hall of Fame

Dua Lipa speaks out about sexism in the music industry

<b>Pop star Dua Lipa has spoken out about sexism in the music industry, saying women struggle to get recognition.</b><p>"For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you're not sat down at a piano or with a guitar," she told GQ.<p>"For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their …

Dua Lipa

Royal Opera House ruling will have a 'profound impact' on orchestras

<b>Musicians could be required to wear earplugs "at all times" following a landmark ruling on hearing loss.</b><p>In the first case of its kind, viola player Christopher Goldscheider claimed he suffered hearing loss while playing at the Royal Opera House in 2012.<p>A High Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the …

Flute

Ricky Martin says he forced partners 'back into the closet'

<b>Pop star Ricky Martin says he "wasted energy" hiding his sexuality at the start of his career.</b><p>The 46-year-old came out in 2010, and recently married Jwan Yosef, with whom he has two sons, fathered by surrogate.<p>Speaking to Attitude magazine, the star said he regretted the lengths he had gone to …

American Crime Story

Kodaline: 'Fans are always proposing at our shows'

<b>Irish band Kodaline make the sort of soaring, radio-friendly rock that sets hearts a-flutter all over the world - so it's no surprise they've ended up soundtracking hundreds of proposals.</b><p>What the band weren't expecting, though, is how often people get engaged at their concerts.<p>"No matter where we …

South-east Asia

5 pop songs you didn't know were about God

<b>According to a report in The Sun, Justin Bieber is recording a religious concept album.</b><p>The pop star is said to be on the lookout for songs with a Christian message after reconnecting with his faith through the Pentecostal megachurch Hillsong Church.<p>"There are key themes of love and redemption in …

Pop Music

Lindi Ortega: 'Music helps me cope with body dysmorphic disorder'

<b>Lindi Ortega's new album is a musical movie noir, inspired by Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks and the movies of Quentin Tarantino.</b><p>Over 15 tracks and three acts, it follows a character on the journey from a bleak place where "daylight never comes", to one of hope and liberation.<p>While …

Mental Health

Lana Del Rey and Radiohead 'settle copyright dispute'

<b>Lana Del Rey says her copyright dispute with Radiohead is over.</b><p>Earlier this year, Del Rey said the British band were suing her over similarities between her song, Get Free, and their breakthrough hit Creep.<p>Radiohead had rejected her offer of 40% of the song's royalties, she claimed, and were …

Lana Del Rey

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'

<b>Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar - and need to diversify to survive.</b><p>"The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music," he told the BBC.<p>"And it's really nice. You get whatever song you want, you get your playlists - but there's …

Apple Music

Classic Brits returns after five-year break

<b>The Classic Brits has been resurrected, five years after it was mothballed by the music industry.</b><p>The ceremony will return to the Royal Albert Hall in June, with performances from the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.<p>In its previous guise, the show was accused of …

Royal Albert Hall

Kim Wilde says aliens inspired her pop comeback

<b>It's hard to imagine Kim Wilde on the front line of a cultural war but, back in 1981, that's exactly where she found herself.</b><p>The irresistible success of Kids In America, Chequered Love and Cambodia threw the popular music press into disarray.<p>Still in thrall to punk, the NME and Melody Maker …

David Bowie

Blurred Lines: Marvin Gaye's family keeps $5m payout

<b>Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied one of Marvin Gaye's songs to create their 2013 smash Blurred Lines, an appeal court has ruled.</b><p>The court upheld a 2015 verdict against the stars, which means Gaye's family will get to keep a $5m (£3.5m) payout.<p>In addition, the family will receive 50% of …

Marvin Gaye

Footloose to be preserved for posterity

<b>Kick off your Sunday shoes... Footloose is about to enter the US National Recording Registry, which preserves records of great cultural significance.</b><p>Kenny Loggins' classic is one of 25 recordings selected for recognition this year, alongside Chic's Le Freak and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours …

Johnny B. Goode

Years & Years star Olly Alexander says he was advised to hide his sexuality

<b>Since Years & Years won the BBC's Sound of 2015, Olly Alexander has been refreshingly open about his sexuality.</b><p>But the singer says he was advised to keep quiet about being gay when the group got their record deal.<p>Speaking at a Stonewall event, he said the band were getting media training when he …

LGBTQI