Avicii dead at 28: Star’s final hit was with Rita Ora, performed on Strictly Come Dancing | Music | Entertainment

The Swedish DJ, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman this afternoon, his publicist confirmed. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” she told Billboard. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.” Avicii scored two Number One singles in the UK: I Could Be The One…

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Pulitzer Prize 2018: Kendrick Lamar is first EVER non-classical or jazz music winner | Music | Entertainment

US rapper Kendrick Lamar has been given the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his latest album, Damn. The news was announced tonight as the Pulitzer team unveiled their latest raft of recipients. It’s a huge win for Lamar: his album is the first ever non-classical or jazz release to be honoured in this way. The official notes explain: “Recording released on April 14, 2017, a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” Damn, stylised…

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This weeks Rock and Metal releases from The Damned to Anthrax REVIEWED | Music | Entertainment

BLACK STONE CHERRY Family Tree. (Mascot). ***** 5 stars. Hard Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry hit the jackpot with this their sixth release. These Kentucky boys have built a reputation as a must-see live band and many of the songs on Family Tree will become fan favourites for years to come. In fact, it’s their most mature recording as they mix complex time signatures with soft-top down thumping riffs that race through the grooves on this waxing. Thin Lizzy style guitar harmonies by Chris Robinson and livewire Ben Wells on…

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The Voice UK 2018 winner Ruti Olajugbagbe is number one on iTunes | Music | Entertainment

The 18-year-old singer soared to victory on Saturday night’s show, and her cover of The Cranberries’ Dreams has been at the top of the digital store’s rundown ever since. It’s even been outselling the highly-touted new single from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, One Kiss, which came out on Friday. Whether or not Ruti can go all the way and be the top of the official UK charts remains to be seen: that rundown factors in not only digital sales from outlets such as iTunes, but also streaming services like…

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Girls star Jemima Kirke bare breasts and bottom with sex toys in boyfriend’s new video | Music | Entertainment

Girls is fearless in its presentation of sexuality but this new video might be a bit much even for the HBO show. Kirke and her boyfriend act out strange sexual games and play with a selection of sexy toys including a rubber dildo and whips. As well as flashing her breasts, the actress and performer turns and bends over to show that she isn’t wearing any knickers. Although this is a music video, it has obviously been filmed on purpose to look like a seedy homemade sex tape.  SCROLL DOWN…

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Def Leppard concert review: 40 years on, Leppard as wild as ever | Music | Entertainment

Def Leppard may be many things (boisterously over the top, inclined towards such ancient rock rituals as drum and even bass solos) but they are never forgettable. Amazingly, given their 40-year history, this is the first time the full band had appeared at the Royal Albert Hall. Backed by huge video screens, charting those decades through some wonderfully gawky old photos, the Sheffield quartet made their debut in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, their guitarist Vivian Campbell himself a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Introduced, to their obvious and touching…

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Louisa Johnson gets VERY racy as she pole dances in sexy video for Yes | Music | Entertainment

Yes, which came out earlier this month, now has an official video to go with it – and shows Johnson attending three very different parties. Each one more wild than the next, Johnson ends the clip dancing on a table around a pole, while anarchy ensues around her. Yes features a guest rap from 2 Chainz and is the latest cut from her still to be released debut album. So far it has bowed at No65 on the official UK singles chart in its first week. Louisa Johnson won The…

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The Greatest Showman soundtrack matches Adele’s UK chart record | Music | Entertainment

The classic tale of underdogs has taken a leaf out of its own (song) book this week. The cast recording of the hit musical film scores its eleventh week at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, matching Adele’s 2011 album 21 for the longest consecutive run at the top spot in the last 30 years. Fuelled by the movie’s strong legs at the box ofice and breakout hits like Oscar-nominated The Greatest Show and Rewrite The Stars, the album has been the surprise smash of 2018.  Now fast approaching…

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Michael McDonald LIVE REVIEW – Hammersmith Apollo, London | Music | Entertainment

In fact, McDonald has been enjoying a long overdue critical re-appraisal of late evidenced by his work with Thundercat, Solange Knowles and Mr Jukes. The Miami Vice soundtrack yacht rock feel to his songs retain the soulful, soft rockin’ funky swing that turned fans onto his music in the first place. He’s clearly been inspired by touring a mix of original and favourite cover songs with his musical mates Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs in recent years. And tonight’s solo show followed in a similar vein as he finished up…

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X Factor winner Louisa Johnson releases new single Yes – LISTEN | Music | Entertainment

The X Factor winner, who triumphed on the ITV talent show in 2015 under the mentorship of Rita Ora, released the new track overnight. Yes features rapper 2 Chainz, and has already gone down a treat with those who have been waiting for new music since her last headlining single – Best Behaviour – over a year ago. “YESSSSS @louisa @2chainz new single is an absolute banger, it’s lit,” wrote one person on Twitter this morning. “I hope you’re all prepared to hear @louisa’s “Yes” playing in every gay bar…

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