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  1. American Pie handwritten lyrics sell for $1,250,000
  2. Taylor Swift and Sam Smith dominate Billboard award nominations
  3. Jon Stewart defends Daily Show successor
  4. ITV to launch new Spitting Image-style satire

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By Emma Saunders and Kev Geoghegan

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Emma Saunders

Arts and entertainment reporter

Well, that's it for Tuesday - make sure you check back in with us tomorrow for more news from the world of arts and entertainment. We'll be bringing you two big awards announcements, with the remainder of the Billboard music nominees still to be revealed overnight plus the Bafta TV nominations. Until then.

Before they were famous...

Radio Times


Here's a bit of distraction to wrap up our rundown of stories for the day - take a look at these adverts featuring today's film and TV stars before they were famous, courtesy of the

Radio Times.

Poldark fans, steel yourselves.

Musical taste

BBC Radio 5 live

We've all heard about having different musical tastes, but research has found listening to different music while eating can affect how food tastes.

Radio DJ Nihal tried out the experiment live and discovered chocolate can taste different while listening to contrasting music.

Hear the full story.

Urdu opera

He's played with Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and Massive Attack. Now, the blind Indian sitar player Baluji Shrivastav wants to stage the first Urdu language opera.

Find out more on the BBC's World Service.

Twin Peaks family tree

BBC Radio 4

To take your mind off the news that David Lynch has left the new Twin Peaks project, take a look at Radio 4's Twin Peaks family tree, which features the likes of Donnie Darko... and Scooby Doo.

See it here.

Stamp of approval

Maya Angelou stamp

The US Postal Service is to issue a new stamp honouring the late poet, author and civil rights champion Maya Angelou.

She died last May at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the age of 86.

Stellar Swift


Taylor Swift and Sam Smith are leading the charge at this year's Billboard awards with four nominations apiece.

Both artists are up for best song, best album and top artist along with a nomination each for best male artist and best female artist.

Only four out of 41 categories were announced earlier today - the rest of the nominations will be revealed by Billboard later.

The Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday 17 May on ABC.

Read more.

Dukes of Hazard actor dies

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And now we bring you sad news of the death of James Best, who played Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane in the Dukes of Hazzard.

He died in a hospice in Hickory, North Carolina, at the age of 88, according to local newspaper The Charlotte Observer.

He also starred in films such as The Caine Mutiny with Humphrey Bogart and other TV shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Andy Griffith Show.

Read more on the newspaper's website.

American Pie sale

American Pie lyrics

Don McLean's handwritten lyrics to the song American Pie have sold at auction in New York.

They went for the not insignificant amount of $1,205,000 (or £806,000).

Read more.

Spotify loses Jay Z


Jay Z
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And the most unsurprising news of the day so far... Jay Z has removed his first album, Reasonable Doubt, from Spotify, in the US and Canada at least,

according to the NME.

Jay Z and his superstar mates including Madonna, Kanye and Daft Punk launched his own "artist friendly" streaming service, Tidal, last week and the site went live on Monday.

The album remains on Spotify in the UK and there has been no official word yet from either the man himself or Spotify.

Could a

Taylor Swift-style spat be in the offing?

Reasonable Doubt can, of course, be downloaded in all its glory on Tidal.

Moscow or bust

Bust of Edward Snowden

Yet another Edward Snowden-related tidbit for you.

Someone managed to sneak a 4-foot (1.2-metre)-high, 100-pound (45kg) sculpted bust of the exiled whistleblower into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park in New York on Monday.

Apparently the perpetrators are a small group of artists who admire Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the media.

It has since been removed and is now in police custody.

E4 lands Empire


UK channel E4 has acquired the rights to the massive hit US show Empire.

Created by Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels, it is set in the world of hip-hop music and follows the fictional life of a former street thug turned powerhouse music industry mogul, Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard.

"They'll never take our.... picture!"


Instagram screenshot

Singer Ellie Goulding

has tweeted her love for the film Braveheart and just look how excited she is to meet actor James Robinson who played wee William Wallace in the film.

Stewart defends successor

Jon Stewart

Current Daily Show host Jon Stewart has waded in after some criticised his successor, Trevor Noah, last week.

Noah is accused of making jokes offensive to women and Jews on old Twitter posts.

"I can say this without hesitation: Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect … or not," Stewart said on Monday's Daily Show. "Just as I earned your respect … or did not."

"I do hope you give him the opportunity to earn that trust and respect," he continued.

"My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual. I think, you give him that time, and it's going to be well worth it. I'm excited for where he's going to take the thing."

The audience can make their own minds up when Noah takes over the reins from Stewart later this year.

T in the Park row

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A row is growing over the new home of the T in the Park music festival in Scotland.

Last year, organisers announced plans to move from the site in Balado, Kinross to a new pitch near Strathallan Castle.

But a bird conservation charity has expressed concerns about the impact on ospreys which, it says, are attempting to nest nearby.

The event from 10-12 July is due to be headlined by Kasabian, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Read more.

26,000 not out

The cast of The Mousetrap
Dave Wise

Congratulations to the cast of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap which celebrated 26,000 performances at the St Martin's Theatre in London on Monday night.

The production, which originally opened in 1952 starring the late Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, became the world's longest running stage production in 1958.

Game of Chairs

Game of Chairs
Sesame Street

Those wonderful geniuses over at Sesame Street have done a parody of Game of Thrones and it is brilliant, despite a very suspect Scottish accent.

Watch it and have a chuckle.

Legend musical



John Legend is to produce an as-yet-untitled musical romantic drama and, according to reports, negotiations are underway for Grammy-winning artist Miguel to star.

The story follows a former one-hit wonder who regains his love for music when he is hired to coach an aspiring singer for her audition on a talent show.

So Legend - singer, songwriter and actor - is adding yet another string to his bow. Come on John, give someone else a chance!

Read more on this story.

More Frank

Frank Ocean
Jason Merritt

Music fans rejoice, Frank Ocean has announced he is finally releasing a long awaited follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 debut album Channel Orange.

He posted

a picture on his website, suggesting the new album will be called Boys Don't Cry.

His spokesman

confirmed to Billboard that it would indeed be coming out in July.

Awesome Alien

Radio Times

20th Century Fox - Alien vs Predator (2004)

Vicious, terrifying and with acid for blood, it's little wonder the Xenomorph (top-right) from 1979's Alien has come top of a poll of most frightening creation from movie history.

The skeleton army from Jason and the Argonauts came in at number two in the list compiled by the Radio Times.

The Thing was at number three, with Nightmare On Elm Street's serial killer Freddy Krueger and the great white shark from Steven Spielberg's Jaws rounding out the top five in the poll.

Who would you vote for? Let us know - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

Coming to a school near you...


Britain's Got Talent, which returns to the small screen on Saturday, have held auditions in secondary schools and colleges for the first time.

And the reason? Teachers have complained that in the past, young people have been playing truant to attend auditions for the ITV talent show.

Under 18s are allowed to audition for the show if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No signs of auditions in primary schools yet so Shirley Temple wannabes may have to wait.

100 years of Billie

BBC Radio 4


For all you jazz fans out there, here's a real treat.

Marking the centenary of Billie Holiday's birth, four jazz musicians and her biographer celebrate her amazing, dramatic life through her 1957 track, Fine and Mellow.

Listen here.

Clarkson: No police action taken

Jeremy Clarkson

Breaking news now on former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

North Yorkshire Police have released a a statement saying it has "completed its routine enquiries following the incident at Hawes involving Mr Jeremy Clarkson, and we will not be pursuing this matter any further".

The BBC announced last month that Clarkson would not have his contract renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on producer Oisin Tymon.

Read more.

Art with added value?

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

David Irvine painting
David Irvine

Artist David Irvine has been turning old charity shop paintings into new pieces of art by adding in new characters.

Read more.


Jon Cartwright

Jane Horrocks, Jim Broadbent and Fearne Cotton are to provide voices for the new series of Teletubbies.

Absolutely Fabulous star Horrocks will voice the "tubby phone" - a new mobile-style gadget to bring the show up-to-date.

She's no stranger to children's TV, having voiced Fifi from Fifi and the Flowertots and The Little Princess.

For those of us old enough to remember, the original Teletubbies series was launched in 1997, featuring the characters Tinkie Winkie. Dipsy, La La, and Po.

The series is due to air on CBeebies later this year.

And our burning question is - will there be tubby toast?

Read more on this story.

A feast for the senses

Matt Alexander
Matt Alexander

Hungry shoppers feasted on a chocolate sculpture of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch over the Easter weekend.

The life-sized choccy model was on display at London's Westfield Stratford City, a shopping centre in the east of the city.

Following the installation, Chocobatch, as the sculpture was named, was left with missing ears, bow tie, fingers and parts of his head.

Something tells us there won't be anything of him left soon, so best head down there sharpish.

Find out more on YouTube.

Mamet movie



More film news in - David Mamet's 1988 stage play about Hollywood, Speed-The-Plow, is headed for the big screen.

Mamet will adapt the play himself but casting has yet to be announced.

Lindsey Lohan made her West End debut in the play last year as secretary Karen, a role that was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.

Could Lohan be in the running for the film version? Her stage performance was relatively well received and it could put her Hollywood film career back on track after a series of arrests and film flops.

B.B. King in hospital

LA Times

B.B. King
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Blues legend B.B. King is in hospital suffering from dehydration caused by his Type II diabetes.

His daughter Claudette

told the LA Times that her 89-year-old father "is much better".

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was diagnosed with the disease more than two decades ago.

Feel better soon B.B.

Cobain "the man, not the legend"

Kurt Cobain
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The director of a new documentary which charts the tragically short life of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain says his intention is "to introduce you to Kurt Cobain for the very first time - the man, not the legend".

Montage of Heck pieces together a vast archive which contains 4,000 pages of the singer's journals, as well as home videos, audio tracks, and also audio diaries.

Frances Bean Cobain and Courtney Love

Cobain killed himself at his Seattle home in April 1994.

Director Peter Morgan, who previously directed the documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture, about Hollywood producer Robert Evans, says Cobain was "the global icon of the time, Nirvana had produced a Camelot for grunge music, and Kurt was its King".

Cobain's widow, singer Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean both attended the premiere of the film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It's out in UK cinemas on Friday.

Read more.

Clarkson row

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Fox News host Chris Wallace landed himself in hot water on Friday when he was a guest on The Mike Gallagher Show.

In response to a comment from Gallagher on former American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson: "Holy cow, did she blow up," Wallace responded: "She could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while."

Both hosts were quick to say sorry. Wallace issued a statement: "I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment. I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her."

Gallagher was also contrite. "Tubby Mike is the last person in the world who should bring up anyone's weight. I couldn't possibly feel any worse than I do for making an observation that led to the conclusion that I "fat-shamed" this talented and classy entertainer. It was a really stupid thing for me to do."

We're sure Clarkson isn't too distressed - speaking about her weight on The Ellen Show on Friday, the singer said: "We are who we are, whatever size." Go girl.

Read the full story here

Is the levee still dry?

Christie's curator Tom Lecky holds the original manuscript for singer Don McLean's American Pie

The handwritten lyrics to one of the 20th Century's most famous songs, American Pie by Don McLean, are due to be auctioned off in New York later. If you've got a spare £650,000, then they could be yours.

"Bye-bye, Miss American Pie / Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry / And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey in Rye / Singin' 'This'll be the day that I die'."

Enigmatic? Of course. Poetic? Certainly. But do they make any sense?

Read more to find out.

Snowden and friend

Open Road Films
Open Road Films

Award-winning director Oliver Stone has released the latest picture from the set of his new movie about NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden,.

The picture shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, with actress Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsey Mills.

Stone is currently shooting the thriller in Washington DC. It's due for release on Christmas day in the US. A UK date has yet to be announced.

Edward Snowden himself will have to wait for a Russian release date - he's still holed up in exile in Moscow.

In other Snowden news, he's just been given

a grilling and a half by British comedian and chat show host John Oliver.

RIP Tom Towles

Tom Towles

Sad news for horror fans this morning, character actor Tom Towles has died at the age of 65.

He specialised in playing lowlifes and obnoxious men and starred in films including remakes of Halloween and Night of the Living Dead.

Towles also played murderer Michael Rooker's sidekick in Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer.

Tributes are being paid by the likes of Joss Whedon

who tweeted: "Tom Towles. Terrifying in "Henry", but on the Firefly set a sweetheart, gabbing about the Buffy musical. RIP, Tom."

Legendary make-up artist

Tom Savini said: "Today I am thinking about the fact that i will never see Tom Towles again and that is hitting me hard."


musician Rob Zombie, who directed Towles in The Devil's Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses, said: "Our buddy Tom Towles has died. He was a nice funny guy. We will miss him."

Puppet masters


Think of a TV satire show featuring puppets of celebrities and politicians. Sound familiar?

Newzoids is a new ITV series from producer Giles Pilbrow, who worked on Spitting Image back in the day.

The six-part series will lampoon the likes of Ant and Dec, Wayne Rooney, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Prince Harry, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Barack Obama, Russell Brand and Simon Cowell.

Sounds like no-one is safe. The first episode will air on 22 April. Should make for interesting viewing in the run-up to the election.

Read the full announcement.

Catch up time

Let's begin with a round-up of the Easter weekend's top stories.

Action movie

Furious 7 took $384 million (£257 million) at the global box office in its first three days of release.

It's the fourth-highest opening of all time, beaten only by two Harry Potter films and The Avengers.


bad news for Twin Peaks fans - David Lynch has pulled out of the project because of a disagreement about money. Given he created the original cult series, it's cast doubt over whether the revival will still go ahead. Watch this space.


Daniel Craig has undergone surgery to repair a knee injury sustained while filming scenes for the new James Bond film Spectre.

Eon Productions said he had had a "minor procedure" in New York during a break in production over Easter.

He's due back to rejoin production on 22 April - what a hero.

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Kev Geoghegan

Arts and entertainment reporter

Have you got something to say on today's news? Well get in touch and let us know - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

Morning all

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Welcome back! It's time put away the chocolate and get back to work. But don't be down-hearted - it's another four-day week and we're here to fill you in on the latest arts and entertainment news.