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By Frances Cronin and Keily Smith

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  1. So long farewell...

    That's all for today and this week's live entertainment updates.

    We're back on Monday at 08:30 GMT.  

    We'll leave you with a warning from Sheridan Smith about what happens when you leave your puppy in a room with your wig. 

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  2. Hear David Bowie's isolated vocals for Heroes

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Here's David Bowie as you've never heard him before - singing Heroes without any accompaniment, reverb or vocal effects.

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    Video caption: Tony Visconti gets to the heart of Bowie's vocal on 'Heroes' with the original masters

    The audio was pulled from the original master tapes for a documentary on BBC Four, which is part of the "music moguls" series.

    Tonight's episode focuses on producers - those mysterious men who sit behind the control desk and capture the performances of music's biggest stars (and the smallest ones, too).

    Among them is Tony Visconti - who worked with Bowie throughout his career; Girogio Moroder, who helmed Donna Summer's I Feel Love; Nigel Godrich, the unofficial sixth member of Radiohead; and Nile Rodgers, whose clients include Duran Duran, Madonna and Bowie (him again).

    The show is on at 22:00 GMT tonight - and there are bonus clips available on BBC Arts.

  3. How Milos Karadaglic stalked a Beatle

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

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    Video caption: Milos Karadaglic plays Yesterday

    Montenegrin guitarist Milos Karadaglic has been telling us how he thinks The Beatles should be considered part of the classical canon, alongside Bach and Schubert.

    But one anecdote, about the virtuoso musician's first attempt to contact Sir Paul McCartney, didn't make it into the article.

    It all happened when the young Karadaglic was living in London, trying to make his way as a musician after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music. 

    To make ends meet, he started teaching guitar - "and one of my pupils said she’d read in The Times that McCartney was writing a guitar concerto".

    "The angle of the article was 'who would play it?' and she very enthusiastically said: 'You must do it. It must be you!'”. 

    "And because she was from St John’s Wood, she knew exactly where McCartney lived. So I said: ‘Ok, I’m going to write him a letter and send him my demo and maybe he will listen to it.’ 

    "I was actually quite convinced he was going to listen to it – because that’s the way I am – but he didn’t.'"

    Eight years later, Karadaglic has just released an album in which he performs classical arrangements of the Beatles' biggest hits.

    "I hope he hears this one," the guitarist says.

  4. Jo Brand puts best foot forward

    Comedian Jo Brand has set off on a 150-mile trek in aid of Sport Relief, describing her walking style as "'fat old woman". 

    As she started the walk crossing the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire the rain fell and the wind picked up. 

    The challenge will see her hopefully take a week to walk coast-to-coast from Hull to Liverpool.

    Keep up with her antics on the Hell of a Walk live page.

    Jo Brand
  5. Rampling: Oscars debate 'racist to white people'

    Charlotte Rampling

    Charlotte Rampling has joined the Oscars diversity debate, and her opinion differs vastly from the majority who have spoken out. 

    The actress, nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 45 Years, was asked on French radio Europe 1 about whether she understood the anger being expressed by the likes of Spike Lee who is calling for a boycott of the ceremony?”

    Rampling replied: “No, I think the other way, that it’s racist against white people.

    “We can never know if it’s really the case. But maybe it’s because no black actors merited being nominated,” she continued.

    Lee has gone as far as to say quotas need to be introduced for minorities within American cinema so that they can have a chance at being selected.

    Rampling said:

    Quote Message: Why put people into categories? We live in a country now where everyone is more or less accepted.. Problems will always be sought, ‘him, he’s less attractive, ‘him, he is too black’, ‘him, he is too white’… there will always be someone who comes out saying ‘you are too something’ … So basically are we saying we are going to put everyone and everything into one class or another to create lots of minority groups everywhere?

    When the reporter explained that the black community within cinema felt they were a minority, she said “no comment”.

    Listen to the interview.

  6. 'let's create our own academy'

    Also in Davos is who was asked if he thought there was a diversity problem in the music and film industry and whether he supported Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting the Oscars?  

    Quote Message: I have a very long answer to that. The things that they’re rallying against are true, there is … diversity issues….but…the people that are actually rallying are very powerful, and they could create their own Academy, so I go for - start your own Academy.

    He then answered questions on topics ranging from ending poverty to fighting ducks.  

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    Video caption: answers your questions
  7. Adele breaks YouTube record


    Adele has broken the internet - well an internet record!

    Her single Hello has hit a billon views on YouTube in 87 days.

    It's beaten Psy's Gangnam Style which took 158 days to hit a billion.

    Adele's third album, 25, was the most popular of 2015 and it was only released in November.

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  8. Spacey's breaking news

    Kevin Spacey

    It's easy to knock television, Spacey says, but it has allowed people to learn and enjoy experiences they would not otherwise get to enjoy. 

    Speaking at the Davos world economic forum he said he thinks endlessly repeating "news" that isn't really news is not the best use of the medium. 

    Why not spend two hours on cancer, or the education system instead, he asks.   

  9. Eurovision countdown begins

    Mans Zelmerlow

    Tickets have gone on sale today for the live show that sees the UK decide who will represent us at Eurovision. 

    Eurovision: You Decide will see six competing acts battle it out to represent the UK. 

    Also performing on the show will be current Eurovision champion, and Eurovision 2016 co-host, Mans Zelmerlow and former UK winner Katrina, who won in 1997 with Love Shine a Light.

    Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, it will be broadcast live on BBC Four on 26 February - voting lines will open after all the acts have performed so we get to make the deciding vote. 

    The six competing acts will be revealed on 22 February on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

  10. Don McLean: I am not a villian

    Don McLean

    American Pie singer Don McLean has asked his fans not to judge him, after he was arrested earlier this week on a charge of domestic violence assault.

    In a statement on his official website, McLean said he had experienced "hard emotional times for my wife, my children and me".

    "What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship.... There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain.

    "I hope I will not be judged in this frantic media environment," he said.

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  11. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme record secret album

    New York Times

    Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

    Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have revealed they have recorded an album together in secret. 

    They started working on Post Pop Depression last January without a record label and financing it themselves. 

    It's scheduled to be released in March.

    Iggy told the New York Times the album's theme is: “What happens after your years of service? And where is the honour?” 

    Quote Message: In American life, because it’s so hypercompetitive, what happens when you’re finally useless to everyone except hopefully not yourself? What happens then? And can you continue to be of use to yourself? I had a kind of character in mind. It was sort of a cross between myself and a military veteran.


    The pair went on the Stephen Colbert show last night to reveal all. 

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  12. Bill Cosby wins legal case

    Bill Cosby

    Bill Cosby has won a legal case against a woman who sued him for defaming her, when he denied her allegations of sexual assault.

    A Pittsburgh federal judge dismissed the case "with prejudice" meaning it cannot be amended and refiled.

    Renita Hill filed the claim saying she had been "emboldened" by the actions of Mr Cosby's other alleged victims.

    Seven women are suing him, claiming he portrayed them as liars when they went public with their accusations.

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  13. Romeo and Juliet sequel

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Super producer Shonda Rhimes is spreading her wings even further with a sequel to Romeo and Juliet, which has been picked up for a pilot by ABC. 

    Rhimes is the powerhouse behind Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal. 

    Still Star-Crossed is based on the book by Melinda Taub, and looks at the city of Verona following the death of Romeo and Juliet.  

    Shonda Rhimes
  14. Lemmy: 'going to hell where the pool tables are'


    A special tribute programme to Lemmy is going live tonight on the BBC iPlayer at 21:00 GMT. 

    Lemmy: In His Own Words takes a look back through the BBC vaults to discover his best performances and interviews. 

    In one Lemmy was asked about what he thought happened when we die. 

    Quote Message: Do you go out like a little candle? Or do you re-incarnate? Do you go and live with Jesus?... I don't think so.
    Quote Message: I think it is all wonderful and we all go and live in Snowden at the top by the bar. I'm going to hell anyway, that's where the pool tables are. You can't imagine a pool table in heaven can you?
  15. Iggy Azalea says record label 'won't make video'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

    Iggy Azalea

    Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea has lashed out at her record label saying they've refused to make a video for her new song Azillion.

    In a series of tweets (which we screen-grabbed before they were deleted), she said: "Bad news update: My record label Virgin / EMI seems to feel the response to my viral record 'zillion' wasn't good enough and I'm not allowed a video. 

    "I felt like it was dope so, whatever. Ted Cockle [president of Virgin Records] doesn't wanna see me shine."

    Iggy Azalea tweets

    Since Azillion was just a "buzz track" intended to sate fans' appetite while Azalea finishes her second album, the stand-off doesn't mean her career is in trouble (although criticising your boss in public never ends well).

    The 25-year-old appeared to play down the spat in a second series of tweets this morning.

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  16. Bob Geldof turned down Steve Jobs

    Bob Geldof

    Bob Geldof has revealed how in 1978 the Boomtown Rats turned down $100,000 to play a company event in California, proposed by a young tech entrepreneur called Steve Jobs.

    "It was a lot of money and they were being hip and cool."

    But he said the band told Apple: "We don't do corporates." With some more lively language added to the sentiment.

    Sir Bob was talking at the British Educational Training and Technology trade fair in his role of co-founder of an educational technology firm called Groupcall.  

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  17. Big Short director on Oscars 'tightrope'

    Director Adam McKay is in the UK to promote his film, banking black comedy The Big Short, which has garnered a number of Oscar nominations including best film. 

    He told the BBC it was "disappointing" there was so little diversity in the choices of this year's Academy nominees, and, that while he would be going, he had no problem adding his voice to the protest.

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    Video caption: Adam McKay
  18. Celine Dion attends public memorial for Rene Angelil

    Hundreds of fans turned out to pay their respects to Rene Angelil, the late husband and manager of Celine Dion. 

    His body was on public display at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, ahead of today's funeral.

    Dion was accompanied by her son Rene Charles, and other family members. 

    Celine Dion
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  19. Elton John: 'I've never been asked to play Glastonbury'

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter

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    Video caption: Elton John: 'I've never been asked to play Glastonbury'

    Over the last 40 years, Sir Elton John has played in almost every venue imaginable - from Leeds University in 1971 to his current Las Vegas residency.

    But the star says he's never been invited to the biggest music festival of them all: Glastonbury.

    "I haven't been asked, no," he told Matt Everitt on BBC 6 Music. "I mean, they may have asked - but no-one's ever told me."

    With hits including Benny and the Jets, Saturday Night's Alright and Your Song, the singer would seem to be a perfect fit for the Sunday afternoon "legend" slot... And it seems he'd be up for it.

    "I love Glastonbury because it's a great springboard for young acts," he said. You can go there and see five or six acts that aren't in the top 10 who should be."

    You can hear the full interview on BBC 6 Music's The First Time this Sunday at 13:00 GMT.