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1) Kendrick Lamar is now an actor

Compton rapper Kendrick made his acting debut in Sunday's night's episode of the US TV drama Power, which also stars fellow hip-hop artist 50 Cent.

Kendrick played a homeless man, trying to sell Fiddy some gift cards outside a shop.

The story escalated pretty quickly, though, as Ken assisted the New York rap star in setting up an assassination.

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2) Skepta posted a baby pic

London grime star Skepta triggered speculation he was about to become a dad after posting an ultrasound pic on his Instagram.

If you look closely, you can see the scan is labelled "Baby Adenuga" - which is, of course, Skepa's surname.

The 35-year-old has been romantically linked to London supermodel Naomi Campbell, 48 after posing with her on the cover of GQ earlier this year.

But Campbell shot down the rumours as only she can... by posting a bikini picture, showing off her washboard stomach.

She later unfollowed Skepta's Instagram account. Ouch!

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3) Rihanna loves her new 'thicc' figure

Rihanna donned a series of avant-garde outfits - and had her eyebrows removed/airbrushed - on the cover of British Vogue.

Speaking to the fashion bible about her body image, the Bajan singer said she "never wants to lose her butt, hips and thighs".

Asked about being a pin-up, Rihanna said: "You're asking the wrong person. I don't know, maybe it's because I'm 'thicc' now. I don't know.

I'm about to get back into the gym and stuff, and I hope I don't lose my butt or my hips or all of my thighs. I'll lose some but not all.

"But, you know, it comes with a price. You want to have a butt, then you have a gut."

We'll consider this over a chip butty later.

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4) Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is to release a 23 minute song next week

Dave Grohl is hoping to encourage Foo Fighters fans to start making their own music by releasing a 23-minute instrumental track, on which he plays seven different instruments.

The track, entitled Play, will arrive alongside a two part mini-documentary next Friday, 10 August.

Inspired by his kids, Dave posted a tease (above) of him playing guitar, bass, keys, drums and more alongside a message about the joys of challenging yourself to play musical instruments at any age.

He wrote: "I see these rooms of children pushing themselves to figure this out.

"As a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out. Always chasing the next challenge, trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned."

Watch above - but if Dave hasn't mastered it by now then, frankly, we're all in trouble.

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5) Slaves 'auditioned' for a new drummer

After announcing their split on Monday, the Kent punk duo then shared the new video for their Hottest Record,titled Chokehold, explaining it had all been an hilarious prank.

The video imagines guitarist Laurie interviewing replacements for drummer Isaac - with a bunch of "celeb" drummers (including Ben from Royal Blood, Amber from Hinds and Blur's Dave Rowntree) all vying for the job.

The audition even features the famous drumming Gorilla from the Cadbury's ad.

You can check out the video above, safe in the knowledge that Laurie and Isaac ultimately rekindle their musical love affair.

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl to release 23 minute instrumental song

Documentary on the way too as Grohl challenges fans to 'Play'

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Dave Grohl is hoping to encourage Foo Fighters fans to start making their own music by releasing a 23-minute instrumental track, with him playing seven different instruments.

The track, entitled Play, will arrive alongside a two part mini-documentary a week on Friday (10 August).

Last night, Dave posted a tease (above) of him playing guitar, bass, keys, drums and more - as a modern one-man band - alongside an inspiring message about the joys of challenging yourself to play musical instruments at any age.

It was apparently inspired by the music lessons attended by his two daughters Violet and Harper.

He wrote: "I see these rooms of children pushing themselves to figure this out"

As a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out. Always chasing the next challenge, trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.

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In the accompanying film, Dave interviews young students at the Join The Band music school (where his kids go) in LA, as well as showing different versions of the epic new track.

Grohl, of course, played drums in Nirvana (and occasionally Queens of the Stone Age) before taking on guitar/vocal duties in his new band following the death of singer Kurt Cobain.

In fact he's no stranger to solo recording having played pretty much every instrument on the Foos self-titled debut record in 1995.

Lately, fans have been joining the band on stage at their live gigs to play various instruments and this latest venture looks like a variation on that theme.

Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett selling off his guitar collection

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The guitarist with one of the world's biggest rock bands is giving fans the opportunity to buy some of his instruments.

“I have an excess of guitars that I’ve gotten over the years - I have more than I could even really play, and more than I do play," he said.

"A lot of them sit around in our studio gathering dust. It would be fun to see these things find a home elsewhere, where somebody’s going to actually play them and put scratches on them.

Check him out above, maybe he'll even throw in a spare Dave Grohl...

Dave Grohl recalls grief over Kurt Cobain's death

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The Foo Fighters frontman has given a wide ranging interview to CBS and spoke about his bandmate's death at the age of 27

"When most people think about Nirvana, they think of a song or video but to me it was a really personal experience with some friends, that went from sleeping on the floor to being number one" said Dave.

"I couldn't even listen to the radio because it broke my heart just to hear music."

Watch above from about five minutes in.

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins on how drug overdose nearly killed the band

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The drummer has been opening up about his 2001 drug overdose which left him in a coma.

Speaking on Apple Music's radio station Beats 1, Taylor admitted his hedonistic lifestyle was out of control and effected the band's ability to make music.

"Well I was partying a lot," he told DJ Matt Wilkinson

"I wasn’t like a junkie per say but I was partying...There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.

"Thank God on some level this guy gave me the wrong line with the wrong thing one night and I woke up going, 'What the [heck] happened?' That was a real changing point for me."

The sticksman went on to add that when singer Dave Grohl joined another band, Queens of the Stone Age, for a brief period that it looked like curtains for the Foos.

"We tried to make [2002 album] One by One and it really looked like the end.

I don’t think that glamorising that lifestyle is a good thing - I just don't. I think it’s a bad message.

I think people are gonna do what they’re gonna do, kids are gonna [mess] around, they’re gonna experiment - if you have an addictive personality or you’re a dumb kid you’re gonna get drawn into it. You gotta be careful man.

Taylor also appears on episode two of Radio 2's new Rock Show with Johnnie Walker.

5 Things We've Learned This Week

Blimey, is it that time of the week again already?

A week in which we saw the first picture of Abba making new music, Eminem hitting back over 'gun shot' criticism and Newbie Tuesday artist Ruby Francis preparing for her big festival debut.

Anyway, after much debate here's our 5TWLTW:

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1) Dua Lipa is playing the daddy of all festivals

At the weekend,the New Rules star tweeted her pride over dad, Dukagjin, having followed his "dream" by organising a festival in his home city of Pristina - the capital of Kosovo.

Like his famous daughter, Dukagjin is a singing star back home and Dua confirmed she will perform at the Sunny Hill Festival in August.

"He had an idea to create a festival... with lots of international and home acts to really help put Kosovo on the map culturally.

"See you there!"

Mates' rates or free for family? That's the question...

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2) Beyonce and Jay-Z released a joint album

It had been rumoured for a while but in typical Bey/Jay trailblazing fashion, Everything is Love, officially arrived smack bang in the middle of a UK gig.

Bey made the announcement on stage in London - where they also paid tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

She said: "Because we love you all so much we have something special for you."

A video was then played on the screens which ended with a black slate with the message 'ALBUM OUT NOW'. An accompanying six-minute video of the pair inside Paris's Louvre museum was released online.

Anyone of you out there planning a wedding, just imagine for a second how much it would cost to rent out the entire Louvre...

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3) Foo Fighters fans were fuming over a ticket error in Manchester

The promoters of Tuesday night’s Foos gig in Manchester had to apologise after 2,000 fans were unable to get into the venue for up to two hours because their tickets didn’t work.

The gig-goers, who had all bought from Ticketmaster, turned up and had their tickets rejected by the automatic turnstiles at the Etihad stadium.

The fans were growing increasingly anxious and irate until the problem was fixed at around 18:30 - by which time they had missed support band The Cribs and the start of Wolf Alice.

Some fans were out there for an ever(so)long time.

SJM concerts blamed “human error” and said they “sincerely apologise”.

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4) Olly Alexander implied double standards over 'sexy' LGBTQ performances

The Years & Years singer hit back at critics who had suggested his band's Biggest Weekend performance in Swansea was "too erotic".

Speaking to Shortlist in a new interview, during Pride month, Olly said: "It’s no different to Demi Lovato or Stefflon Don or Liam Payne.

"They all simulate sex on stage and they say things in their songs that are very erotic, they gyrate and wear revealing outfits."

He added:

People don’t bat an eyelid, but as soon as I go on stage it’s a case of ‘Think of the children!’ I am thinking of the children. Young people need to see a queer person being comfortable in their body.

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Last but not least...

5) Dr Dre is making a Marvin Gaye film

The rapper, who previously produced N.W.A movie Straight Outta Compton, apparently secured the film rights to the Motown singer's music, according to a report in Variety magazine.

Previous attempts to tell the tragic story of the singer on screen, by the likes of Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini and Lenny Kravitz, all failed to get the official thumbs up from Gaye's family.

Jamie Foxx did land the rights for a limited series in 2016 but little has been heard about that one since.

Gaye sang hits about love, lust and politics before being shot dead, aged 44, by his own dad.

We took a look at six stars who could portray him best.

OK six and a half...

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl dedicates Kerrang! Award to Chester Bennington

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The Foos were in the house - or rather Islington Assembly Hall, London - to pick up two awards for best international band and best international live act.

Frontman Dave took the opportunity to give a shout out to late Linkin Park singer Chester, who died last year, noting that he too had once lost a bandmate in similar circumstances, when Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain took his own life at the age of 27 in 1994.

Grohl, whose band are currently on tour in the UK, said: “On a serious note, I would like to dedicate this one to Chester.

“I know what it’s like to lose somebody like that. At least we have his music forever. So this one’s for Chester.”

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Best British band went to Biffy Clyro ('mon The Biff!), best album went to Enter Shikari for The Spark and the icon award was handed to Black Sabbath guitar god Tony Iommi.

Elsewhere, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor got given a legend gong and actor/rocker/pirate Johnny Depp was on hand to present Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry with the Kerrang! inspiration award.

Depp has been touring the UK alongside Perry and Alice Cooper in their supergroup Hollywood Vampires, as well as working on a strong mohawk look.

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Kerrang! Award winners in full

Best British breakthrough - Dream State

Best international breakthrough - Code Orange

Best song - Neck Deep, In Bloom

Inspiration - Joe Perry

Best international live act - Foo Fighters

Best British live act - Architects

Best album - Enter Shikari, The Spark

Legend - Corey Taylor

Best British band - Biffy Clyro

Best international band - Foo Fighters

Icon - Tony Iommi

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Foos fans fume over ticket error

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The promoters of last night’s Foo Fighters gig in Manchester have apologised after 2,000 fans were unable to get into the venue for up to two hours because their tickets didn’t work.

The gig-goers, who had all bought from Ticketmaster, turned up to discover that their tickets were rejected by the automatic turnstiles at the Etihad stadium.

The fans were growing increasingly anxious and irate until the problem was fixed at around 18:30 – by which time they had missed support band The Cribs and the start of Wolf Alice.

Stood outside the Etihad Stadium with 3000 other fans coz our @ticketmaster tickets won’t scan for Foo Fighters. Re… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Someone ask #DaveGrohl to come help us all stuck outside here at etihad and we can't get in. So damn upset. :'(… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Now sitting listening to The Cribs outside Etihad with 100s of Foo Fighters fans, asTicketmaster can’t get their act together 🙄😡

SJM concerts blamed “human error” and said they “sincerely apologise”.

Ticketmaster issued the same statement on behalf of SJM:

There was an initial problem with 2,000 barcodes not scanning. Unfortunately due to human error, a percentage of barcodes provided by Ticketmaster for tonight’s Foo Fighters concert at Etihad did not work.

Everyone is getting into the show and all gates have ran freely once the technical issue was resolved. This was not a Foo Fighters error & we sincerely apologise for any delays experienced by fans this evening, and will be contacting them directly in due course.

Dave Grohl and his mum to exec produce their own TV series

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Remember last year when we reported how Virginia Hanlon Grohl aka the Foos frontman's mum had written a book about mothers who had raised rock stars?

Sure you do.

From the Cradle to the Stage featured the women who gave birth to musical legends like Michael Stipe, Pharell Williams and Tom Morello.

That book will now form the basis of a new TV show.

“I’m excited to introduce the viewing public to the strong, loving women who have supported the insistent dreams of their musical sons and daughters," said Virginia, according to the NME.

Their backgrounds vary greatly, but they have so much in common. Viewers will join all the mothers around a table when they meet for the first time at a celebratory dinner where secrets and stories will be shared and compared.

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Virgnia went on to namecheck Amy Winehouse's mother Janis; "who recognised her daughter's extreme talent but was helpless to control the demons that brought that brilliant career to a tragic end."

Dave himself apparently added that he was “beyond excited” about the show.

“Plus … I owe her one,” he joked.

The show has yet to be assigned to a US TV network.

Dave Grohl plays the crowd in Sweden

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Now you see me, now you don't.

Yet more high jinks - this time courtesy of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Three years after the singer and musician famously broke his leg during a concert in Sweden, our Dave re-enacted the mis-timed tumble in Gothenburg - the scene of the crime.

Or so it appeared.

As the band kicked off the Swedish leg of their tour at Gothenburg's Ullevi stadium, a fake Grohl emerged from the wings and seemingly fell headlong off the stage - to the (brief) horror of the (let's face it, fairly gullible) crowds.

But wait, who is this appearing on the stage? Step forward the real Mr Grohl - on two legs...

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