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Music video round-up: Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Birdy

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We round up the latest music video premieres from the past week.

Lady Gaga: 'G.U.Y'
To make up for never getting a visual for one of her best songs, 'Do What U Want', Gaga has chucked three tracks into one epic music video. Naturally, the star plays the role of a phoenix stumbling out of the ashes to the soundtrack of ARTPOP, before posing with the ancient gods for a rendition of 'Venus' and 'G.U.Y.'

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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear - Foxes, Prince, Dolly, Horrors

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Listen to ten of our favourite new songs below, including tracks by Foxes, Dolly Parton, The Horrors, Lykke Li and Paolo Nutini.

The Horrors: 'So Now You Know' (out now)
"We want to make music you can dance to," band member Rhys Webb previously said about The Horrors' forthcoming new album Luminous. The latest teaser track to be previewed furthers that promise with its sway-along guitar riffs and lofty production, indicating that the new collection will be their most colourful yet.

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Music video round-up: Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Zedd

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Digital Spy rounds up the latest music videos to premiere over the past week.

Justin Timberlake: 'Not A Bad Thing'
We always considered Justin Timberlake a good guy and his latest music video proves us right. The US superstar found out that a couple got engaged to his song 'Not A Bad Thing', so he's made the accompanying visual his mission to track them down.

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Kate Bush returns: Our 20-track dream setlist for Before the Dawn shows

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Kate Bush announced a surprise comeback residency earlier today (March 21), causing huge excitement in the Digital Spy office.

Her last tour was way back in 1979, and she will play 15 'Before the Dawn' shows at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo over August and September.

Kate Bush press shot 2014.

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While we wait impatiently for five months to see one of the biggest singer-songwriters of all time to grace the stage, we've put together our dream setlist of 20 songs that we would love to see performed live.

Listen to the playlist below, and let us know your personal picks in the comments section.



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Who will be No. 1 on the charts this Sunday?

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On Wednesday's update, Duke Dumont was in the lead on the singles chart, while George Michael was on course to claim his seventh solo number one album.

Ahead of Sunday's Official Chart, Digital Spy takes a look at Friday's midweek charts to see what's changed.

Duke Dumont with his Number One award.

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Duke Dumont

John Legend

John Legend


Duke Dumont continues to lead the way on the singles chart with 'I Got U'. The track is currently 50,000 copies ahead of its nearest rival 'My Love' by Route 94, which is at two.

John Legend stays firm at three with 'All Of Me', Dvbbs & Borgeous are at four with 'Tsunami (Jump)' and Little Mix are currently at five with Sport Relief release 'Word Up!'

Example has slipped a place just outside the Top 10 to 11 with 'Kids Again', while The Human League have vaulted up to 13 with 'Don't You Want Me', thanks to a campaign from Aberdeen FC fans.

Little Mix Sport Relief

Little Mix

Example 'Kids Again' single artwork.

Example


Further down, Trey Songz is at 19 with 'Na Na', Idina Menzel is at 24 with Frozen cut 'Let It Go' and London Grammar are new at 36 with 'Hey Now'.

Over on the album chart, George Michael is set to stretch his run of solo number ones to four decades, as Symphonica continues its midweek lead.

The collection now has more than a 70% sales lead over its nearest rival, which is Kylie Minogue's Kiss Me Once at two.

George Michael 'Symphonica' image

George Michael

Kylie Minogue 'Kiss Me Once' press shot.

Kylie Minogue


Pharrell Williams is at three with G I R L, Elbow are at four with The Take Off and Landing of Everything and Paloma Faith currently completes the Top 5 with A Perfect Contradiction.

X Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald is up to six with his debut In The Arms Of An Angel, while The Pretty Reckless slip to seven with Going to Hell.

The Pretty Reckless, Taylor Momsen

The Pretty Reckless

Lea Michele 'Cannonball' single art.

Lea Michele


Former Westlife star Kian Egan is at nine with Home, Glee actress Lea Michele is at 10 with her debut Louder and Skrillex is at 11 with Recess.

Next week sees 5 Seconds Of Summer, Faul & Wad Ad vs Pnau and The Wanted release new singles, while Shakira, Foster The People and X Factor winner Sam Bailey will battle on the album chart.

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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear - Sia, Cher Lloyd, Calvin Harris, more

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Listen to ten of our favourite new songs below, including tracks by Sia, Cher Lloyd, Calvin Harris, Jay Z, Daft Punk and SBTRKT.

Tanika: 'F**king with My Heart' (released April 28)
While rising star Tanika has worked with the likes of StarGate and Naughty Boy on tracks for her upcoming debut album, her latest cut is helmed by underground producers Sunny and Bodhi (Sampha, London Grammar). The end result is a mix of Italo piano lines, pumping bass and bags of star quality.

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Music video round-up: Jennifer Lopez, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini

By , Music Editor
We round-up the latest music videos that have premiered in the past seven days.

Jennifer Lopez ft. French Montana: 'I Luh Ya PaPi'
Jenny from the Block continues to keep it real in her new visual, switching up the stereotypical gender roles and booking some half-naked men for a highly-polished clip, instead of the usual champagne-drenched boobs.

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Who will be No. 1 on the charts this Sunday?

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On Wednesday's update, Dvbbs and Tinie Tempah were in the lead on the singles chart, while Elbow were on course to score their first number one album.

Ahead of Sunday's Official Chart, Digital Spy takes a look at Friday's midweek charts to see what's changed.

On the singles chart, Dvbbs and Tinie Tempah's 'Tsunami' remains at the top having sold 64,000 copies so far, while Route 94's 'My Love' moves down to two.

Tinie Tempah, Dvbbs 'Tsunami' music video

Tinie Tempah in Dvbbs' 'Tsunami' video


Enrique Iglesias holds at three with 'I'm A Freak', Flo Rida slips from four to five with 'How I Feel', Pixie Lott slides from six to eight with 'Nasty', and Kylie Minogue's 'Into The Blue' tumbles from seven to 11.

Elsewhere, Christina Perri stays at 13 with 'Human', Chainsmokers jump from 21 to 18 with '#Selfie', and One Direction slide from 29 to 34 with 'Midnight Memories'.

On the album tally, Elbow's The Take Off and Landing Of Everything is still at number one, followed by Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction at two.

'The Stone Roses: Made of Stone' world premiere: Elbow's Pete Turner, Guy Garvey and Mark Potter

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Elbow

Paloma Faith 'Can't Rely On You' kitchen session.

Paloma Faith


Meanwhile, Metronomy's Love Letters slips from five to seven, John Legend's Love in the Future rises from 14 to ten, and Ghetts' Rebel With A Cause tumbles from 17 to 21.

Next week's single releases include Duke Dumont's'I Got U', Example's 'Kids Again' and Little Mix's 'Word Up', while George Michael, Lea Michele, Kylie and Enrique Iglesias release new albums.

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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear - Lily Allen, J Lo, more

By and , Music Editor
Listen to ten of our favourite new songs below, including tracks by Lily Allen, Joel Compass, Jennifer Lopez and Janelle Monae.

Lily Allen: 'Our Time' (out now)
Lily may have taken the past five years away from music to become a mother, but that hasn't changed the way she enjoys her pop lifestyle. If her new single is anything to go by, the star remains the queen of the afterparty and still doesn't mind not taking herself seriously - and we wouldn't want her any other way.


Joel Compass: 'Forgive Me' (released April 20)
After gaining some buzz at the start of 2014 with his track 'Run', Joel Compass amps up the chart factor with his new release. Balearic synths, soaring strings and pounding beats mark a promising start for the newcomer.


Neon Jungle: 'Welcome to the Jungle' (released April 20)
This is usually the point in a girl group's early career when they showcase their emotions with a piece of heart-tugging balladry, but don't go expecting that from Neon Jungle. Third single in and they're still rocking the club anthems with yet another four-to-the-floor stomper.


Juce: 'Braindead' (out now)
New all-girl trio Juce - made up of Cherish, Georgia and Chalin - sent the blogosphere into a flap last week when they unveiled 'Braindead'; a song recorded for indie label Speedy Wunderground that works within a strict 24-hour record and master policy per song. The resulting track is a slinky disco-soul number reminiscent of Sister Sledge at their danciest and Spice Girls at their funkiest that grabs you by the shoulders and hips and refuses to let go.


Hercules & Love Affair: 'Do You Feel The Same?' (released April 14)
Hipster-disco ringleaders Hercules & Love Affair are easing us into the prospect of a warmer climate with their brand new electro-soul anthem. We can already imagine this packing out bouncing, humid festival tents this summer.


Janelle Monae: 'What Is Love' (out now)
We all know by now that Janelle Monae is more than excellent at commanding a slick funk number, but her effort for new movie Rio 2 adds plenty of Latin groove into the mix - and the results are simply great.


Great Good Fine Ok: 'Not Going Home' (out now as free download)
Rising Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok return after impressing critics with last year's 'You're The One For Me' with 'Not Going Home', a ridiculously infectious slice of indie-pop that will no doubt be blasted out as the impending summer evenings draw on.


Jennifer Lopez: 'I Luh Ya PaPi' (release date tbc)
Following recent buzz tracks 'Same Girl' and 'Girls', J Lo has unleashed her bravest experiment yet with her latest non-single release, the ridiculously-titled 'I Luh Ya PaPi'. Played when it's raining outside and it's a hideous mess of nonsensical lyrics and Latinoisms, but when the sun comes out, this - somehow - comes into its own.


ALX: 'Beautiful Criminal' (release date tbc)
22-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter ALX is receiving a healthy amount of support from Radio 1 for his latest track 'Beautiful Criminal'; a piece of moody alt-R&B that takes flight on the chorus that's reminiscent of The Weeknd and Drake.


God Damn: 'Shoe Prints in the Dust' (out April 21)
Black Country rockers God Damn have unveiled their first release under their new label One Little Indian, which has been home to the likes of the Sugarcubes, Skunk Anansie and Bjork. 'Shoe Prints in the Dust' is a powerful blending of Bleach-era Nirvana with the growl of At The Drive In.



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