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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear - Rixton, Britney Spears, more

Listen to ten of our favourite new songs, including tracks by Rixton, Pitbull, Starsmith, Britney Spears and Chasing Grace:

Rixton: 'Me And My Broken Heart' (release date tbc)
The next boyband poised to take over the planet are Manchester quartet Rixton, who have acquired a pretty sizeable online following even before releasing their debut single. Said track, 'Me and My Broken Heart', has a whiff of Maroon 5 and a lot of Rod Thomas to it, and a chorus that sounds undeniably huge.

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Music video round-up: Katy Perry, The Saturdays, Kelis

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We take a look at the latest music videos to premiere in the past seven days.

Katy Perry: 'Dark Horse'
She's fallen in love with an alien, had fireworks and cream shoot out of her boobs and played a geeky teen in her previous music videos, so it was only a matter of time until we saw Katy Perry unleash her inner Egyptian queen.

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6 reasons why Beyoncé's 'Mrs Carter Show' tour is better than ever

Beyonce in concert on her Mrs. Carter World Tour at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow

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Beyonce in concert at SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Last night, we were invited to the opening of the new UK leg of Beyoncé's 'Mrs Carter Show'.

Little was known about how much new material she would perform on the night, but to our surprise (and relief), the entire concert had been re-worked to accommodate her latest self-titled album. Here's why it's even better than last year's show:

1. She performs a lot of songs from her new album.
"I have a new album. I hope you enjoy the album, I love it," Beyoncé told the crowd at Glasgow's Hydro arena. She's added precisely eight tracks from Beyoncé, and she's chosen well. 'Haunted' works as a brilliantly spooky opener backed by strobing lights and gymnastic dancers, while follow-up 'Drunk In Love' is already a stadium singalong that's up there with her best.
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Music streaming to count towards Top 40: What effect will it have?

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Spotify logo 2013

During his talk at this week's Radio Academy Playlists: What Makes a Hit in 2014? event in London, BBC Radio 1's Head Of Music George Ergatoudis confirmed plans to count UK music streams towards the Official Top 40 Chart.

Considering song streams doubled in 2013 by 100% to a staggering 7.4 billion plays, it was an inevitable move, but one that should be welcomed by music fans. Premium account subscriptions to services such as Spotify and Deezer generated £103 million in revenue for the music industry in 2013. Figures for ad-funded streams and revenue made from sites like YouTube and VEVO have yet to be added, meaning that that total amount in reality is considerably higher.
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Strangest Brit Award wins: MC Hammer, A1, Shaggy

It's the Brit Awards tomorrow; and while recent years have often been accused of being too predictable with its choice of winners, there have been moments in the event's history when it's stuck its neck out with some surprising picks.

We've looked back at a selection of the Brits' more unusual winners over the years - and in some cases, the bizarre awards themselves - including MC Hammer, Shaggy and A1.

Outstanding Contribution: Wham! and Elton John (1986)
We suspect this was originally intended for Elton John until Wham! announced they were splitting up; and if the idea of a joint winner for Outstanding Contribution wasn't strange enough, it was also given to two extremely different acts. Fortunately, Elton was awarded the prize again with the attention he deserved in 1995.

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Playlist: 10 tracks you need to hear - Pretty Reckless, Clean Bandit

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Listen to ten of our favourite new songs below, including tracks by The Pretty Reckless, The Weeknd, Clean Bandit, VV Brown and more.

The Pretty Reckless: 'Heaven Knows' (out now)
As far as mainstream rock goes, Taylor Momsen is leading the way when it comes to being a bad-ass frontwoman. The star's growling vocal soars over The Pretty Reckless's new song, which is a blowout of beats and guitars primed to cause havoc across gig venues the world over.

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Chart update: Who will be number one on Sunday?

On Wednesday's chart update Katy B was leading the album race, while Zedd and Clean Bandit were battling for the singles number one.

Ahead of Sunday's Official Chart, we take a look at Friday's midweeks to see what's changed.

Zedd and Hayley Williams's 'Stay The Night' is still at number one on the singles chart, though Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be' is closing the gap and is now just 1,200 copies behind.



Clean Bandit press shot.

Clean Bandit

Meanwhile, David Guetta and Skylar Grey leap from nine to four with 'Shot You Down', Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' lifts from 12 to ten, and Le Youth's 'Dance With Me' slips from 10 to 11.

Dapper Laughs tumbles from eight to 12, John Legend's 'All Of Me' climbs from 30 to 27, and Ellie Goulding is at 38 with 'Goodness Gracious'.

On the album chart, Katy B's Little Red remains at number one, followed by London Grammar's If You Wait at two.

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Katy B

Gary Barlow leaves the judging panel to perform his new single.

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Gary Barlow

Temples' Sun Structures falls five to six, Gary Barlow jumps from 15 to nine with Since I Saw You Last, and Lisa Stansfield's Seven slips from eight to ten.

Next week's single releases include A Great Big World's 'Say Something', Lorde's 'Team' and Sam Smith's 'Money On My Mind', while Nina Nesbitt and Sean Paul release new albums.

Who would you like to see at the top of the charts? Leave your comments in the box below:
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