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Check Out This Awesome Movie Samples Mash-Up Of 'Uptown Funk'

It's only August, but we're almost certain this is one of the finest mash-ups you'll see all year. The handiwork of YouTube user dondrapersayswhat, it's a reworked version of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash hit single 'Uptown Funk' that's sung by characters from 280 classic films including Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Austin Powers, The Terminator and The Muppet Movie. The cut'n'paste video reportedly took three months to put together – make all that creative suffering worthwhile by watching below.

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Cult Rockers Royal Trux Reveal All About Their First Gig In 15 Years

Before most bands announce their reformation, there tends to be a hatchet-burying meeting, perhaps a rehearsal or two to confirm the old magic is still there. But when legendary 90s sleaze-rockers Royal Trux signed up to headline the final day of this month's Berserktown II festival in Santa Ana, California on August 16, the band's core duo of [b]Jennifer Herrema[/b] and [b]Neil Michael Hagerty[/b] hadn't even been in the same room together since they split as a band and a couple 13 years ago. Still haven't, in fact.

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Traams Drum Up A Post-Punk Storm On Comeback Track 'Succulent Thunder Anthem'

Chichester-via-Brighton trio Traams' debut album 'Grin' was one of the underground releases of 2013, all wiry guitar hooks and urgent vocals combined into a plaid-printed post-punk masterpiece. 'Succulent Thunder Anthem' is their first track to be taken from their second, 'Modern Dancing', and suggests the follow-up should provide more of the same. "You're not my friend/You're all so strange," barks Stu Hopkins over throbbing bass and tornado guitar lines, later dropping his voice to warn "Please don't slip and break your neck/You know there's ice on the road" with a compelling sense of the ominous.

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Beats 1 Radio One Month On - Its Top Five Musician Guest Presenters So Far

Apple Music launched one month ago today with a tagline - "always on" - that rightly made a big deal of its status as the first ever truly global 24/7 radio station. While we in the UK knew exactly what to expect from the ever enthusiastic Zane Lowe and Rinse FM favourite Julie Adenuga, we had no idea who are what to expect from Beats' promised array of superstar musician guest presenters. We haven't been disappointed though - not even close. Dr Dre, Drake, Elton John, St Vincent, Run the Jewels, Josh Homme, Disclosure, Pharrell and Vampire Weekend man Ezra Koeing are just some of the names to have hosted shows on Beats 1, making for some seriously compelling and starry radio. Keonig’s show has focused on straight-up pop hits, favouring the likes of ABBA, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Hot Chocolate. Pharrell's show OTHERtone has been inevitably slick, with some big name guests including Justin Timberlake and Cara Delevingne. So honourable shout-outs to those guys. But whose show has been the best? Here's our top five musician presenters so far...

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