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Does ITV Buying The Voice Mean It's All Over For The X Factor?

So it really does seem like it may be the end of days for The X Factor – just take a look at the run of misfortune that’s plagued the show this series: dwindling audience figures, embarrassing hosting gaffes, insensitive behaviour, social media storms over the appearance of both a judge and a host, the general paucity of talent on the stage every Saturday and Sunday night – the list goes on.

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This Grantham Punk Band Got Green Day's Billie Joe To Produce Their New Single – Listen

How on earth does a punk band from Grantham end up in California, being produced by Billie Joe from Green Day? Matt Grocott and The Shrives managed it when Joe's son Joey heard the band and recommended them to Dad, who flew them out to the Sunshine State to record their album. He even played drums on some tracks. Anyway, here's the video for their new single 'Turn Me On'.

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Record Store Day Does Black Friday – 17 Of The Best Limited Edition Vinyl Releases From Garbage, Queen, MGMT And More

We're not in America, so it's not Thanksgiving, and by rights Black Friday shouldn't be a thing – especially after the harrowing scenes of shopper carnage last year. But thanks to Record Store Day's organisers over the pond, Black Friday doesn't have to be an awful experience. Instead of slashing prices on objects of consumerist idolatry, they've set up a small, but not insignificant, run of limited editions, of music old and new. As the RSD people say themselves, "Cheap, mass-produced frenzy is not the goal." While this is a US enterprise, some of these releases are expected to find their way to UK stores, and there's always the internet. Follow this link to find out which stores participate.

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15 Of The Best Muppets And Sesame Street Song Parodies, From Adele To Eminem

The Muppets and Sesame Street gang have always been a musical bunch, inviting the likes of Johnny Cash, Blondie, Alice Cooper and will.i.am to the puppet party. They have their own band, Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, and in the 2011 movie The Muppets, Fozzie Bear's Reno tribute act The Moopets briefly featured Dave Grohl behind the drumkit (Animal had to attend anger management classes). They also liketackling classic tunes, as witnessed recently when Miss Piggy's take on a new favourite was unveiled. And that's where our rundown of the best parodies starts...

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