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  1. An acrimonious copyright dispute meant Ashcroft was forced to give up royalties to Bitter Sweet Symphony, but a ‘kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith’ passes rights to him

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones have ended one of the most acrimonious copyright disputes in British pop history, by granting Richard Ashcroft all future royalties from his 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony, performed by the Verve.

    Ashcroft announced the news on the same day he won an Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to British music. In a statement he said:

    This remarkable and life-affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me.

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  2. Pop-rock band win songwriters of the year and best contemporary song, with Ben Howard and Idles collecting other big prizes

    The 1975 have received two of the most prestigious prizes at this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

    The band won songwriters of the year, for songs from their UK No 1 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which considered everything from online dating to Donald Trump, quarter-life crises, and heroin addiction. They also received best contemporary song for Love It If We Made It.

    Related:Matt Healy of the 1975: ‘I’m not scared of myself any more’

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  3. (Mexican Summer)
    Lovely, airy, occasionally rocking songs are underpinned by elliptical lyrics and seeping loneliness on Le Bon’s remarkable album

    There are several time-honoured options available to the artist who is a decade or so into their career and keen to reset their creativity. You can surround yourself with a fresh set of musicians, or hire a new producer whose approach to music seems markedly different to your own. You can self-consciously dabble in genres you’ve hitherto avoided, seeing how your songs adapt to an unsullied and unexpected setting. Or, if you’re Welsh artist Cate Le Bon, you can move from Los Angeles to the Lake District (or, as one US writer had it, “the remote village of Cumbria”) to live alone and take a course in carving wooden furniture.

    Related:Cate Le Bon’s cultural highlights

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  4. ‘I only wished I’d done it sooner’ says owner of Spillers in Cardiff after singer’s backing of For Britain party

    Spillers Records, the world’s oldest record shop, has banned Morrissey albums from sale.

    The shop in Cardiff made the decision due to Morrissey’s support for the far-right political party For Britain, including wearing a badge with the party’s logo when performing on a US talk show this month.

    Related:'I feel like I've been had': Morrissey's collaborators respond to his politics

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  5. ‘I wanted it to sound like Metallica and AC/DC from the waist up and Public Enemy from the waist down’

    I’d had the riff in my head since college. I wrote Teenage Dirtbag lying on a futon staring at the ceiling in a rented apartment on Long Island, New York. The song is fictional, but has a bit of scenery from my childhood.

    ‘A lot of bullies were homophobic, so I wanted to irritate them by putting on a female voice’

    The internet wasn't really a thing yet. We put the song up on something called Billboard Talent Net – within a week, we were the most downloaded song in New York

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