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    Jade Bird: From 'brutal' gigs to US success

    Here's a list of things that make Jade Bird laugh during our conversation: Coats, chickens, theatre school, her own songs, other people's songs, yoghurt, bathrooms, being cheated on, her grandmother's guitar and writer's block. The 20-year-old is vivacious and chatty and frequently hilarious - characteristics that have earned her legions of fans when she plays live (which is all the time). "I've often been told that if music doesn't work out I could be a comedian," she guffaws. "I'm like, 'Thank you so much... Or maybe not?!'" Stand-up's loss is music's gain. The singer's British spin on Americana is compelling and gutsy, combining her love of Loretta Lynn with the punky energy of Patti Smith.

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    Missed this week's entertainment news?

    The world of entertainment news has had many ups and downs this week. Here's a round-up of some of the biggest stories from the last seven days, just in case you missed them. Dua Lipa made Brits history when she led the charge with five nominations for this year's awards, including best album. Until now, no female artist has ever received five nominations in a single year. The pop star, 22, whose single New Rules was one of last year's breakout hits, is also up for best female, best video, best single and breakthrough. Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were suspended from working with fashion magazines including Vogue amid allegations they sexually exploited male models and assistants.

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    Singer Ed Sheeran is engaged

    (CNN)Countless newlyweds have chosen Ed Sheeran's ballad, "Thinking Out Loud," to play during their first dance. Now, the British singer-songwriter gets to decide if he wants it played at his own wedding. Sheeran, 26, announced Saturday morning that he and his longtime girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, are engaged. "Got myself a fiancé just before new year," Sheeran wrote on Instagram. "We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx." Sheeran told People Magazine last year that he's known Seaborn since they were children but they didn't start dating until he invited her to Taylor Swift's Fourth of July party in 2015. Sheeran's engagement comes after a roller-coaster year. His album

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    Rapper Fredo Santana, 27, dies in Los Angeles

    (CNN)Rapper Fredo Santana has died in Los Angeles, a family member and the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Saturday. Santana, whose real name was Derrick Coleman, died at his residence in the Reseda neighborhood around 11 p.m. Friday, said Lt. David Smith, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Smith said the autopsy for the Chicago-born Santana was pending. In October, Santana posted on his verified Instagram account that he was being treated for liver and kidney failure.

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    Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

    "On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication," according to the statement from Dana Petty, his wife, and Adria Petty, his daughter. The medical examiner's news release said the autopsy found these drugs in Petty's system: fentanyl, oxycodone, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, which are opioids; temazepam and alprazolam, which are sedatives; and citalopram, an antidepressant. The cause of death was "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity" and the manner of death was "accident," the medical examiner's news release said.

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    Labour 'would nationalise NHS cleaning'

    "Life and death" services such as hospital cleaning should be brought back into public hands, Labour's Baroness Chakrabarti has said. She said ministers must have oversight of "vital utilities" and take responsibility when things go wrong. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has seized on the collapse of Carillion to call for an end to the "outsourcing racket". Theresa May has vowed to fine bosses who "line their own pockets" while failing to protect pension schemes. In an article for The Observer, the prime minister promised tough new rules, after it emerged Carillion's collapse could leave the outsourcing giant's pension scheme with a deficit of as much as £900m. 'Better outcomes' She also defended

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