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    Ariana Grande to duet with Troye Sivan

    Troye Sivan has revealed he's recorded a song with Ariana Grande. The My My My! singer told BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw he'd written the track for his latest album, expected this year. "This was not a planned announcement," said the 22-year-old. "But I'm so excited. It sounds exactly like I dreamt it would. " Ariana, who last released an album in 2016, has also been sharing clips of new music on social media. The Australian star said he was "hanging out" with Ariana when he played her a demo of the track. "Her and I are friends. She's really fun. "I said 'would you ever sing on this song?' And she just did it. "My favourite thing is not telling people who it is, and then starting to play the

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    Number of leading ladies in film falls

    Female-led films may have topped last year's box office rankings, but the number of movies with women in the lead roles fell last year, a study has said. Last year's most popular films in the US were Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman. But the number of films with sole female protagonists fell from 29% in 2016 to 24% in 2017, The Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film found. The organisation based its research on the top 100 grossing US films. The report said: "Overall, audiences were almost twice as likely to see male characters as female characters." In the top 100 films, 58% had a male protagonist - defined as the character from whose perspective the story

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    MPs back bid to change organ donation laws

    Plans to change the rules on organ donation consent in England, which it is claimed could save up to 500 lives a year, have been backed by MPs. A bill requiring people to "opt out" if they do not want their organs used passed its first parliamentary hurdle. Labour's Julie Elliott, whose daughter is receiving dialysis for a serious kidney disease, said it would give hope to thousands of transplant patients. The MP said her experience had made her realise how "special" donors were. Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson's private members' bill, which would bring England into line with Wales which already has an opt-out system for consent, passed its second reading on Friday. The government has said it "wholeheartedly"

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    Sipping fruit teas 'damages teeth'

    Sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel, an investigation by scientists has shown. The King's College London team found that drinking them between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. It said the problem was increasing as people snacked more. Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said. And continuously sipping or holding these drinks in the mouth before swallowing

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    'Drug errors cause appalling harm'

    Drug errors in England cause appalling levels of harm and deaths, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, as data suggests mistakes are being made. GPs, pharmacists, hospitals and care homes may be making 237 million errors a year - the equivalent of one mistake made for every five drugs handed out. The study said most caused no problems, but in more than a quarter of cases the mistakes could have caused harm. Drug errors could be a factor in thousands of deaths a year. The mistakes include: wrong medications being given incorrect doses dispensed delays in medication being administered The researchers - drawn from Manchester, Sheffield and York universities - acknowledge that there is limited data

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    M.I.A film is 'free therapy' for singer

    She's a self-confessed "problematic pop star" - and now M.I.A has a documentary about herself which might address some of those issues, although, true to form, the film itself has caused the artist a few more well-publicised problems. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A, by Steve Loveridge, a friend M.I.A met while studying at Central St Martins College in London, has featured on the programme of this year's Berlin International Film Festival. It spans more than 20 years of M.I.A's life, including footage she shot herself of her family in London, and in Sri Lanka, where she was born Matangi Arulpragasam in 1975. It includes her thoughts on her father, who was part of the Tamil resistance during the Sri Lankan

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    Quincy Jones sorry for his lack of filter in two viral interviews

    (CNN)Quincy Jones might be an 85-year-old musical legend with nothing to prove, but that doesn't mean he isn't still learning from his mistakes. The interviews Jones referenced were with GQ and Vulture. In the chats, Jones was candid about his feelings about Taylor Swift ("We need more songs, man. F---ing songs, not hooks."), Paul McCartney ("the worst bass player I ever heard") and Michael Jackson (whom he called "greedy"), among others.