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Mumford & Sons star Ted Dwane is at home recovering after having brain surgery.

The 28-year-old bassist had emergency surgery last week after a scan revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain, but he is now convalescing and has thanked fans for their messages of support. In a posting on the band's website - accompanied by a picture of him sporting a shaved head - he revealed, “Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working! I'm home.”

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Ted Dwane of Mumford & SonsMumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has undergone emergency brain surgery.

According to a statement released on the band's official website, the English rocker had a blood cot in his head:

“Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment… The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery.”

The band was forced to postpone three shows - two in Texas and one in New Orleans - but has stated that they do not intend to postpone any others: “We have no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances along this current tour.”

The other members ended the statement on a touching note: “We're all wishing Ted a speedy recovery. Much love, Mumford & Sons.”

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Mumford & SonsMumford and Sons aren't sure they can compete with The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury and admit the festival appearance is a big “risk.”

The “I Will Wait” band see headlining the world renowned event as the biggest “gamble” they've ever taken, and aren't sure if they can live up to the legacy of their co-headliners - who have been touring for 50 years.

“It's a really huge deal to headline Glastonbury; we're a young band with only two records behind us. This summer is probably the biggest risk we've ever taken,” frontman Marcus Mumford said.

Banjo player Winston Marshall added, “I've seen The Stones play for three hours and the crowd knew every song. It's what you want in a headline slot at a festival. I'm scared because it feels like a gamble. We don't know if we've earned it yet or not.”

Bass player Ted Dwayne also admits he's getting nervous in the run up to their closing festival slot on Sunday June 30: “The other night was the first time I visualized the [main] Pyramid Stage in my head. I hadn't made that connection before, and it actually real, it's really, really scary.”

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Taylor Swift and Ed SheerhanEd Sheeran has hinted at more collaborations with Taylor Swift.

The Lego House singer is currently on tour with his close pal in the US and after having teamed up previously for their track “Everything Has Changed,” featured on her album Red, Ed has indicated there may be more teamwork on his upcoming album.

“My second album has taken shape recently. I don't know if there will be any collaborations on it. You never know. I'm on tour with her for 6 months. I'm sure the guitars will come out at some point. We wrote [“Everything Has Changed”] in June. We went in to write another song for the Red album and then we went to record that other song. The day before we went to record it she invited me around to her house for food and “Everything Has Changed” came out of that.”

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Bob DylanBob Dylan has produced just 100 copies of his new album.

The 71-year-old singer's record label, Sony, decided to create the super-limited edition four-CD album, entitled The 50th Anniversary Collection, to avoid losing control of the songs under European Union copyright rules. The album features 86 live tracks and studio outtakes recorded by Dylan in 1962-63, including a previously unheard version of his classic “Blowin' In The Wind.”

According to sources at Sony, the compilation isn't really meant for mass consumption and is just an attempt to keep the tracks from entering the public domain. “This isn't a scheme to make money. The whole point of copyrighting [this material] is that we intend to do something with it at some point in the future. But it wasn't the right time to do it right after [Dylan] released Tempest,” a source explained to Rolling Stone.

The 100 copies have been sent to specialist record collector shops in Britain, Germany, France and Sweden, and the rare item is already being sold for $1,600 on eBay.

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RihannaMumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift are among the first performers confirmed for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Fun. and The Black Keys will also hit the stage at the biggest night in American music, which takes place on February 10.

All of the performers are nominated at the 55th annual music industry awards, with Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys and Fun. leading the pack with six nods apiece, along with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean.

Fun. are nominated in categories including Album of the Year for their debut, Some Nights, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the Janelle Monae-featuring hit “We Are Young,” and Best New Artist.

The Black Keys' seventh album El Camino is up for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, while single “Lonely Boy” is nominated for Record of the Year. Mumford & Sons' chart-topping album Babel will also compete for Album of the Year.

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The LumineersThe Lumineers are humbled by their two Grammy nominations. The “Ho Hey” group received a nod for Best New Artist and their self titled debut was named in the Best Americana Album category when the awards shortlist was announced on Wednesday, and they are over the moon to be recognized after all their hard work.

“We're humbled by all of this. And if these nominations bring more people to our music, and to this record, then we're a damn lucky band,” said guitarist and singer Wesley Schultz.

The group - completed by Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek - have previously talked of their eclectic set of influences, claiming their sound is a mix of everything from classical composer Beethoven to notoriously bad mouthed 80s rockers Guns N' Roses. Drummer Jeremiah told BANG Showbiz, “The first thing I got into was Beethoven. I remember getting one of those CDs that was all piano stuff by Beethoven and that really influenced me a lot, I love classical music. Then the next band I got into was Guns N' Roses. I don't really know how that transition took place, but I think I really grew up listening to lots of different types of genres. I love cinematic music and anything strange and weird. Wesley and I write all the music and he grew up on stuff that his father liked such as Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen. I think there's a blend we bring to the table, where we don't have the same exact influences, but write well together.”

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Kanye WestKanye West, Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z have landed six nominations each for the Grammy Awards 2013.

The hip-hop artists and folk-rockers were joined by Frank Ocean and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in gaining the most nods when the shortlist was announced in Nashville, Tennessee, last night. Indie group fun. also boasted an impressive haul, scoring nominations in the four major categories; Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their single “We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae,” Album of the Year for their debut Some Nights, and Best New Artist.

Speaking after they had performed at the nominations, fun. singer Nate Ruess said, “Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it our all receiving the nomination is amazing and a culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this band.” fun. share three of their nominations with Frank, whose “Channel Orange” is up for Album of the Year, his single “Thinkin' Bout You” is up for Record of the Year, and who also has a nomination in the Best New Artist category.

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Mumford and SonsMumford and Sons have got the “bones” of their next album written.

The “I Will Wait” group only released their second record, Babel, in September, but are busy starting work on new songs and hope to follow up with their third album quickly.

Banjo player “Country” Winston Marshall said, “Will we wait years for the next album? F**k no! We've just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They're the bones of songs, but really exciting bones.” Winston also said also said he's sometimes having trouble keeping up with lead singer Marcus Mumford when they play live: “On out first night of playing at the Hollywood Bowl we were so overexcited we rushed through the first half of the set. If Marcus goes really fast, I can't keep up and everyone realizes I can't actually play the banjo.”

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Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182Blink-182 are heading in a “very folky” direction with their new EP. The “What's My Age Again” rockers may be best known for their pop punk tracks, but have written one song with a surprising new sound for their next release, which will come out over Christmas.

Speaking about their “folky” track, drummer Travis Barker explained, “It's way out. We all had some ideas. I went in the studio and I was just playing around. I had my electronic kit and I just played a straight drum pattern over it, and it sounded crazy. It changed the entire shape of the song.”

Travis, 36, added that the band have recorded five tracks so far which he thinks are better than material on their last album, Neighborhoods, released in 2011, because the band - which also includes Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge - were together in the studio, rather than working independently and emailing ideas. “To me already, this EP is a hundred times better than Neighborhoods, because we're all in a room together. There's some songs on there that I love, but for the most part it was disconnected. When we're not in the studio together, you don't have the opportunity to gel off each other,” he told Rolling Stone.

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