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WATCH: Playlist for Life

A charity which uses music to help people with dementia has launched a new internet learning programme.

Playlist for Life was founded by broadcaster Sally Magnusson after she saw the benefits music had for her mother.

Staff at Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas - which is part of the national social care charity Community Integrated Care - say the project has been a big success.

Katie Hunter reports:


Calvin Harris visits Dumfries

Calvin Harris Credit: PA

There are reports that Adam Wiles has been spotted in Dumfries today.

Never heard of him? perhaps you know him as Calvin Harris but during his time in hometown Dumfries he went by Adam.

The Scottish DJ rose to fame in 2007 with top-ten singles "The Girls" and "Acceptable in the 80s". Since then Harris has collaborated with some of the world biggest musicians in the industry.

It is thought the singer songwriter was sighted at Lincluden School around 2:30pm today.

Calvin Harris DJ Set Credit: PA

Around 20,000 expected at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling last year. Credit: ITV Border

Around 20,000 people are expected at the Kendal Calling music festival, which begins today.

The event, held at Lowther Deer Park near Penrith, will feature acts including Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs.

It's the 10th anniversary of Cumbria's biggest music festival.


Dumfries band hits a high note

The power of music, to enhance the lives of people of all ages, is well documented and a Brass Band in our region has just been awarded quite a significant sum of money.

The Dumfries Town Band dates back to 1873 and caters for all ages with sections for adults and youngsters. The new money will mean the band can replace the adults' instruments, who can then hand over their trombones, cornets and euphoniums to the younger members.

Fiona McIlwraith was live in Dumfries tonight, where the band were having a rehearsal.

Calvin Harris reaches one billion plays on Spotify

Calvin and Coldplay are the only British acts to achieve 1bn plays Credit: PA

Dumfries DJ and producer Calvin Harris has become the first UK solo act notch up more than one billion plays worldwide on music streaming service Spotify - the equivalent of over 5,000 continuous years of his music being played.

He has become one of only a few global music acts to achieve the milestone, and joins the only other Brit artists to do so, Coldplay.

Harris's hit Summer is the most popular track on the service and has now been streamed more than 160 million times.

He is the eighth act to break through the billion barrier and joins the likes of Eminem, Rihanna, David Guetta and Katy Perry.

"This is a landmark achievement for Calvin and deserved recognition that he is in the elite tier of global artists."

– Mark Terry, Co-president, Columbia Records UK
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