The US rapper performed to crowds at an open-air concert in Middlesbrough and then went onto play a late-night set at a club in Newcastle.
Nineties acts top the bill at South Shields' Sound Waves Festival in 2014 - plus one-off concerts by B*Witched, 10cc and Heather Small.
Joanne Milne from Gateshead has been to The Sage in Gateshead where she's heard live music for the first time since being able to hear
Robbie Williams has been speaking to ITV News about the Soccer Aid event he started in 2006 with his friend Jonathan Wilkes. So far, the event has raised more than £12m for UNICEF UK.
He told Caroline Whitmore it was only ever meant to be a one-off.
A group of Brazilian musicians are spending time in Gateshead as part of a unique exchange programme.
They are sharing their expertise with Sage Gateshead as well as local schools and community groups. A group from Gateshead went to Brazil last October.
Jane Oxnard is a musician with Folkestra, a folk music ensemble in Gateshead for teenage musicians.
She said: "Generally we're quite static in the way we play so there is not much movement but they made us really loosen up which was actually really helpful. I think it has really helped with the music as well."
Listen to the results:
A woman whose emotional reaction to hearing sound for the first time was filmed and posted on the internet has been to see her first live concert.
Joanne Milne had been profoundly deaf since birth, until cochlear implants gave her hearing. She took ITV News Tyne Tees cameras with her to the Sage Gateshead, for a special performance of Stabat Mater by a baroque orchestra called The English Concert.
An acoustic trio from County Durham, North Road, is launching an EP one year after winning a competition that saw them perform at the arena in Newcastle.
The band won the Big Audition and supported acts such as Lawson, Example and Pixie Lott at Metro Radio Live. In September, they're going it alone, releasing an EP at the Gala Theatre, Durham, to raise money for a children's charity.
Rockers Status Quo have announced a concert at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in December.
“Status Quo Live In Concert” is an 11-date tour, which will bring them to the North East on Monday, 8th December. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 28th March.
The band will be supported by Chas and Dave.
The pop band Lawson will perform at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival in Tynemouth on 11th July.
The four-piece only released their first single in 2012, but they have already had five top ten singles and a top five debut album.
On ITV Tyne Tees News tonight Pam Royle talks to Newcastle singer-songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton who has been given a grant by the government to take her talent to America.
The 24-year-old from Heaton performed her first gig aged 16 at the Head of Steam pub in Newcastle.
She is now among a small group of UK musicians who will receive funding to help export their products.
The 14 acts are to receive a grant from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills to help promote British music abroad.
For more on the Music Export Scheme goto http://www.bpi.co.uk/export-scheme.aspx
The girlband Little Mix have done what so many British bands have failed to do - and cracked America.
Half of the band are from South Shields and just over two years since becoming the first group to ever win the X factor, their album is number one in the US iTunes charts and their name is up in lights in New York's Times Square.