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Album: Hurts, Exile (Epic)

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“Total Eclipse of the Heart” singer Bonnie Tyler will represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

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Eighties chart stars including Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde are to try to set a new world record for the world's highest gig.

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Troggs frontman Reg Presley will be remembered as the singer on some of the most enduring hits of the 1960s and for one of rock's most famous outtakes.

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