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The album subtly incorporates the calls of 20 different bird species

Country legend Dolly Parton makes an appearance on the shopping channel

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Stars past and present are seeing the worth of selling their albums via the shopping channel. We see how they do it

Fantasy stuff: Rheon grew up in Cardiff, where he found himself torn between acting and music

Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones's bastard of Bolton returns to Welsh roots to record debut album

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
'Interstellar' at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year

Film screenings with orchestras are harking back to a time before talkies

The blockbusting showing of 'Titanic' at the Royal Albert Hall follows The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and The Godfather

Runners reach the nineteen mile mark of the London Marathon

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Laura Doggett

Singer Laura Doggett interview: How a life free of pain is not so good for songwriting

Her passion for knowledge is more intense because while her friends are at university getting degrees, she is spending all her time on music

Bob Marley and me: Photographer Dennis Morris on capturing the reggae star at his peak

Morris reveals his memories of the man behind the all too short musical career

Psy dances in his hit music video 'Gangnam Style'

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YouTube at 10: A decade after the site began, it's music videos that dominate

Last year Max Martin produced and co-wrote for - among others - Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Ivor Novello awards 2015: In the age of multiple credits, it's tricky to know who wrote what

The greatest pop hits have often been crafted by anonymous teams

Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths

Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing and, since his death in 2013, people have only added to the myths. Merrill Reed Weiner, a family therapist and sister of the musician, aims to set the medical record straight

The Top Ten: Medical ailments in songs

This was suggested by my former colleague Matt Chorley, inspired by the lines, 'I'm as serious as cancer/When I say rhythm is a dancer,' from 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap! This was nominated for our Top 10 worst rhyming couplets a while back, but inexplicably failed to make the final 10, so this is its second chance

Slim Harpo

Why Slim Harpo remains king bee of the blues

The largely forgotten singer who inspired the Rolling Stones is getting some long-overdue acknowledgement

One half of Lion Babe Jillian Hervey

Lion Babe on working with Pharrell, Mark Ronson and developing their sound

The New York duo hit six million streams for their first EP. No wonder Pharrell and Mark Ronson are on board

In a jam : Billie Holiday during a studio session

Billie Holiday centenary: The singer changed the face of music but her final recordings are painful to hear

Hers was a tragic, heroic life which has come to be viewed as a terrible waste of a sublime gift

Art on their sleeves: before downloads and streaming, enthusiasts used to flick through racks of albums in their local record shops

Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

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Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

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Måns Zelmerlöw performing

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Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

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Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May on stage

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Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1 after a decade

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The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
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Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
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Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

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'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
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Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

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I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
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A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
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MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

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Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

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William Shakespeare on the cover of John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

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Grayson Perry dedicates his Essex home to Julie

Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treat

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A scene from the original Swedish version of the sci-fi TV drama ‘Real Humans’
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Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
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Jessica Hynes in W1A
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Power play: Mitsuko Uchida in concert

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Dangerous liaisons: Dominic West, Jake Richard Siciliano, Maura Tierney and Leya Catlett in ‘The Affair’ – a contradictory drama but one which is sure to reel the viewers in
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Richard Herring, pictured performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years ago
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