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Stornoway's frontman Brian Briggs on the band's new album Bonxie... and birds

The album subtly incorporates the calls of 20 different bird species

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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

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Runners reach the nineteen mile mark of the London Marathon

London Marathon: Best running songs from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to 'Uptown Funk'

Our pick of the best tunes to get your heart pumping during a big race

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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