The Barometer: Michael Jackson; Angela Gheorghiu; Horne and Corden; Madonna in fancy dress
Friday 20 March 2009
Having sold out all 50 dates at the O2 Arena – that's 750,000 tickets – the king of pop has given London's ailing economy a much-needed boost.
Straight in at No 1 in the classical music chart last week with her evocative version of Madama Butterfly and still in the top 10.
The 19-year-old star of TV's Skins has generated record ticket sales for his appearance in the West End show New Boy.
... and what's not
Horne and Corden
Their sketch show was panned and their new film, Lesbian Vampire Killers, isn't the killer show we expected either.
Madonna in fancy dress
Not quite pulling off Britney's sexy schoolgirl outfit – we prefer the tracksuits any day.
It's official: the Performing Rights Society says musicians now earn more from their live shows than from their recordings. Last year, live music revenues were £8m higher than recorded music.
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 50 books for students to read this summer: From Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Rebecca Hall on her film career so far: ‘I’ve played too many repressed neurotics’
Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous movie
Fifty Shades of Grey trailer released: First look at Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Game of Thrones Sansa Stark actress Sophie Turner stars in Bastille's 'Oblivion' video
50 Shades of Grey movie trailer declared sexy and sexist on Twitter
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia