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.
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 5 Watch Richard Dawkins read his own hatemail: 'I hope you do get sodomised by satanic monkeys in hell'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now