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.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Poldark episode 8, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
Peter Kay’s Car Share, TV review: The perfect vehicle for Kay’s comic talents
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove