Elisa Bray

Elisa Bray is The Independent's Rock & Pop Editor

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Rita Ora joins Fifty Shades of Grey cast: how she made the big time

From stage school to Jay-Z school, here's how she got there

Phosphorescent, gig review- 'rich and powerful'

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Heart and soul: Jessie Ware

The Week in Music: Jessie Ware is still pulling all the strings

With Mercury and Brit nominations, Jessie Ware has had a stellar year. The singer is unveiling her latest song, written with the Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan, at the ASOS All-Nighter (an online house party) on 12 December. She's dedicated the next few months to writing the follow-up to her debut album. "I want my album out next year," she tells me. "It's definitely going to be electronic, but if I can have strings I'm definitely going to!" Expect more collaborating with Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon and Dave Okumu.

Jake Bugg burst onto the scene aged 18

The Jake Bugg effect: The young bards bugged by emotion

The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides

The week in music: Damon's aboard for the Mali express

Damon Albarn is a busy man. In between touring with Blur – and work ing on an upcoming solo album – last month he was in Mali recording Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, the second album by the collective of African and Western musicians and producers. The album, download-able on 9 December, includes Lobi Traoré Band and Moussa Traoré alongside Brian Eno, Django Django's David Maclean, Ghostpoet and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The same day, a launch show at Oval Space, east London, will feature Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyate's first ever UK performances, Ghostpoet and Maclean, and the premiere of the film of the 2012 train tour. The physical release will follow in early 2014.

Out of this world: Morrissey

The Week in Music: Morrissey adds his velvet tones to the Lou Reed love-in

We've had covers of songs by the late Lou Reed from My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Arctic Monkeys and Twin Shadow (with a woozy version of “Perfect Day”).

The Killers performing live in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo

Music review: The Killers, Eventim Apollo

'Here's to another ten years'

Anna Calvi in quiet mode

Interview: Anna Calvi - 'I don't mind people thinking I'm scary, it's better than being boring'

On stage, and on her second album, Anna Calvi lets rip. Yet in person she is a model of quiet restraint

Arcade Fire (William and Win Butler pictured) have penned a film soundtrack

Has penning movie soundtracks become a must-do for musicians? Arcade Fire and Jon Hopkins join the bandwagon

Arcade Fire have written the music for Spike Jonze's Her

Joni Mitchell turns 70 his year

The Joni Mitchell generation: James Blake, Corinne Bailey Rae and others pay tribute

As she prepares to celebrate her 70th birthday, today's stars talk about how Joni Mitchell inspired their work

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