Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

The Grimmy effect: Nick Grimshaw grows Radio 1 audience by 100,000 listeners

He might still be almost four million listeners behind Radio 2 rival Chris Evans, but DJ Nick Grimshaw has proven he can bring listeners to Radio 1 by growing his audience by 100,000.

JK Rowling said Robert Galbraith was doing just fine on his own

JK Rowling wins 'substantial donation' to charity from law firm behind Robert Galbraith confidentiality leak

The author has also revealed she is donating three years' worth of royalties from The Cuckoo's Calling to The Soldiers' Charity

BGT's Richard & Adam performing on This Morning. The brothers look set to take the top spot in the album charts on Sunday, according to midweek predictions.

Never mind the egg incident: Britain's Got Talent runners-up Richard and Adam storm UK album charts

Richard & Adam thought their dreams of becoming recording artists were over when a member of the orchestra stormed the stage during their performance in Britain’s Got Talent’s live final and pelted judge Simon Cowell with a carton of eggs.

Natalie Rae Hynde superglued to partner Simon Medhurst at the anti-fracking protest at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex.

Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' daughter Natalie arrested after gluing herself to boyfriend during fracking protest

Natalie Hynde, the daughter of The Pretenders’ singer Chrissie Hynde and The Kinks’ Ray Davies has been arrested after apparently gluing her hands to her boyfriend during a protest against fracking.

The Animals's Eric Burdon will perform in Israel as planned

Animals frontman Eric Burdon: I'm not afraid to perform in Israel

The musician has contradicted his management's decision to cancel a show in the north of the country following 'threatening emails'

Eileen Brennan's character famously makes Goldie Hawn clean the toilet with her toothbrush in 1980 film Private Benjamin.

Private Benjamin star Eileen Brennan dies of bladder cancer

The actress best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Goldie Hawn’s tormentor in 1980 comedy Private Benjamin has died aged 80.

Michael Jackson pictured in 1983 and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1988: Previously unreleased duets between the two music icons are set to surface

Set for release: The Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duets from 30 years ago

Three previously unheard duets by music legends Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury recorded in 1983 are set for release in two months' time.

'Most embarrassing Fox News interview ever' sends Reza Aslan's biography of Jesus to number 1 in the Amazon book charts

A respected academic, who just happens to be Muslim, was challenged by a Fox News anchor as to why he was qualified to write about Christ

Justin Bieber appears suspended from the ceiling as an angel as part of his 'Believe' world tour

Border officials discover marijuana on Justin Bieber tour bus as it enters America from Canada

Marijuana has been found on a tour bus belonging to "Baby" singer Justin Bieber as it crossed into America from Canada, according to Detroit Customs and Border Protection.

Composer John Williams will return to score Star Wars: Episode VII

Composer John Williams to score Star Wars: Episode VII

Oscar-winning composer John Williams is to return to score Star Wars: Episode VII, it has been announced.

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone