Sheryl Crow, Dingwalls, London

When Sheryl Crow walks into this intimate Camden venue, there's a moment's frisson at seeing such American movie-star beauty close up. But the sweaty excitement she must have hoped for by returning to club-size venues is icily absent. No one seems particularly pleased to be here. Instead, Crow has to chivvy and guilt-trip the crowd into reacting at all. She must wonder why she bothered; and if the problem is them, or her.

Celebrity portraits of Mick Jagger and Madonna feature in new exhibition

An photography exhibition starting tomorrow is set to show portraits of many household names including Madonna, Mick Jagger and RunDMC.

Perhaps Madonna should just learn to go with the flow

Queen of Pop is said to be so ruthlessly organised that even her children need an appointment

Alice-Azania Jarvis: Brands that are ashamed of their past

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Madonna warned by council after noisy staff party

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Madonna condemns jailing of Gay Malawi couple

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Album: Madonna, Sticky & Sweet Tour (Warner Bros)

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Liverpool protesters start billboard campaign

Liverpool fans group Spirit of Shankly have taken their opposition to American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks on to the streets of the city with a billboard campaign.

Taylor Swift recieves apology in pop star mix up

An unfortunate mix up has left Liverpudlian pop fans hoping to see American country music star Taylor Swift disappointed. Local media reported that the pop star would be visiting a primary school in Knowsley today.

Madonna, queen of the Noughties

Pop star attracted more media coverage in past 10 years than any other celebrity, reports Jerome Taylor

Judge keeps ban on Jennifer Lopez 'home videos'

A judge is keeping a ban in place to prevent the release of home videos featuring Jennifer Lopez that her ex-husband and his manager have sought to distribute.

Pandora: Time for something completely different

AS his latest surreal offering reaches the big screen, the maverick director Terry Gilliam has taken a timely swipe at industry rivals.

Madonna accepts damages over wedding photos

Madonna today accepted substantial undisclosed damages for privacy and infringement of copyright over the Mail on Sunday's publication of "purloined" photos of her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Pandora: Abrahams returns to the Labour fold

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The Friday Playlist: Selected by Piney Gir

This week's Spotify playlist is an eclectic affair compiled by Piney Gir. Her third album, The Yearling, full of pop, electronica, folk and jazz came out last week

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