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

'Play my song!" barks a large, grey-quiffed man, flanked by lucky cat and two, menacing, female bodyguards. "No, not that one," he yells when they do, groaning in disgust. "The new one! I want the new stuff." And so the band – The Hoosiers, in this instance, since it's an advert for their new album – oblige, playing a pop song so extremely different from their initial offering (which, three years ago, was a resounding success) that it's hard to believe the same voice boxes produced it.

Madonna warned by council after noisy staff party

Madonna has received an official warning from council officers after staff at her London home upset neighbours by staging a noisy party.

Madonna condemns jailing of Gay Malawi couple

Madonna today condemned a Malawian court decision to jail a gay couple for 14 years - and demanded it be challenged "in the name of human dignity".

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

This CD/DVD package drawn from Madonna's 2008 tour makes for an instructive comparison with last week's White Stripes release – a similarly-formatted package, but otherwise as far removed from this experience as their Canadian locations are from the Argentina show documented here.

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

Good news at last for Gordon Brown. David Abrahams, the mega-bucks property developer and (very) generous party donor has, it seems, returned to the fold.

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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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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