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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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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