Pandora: A ray of light for adoption opponents

There are, it would seem, further twists to be negotiated in Madonna's Long Road to Adoption – this time in the daunting form of an emergency injunction by her opponents. Pandora hears that a collection of almost 90 Malawian civil rights groups met yesterday, hatching the plan of a court order preventing the child-gathering singer (shown here with an earlier aquisition) from adding a four-year-old girl to her toy box.

Malawi court makes Madonna wait for child

Human rights groups accuse star of bullying her way past the law

Madonna 'trying to adopt second Malawian child'

Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said today, but questions have been raised whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single mother status.

Madonna may adopt again from Malawi

Madonna may adopt another child from Malawi despite controversy in 2006 when she began proceedings to adopt her son David Banda.

The Word On... Lily Allen, the new album

"It's probably not as good as 'Alright, Still' but it's still a damn fine album, and nothing resembling the train wreck you'd have expected if you were following her very public meltdown over the past two years. Match that, Winehouse." - Al Byrne, zmemusic.com

Observations: All decades of Madonna are now the height of fashion

If you couldn't spare £160 to see Madonna thrusting her crotch in concert last year, don't despair. A new exhibition of her film and stage costumes arrives at the Old Truman Brewery in London on 21 February, providing both diehard fans and those who like their culture about as substantial as one of Madge's macrobiotic meals with another chance to get their fix of the material girl.

'Squeaky-clean' Britney falls foul of lyric censors

First, Britney Spears rediscovered her marbles; then she relaunched her singing career. Now she has stumbled on her old knack for offending middle America.

Last forecast for GMTV weather girl

Weather presenter Andrea McLean has bowed out of GMTV after more than a decade on the show.

Leading article: A material divorce

It is A pity that a celebrity break-up which at first looked civilised now appears to be descending into acrimony. Unusually, money as such is not at stake – but conflicting statements about money. Earlier this week, a spokeswoman for Madonna was quoted as saying that her ex, Guy Ritchie, would receive at least £49m. Yesterday, another statement described these details as "misleading and inaccurate". The financial details, it went on, would remain private. The primary concern for the couple, it said, was the care and well-being of their children.

Madonna gives Ritchie £50m

Guy Ritchie received a divorce settlement from Madonna worth at least £50m, the pop singer's spokeswoman confirmed yesterday, putting an end to rumours that he walked away from their marriage with nothing.

Madonna claims £5m over wedding photos

Madonna is claiming more than £5 million damages over publication of private photographs of her wedding to film director Guy Ritchie, it was revealed at the High Court today.

The Word On... Britney Spears, the new album

"'Circus' echoes its title through the album with unnerving beats and creepy riffs. Britney can hardly smile sweetly after such a public breakdown, so it's an album of dark electronic drums, demure only on "Out From Under" and in the bizarre cover artwork." - Talia Kranes, bbc.co.uk/music

Britney mimes again at birthday show

Britney Spears tried to put her widely-criticised appearance on X Factor behind her today as she celebrated her 27th birthday with a special show on US television.

Britney Spears - It's my party and I'll cry off if I want to

Her flying visit was billed as 'Britney Party'. But she shocked the fans who had flocked to see her by refusing to perform

Can Britney do it again?

She's the star who burnt out. Now Ms Spears aims to win us back by telling all. Guy Adams reports
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