Album: Britney Spears, Circus, (Jive)

Send in the clowns: Britney's back on top

Album: Britney Spears, Circus (Zomba/Sony)

It's anybody's guess how two such high-profile pop acts as Take That and Britney Spears came to release albums with the same title on the same day – especially as neither bothers to develop the circus theme to any extent, save for Spears's claim to be "the ringleader" in her title track, the latest admission of her pathological desire to be the centre of attention ("all eyes on me in the centre of the ring, just like a circus") that made last year's Blackout such a grisly, charmless car-crash experience.

Britney brings world tour to UK

Britney Spears today announced her world tour will hit the UK - with the only European shows on the circuit.

Madonna divorce: Not a penny for the Guy?

Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie are to be divorced tomorrow.

Katy Guest: Guy Ritchie and Madonna are to split but will we ever get the full story

Now, they are to divorce. Cue a frenzy of 'revelations'. The truth, though, is that no one else can really know what goes on behind closed doors.

Sarah Churchwell: Madonna, divorce, and the cost of turning into a commodity

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Madonna and Ritchie confirm divorce

Pop star Madonna and her husband, the film director Guy Ritchie, confirmed today they are to divorce.

Britney Spears sex tape offered for sale

Britney Spears’ transformation from troubled starlet to credible pop icon took something of a detour today, with news that her ex-boyfriend is offering to sell a sex tape.

Stephen King: As Madonna and the banks know, when trust is lost it's time to say your prayers

What do a Madonna concert and a banking crisis have in common? Not much, you might think. But, as I sat through an excruciating performance of "Borderline" in Wembley Stadium on Thursday night, I realised that Madonna and mammon go together rather well. The common link is trust (or its loss).

The rebirth of Britney Spears

Gobbled up by her fame, rested in rehab. Has the hottest property in US pop got her life back on track?

Brand fails to conquer but Britney sweeps board at MTV awards

Britney Spears swept the board at MTV's Video Music Awards today, in an appearance that was hailed as a "resurrection" of her career.

Pandora: Guy's not talking Kabbalahs

Guy Ritchie hasn't been shy of late. Understandable, what with a new film out and his wife's world tour to promote. Still, there was one subject he was reluctant to discuss when chatting with Pandora: his erstwhile religion, Kabbalah.

Carola Long: Stop mocking Madonna

Weekend Arts: The pop star begins her British tour tonight. It's fashionable to knock her but, says Carola Long, her music, her fashions and her style helped an entire generation of women to grow up

Kabbalah is only thing saving Madonna's marriage, says brother

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie are treated as the "uncrowned king and queen" of Kabbalah, the mystical form of Judaism, and their shared faith is largely what has kept their marriage together until now. So claims her estranged brother Christopher in his book Life With My Sister Madonna, which will be published tomorrow.

Pandora: A challenger who could teach Davis a thing or two about terror

The result of the by-election in Haltemprice and Howden on Thursday looks like a foregone conclusion, with David Davis expected to regain his seat with a sound majority.

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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

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In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
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A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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