One Direction scoop MTV Music Award

Chart superstars One Direction are to collect the prize for the best UK and Ireland act at next month's MTV European Music Awards.

One Direction, Little Mix and Taylor Swift: BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards kick off

A host of celebrities arrived at Wembley today to be adored by thousands of teenagers.

Stanley Dent: Senior figure in the postwar film industry

Adelphi Films was one of the companies whose feature films and B-movies helped to fill cinemas in the industry's boom years after the Second World War. As business manager, Stanley Dent was responsible for securing distribution deals for pictures showcasing some of the earliest performances by stars such as Peter Sellers and Diana Dors, whose contracts he drew up.

Believing that Beyoncé had a superior video, Kanye West broke into Taylor Swift's acceptance speech

Taylor Swift to perform at MTV awards next month

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. But she won't be the only gold winner in the room.

Everyone knows that the first single released by the winner of a TV talent show is guaranteed a place at the top of the charts. So imagine the BBC's embarrassment that the cover of Whitney Houston's 'Run To You' by the inaugural winner of The Voice, Leanne Something-or-other, is flailing at 27 in the midweeks, having sold just 6,527 copies

The Voice: The talent show that failed to conquer the charts

Everyone knows that the first single released by the winner of a TV talent show is guaranteed a place at the top of the charts. Really, any old rubbish will do.

Pop diva Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia show after threats

Pop diva Lady Gaga has cancelled her show in Indonesia amid threats from hardline Muslims.

Album: Andrew Bird, Break it Yourself (Bella Union)

We are overrun with singer-songwriters but you'd think a virtuoso violinist and whistler who sings about pollination and Petri dishes would stand out.

Being Modern: Headphones

Popular songs about contemporary fads can be hit-and-miss affairs. For every "Surfin' USA" that captures the zeitgeist and endures in its own right, there is a "Convoy", those novelty records that sound laughable as soon as the trend (in this case, CB radio) passes its sell-by date.

The Monkees land in Japan for a tour in 1968: from left, Jones, Mike Nesmith (behind Jones), Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz

Davy Jones: Actor and singer who shot to worldwide fame as a teen idol with the Monkees

Davy Jones was the young actor who most enjoyed and best understood the phenomenon of the Monkees that shot him to fame in the Sixties. Blessed with a great sense of humour and charming personality, he was better able to cope with fame and adulation than many of his contemporaries.

Jones was born in Manchester in 1945

End of a daydream: Monkees frontman Davy Jones dies

Davy Jones, the lead singer of 1960s pop band The Monkees, has died in America.

Screen Talk: Ready to rumble n the legal jungle

Acting heavyweights Christopher Plummer (above left) and Frank Langella are set to spar in front of the camera for Stephen Frears.

Gotye, Wilton's Music Hall, London

For an overnight success, Gotye (pronounced “goaty-eh") is quite a slow burner. He’s been popular in Australia, his homeland, since his first single, "Learnalilgivinanlovin" was released in 2006.

Whitney Houston: Superstar of music and film who was ravaged by drug use

Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Paradise Lost in limbo as bid to bring Milton to the big screen descends into hell

It should have been the ultimate "hell-on-earth" blockbuster, starring the "sexiest man alive" and including the most spectacular battle scenes ever seen on screen.

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