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There are two approaches to the business of being noticed by today's record-buying public. The first, showcased by Lady Gaga at the recent Grammys, revolves around oodles of hype and ever-more preposterous wardrobe selections.

Spotify hopes to follow its most famous artists by cracking America

Music-streaming service signs up major labels as industry finally wakes up to power of the playlist. Rhodri Marsden reports

Album: Adele, 21 (XL / Columbia)

Her label has thrown the works at the second album by croak-voiced Brit-School brat Adele Adkins, with top producers from both sides of the Atlantic (Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth) and a roll-call of songwriters you’ve never heard of but who wrote half the top 10, conspiring to create a more rootsy sound for 21 than her debut 19.

New music - tipped today, gone tomorrow?

Every year the music press and the BBC anoint the new messiahs of pop. Yet all too often these new stars burn out more quickly than a damp firework

Radio 1 boss: our DJs' picks turn listeners off

Despite being on the front line of the BBC's musical output, Radio 1's DJs do not choose the vast majority of the tracks they play. Now, a top boss at Radio 1 has explained why: because the station would lose listeners.

Jessie J - The girl from Essex who plans to take the pop world by storm

She's written songs for Alicia Keys and is touted as the world's best singer by Justin Timberlake – and she's still only 22. Elisa Bray meets Jessie J, hotly tipped to be the chart sensation of 2011

Between albums: We won't be right back after this break

Arcade Fire took three years between albums – and they're not the worst culprits. Fans can forget you, warns Elisa Bray

Sun, sea, sand, sensation: Page-turners to transport you away from it all this summer

As the glut of politics, sport and reality TV filters away from the news to make way for silly season, it's novels that will provide the thrills for the next month or so. And this year there is no shortage of gutsy, gripping page-turners.

Pride Listings: What to see and do at Pride London 2010

From exhibitions to club nights, there’s something for everyone during the Pride London 2010 festival fortnight

Alan Pownall, Borderline, London

Beautiful and expensively groomed twentysomethings arrive to cram into the Borderline doorway. They air-kiss (both sides), and spread rumours along the queue that little-known singer/songwriter Alan Pownall, has massively oversold the cosy venue by at least 80 tickets.

Kenneth McKellar: Popular Scottish lyric tenor who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

As befits his name, Kenneth McKellar was Scottish through and through. He did much to promote the country's traditional songs and he appeared on the popular television series The White Heather Club, with Andy Stewart and Jimmy Shand and his Band. Because his voice was so powerful, he commanded attention, but he had a good sense of humour and so could appear on variety shows without embarrassment.

South Africa's Terreblanche hacked to death

Neo-Nazi leader who fought for all-white state – and was convicted of trying to kill black employee – is murdered by farm workers

All the Grammy ladies

American women were the overwhelming winners at the music industry's big shindig this week. But, says Elisa Bray, why were their British counterparts ignored?

Newcomer Ellie Goulding scoops Critics' Choice award

Up-and-coming act Ellie Goulding, who has yet to make the top 40, today landed a Brit Award.

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