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Adele's got a wicked cackle.

Arcade Fire, Hyde Park, London

On recent tours, Win Butler has wondered how his band can fill arenas despite having no hits. On this evidence, while they may not dominate the charts in the manner of Adele or Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire brim over with hummable tunes.

Editor-At-Large: End of life care is a disgrace. I, for one, am staying home

Tomorrow night on BBC2, viewers will see a 71-year-old man die in a clinic run by the non-profit organisation Dignitas in Switzerland. Sir Terry Pratchett's film follows motor neurone disease sufferer Peter Smedley, who has taken the decision to end his life.

Adele cancels entire US tour as she battles laryngitis

Her powerful voice and bittersweet lyrics have helped to propel her to the top of the United States charts as one of the few British artists to crack America, but the strain of success showed yesterday after laryngitis forced Adele to cancel the remaining dates of her sell-out North American tour.

The day the music died: how British acts fell out of the pop charts

The only UK representative in last week's Top 10 was Kent's Lauren Bennett on LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem'

Adele named most powerful in British music

Adele has been named the most powerful person in the British music industry.

Album: Nerina Pallot, Year of the Wolf (Geffen)

On her Geffen debut, Nerina Pallot seems to have reined in some of her musical ambitions, focusing on simple but stylish love songs.

Julie Burchill: Maturity means letting go of ambition, and embracing the joys of invisibility

Was kicking back with my favourite young friend the other day, and she asked me to list, in order, the top five things that made me happy. It went like this: (1) my marriage, (2) my faith, (3) getting trashed, (4) going on holiday, (5) my friends.

The secret of Adele's success? No festivals, tweeting – or selling out

Soul superstar reveals how staying small has made her massive

Modern manners: A complete guide to etiquette in the digital age

When John H Young published his Guide to the Manners, Etiquette and Deportment of the Most Refined Society in 1879, it became a bestseller in his native America.

70 reasons why Bob Dylan is the most important figure in pop-culture history

Bob Dylan is 70 on Tuesday. Andy Gill gives that many reasons why he is a pop-culture colossus.
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