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The rapper notched up the plays after collaborating with Imagine Dragons

Roger Daltrey is not 'rock 'n' roll' enough for 'Idol'

There have been few harsher critics of Simon Cowell's influence on pop than Roger Daltrey, who last year declared TV talent contests a "joke", saying: "The music they make on the shows is absolute tripe."

Steven Tyler thinks idols need time to succeed

Steven Tyler doesn't think 'American Idol' is the best way to find new musical talent.

Families: Secrets and lives

It can be tough discovering that the person you thought was your birth parent is no relation at all – but it need not destroy the relationship, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

The Fringe: Still crazy after all these years

Edinburgh wouldn't be Edinburgh without the annual offerings of creative lunacy. Alice Jones celebrates some of the maddest

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The New Yorkers kept a promise and gave their new album its world premiere in Glasgow, to an ecstatic reception

First Night: Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham

Summer festival season launches on a sunny day of bucolic bliss

Celebrity, By Marina Hyde

The phenomena explored here include: Jude Law's personal mission in 2007 to bring peace to Afghanistan ("Obviously the situation was too complicated for us to sit down with the Taliban"); Pete Doherty's cat Tinkerbell taken into care when cocaine was discovered in its bloodstream; Madonna's charity event Raising Malawi, where the $800 Gucci bag given to each guest was coincidentally equal to the per capita GDP of Malawi.

Rock/rap revivalists

The rock/rap album has had mixed results. Since Run-DMC's reworking of Aerosmith's 1975 single "Walk This Way", there's been the likes of nu-metallers Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.

No Doubt sues Activision over Band Hero

No Doubt is suing video game maker Activision for putting words in band members' mouths.

Nirvana tantrum over Cobain's Guitar Hero appearance

Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest Guitar Hero video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana.

Evan Dando's model work ethic

The Lemonheads' frontman asked Kate Moss and Liv Tyler to sing on his new album. He tells James McNair why

Games Review: Guitar Hero: Metallica

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Spector: The untouchable &ndash; until it was too late

Phil Spector's willingness to brandish guns was an open secret decades before he killed Lana Clarkson. But the music business continued to indulge him. The industry has blood on its hands, argues Andy Gill

Dom Joly: I'm sick of mingling with the rich and famous

Finally, the breakthrough. After six years slogging away on the Cotswolds social scene desperately trying to avoid Ruby Wax and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, I get the call. I'm going to meet the kingpin, the head of the social salon: Jeremy Clarkson.

Guy Adams: LA needs its pot smokers

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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