Arts and Entertainment Kendrick Lamar, here performing live with Imagine Dragons, enjoyed a 99 per cent rise in Spotify traffic after his Grammys performance

The rapper notched up the plays after collaborating with Imagine Dragons

Pop: Middle-aged but still wicked


Pop: Ready for a renaissance of rock

While anti-Yank fever was running high in Britpop back in 1996, San Diego's Rocket From The Crypt well and truly bucked the trend. Their shows were busting at the seams, on the promise that these six snappily dressed young rebels would put on the finest, coolest rock and roll show you've ever seen.

Criminal mastermind

Four decades after selling his first screen rights, Elmore Leonard is big in films. By John Walsh

Sexing the airwaves

Tune into a commercial pop station these days and you get either blatant laddism and Mike and the Mechanics or cosy chats and Celine Dion. Sexual stereotyping attracts advertisers but produces cringe-makingly awful radio, says Matthew Sweet

John Lyttle

This is no pigment of the imagination. The other half are plainly - and playfully - thinking pink again. So: what are we going to do about it?

CRIES & WHISPERS: Hello, hello, good to be back

WE AT Cries & Whispers were on holiday last week - not for our own benefit, mind, but for that of the showbiz folk whose parlous mental state depends on what may be written about them in this column every Sunday. Well, they can breathe easily for another seven days, as this week we clear the desk of the holiday backlog.

Carving out a living

Sculpture of any sort is a long and laborious process, involving hours of painstaking work. But when your medium is ice and the end result is destined to be a pool of water before you can say "ice-pick", why bother?

Hide and chic

Is it worth it? : Millionaire Hell's Angels take note, pounds 3,800 buys the last word in biker gear

Knob-twistingly powerful


I thought that the screaming and crying when I was trying to kick heroin was bad. When my Aunt Phyllis passed away, that was bad. But this was worse. I cried for seven weeks.

For nearly 30 years, Steve Tyler's band, Aerosmith, have been the living, leching rock'n'roll nightmare.


Main Claim: Hubby of Pamela Anderson, pneumatic siren of the Malibu waves. Actually, soon to be ex-husband: she filed for divorce this week on grounds of "irreconcilable differences", and his conjugal claims on her silicon charms are now off-limits. Almost forgot, Lee is also "drummer" for crap metal band Motley Crue.

The last decade in pop

From Live Aid to Jarvis Cocker via cyberspace: a lot can happen in a decade of pop, not least in the Czech Republic


Metropolitan life

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London