Arts and Entertainment Pharrell Williams will perform alongside the likes of Katy Perry and Rudimental at the Brit Awards 2014

The rapper will join Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars at the February event

Album: Arctic Monkeys, Suck it and See (Domino)

Just when the world is no longer particularly bothered about a new Arctic Monkeys record, they've finally released one worth being bothered about – at least in parts.

The albums you can judge by their covers

As Lady Gaga reveals tacky artwork for her new CD, Simon Hardeman cringes at 10 other violations of taste and sense

Caught in the Net: Boys just wanna have pizza

After a hiatus while Adam Yauch was treated for cancer, the Beastie Boys (below) return with their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, in early May.

Periscope up: Richard Ayoade and Alex Turner unite their talents in hot new Brit flick Submarine

One is a notoriously nervous comedian, the other a pop star renowned for his reticence. Craig McLean mediates a meeting between the men behind this month's hottest Brit flick

Kings of Leon's Matthew Followill to become a father

Matthew Followill is to become a father.

Arctic Monkeys turn down 'six figure' garden party offer

Arctic Monkeys reportedly turned down a six figure sum to play at a neighbourhood garden party.

Arctic Monkeys, Royal Albert Hall, London

Lightning strikes and Sheffield steel

Arctic Monkeys, Wembley Arena, London

Northern soul with a heavy heart

Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee (15)

Shane Meadows (71 mins), starring Paddy Considine, Scor-Zay-Zee

Story of the song: The age of the understatement, The Last Shadow Puppets (2008)

The Arctic Monkeys' frontman, Alex Turner, and the guitarist Miles Kane, from The Rascals, bonded over Scott Walker.

Arctic monkeys with prices

Bought for just £9,450, Tracey Collins' grey faces a pedigree field at Newmarket

Arctic Monkeys, Brixton Academy, London

The Arctic Monkeys play their first UK show in two years with an ease confirming their special status.

20 years of the Warp factor

Sheffield's Warp Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Nick Hasted looks back on the cutting-edge electronica/indie label that has produced acts as diverse as Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Grizzly Bear and Maxïmo Park

The word on... Arctic Monkeys, Humbug

"When Arctic Monkeys get hold of a song like the roaring 'Potion Approaching' they sound like the most exciting rock band on the planet. But more often than not on 'Humbug', they sound like a less inspired version of themselves." - Noel Murray, avclub.com

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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