Arts and Entertainment Lorde and Disclosure have been confirmed to play at this year's Brit Awards 2014

The acts will join Arctic Monkeys, Bastille, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding

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

Brit Awards 2014: Pharrell Williams to perform

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

One Direction are expected to receive the Global Success award for British artist with the greatest international sales

Brit Awards 2014: the nominations in full

David Bowie, Laura Mvula, Bastille and Ellie Goulding are up for awards

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is to be given a posthumous honour at the Classic Brit Awards - six years after he agreed to accept it.

Luciano Pavarotti to receive posthumous Classic Brit Award

Opera star Luciano Pavarotti is to be given a posthumous honour at the Classic Brit Awards - six years after he agreed to accept it.

Graffiti to promote Arcade Fire's new single

Arcade Fire's new single 'Reflektor' leaks online fuelling speculation it features David Bowie

The hotly anticipated new single from Arcade Fire - an apparent collaboration with David Bowie - was leaked online ahead of its unveiling today.

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

Sir Elton John to receive first ever Brits Icon award

Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.

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Earls Court Exhibition Centre demolition approved by Boris Johnson

The Earls Court Exhibition Centre is to be demolished as part of new plans to create a 77-acre redevelopment site in Earls Court and West Kensington.

Ed Sheeran attends the Brit Awards 2013 at the 02 Arena

Ed Sheeran: I was ginger and chubby and so struggled to get a record deal

Chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran said he initially struggled to get a record deal because he was "ginger and chubby".

Album: Tom Odell, Long Way Down (Columbia)

There was much amusement in the Twitterverse this week after Odell's father rang NME to complain about its 0/10 review of Long Way Down.

Simon Price on pop: Emeli Sandé, you've delighted us long enough – now give us something new

I opened an envelope the other day and Emeli Sandé turned up. OK, an old joke, but they keep coming. Only last week, some wag tweeted "Which song is Emili Sandé singing at Thatcher's funeral?" For most of last year, it seemed that Sandé – who at the start of it was just another name on those Brightest Hopes/Sound of lists – was inescapable. You couldn't switch on, say, the Olympics opening ceremony, the Olympics closing ceremony, The X Factor, The Voice or even BBC Sports Relief without seeing her bleached quiff, or hearing her signature tune "Next to Me".

The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts (L), Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) perform during '12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Rolling Stones add second Hyde Park concert

Announcement follows tickets for earlier show selling out in matter of minutes

Justin Timberlake arrives at the Brit Awards 2013

Justin Timberlake storms to the top of the UK singles chart with 'Mirrors'

Justin Timberlake stormed to the top of the singles charts this week with "Mirrors".

Robbie Williams has complained about the 'boring' Brit Awards 2013 at which he performed in his new single

Robbie Williams attacks 'f***ing boring' awards in new single 'Brit Awards 2013'

Robbie Williams has shown off the first fruits of his return to working with Guy Chambers with an expletive-fuelled track in which he branded the Brit Awards "boring".

(L-R) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the Brit Awards 2013 at the 02 Arena

Number one charts spot for One Direction with 'One Way or Another'

Boyband One Direction crashed in at the top of the singles charts with their cover of Blondie's "One Way Or Another".

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