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In a move destined to feature in a 2012 edition of the Daily Mail alongside complaints about the number of BBC employees dispatched to Glastonbury, Zane Lowe shockingly failed to watch (let alone gush dutifully about) Beyoncé's performance on Sunday evening. Yet more disgraceful, depending on which random selection of unnecessarily irate tweeters one believes, was Jo Whiley's wildly misguided onscreen assertion that Beyoncé was "the first female in a quarter of a century to headline the Pyramid stage". In fact, pedants suggest, Suzanne Vega had the honour in 1989 (that's 22 years ago), followed by Shakespeare's Sister, Sinéad O'Connor and half of The White Stripes. 400 staff and they couldn't send a fact-checker?

Album: Beyoncé, 4 (RCA)

Heavens, Knowles is miserable now.

Album: Beyonce, 4 (Columbia)

There comes a certain point in mass pop culture when it ceases being primarily about the music and simply becomes a matter of numbers, whether it's how much it cost Roger Waters to stage The Wall, or how much U2's latest tour grossed, or how many YouTube hits a Lady Gaga video gets, or how many will be attending the Glastonbury Festival. In each case, the music is pretty much incidental to the experience, which has become an Event into which we now buy.

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Coldplay singer Chris Martin helped convince Beyonce Knowles to appear at Glastonbury.

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Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis is lamenting the booking of novelty group The Wombles for this year's event - and said it was a mistake.

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Whitney Houston is to return to the big screen for the first time in 15 years.

Jay-Z cool because of his mother

Jay-Z says his mother helped make him "cool".

Beyonce Knowles drops dad as manager

Beyonce Knowles has dropped her father Mathew as her manager.

Ne-Yo regrets giving track to Beyonce

Ne-Yo regrets giving Beyonce Knowles 'Irreplaceable'.

Beyonce Knowles donated Gaddafi cash to charity

Beyonce Knowles donated the money she earned performing for Libya's Colonel Gaddafi to charity.

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