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Clever timing could see the Blur bassist capitalise on the power of pun in pop

The Child Of Lov dies, aged 26

The artist, who began his career anonymously, worked with Damon Albarn on his debut album

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Unreleased songs from the first ever recording session by punk pioneers The Clash are to finally see the light of day.

Britpop rivals Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn perform together for cancer charity

Their Britpop rivalry was legendary, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn have put their musical differences aside to perform together in aid of a cancer charity.

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Bobby Womack, The Forum, London

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Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.

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Monogamy hormone stops men straying

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

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In a week when it has at times seemed to be tearing itself apart with blunders and recriminations, the BBC has came together at last.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 November 2012

Deadly snakes seized from truck

Albarn marks 90 years of BBC radio

Damon Albarn is to celebrate 90 years of radio with a three-minute composition to be played on every BBC station at the same time.

Blur performed last night on the main stage at the London Live Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park

Last Night: Blur, New Order and The Specials, London Live Closing Ceremony, Hyde Park

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