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REM, Hyde Park, LONDON

REM show flair, but lose mystery

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Album: U2

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U2 are 'selling out' with iPod deal, say fans

They are one of the world's most socially conscious bands, whose front-man is a leading campaigner against poverty and Aids. But U2 has angered fans with its decision to sign a deal with the global corporation Apple and launch a special-edition U2 iPod.

Editor-At-Large: Oh no, it's Bono and co

Exactly five days after the first single from the new U2 album was sent to radio stations, Bono stood up at the Labour Party conference and made an impassioned plea for the world's poor. There were three players in this game - the poverty-stricken people of Africa, 6,000 of whom die each day of diseases that are curable and easily preventable; Tony Blair, our embattled leader, who faced a hostile reception from delegates incensed by his position on Iraq; and finally, a multimillionaire pop star with a giant ego and a new record to promote. On paper, a win-win situation for all concerned. Looking back at the week, you'd have to say Bono achieved the number one slot in terms of column inches and praise. (He is also, coincidentally, on the cover of Q magazine this month and will be attending its annual awards tomorrow.)

Convention Diary

The actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is billed to speak in the Garden tonight but there are very few other A-list celebrities in town to keep him company, most having sensibly fled town before the convention began. This is bad for the news networks, who are scrambling to find anyone with even a few watts of star power to leaven their political coverage. Clever old Fox News, therefore, which has reportedly recruited U2's lead singer, Bono, to appear on the popular The O'Reilly Factor political talk show tomorrow - expect fireworks ...

Bono on the back foot over a puff of smoke

Time was when pop stars were expected to ingest large amounts of dubious substances as part of their lifestyle in the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Beethoven's Ninth: a political history, by Esteban Buch, trans Richard Miller

The colourful past of a contradictory anthem

Brown will cancel Third World debt

THE GOVERNMENT announced last night that it is to write off hundreds of millions of pounds owed to Britain by the world's poorest countries.

Third World Debt: Success for a 'rainbow' campaign

FEW CAMPAIGNS have united so many fringe and mainstream groups so quickly on such a broad front to so much effect as the campaign to drop Third World debt.
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