News In fact, the actor went as far as to threaten the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien: “That little prick’s gonna get it.”

The actor threatened the One Direction star live on television, telling host Conan O’Brien that he wanted to "beat the c**p of him" in a video

Simon Fuller is plotting to outmanoeuvre his great rival, Simon Cowell (pictured)

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With an incredible $110 million in pretax earnings, Dr. Dre has topped the list of 2012's highest-paid musicians.

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Gary Barlow, Royal Albert Hall, London

"A sax has arrived on the stage, it can only mean one song... yes, 'Careless Whisper'," quips the sprightly, diminutive singer before "A Million Love Songs", from 1992's Take That and Party.

Rylan Clark axed from the X Factor

Rylan Clark is the latest hopeful to be given their marching on orders from the X Factor.

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Robbie Williams, 02, London

The former boy band mates serve up contrasting solo shows but both leave you acknowledging some great songs ... through gritted treeth

Robbie Williams, O2 Arena, London

Has Robbie Williams got religion? Or scientology? Or has he started his own cult? The esoteric neon symbols floating above the round stage, decorated like the stargate in Stargate, and large-scale projections of skeletons being crucified  evoke a quasi-religious feel.

One Direction take the crown from Robbie Williams with chart double

Pop heartthrobs One Direction did the double as they climbed straight to the summit of the singles and albums charts.

Where's Pudsey? No sign of BBC's Children in Need with only three days to go

Three days before the BBC hosts its annual Children in Need telethon it is desperately fighting to shore up public trust in the organisation.

Taylor Swift celebrates her three awards in an elegant cream and silver gown designed by J.Mendel at the MTV EMA last night

'Insecure' Taylor Swift triumphs at MTV Europe Music Awards

The "insecure" Taylor Swift triumphed at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), picking up three gongs.

Mick Jagger's love letters to Marsha Hunt reveal 'secret history' of the Rolling Stone

A series of love letters revealing a passionate and clandestine romance between Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and American actress and original Hair cast-member Marsha Hunt (pictured) will go under the hammer next month.

Taylor Swift celebrates her three awards in an elegant cream and silver gown designed by J.Mendel at the MTV EMA last night

Taylor Swift flies away with three MTV Europe Music Awards

Taylor Swift celebrated three wins at last night’s 2012 MTV EMA awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

EU budget veto threat is 'absolutely ludicrous', says Ken Clarke

It is “absolutely ludicrous” for the UK to go to Brussels intending to veto the EU budget, Ken Clarke said today.

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