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With Bryan Adams and Simply Red playing later in the week, Hyde Park is becoming a mainstream pop venue of some significance this summer. Boyzone's Ronan Keating is the big name at the Wicked Women concert, a fundraiser for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity and will be duetting with Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice). With a backing band led by Midge Ure, the concert will see short sharp appearances from around 20 artists. Republica (right), Martine McCutcheon, Honeyz Gabrielle and Lisa Stansfield are here, while Mark Morrison, Big Country and Errol Brown represent the guys. Dina Carroll and Kele Le Roc are sure to put in great vocal performances but the one not to miss live is the excellent Beverley Knight.

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They're everywhere. From Take That to 911, boybands have become the British pop institution of the decade. So, Boyz Unlimited, Channel 4's new boyband spoof is long overdue. Mind you, how do you parody a genre that's already parodying itself? By Steve Jelbert

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Tony Blair is not a tribalist. That is what distinguishes him from so many of his Labour colleagues

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A BLOW TO the pride of Andrew Lloyd Webber has provoked an expose of pop chart manipulation that could be intensely damaging to the music industry. Lord Lloyd-Webber has begun a personal campaign to ensure that the public knows it can no longer trust the charts.

Passport: Mike Graham - Flat on the floor in the back of a van: travelling the Boyzone way

THERE IS a beautiful old mining town called Broken Hill in Australia, where we went to shoot the video for `Isn't it a Wonder'. The landscape around there is amazing. We flew from Melbourne late at night on a little seven-seater jet, and due to some engine trouble, the pilot had to make an emergency landing at a tiny airstrip. We were left on the runway for hours, drinking beer and playing basketball, waiting for a car to come and pick us up. Eventually, as dawn was breaking, it arrived. As we drove along, we saw kangaroos bouncing across the red-coloured earth and the scenery was breathtaking. Later that day, it heated up to 45; it was really lethal."
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