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`Yesterday' is best song of century

THE BEATLES' hit "Yesterday" has been voted the 20th Century's top song in a new poll, the results of which are being broadcast over the Easter weekend.

Flat Earth: US? Not us

HAVING an all-American image has suddenly become a liability in the wake of the Planet Hollywood bombing in Cape Town last week. Six bomb threats were made to other restaurants in the city, including four belonging to the Spur steakhouse chain, which had to issue a denial that it was connected to the US in any way, despite its Wild West theme.

Got a problem, Fruity? I'm beginning a new life

John Lyttle gives a man's response to Chris Evans pledging to go gay for a year

Pop music: A radio station with real X-appeal

They hardly ever play your favourite songs and when they do, they talk all over them. If you're sick of patronising radio DJs, says Sabuhi Mir, tune in to Xfm.

Records: Bryan Adams Unplugged (A&M 540 831 2)

This, surely, makes a nonsense of the "acoustic" tag suggested by the term Unplugged. Sure, Adams and band may be playing acoustic instruments on this collection of rehashed moments from his back catalogue, but they're fed through such an array of limiters, compressors, reverb units and the like that these versions sound, if anything, louder and denser than the original "electric" ones.

Greenpeace should be so lucky

Rock stars and celebrities are backing a call to the Government for action on the threat to the climate from fossil fuels, and have signed a Greenpeace petition to be presented to Tony Blair underlining the growing demand for a halt to North Atlantic oil exploration.

It could be you...

White Town and Baby Bird did it, why not you? It's not brain surgery, after all. Tony Naylor explains how to conquer the music industry from your bedroom

Fast track for tenor from Tuscany

It has taken just one week for Andrea Bocelli to storm the British charts. The blind Tuscan tenor was a complete unknown when he performed on the National Lottery show last week. Now, after minimal radio airplay, he has gone straight to the Number Two slot.

PolyGram blames slipped discs for 18% downturn

PolyGram, the world's largest record company, yesterday underlined the problems besetting the global music industry by reporting a sharp drop in annual profits.

Cricket: Crawley's refined appetite

Simon O'Hagan meets a renaissance man ready to reach his creative peak

Pop: Eating Crow

It's tough getting to the top, even tougher once you're up there. Just ask Sheryl Crow, whose career blossoms while her relationships sour. Charlotte O'Sullivan is concerned

Letter : Bryan's brill

I really hoped Nick Barber wouldn't jump on the "Let's slag off Bryan Adams 'cos he's an easy target" bandwagon (4 August). If I want costume changes, I'll go to see Tina Turner; if I want dance routines, I'll go to see Boyzone; if I want stage effects, I'll wait for the opening of the next Olympics. But if I want two hours of great rock and roll with no pretentions, I'll choose Bryan Adams. The 65,000 people who turned up at Wembley Stadium knew that and I didn't see one disappointed face.

Live / Ron Sexsmith Borderline, London

The meek don't always inherit the earth but sometimes they finally get an even break. For most of his British debut at a packed and sweaty Borderline, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith acted like he'd just walked through the door at his own surprise birthday party. Despite his choirboy looks and Rubber Soul- era hairstyle (he unconvincingly claimed to be "recovering from a bad haircut"), Sexsmith is past the first flush of youth and must have briefly feared he was doomed to spend the rest of his life working in Toronto as a courier and playing the bars by night. Even after he finally got to record his gorgeously intimate debut with the ubiquitous Mitchell Froom, the album was promptly buried as his label Interscope left Atlantic during arguments over their involvement with rapper Dr Dre's profitable but provocative Death Row Records. Fortunately, Interscope are now hooked up with RCA who're giving Sexsmith's album a second chance thanks to the support of the likes of Elvis Costello who made it his album of the year in Mojo.

PolyGram warning sends shares into dive

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