Arts and Entertainment One Direction are expected to receive the Global Success award for British artist with the greatest international sales

David Bowie, Laura Mvula, Bastille and Ellie Goulding are up for awards

Not another nutcracker

There's more to Christmas than pantos and that ballet. Alice Jones picks some great alternatives

The X Factor Jeremiahs

Old rockers and talent-spotters from the past say that the TV singing contests produce nothing better than middle-of-the-road pap. Paul Bignell reports

Calvin Harris: 'I made an idiot of myself for the good of the nation'

Calvin Harris has claimed that he crashed The X Factor stage to "make a mockery" of the competition and its "terrible" music.

X Factor twins John and Edward in final six

Jedward fans were in rhapsody last night as their idols breezed through another round of the X Factor thanks to the public vote.

Calvin Harris 'sorry' for Jedward stunt

Calvin Harris has apologised after being kicked out of The X Factor studios for running on to the stage during John And Edward's performance.

Lethal Bizzle, Islington Academy, London

Bizzle gets down to business

Hit & Run: When the band becomes a brand

The Sugababes aren't over. They just look a little different. That's the story that the group's record label, Island Records, expect the public to believe this week after news broke that the 'Babes are to undergo their third change in line-up in 11 years, following the departure of one of their singers, Keisha Buchanan, to pursue a solo career. As Buchanan was the last original member of the group, its current line up of Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen (Buchanan's replacement) is effectively a completely new group (Siobhan Donaghy and Mutya Buena having already walked out in 2001 and 2005 respectively).

Album: Dizzee Rascal, Tongue N’ Cheek, (Dirtee Stank)

Those two No 1 singles didn’t happenby accident. They’re evidence of one of the most enjoyable renaissances in recent pop history. After building a fearsome early-decade reputation as an insanely fast and incredibly exciting freestyler on the London underground, then blowing everyone’s minds in 2003 with the blockbusting beats of Boyin Da Corner, Dizzee Rascal took a bit of a dip, the creative nadir coming when he sampled Captain Sensible’s “Happy Talk” on a particularly poor single from his second album, Showtime.

Album: Dizzee Rascal, Tongue n' Cheek (Dirtee Stank)

It's taken Dizzee Rascal four albums to develop from cult exponent of a marginal London-based scene to fully fledged pop star bordering on youthful national treasure, a process that speaks volumes about the sustained commitment and support required to establish fledgling acts.

Hit & Run: Extremely entertaining?

Channel 4 unveiled its autumn schedules yesterday, one of the highlights being Alone in the Wild, in which Ed Wardle, a cameraman of no previous experience of survival techniques, was left to fend for himself in the Canadian wilderness. Nice one; couldn't they throw in a couple of globe-trotting comedians while they're at it? "I guess I'll have a long haul of eating fish in front me", Wardle had blithely remarked before his departure, although it seems that, seven weeks into this experiment, he had to be airlifted out of the Yukon. The fish weren't biting and he was near to starvation. His girlfriend back in London had noticed on his Twitter feed that Wardle had apparently become delirious and started talking to the insects, which, let's face it, is darned-sight more exciting than the vast majority of Tweets.

Album: Calvin Harris, Ready For The Weekend (Columbia)

In retrospect, Calvin Harris's 2007 debut I Created Disco could be viewed as a prescient harbinger of the current retro-electropop fad; and certainly, the subsequent interest of both Madonna and Kylie indicates an undeniable knack for hitting the populist zeitgeist.

Calvin Harris, Picture House, Edinburgh

Is nostalgia catching up with us already, or is time marching on quicker than we realise?

Party Of The Week: A night of rock and roller disco

Little Boots and Kelly Osbourne hung out together along with Kimberly Stewart at the Nokia Skate Almighty VIP launch party.

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