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Start-up Deezer is on song with €100m boost

Deezer, an online music subscription site that rivals Spotify, yesterday won €100m (£80m) backing from investors including the parent company of Warner Music Group, Access Industries.

Britons rule in the album charts

Adele is at the forefront of a new British revival in the album charts with home-grown artists recording their best sales since the mid-1990s when Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled.

Festival tribute: Dionne praises 'amazing Amy'

Amy Winehouse's 15-year-old goddaughter paid an emotional tribute to the singer at the Big Chill music festival in Herefordshire yesterday.

Kill Bill meets Big Chill: Vol 1

This year's Big Chill festival promises to be a vintage edition with headliners Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers. Further down the bill comes an intriguing slot with a name less familiar on such line-ups: The Bullitts feat. Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu. Yes, the Hollywood star of Kill Bill: Vol I and Charlie's Angels is set to appear on the same stage as Robert Plant and Steel Pulse.

Captain America: Why everyone wants to be on Cee Lo Green's team

In a Star waggons trailer parked on Warner Brothers' Los Angeles studio complex, as Christina Aguilera preens next door, Cee Lo Green and I are studying his entirely naked and not-insubstantial stomach. Specifically, we are looking at some of the singer's myriad tattoos.

Album: Various Artists, Rave On Buddy Holly (Concord)

If Elvis was rock'n'roll's id, then Buddy Holly was its ego, his more cerebral tinkerings with pop's structures opening up avenues that enabled the medium to flourish in myriad different ways.

Album: Smoove + Turrelle, Eccentric Audio (Jalapeno)

Confined until now to an audience of hardcore funkateers, north-eastern soul duo Smoove + Turrell deserve to break into the mainstream with this follow-up to their 2009 debut Antique Soul.

Kylie Minogue, SECC, Glasgow <br/> Cee-Lo Green, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Brought to us on angel wings, the pop diva still has little to fear from the Gagas of this world. Then there's Cee-Lo's bingo wings

Cee Lo Green, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Given his career has lasted well over 15 years, it has been an odd path to mainstream recognition for Cee Lo Green. First playing a key role in developing the dirty South rap style as a founding member of the Atlanta hip-hop crew Goodie Mob, he went on to release two inventive, but low-selling, solo albums before teaming up with

NME Big Gig: Foo Fighters, Wembley Arena, London

Dave Grohl's Godlike Genius Award from NME shortly before this gig is a definition of debased currency. For the better part of two hours after two years away, he leads Foo Fighters through a show of fearsome stamina and volume. When he says "this could take all night", like Al Jolson you believe him. But as drummer in Nirvana or leader of his own amiable band, Grohl will never surprise you no matter how long he plays. His unasked for, universal acknowledgement as the Nicest Man in Rock isn't itself a creative act.

Folk rocks! Brits strike an alternative chord

The sweet, plaintive vocals of folk singer Laura Marling sang out the start of a more critically respectable era for the oft-maligned Brit Awards.

Cee Lo Green looking for beautiful stranger

Cee Lo Green is planning to "spend the night with some beautiful stranger" after the BRIT Awards.

Chase And Status snub Rihanna

Rihanna has been snubbed by drum and bass duo Chase And Status.

Arcade Fire and Cee Lo Green to perform at Brits

Canadian rockers Arcade Fire and American singer Cee Lo Green will perform at next month's Brit Awards.

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