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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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there