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Album: Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Elektra)

Bruno Mars, until recently one of R&B's backroom boys, is currently the hottest thing in pop, with "Grenade" furnishing his second UK chart-topper.

Radio 1 boss: our DJs' picks turn listeners off

Despite being on the front line of the BBC's musical output, Radio 1's DJs do not choose the vast majority of the tracks they play. Now, a top boss at Radio 1 has explained why: because the station would lose listeners.

My Secret Life: Eliza Doolittle, singer, 22

When I was a child I wanted to be... a taxi driver, and then I thought it might be more up my street to be a singer.

Cultural Life: Eliza Doolittle, musician

Music: I've just bought Cee Lo Green's new album, 'The Lady Killer'. I've listened to it a couple of times and I was instantly drawn in. I love the old style he has. I also bought The Drums' album a couple of months ago and I really enjoyed it. I love their writing, it's a great album.

Albums: The perfect presents – pop and classical

Not sure what music to buy as a present? Andy Gill helps you decide with his guide to some of this year's best albums

Coldplay to star on Christmas Top of the Pops

Chart stars Coldplay are to top the bill for this year's Christmas Top Of The Pops with a one-off performance of their festive single.

Album: Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer (Warner Bros)

He sang on the first song (Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy") to make it to No 1 in the UK based on digital download sales alone and his "Forget You" – here in both clean and original versions – kept Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow off the top spot.

Win tickets to see Cee Lo perform

Cee Lo Green is playing on The Album Chart Show on Monday 1 November at London's Koko. The Independent is offering 100 lucky people tickets to the show.

Album: Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer (Elektra)

Back in 2004, long before his hook-up with Danger Mouse in Gnarls Barkley, Cee Lo Green was proving himself modern R&B's renaissance man, equally adept behind mixing desk and microphone, on his landmark nu-soul album Cee Lo Green... Is The Soul Machine.

My fantasy band: Tinie Tempah

New Release: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl, Record Collection, Columbia

Amy Winehouse may be reportedly peeved at Mark Ronson's taking too much credit for her success, and piggybacking his own solo career on that success, but she shouldn't worry overmuch about him stealing her vocal limelight: for as Record Collection brutally reveals, the über-producer of his era turns out to be an ünter-singer, his weedy vocals here failing to bring to life any song on which he takes the lead.

Album: Travie McCoy, Lazarus (Fueled By Ramen)

Travis "Travie" McCoy made more UK chart impact with the recent ersatz reggae-rap hit single "Billionaire" than he did in over a decade as frontman of pop-rappers Gym Class Heroes, and while there are a couple more hits to come from Lazarus, it's unlikely to make him a household name.

Album: B.O.B, B.O.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Atlantic)

B.O.B, aka Bobby Ray Simmons, is the latest breakout star from the prolific Atlanta hip-hop scene, so it's unsurprising that this excellent debut shares similarities of inflection and melodic appeal with OutKast, Cee-Lo Green and Dungeon family.

Album: Common, Universal Mind Control, (G.O.O.D./Geffen)

Endless summer: Common and Pharrell join forces

Album: Common, Universal Mind Control (Island)

Apart from his recent shift into movies, Common seems to be approaching his hip-hop career in a perversely roundabout manner

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