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David Cameron to read a lesson at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

David Cameron is to do a reading at the funeral this week of Baroness Thatcher, it has emerged.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito (Interscope)

Album review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mosquito (Interscope)

Album of the Week: Raw-boned rebel rockers with plenty of bite

Hiss Golden Messenger, Haw (Paradise of Bachelors)

Album review: Hiss Golden Messenger, Haw (Paradise of Bachelors)

There's a strange, archaic feel to the songs of head Messenger, MC Taylor, with their Biblical references and invocations to “cleave ye to the rock”.

That was close: Cassie Yukawa plays Bach at arm’s length from the audience

Classical review: The Memory of WT Stead - I've got that sinking feeling …

Five pianos went down with the 'Titanic' – a century later, Cassie Yukawa imagines we can hear them still

Album: Mount Moriah, Miracle Temple (Merge)

If Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire were a contestant on a TV talent show, she'd get this vote within half a second of opening her mouth.

Album: Boz Scaggs, Memphis (429 Records)

Recorded in Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio with an all-star band including Spooner Oldham, Willie Weeks and Ray Parker Jr, Memphis is a late-night delight.

Fatboy Slim plays the House of Commons for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation in London, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Music review: Fatboy Slim's House of Commons rave is a surreal victory of sorts

It’s when Norman Cook slips a Guy Fawkes mask on while DJing in the House of Commons that dance culture can be said to have cheekily won its war with a parliament which once tried to ban it.

Matt Redman accepts his Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

Godly rockers get their own holy hit parade

They say the Devil gets all the best tunes, but God, it seems, is getting his own Top 10.

In with a prayer: Alessandro Brustenghi has a record deal

Sing unto the Lord a new pop song: First UK official Christian music chart launches

Franciscan Friar Alessandro sold the most albums in the Christian and gospel genre last year

Album: Kavinsky, Outrun (Mercury)

Kavinsky, aka Vincent Belorgey, is best known for "Nightcall", the impossibly magnificent, Daft Punk-produced slo-mo electro-disco theme from Drive.

Cecil Womack: Half of the husband-and-wife duo known for their soul hits of the 1980s

Cecil Womack: Half of the husband-and-wife duo known for their soul hits of the 1980s

Bobby Womack admitted he'd had an affair with Linda; the brothers did not speak for years

Album: Cody Chesnutt, Landing on a Hundred (One Little Indian)

You don't score any points for comparing Chesnutt to Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

USA's Tiger Woods walks off the course as Europe celebrates their win at the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup: A dose of Chicago blues for Tiger Woods at Medinah

Even the bookies are unhappy with Woods for sportingly handing Europe outright victory

With Good Timin', a UK No 1, Jones became the first black artist to sell a million copies of a single in the UK

Jimmy Jones: The first black singer to have a UK million-selling hit

The most unlikely feature of rock'n'roll music was the prominence of falsetto singing whereby male singers mimicked female voices. It is prominent throughout the hit recordings of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison and Frankie Valli, and one of the first artists to exploit this sound was Jimmy Jones, who had international success with "Handy Man" and "Good Timin'" (both 1960). With "Good Timin'", a UK No 1, Jones became the first black artist to sell a million copies of a single in the UK.

“Under the Westway” single was first played by Damon Albarn (pictured) and guitarist Graham Coxon in February

First Listen: Blur take to Twittersphere with debut of new songs

Blur last night debuted two new tracks in a live performance from a balcony at a secret London location.

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Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

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Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

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