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Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.

Coldplay bows to irresistible force of 'Glee'

It is one of the more unlikely cultural synergies of recent times: Glee and Coldplay, together at last. After months of denial, lead singer Chris Martin has finally given in to allowing the hit US show access to the band's back catalogue.

Jack Riley: OK GO release new video, a tired internet sighs

Stop motion animation and the music video has always felt like a marriage made in artistic heaven. Deliberately and endearingly homemade-looking videos have been around for a while (Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing and Oren Lavie’s Her Morning Elegance might well be the best recent examples), but if there’s going to be one surefire mainstream hit from the genre it’s OK GO’s latest effort.

Hit & Run: Where are all the daffodils?

First it was Valentine's Day (14 February). Then it was Shrove Tuesday (16 February). Then it was St David's Day (1 March). Then it was Mothering Sunday (14 March). Spot the connection? It's a dismal one. All of these spring feast days of one kind and another have had to be celebrated, in 2010, without daffodils.

BBC rapped for promoting U2 and Coldplay

The BBC breached its own guidelines in promoting U2's last album and a Coldplay tour, its editorial complaints unit has ruled.

Royal Mail unveil classic album cover stamps

Led Zeppelin guitar legend, Jimmy Page, today launched the Royal Mail’s much awaited New Year stamp collection featuring ten of the most iconic album covers of the last 40 years.

Coldplay auction raises £150,000 for charity

An auction by chart stars Coldplay in which the band are selling anything from vintage guitars to mud-spattered wellies has so far made more than £150,000 for charity.

A-Ha go their own ways after 25 years

Enduring chart act A-Ha are to split following a farewell tour next year, it was announced today.

Album: Animal Kingdom, Signs and Wonders (Warner Brothers)

The cover to Animal Kingdom's debut, all downcast tones of grey and beige, accurately conveys the bland fare offered by this hotly-tipped new British band.

Album: Just Jack, All Night Cinema, (Mercury)

"I never defined myself as a rapper," says Jack Allsopp, but as "a singer-songwriter who had a little bit more to say".

Music & Me: Tom Ravenscroft

The first record I bought was?

It was a happy hardcore record called Six Days on The Run, I was scared to go into the record shop so got my tough mate to buy it for me.

The first gig I went to was..

The earliest gig I can remember was Nirvana, it was before Nevermind and I went with my dad who told me they would be good. He was right.

Athlete, Somerset House, London

If there is one thing I detest about gigs then it has to be those pesky-in unison-crowd-pleasing handclaps that make me cringe and wince with embarrassment, and for some godforsaken reason, Athlete, have mastered this to a T. However, the charming surroundings of Somerset House cleansed my mind beforehand and I was gladly anticipating what was in store for me. This feeling was slightly dispelled when Athlete took to the stage with not one, not two, but three shambolic false starts.

Album: The Temper Trap, Conditions, (Infectious)

What to make of an opening track which begins with some beautiful falsetto atmospherics, then descends into what sounds like a Conchords piss-take of Coldplay?

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Observations: Weird sounds emanate from the cabinet of Dr Caligari

It's the most influential of German Expressionist films. Now, to mark the 90th anniversary of the making of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the electro-jazz duo Cipher have composed a new soundtrack to accompany its nightmarish scenes.

Cat Stevens says Coldplay song is similar

Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens agreed yesterday that the Coldplay song, "Viva La Vida," sounds like one of his 1973 songs, but he stopped short of saying he would sue for plagiarism.

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