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Omar Souleyman seen here performing earlier this year in Texas at a benefit concert for victims of the Syrian conflict
The competition invites children to create a new sonic device for characters such as Strax, Madame Vastra or Jenny Flint

Children asked to design new gadget for Doctor Who in competition

Blue Peter viewers will be invited to design a gadget to feature in the next series of BBC1’s Doctor Who.

BBC Radio Stoke presenter Paula White who was removed from her Friday show after slurring and appearing drunk

BBC Radio Stoke DJ Paula White 'passes out' on air during Saturday show

The DJ had to leave the studio early during her slot due to ill health

Jack Alexander: Singer and pianist who with his brother Tom formed one of the best-loved Scottish musical acts of the last 50 years

Jack Alexander was the singer and pianist with the Alexander Brothers, the duo he formed with his elder brother Tom. They were two of Scotland’s best-loved entertainers, and during a career lasting five decades they toured the world with their versions of traditional Scottish songs, releasing more than 50 albums.

East India Youth has a debut LP on the way

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Dum Dum Girls's third LP is out in January

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The cover of Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP

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No heart behind the art of Gaga's surface spectacle

Eminem on track for fastest-selling album of 2013 with Marshall Mathers LP 2

The US rapper's latest record has sold 73,000 copies in 24 hours

Huey Morgan, pictured recording his BBC 6 Music show

Not so fun lovin' Huey Morgan blocks Never Mind The Buzzcocks on Twitter

The singer and DJ has continued the feud after smashing a mug on set

Baseline Junkie: Dizzee Rascal performs on stage

Dizzee Rascal launches foul-mouthed rant against Radio 1

The rapper said he thought US artists were favoured on the station

They know they don't want it: More universities ban Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Around 20 UK institutions have now banned the track for its sexist lyrics

Bryce Dessner has been carving out another branch to his career

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And Warpaint on for a stealth attack

Action Bronson will make a new cooking series with VICE

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Caught in the Net: MIA gears up for a return to action

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