After the rush of Christmas albums and deluxe repackagings, it remains a thin time for music. But that's all set to swerve in a more exciting direction. First up are albums by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and Ed Harcourt, both out on Monday. As a new year's gift to the fans, Malkmus's sixth studio collaboration with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags, is being streamed in full on Amazon. Pepping up a weak month for gigs, they start their UK tour on 13 January, reaching London's Forum on 16 January.
The number of songs listened to on streaming services in the UK doubled last year
The rapper forced X Factor winner Sam Bailey into second place on Sunday
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The X Factor pop group kept current judge Gary Barlow from number one
The video is the latest attempt to push the album, which has sold less in its first week than Gaga's 2011 record Born This Way
This Sunday's chart-topper will be named the UK's 1000th number one album. Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams, Jake Bugg and JLS are all in the running
The US rapper's latest record has sold 73,000 copies in 24 hours
The Sheffield band's new album AM has sold 97,000 copies so far
Music veteran David Bowie has crowned his comeback this year by topping the nominations for the Q Awards.
The US talk show host vented his frustration by treating viewers to a start-studded dance video
“We're going to start with a song we did for Diana Ross, then another song we did for Diana Ross and then one we did for Sister Sledge - and we’re going to keep going until we take it to the top floor.”
In a product placement deal that was waiting to happen, Daft Punk have created a range of ‘Get Lucky’ condoms with Durex.
'I used to fly to Paris for lunch – insane'
Digital fans are set to make 2013 the biggest year for singles sales in UK history, according to the Official Charts Company.
Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ has become the first single released in 2013 to reach one million sales in the UK.