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President Obama surfed to power on a hip-hop wave. Should British politics try the same thing to engage the youth vote?

Nick Hasted: It may only be rock'n'roll, but we still carry on liking it

Rock's death has been predicted almost from the moment it was born in the 1950s. In the early 1980s, for instance, it was widely assumed that frowning synth-pop duos would soon throw guitars on history's scrap heap. REM were among the young bands who gave vigorous and mysterious new strengths to guitar-led music back then, and it has always leapt up from its sickbed.

Bashy - The bus driver who found a ticket to hip-hop fame

When fans mobbed Bashy in his cab, the rapper knew it was time to get off the 183 to Golders Green and plan a route to stardom. Charlotte Cripps goes a few stops with him

DJ found dead on birthday

A successful British DJ was found dead in the bedroom of his Tenerife apartment on his 32nd birthday, his family said.

David Cameron and Dizzee Rascal pick up gongs at GQ Men of the Year awards

Prime Minister David Cameron swapped political barbs for showbiz quips as he picked up a gong at the GQ Men of the Year awards.

Culture Club: Salt (12A)

"Angelina Jolie as a 21st-century superhero. The plot could have been written by a five-year-old and the word 'thriller' certainly does not describe this film. It would have been much better as a cartoon."

British singer falls to his death at Belgian pop music festival

Frontman for Ou Est Le Swimming Pool climbed radio mast after earlier crowd-surfing accident

Album: Rhythms del Mundo, Revival (Transmission)

This latest charity compilation of made-over pop hits in an Afro-Cuban style has some routine examples of unimaginative salsa-fication (Wyclef Jean's "Stayin' Alive"), but mercifully they're outnumbered by the more apt transformations of things like Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc", Groove Armada's timbale-rattling "Superstylin'", and Dizzee Rascal's "Holiday", its new Caribbean setting perfectly in line with its vacation theme.

Barclaycard wants your views on its Mercury Prize shortlist

Radio presenter Jo Whiley is launching Barclaycard Unwind's new "Have Your Say" discussion around this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year shortlist.

Sarah Sands: Steamy nights, parched lawns... but where's summer?

It was late evening in Piccadilly, the night Spain beat Germany. The air was sultry and fans wrapped in Spanish flags sang under Eros. It was impossible not to smile as we promenaded among them in the heat. It was lovely but it wasn't right. It felt – well, like Madrid, not London. This is not our weather.

Tinie Tempah - The rapper as a role model

Youngsters can do community service to earn tickets to see Tinie Tempah, who tells Charlotte Cripps why he likes the idea

From Dizzee Rascal to Eddie Izzard... Edinburgh Fringe line-up is revealed

The Edinburgh Fringe will continue its seemingly remorseless expansion this summer as organisers revealed the biggest line-up of artists in its 64-year history yesterday. With details of 2,453 shows and more than 40,000 performances contained within a 344-page programme, the world's largest arts festival has officially doubled in size over the last decade.

Dizzee Rascal tops bill at biggest-ever festival fringe

Chart-topper Dizzee Rascal, Britain's Got Talent dance act Flawless and Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson are among the big names featuring in this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, organisers said today.

Composers of video game music to get their own top award

For the first time, the prestigious Ivor Novellos are to recognise excellence in a thriving £28bn industry

British hip-hop heads out of the underground

Amid accusations of sell-out and crossover, the UK's hip-hop artists want to win fans while staying true to their scene. By Matilda Egere-Cooper
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas