London's 2012 Olympics opening ceremony raced into the British charts on Sunday with a collection of music from the kaleidoscopic extravaganza becoming the week's fifth-best selling compilation album after just 24 hours on sale.
Only Dizzee Rascal can save us from this mess
Olympics organisers have revealed how they intend to enhance the spectator experience at London 2012 with music and other visual presentations.
With expectations of England’s footballers suddenly on the rise, the nation needs a new anthem to unite behind.
Prime Minister David Cameron swapped political barbs for showbiz quips as he picked up a gong at the GQ Men of the Year awards.
"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."
Youngsters can do community service to earn tickets to see Tinie Tempah, who tells Charlotte Cripps why he likes the idea
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.
The Dizzee and Lily Show is becoming one of the staple double acts of the modern British music scene. First they became the standout male and female solo artists of their generation – garnering critical and commercial success in equal measure. Then this year, they made off with his-and-hers-matching Brits before embarking on a series of dual headline concerts together. Now they look set to dominate yet another prestigious music awards ceremony, this time for songwriting, after being nominated yesterday in four categories for the 55th annual Ivor Novello Awards.
Lily Allen will battle it out with a group of virtual unknowns championed on Twitter by Stephen Fry for a top songwriting award.
Line-up for landmark festival divides opinion among music fans
16-18 July, Victoria Park, London
Lily Allen looks set to enjoy one of the shortest retirements in pop after announcing a festival appearance - just four months after her "final" gig.
For the first time, the BRITs performance will be available to download from iTunes
Tim Davie, the director of audio and music at the BBC, tells Ian Burrell radio must act now or risk being left behind by new media devices
Look at you all!" says Speech Debelle, admiring a fairly full house of mostly well-heeled white pseudo-bohemians. "See what the Mercury can do!"