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The rising star beat competition from Ella Eyre and Banks to take the prize

Cate Le Bon, gig review: 'distinctive yet charming'

Bush Hall, London

Dance review: Stuttgart Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

German audiences must have more stamina. Stuttgart Ballet’s Made in Germany presents 13 works created for the company, including seven UK premieres. The dancers are strong and individual, but the evening becomes a slog – so many excerpts, so much whimsy, so many dancers in their pants.

Huey Morgan smashes mug and storms off stage during Never Mind the Buzzcocks ‘next lines’ round

The Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman grew angered by the 'next lines' round

Bryce Dessner has been carving out another branch to his career

Caught in the Net: An international man of classical mastery

And Warpaint on for a stealth attack

M.I.A's new album is out in November

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

And an R&B sensation makes the Cut

Brooklyn post-punk band Parquet Courts have recorded a new five track EP

Caught in the Net: The post-punks it's OK to laugh at

And enter the Museum of Love gift shop

Album review: NYPC, NYPC (The Numbers)

For their third LP, the indie-disco group once known as New Young Pony Club have slimmed to the duo of Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence and abbreviated their name to boot; their music, however, only gets richer. So, while opener “Hard Knocks” has the spry chantability of early hit “Ice Cream”, it proceeds in a more ambiguous register, with sinuous electronica matched by complex emotions.

The debut single from new London band Telegram is a great blast of scuzzy, droney rock

Caught in the Net: Big hair, big sound... big future

And a resurgent LA duo's latest shore thing

Album review: Jonas Kaufmann, The Verdi Album (Sony)

Murder, humiliation, self-sacrifice, revenge … it’s all in  a day’s work for Verdi’s heroes and villains, given voice on this full-throttle compilation by the go-to tenor of his generation.

Album: The Ebor Singers, Paul Gameson, Mystery & Miracle: Music From Medieval York (Boreas)

This survey of sacred a cappella music linked to the city of York furnishes some surprises, not least the revelation that the earliest surviving sacred polyphony was intended not for church service but the community-based performances associated with the York Mystery Plays.

Album review: Rizzle Kicks, Roaring 20s (Island)

Album of the Week: Rizzle dazzle with a fast-talking slice of everyday life

Jim Armitage: Mandarins may have been outwitted on the probation service deal

Outlook Justice secretary Chris Grayling used emotive language to demand G4S and Serco "purge themselves" after the electronic-tagging scandal. The companies should, he declared, undergo "corporate renewal" before being considered for new government contracts.

Edinburgh 2013: There We Have Been - James Cousins' choreography is inspired by the novel Norwegian Wood

There We Have Been starts with dancer Lisa Welham apparently floating in space, her head and shoulders picked out by a spotlight, high above the stage. As the lights come up, we realise that Aaron Vickers is holding her up. For the whole of this long duet, an intense relationship drama, Welham literally never touches the ground.

George (left) and Jeffrey (right) Osborne

'It's not going very well, this new friendship': George Osborne turns down duet with soul musician Jeffrey...

The Chancellor has rebuffed advances from his namesake after President Obama's G8 mix-up

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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