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WATCH: Hilarious clips of celebrities reading 50 Shades of Grey

Whoever came up with the Top 10 list of celebrities reading sections of 50 Shades of Grey REALLY knows what makes the internet tick. It's gold-dust. (So thank you, Flavourwire's Emily Temple.)

Album: Tracey Thorn, Tinsel and Lights (Strange Feeling)

Rather than do the easy thing and lend her famously languid tones to a set of Christmas standards, former Everything But the Girl singer Thorn has come up with a selection of 10 cover versions (and two self-penned originals), many only tangentially Christmassy, from tasteful, cheese-free sources.

A Hip Hop Christmas Part 2: Big Boi reads How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It seems the guys over at Vice's music channel Noisey enjoy a Hip Hop Christmas as much as the next man, and certainly as much as some lady from a radio station.

IoS album review: Heinz Sauer, Michael Wolliny, Don't Explain - Live in Concert (ACT)

Tenor saxophonist Sauer, who will be 80 on Christmas Day, has a bleating, wounded-mammal sound like Archie Shepp, allied to an exquisite sensitivity on ballads that recalls Ben Webster.

Christopher Maloney has yet to find himself in the dreaded 'bottom two'

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The latest contestant to be booted off the ITV1 talent contest has hailed Maloney despite sniping about the former cruise ship singer last week

IoS album review: Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo, Ancestors (Tum)

Trumpeter Smith – whose epic Ten Freedom Summers is probably the most impressive jazz recording of the year – left segregated Mississippi for the army at around the same time as drummer Moholo-Moholo joined the soon-to-be-exiled Blue Notes in apartheid Cape Town.

L’elisir d’amore, Royal Opera House, London

Roberto Alagna has sung the role of the lovesick Nemorino before, but this was his Covent Garden debut in the role. And in a pre-performance interview he described his challenge: he would have to ‘fight with the ghost of his past’ – ie compete with his own best moments.

Civil Wars in civil war? Tour dates cancelled amid 'irreconcilable differences'

Grammy-winning folk-pop duo The Civil Wars are calling off their upcoming tour dates, citing irreconcilable differences.

Album: Alison Balsom, Sound the Trumpet (EMI Classics)

Trumpeters were the star musicians of the Baroque era, their shiny, golden tones vital to evoking the glory of victory and the majesty of kings.

One To Watch: Josh Osho, singer, 20

The south London pop-soul singer has supported Rizzle Kicks, Jessie J, Giggs and Emeli Sandé on their UK tours.

Face to Watch: Arlissa, Singer, 19

"It wasn't until I was on the plane home that I suddenly realised, wow, I just did a track with Nas. It's been an incredible opportunity."

The Imaginary Radio Programme: Drennon Davis, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

If you add “with Monique Moreau on keyboard” to the self-explanatory title of this show then you get exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a simple recipe to prepare and serve: the American duo pretend to dial surf through the airwaves in order to pastiche various musical styles.

Flash Mob, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

When the dancers of Flash Mob ask the audience to join in with a dancealong routine, they get a giggly, enthusiastic response. It’s a happy ending for a friendly show that brings together dancers from various reality TV dance series, in styles from hip hop to Irish dance.

Album: Public Service Broadcasting, The War Room (Test Card)

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" meme, barely seen during wartime but rediscovered at the turn of the millennium, gained traction because it spoke to a mythologised idea of British fortitude and resilience.

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