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Sir Bruce Forsyth to play Hop Farm Festival

Sir Bruce Forsyth has signed up to share a stage with Bob Dylan, Suede and Primal Scream at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

Rock bands to create soundtracks for roller-coaster rides

It’s a captive audience for musicians, although stomach-churning nausea may be the most common response. Rock bands will create exclusive soundtracks for roller-coaster rides under a new deal agreed by EMI.

Universal seeks EC approval of EMI takeover

Universal Music is poised to file with Brussels for approval of its £1.2bn takeover of EMI’s recorded music arm as early as this week.

Decca’s Dick Rowe, left, turned down the Beatles

The man who rejected the Beatles

Exactly 50 years ago, Decca's Dick Rowe turned down the Fab Four, so heading an unenviable club of talent-spotters who passed up their biggest chance. But is it all an urban myth? A new book suggests so

HMV back on song after banking lifeline

The stock market value of HMV, the entertainment retailer, nearly tripled yesterday after it agreed a crucial lifeline with its banks, which are to waive a series of tests on its loans.

Knowing me, knowing you: Rebecca Peyton and Angela Peyton

Rebecca Peyton, 39, is an actress whose one-woman show, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, is based on her experiences after her elder sister, Kate, a journalist and producer, was murdered in Somalia while posted there for the BBC in 2005.

EMI pension in £200m talks with Citi

The US bank Citi has started talks with EMI's pension trustees to put cash into the scheme, which could cost it up to £200m.

Terra Firma in second round bid for garden chain

Terra Firma, the private equity firm controlled by the City financier Guy Hands, is among a small number of buy-out companies that have submitted second-round bids of up to £300m to acquire the Garden Centre Group (GCG).

The Beatles

Abbey Road to be saved after EMI is bought back from the bankers

French-owned Universal pays £1.2bn for UK's last remaining major record company

Album: The London Steve Reich Ensemble, Reich: Different Trains; Triple Quartet; Piano Counterpoint (EMI Classics)

This programme of Steve Reich pieces has a satisfying unity due to the driving train rhythms that underpin all three compositions.

Blacks Leisure hires interim chairman to help steady ship

Blacks Leisure, the embattled outdoor retail specialist, has hired an interim chairman to help turn around its fortunes ahead of a refinancing.

Album: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Schoenberg (EMI Classics)

Schoenberg first orchestrated Brahms' Piano Quartet No 1 because he felt that the pianist had a tendency to drown out the small string section.

Philip Hensher: At last – a public figure who refuses to deny their past

What is so heartening about Louise Mensch’s response is the sight of a strong-minded person standing up in her own name against a mean, rat-like prig

Mensch goes public after email threatens to expose drug use

A Conservative MP who questioned Rupert and James Murdoch about the extent of journalistic malpractice on Fleet Street yesterday suggested that she herself may have become a victim of a smear campaign.

EMI suitors line up to look at its books

Len Blavatnik's Access Industries, Sony Music Entertainment and Vivendi's Universal Music Group are among the music companies and private equity firms interested in buying the music group EMI.

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