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Blog faves, BBC Sound of 2013 poll, world tour…and the trio hadn't even released an album. Can it live up to the hype?

Magnetic Man: A group with sticking power

With dubstep entering the mainstream – especially with Mercury Prize nominee Katy B's pop blend of the genre – it may be a surprise to some teenagers that dubstep is not a new thing.

Lady Gaga denounces cocaine

Lady Gaga says cocaine is "the devil".

How I put a new spin on a movie classic

Forget writing a No 1 hit – composing Ghost: The Musical is the toughest gig in town, says Eurythmics star Dave Stewart

Lady Gaga doesn't want wealth

Lady Gaga would give away "every dollar" she has if she could.

Album: Zomby, Dedication (4AD)

The more you listen to Dedication, the more alluring Zomby's stripped-back eskibeat dubstep pieces become. They're like small, beautiful flowers that only bloom the more familiar they become.

Coldplay and Lady Gaga set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

Lady Gaga, Coldplay and The Black Eyed Peas have signed up to appear at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Video: Why Lady Gaga loves a fire escape

Queen of pop tells Singapore why fire safety is so important to her. No kidding.

Album: Alex Clare ,The Lateness of the Hour (Island)

In today's tightly-compartmen- talised pop scene, a talent as eclectic as Alex Clare may struggle to find his niche, so awkwardly does he straddle rock, pop, R&B and electronica.

Björk, Campfield Market Hall, Manchester

Still (mostly) weird and wonderful

Album: Brian Eno / Rick Holland, Drums Between the Bells (Opal / Warp)

Holland is a poet and Eno is Eno.

Album: Alice Gold, Seven Rainbows (Fiction)

The latest of Britain's bumper crop of soulful female singers, Alice Gold thinks of herself as a "guitar-wielding girl", which suggests the UK's equivalent of Shelby Lynne or Lucinda Williams.

Album: Brian Eno, Drums Between the Bells (Warp)

Brian Eno's second album for Warp involves his settings of the words of Rick Holland, the lyrics recited by a range of vocalists chosen for their characterful delivery, in several cases the result of using English as a second language.

Album: Shabazz Palaces, Black Up (Sub Pop)

Great things are predicted for Shabazz Palaces, the first hip-hop outfit signed to indie/grunge label Sub Pop.

Video: Gaga fights back over theft claims

Lady Gaga fights back over theft claims.

Album: The Chemical Brothers, Hanna – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony)

As the rave generation becomes the Blu-ray generation, its more capable practitioners are making the equivalent move from soundtracking loved-up all-nighters to soundtracking actual movie and theatrical productions.

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