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Calvin Harris has broken the UK chart record for scoring the largest number of top 10 hits from one album.
Beyonce, John Legend and Florence + The Machine are to headline a stadium charity show to raise funds for women's health, education and justice around the world.
Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been added to the line-up of the Isle of Wight Festival along with 1980s favourites T'Pau.
There are only so many chances you can give insipid female singer-songwriters
Adele's James Bond theme tune "Skyfall" looks set to fail its mission to top the charts for a second week.
Ellie Goulding has become the latest UK act to make the charts in the United States - with a song she released almost a year ago.
Feted by Ray LaMontagne and a hot tip for this summer's festivals, Delta Maid was brought up on country music, she tells Elisa Bray
It was just Sir Elton and his grand piano for this intimate, power-ballad-laden recital of hits, the odd rarity (including, unexpectedly, "Sixty Years On" and the exquisite rock-stomp "Take Me to the Pilot", both from 1970's Elton John) and songs from his return-to-form album, The Union.
The 27-year-old Illinois singer Lissie has drawn much acclaim for her debut album and Lady Gaga cover – and she can drink you under the table. Gillian Orr meets her
Arcade Fire took three years between albums – and they're not the worst culprits. Fans can forget you, warns Elisa Bray
Paul Weller, The xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae all make the 12-strong list.
This year's Mercury Prize nominees are announced next week. Here, Elisa Bray presents her pick of the twelve albums that deserve to make the shortlist
Odds are that you will recognise 18-year-old Diana Vickers as a 2008 X Factor semi finalist, or perhaps you caught her well-received West End debut in the recent revival of Little Voice.
16-18 July, Victoria Park, London
Four years ago, Ben Drew, aka Plan B, was a rapper with an acoustic guitar, a belly full of fire and lyrics to make a navvy blush.
A boy wearing skinny jeans is rattling the keys of a synthesiser and a lad with glasses is pounding the skins of a drum. In front of them, a 23-year-old cardigan-clad girl with her hair dyed platinum, raises her arms to the ceiling. The venue is the O2 Academy, the location, Glasgow, and Ellie Goulding is half-way through her sound check. Goulding is belting out the words to her recent single "Starry Eyed" – "Hit me with lightning," she sings, in a quivering, note-perfect voice. Watching from the sidelines are various members of Passion Pit and Little Death, two bands playing on the same bill later that day. One of them breaks into a mocking dance.