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Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Album: Marianne Faithfull, Easy Come, Easy Go (Dramatico)

Gutsy trouper that she is, Marianne Faithfull has always striven beyond the limitations of her voice, finding compensation in brave choices of material and intriguing settings

Album: The Irrepressibles, From the Circus to the Sea, (Of Naked Design)

The Irrepressibles are one of Britain's best-kept secrets, noted for their orchestral arrangements, dramatic songs, theatrical costumes and the soaring voice of Jamie McDermott.

Oh boy: Why Buddy Holly still matters today

How is it that a bespectacled youth from Texas, who died aged 22 in a plane crash, is still revered 50 years on? Just listen to the outpouring of perfect rock'n'roll Buddy Holly produced in a career that lasted only 18 months, says Spencer Leigh

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Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, has written a blog on her Myspace page defending fellow Scientologist and friend John Travolta, saying the controversial religion had nothing to do with the recent death of Travolta's son Jett.

Vatican forgives Lennon for remark about Jesus Christ

Paper dismisses comment as just a 'boast' from a young Englishman faced with 'unexpected success'

Straight in at No 3, Ledger enters list of highest-earning dead celebrities

Elvis Presley tops poll with income of $52m - more than Madonna made this year

Gaelic TV is surprise hit with viewers

When the BBC launched its first Gaelic language channel in Scotland last month, the first night's line-up featured a comedy drama about the disembodied spirit of Elvis Presley on the Isle of Lewis and a performance from a ceilidh band from the Isle of Skye.

19: Too old for angst. Too young for fear

England's new hero Theo Walcott is just the latest talent to feel the power of his age. Cole Moreton celebrates exuberant flair and asks why it takes off when it does

The Complete Guide to: Retro travel

If modern holidays just don't have enough elegance for you, Belinda Archer has the answer. Take your pick from Thirties-style safaris, Sixties-themed hotels, sailing ships and more

Is it time West Side Story got a 21st-century makeover?

This month, 'West Side Story' returns to the London stage in a form unchanged since 1957. Time for a 21st-century makeover? Certainly not, says its original lyricist, Stephen Sondheim...

The Week In Radio: When Joan opened for The Rolling Stones

God bless Joan Rivers. Last month, the 75-year-old gargoyle with the rapier tongue suffered the indignity of being booted off ITV's anodyne chat show, Loose Women, for letting loose a volley of expletives. Did the producers not realise that this is Rivers' shtick – and has been for the last 40 years? In any case, the incident made her a particularly delicious choice to present Ed Sullivan and the Gateway to America (BBC Radio 2, Tuesday), a documentary about the censorious TV host who ruled the Sunday-night ratings for 23 years.

Divas Apollo Theatre, London

Three glorious women, one bonkers man

Music &amp; Me: Russel Mael of Sparks

The first record I bought was...

“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” by The Yardbirds in Los Angeles, in the late Sixties.

The first gig I went to was...

The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles when I was 18 years old. I was dressed to emulate them, trying to look like I was in an English band.

Bo Diddley and the beat surrender

Bo Diddley has shuffled off, but his trademark rhythm, and his part in the creation of rock'n'roll, will remain. By Andy Gill
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