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Singer Sia has agreed to donate the fee she received from a recent Eminem collaboration to an LGBT charity

Sia donates money from Eminem collaboration to LGBT charity

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Miley Cyrus is on course to top the charts with Wrecking Ball

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The singer is at the summit of both the midweek singles and albums charts

Eminem performs on the main stage, during day two of the Reading Festival

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Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performing on the main stage, during day three of the Reading Festival

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Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro closed Reading Festival on Sunday with a set encompassing both hard, sweaty graft and moments of inspired invention, mainly from their current, first chart-topping album, Opposites.

Eminem's music publishers Eight Mile Style is suing Facebook for copyright infringement over a song it used in an advert.

Eminem's music publishers sue Facebook for copyright infringement over song used in advert

Facebook claims in the lawsuit that Eminem's original song "Under the Influence" was a rip-off of a Michael Jackson single

Green Day are to headline Reading and Leeds festivals

Green Day to headline Reading and Leeds festivals

After performing a secret gig at last year's Reading and Leeds festivals rockers Green Day have been confirmed as the final headliners for this year's event.

Silibil and Brains from the film The Great Hip Hop Hoax

Dundee duo caught LA on the hop

Rejected in London, two Scots posed as Californian rappers and ended up partying with Madonna

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performs on the main stage during day two of the Isle of Wight Festival 2010 at Seaclose Park

Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down added to Reading and Leeds festival line-up

The August gigs will be both Eminem and Biffy Clyro's only UK festival appearances this year

Rap battles seen in Eminem's semi-autobiographic film 8 Mile, where two or more artists trade rhyming insults, derived from the medieval Caledonian art of 'flyting' and travelled to the US via Scottish slave owners

Eminem to headline at new music festival in Glasgow

US rapper Eminem will headline a new music festival to be held over ten days in Glasgow.

Eminem to headline Reading and Leeds

US rapper Eminem will take to the stage to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals next year - more than a decade after he first topped the bill.

Eminem thanks fans for help in 'dark times'

Rapper Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times.

Asher Roth, Jazz Café, London

Emerging onto the stage with his (now long) ginger locks, this white Jewish rapper looks no more like a hip hop star than he ever did. 

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