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Album: Eminem, Recovery, (Aftermath/Interscope)

Perhaps Eminem's single most impressive achievement has been to shift hip-hop's focus from being primarily concerned with sociological issues, into the murkier realm of psychology.

Album: B.O.B, B.O.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Atlantic)

B.O.B, aka Bobby Ray Simmons, is the latest breakout star from the prolific Atlanta hip-hop scene, so it's unsurprising that this excellent debut shares similarities of inflection and melodic appeal with OutKast, Cee-Lo Green and Dungeon family.

50 Cent: 'I still have passion for music'

The former drug-dealer rapper has become a film writer and actor, author, and clothing, drinks, and property magnate. But, he says...

Brittany Murphy died of pneumonia, coroner rules

Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia, but anaemia and prescription drugs also played a role, coroner's officials said yesterday.

MC Solaar, Jazz Café, London<br/>Rose Elinor Dougall, Madame JoJo's, London

MC Solaar makes a rare visit to London, where even non-French speakers are bewitched by his raps

Album: Eminem, Relapse: Refill (Polydor)

With album sales declining as a result of the cherry-picking tendencies fostered by downloading, you might have thought a logical response would be to trim away the extraneous fat that albums developed during the compact disc era, and return to something like the all-killer, no-filler approach of the vinyl era: a slim portfolio of excellence, rather than a bagful of odds, sods and obvious outtakes.

Brittany Murphy: Actress whose versatility matched her 'jolie laide' looks

While not traditionally beautiful according to the Hollywood standards of yore, the American actress Brittany Murphy had "jolie laide" looks – big, brown eyes, a slightly disdainful mouth, a pointed chin, just-out-of-bed hair – which she used to great effect as she combined parts in ditzy comedies like Clueless and Just Married to meatier roles in the dark thrillers Girl, Interrupted and Don't Say A Word.

Apple squares off against Eminem in court

An attorney for Apple has defended the company's use of Eminem's songs on iTunes in court, as a trial got under way to determine who had the right to offer digital downloads of the rapper's music.

Eminem puts Bruno run-in behind him

Eminem looked like he had put aside the humiliating events of the MTV Movie Awards as he performed with Jay-Z.

Baron Cohen's angelic entrance to MTV awards brings out the devil in Eminem

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a British comedian posing as a gay Austrian fashionista landing on Eminem's face.

Eminem storms out of MTV Awards after Sacha Baron Cohen stunt

Eminem stormed out of the MTV Movie Awards after an incident with Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant alter ego Bruno.

Album: Eminem, Relapse, (Aftermath)

He's back! But does the real Slim Shady still stand up?

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Album: Eminem, Relapse (Aftermath/Shady)

On 2004's Encore, Eminem appeared to have grown up considerably, exhibiting an unsuspected political acuity on "Mosh", his devastating indictment of Bush's Iraq crusade and apologising for any racial or sexual slurs he may have previously voiced in anger.

Hit &amp; Run: From House to White House

What do you do if you have risen through the thickets of Hollywood to become of one of the most visible Asian-American actors in the US, with plum roles on screens both big and small? You give it all up to take an obscure job in Washington for your president and country, of course.

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