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Discord at the disco? Sweden’s Loreen (left) and German challenger Natalie Horler, lead singer of Cascada

Eurovision: Meet the new song. Same as the old song

The Eurovision Song Contest is no stranger to controversy. Whether it’s claims that Franco rigged the 1968 show to boost Spain’s flagging tourism industry, or the Azerbaijani government being accused of forcibly evicting people from their homes to make way for beautifying its capital, Baku, ahead of 2012’s contest, barely a year goes by without at least a whiff of scandal.

Album: Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, What the Brothers Sang (Domino)

The brothers are the Everlys, Dawn McCarthy is the singer and creative force behind Californian psych-folkers Faun Fables, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy is, oh you know, Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Jamie Lidell, Jamie Lidell (Warp)

Album review: Jamie Lidell, Jamie Lidell (Warp)

Though latterly resident in Nashville, Jamie Lidell continues to mine the territory where soul meets techno, a precarious manoeuvre that sometimes finds him tumbling between two stools.

Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams, right, of Destiny's Child, during the halftime show

Beyonce electrifies at Super Bowl halftime show

If naysayers still doubted Beyonce's singing talents — even after her national anthem performance this week at a press conference — the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Beyonce at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center earlier today. The singer admitted she lip-synced at President Obama's second inaugration

Beyonce admits lip synching during Inauguration Day performance

Beyonce has admitted she did “lip sync” when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw, Quatuor Diotima, The Rest Is Noise, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Barbara Hannigan, Reinbert de Leeuw, Quatuor Diotima, The Rest Is Noise, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Schoenberg’s second string quartet caused a bigger riot than anything else he composed: after the first bar of the second movement his Viennese audience burst into laughter, and went on disrupting it until the coda mysteriously calmed them down.

Album review: Carrie Rodriguez, Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus)

There's a fine line in everything. Perhaps the most dangerous one in American roots music divides "tasteful" from "polite".

Album review: Aaron Neville, My True Story (Blue Note)

Sympathetically produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, My True Story is Aaron Neville's love-letter to the youthful R&B and doo-wop favourites that first drew him into music.

Album review: Matthew E White, Big Inner (Spacebomb)

Matthew E White set out to make a showcase for his Spacebomb studio-cum-label project, and ended up making an album that many are hailing a modern classic.

Justin Timberlake brings sexy back with new single 'Suit & Tie'

But Bieber fans ask if there is room for two Justins in the music industry?

Album review: I Turchini/Antonio Florio, Il Tesoro di San Gennaro (Glossa)

Following a series of disasters in the 16th and 17th centuries –the inhabitants of Naples chose St Gennaro as holy protector of the city.

Album review: New Order, The Lost Sirens (Rhino UK)

A mini-album of eight leftover tracks originally recorded for 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call, The Lost Sirens actually bests its parent album, which was not New Order's finest hour.

Album review: Merz, No Compass Will Find Home (Accidental)

Five years on from the enchanting Moi et Mon Camion, Conrad (Merz) Lambert has relocated to the Swiss alps, found a new collaborator in the form of Matthew Herbert, and changed course completely.

Teitur, Kings Place, London

As Teitur starts playing his first song, a jaunty if lovesick number called 'Catherine the Waitress', on the grand piano, a few keen beans in the front row start to whoop and cheer.

Beyoncé's back - and her GQ interview is equal parts impressive and spooky

Beyoncé fans, assume the position - the next month or two sees the Queen of Pop's return from motherhood to mega-primetime. In preparation, she's been speaking to GQ. And - drumroll - the takeaway here, at least according to Gawker, is... "Beyonce is Fucking Crazy and Exactly as You Imagine Her".

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