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Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

Album review: Brad Paisley, Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)

On the excellent Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley tiptoes a fine line between satisfying his core country audience and encouraging them to more adventurous attitudes. Good ol' boys, for instance, are sure to enjoy the likes of “Outstanding in Our Field”, a celebration of the blue-collar budget delights of tapping a keg of beer round a campfire.

Placido Domingo has transformed the Covent Garden production of Nabucco

Classical review: Nabucco, Royal Opera House, London

Placido Domingo transforms 'Nabucco' at Covent Garden

Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson are teaming up with Avicii for Sweden's 2013 Eurovision entry

How could they ever refuse? ABBA's Benny and Bjorn to pen Sweden's Eurovision track

They won Eurovision with their hit “Waterloo” in 1974 and now ABBA’s two frontmen will help pen Sweden’s entry for this year’s contest.

Fully charged: The Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw leads by example against Bath at The Stoop

Harlequins 23 Bath 9 match report: Birthday boy Ugo Monye settles Quins' nerves

Last season's champions end run of three defeats to bolster play-off bid

Album: Iron and Wine, Ghost on Ghost (4AD)

The early word was I&W had "gone jazz", but nothing is that straightforward in Sam Beam's world, and Ghost on Ghost is as dense stylistically as it is lyrically.

Iron and Wine, Ghost on Ghost (4AD)

Album review: Iron and Wine, Ghost on Ghost (4AD)

Sam Beam's latest outing as Iron and Wine is a curious mixture of the fascinating and the frustrating. It's a more obviously welcoming album than its recent predecessors, with the gentle country-soul ambience of songs like “The Desert Babbler” recalling Lambchop in its tempering of soul influences with pedal steel and strings.

Emeli Sande performing live

Emeli Sande tops 2013 album chart with Our Version of Events

Emeli Sande's debut album Our Version Of Events is the biggest-selling album so far this year, despite having already sold 1.4 million copies last year.

Bad Machine, By George Szirtes. Bloodaxe, £9.95

George Szirtes is the most consistent, prolific British poet. All his collections are challenging and rewarding. Bad Machine is more various, more versatile, and might take longer to get into. At the book's heart is an almost hallucinatory series about the fragility of reality, of life, of the body. The title poem is about discovering the body is a faulty machine. Like many others, it is aphoristic: "There's no machine that's not a bad machine". Elsewhere, we find "We're handfuls of dust breathing in dust" and "Life being ordinary is the extraordinary thing".

Album: Owiny Sigoma Band, Power Punch (Brownswood)

At first it seems like the more stripped-down sound, utilising additional electronic percussion, has taken the wind out of the sails of this experimental band from London and Kenya.

Sarah Brightman, Dreamchaser (Decca)

Album review: Sarah Brightman, Dreamchaser (Decca)

It was only a matter of time before Sarah Brightman, who effectively created the “classical crossover” genre, should collaborate with Mike Hedges, the producer who brought pop textures to albums by Russell Watson, Camilla Kerslake and The Priests.

Album: Bluey, Leap of Faith (Dome)

After 15 albums with Incognito, main-man Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) makes a belated solo debut.

The duo are reportedly always filmed or photographed with Ant on the left, and Dec on the right

Ant and Dec: We performed 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' to fill a hole in our show

TV hosts Ant and Dec, who could be on course for their first number one single, resumed their musical activities "for a laugh", they said today.

Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy in America

Singer Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy over $10 million unpaid taxes

Singer Dionne Warwick owes nearly $10 million in back taxes and has filed for bankruptcy.

Ant and Dec have made it to number one in the iTunes chart after reviving their double act as PJ and Duncan for their Saturday night show.

Ant and Dec on course to top the Official UK Singles Chart with 'Let's Get Ready To Rhumble'

TV hosts Ant and Dec are on course for their first number one single - 17 years after their chart career came to an end.

Beyonce with her father and former manager Mathew Knowles

Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles speaks of 'incredibly painful' departure as her manager

Knowles says it was hard to let Beyoncé go after managing her for 20 years

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World Cup 2014
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Rihanna celebrates Germany's win
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Sheeran arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards earlier this year
musicYes, that would be Ed Sheeran, according to the BBC
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Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast
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AKB48 perform during one of their daily concerts at Tokyo’s Akihabara theatre
musicJapan's AKB48 are one of the world’s most-successful pop acts
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Ian Thorpe has thanked his supporters after the athlete said in an interview that he is gay
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The headstone of jazz great Miles Davis at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York
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Brendan O'Carroll has brought out his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
filmComedy holds its place at top of the UK box office
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newsBear sweltering in zoo that reaches temperatures of 40 degrees
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Professor Kathy Willis will showcase plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
radioPlants: From Roots to Riches has been two years in the making
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The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
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Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor