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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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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower