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Following a slick performance from Katy B, Dizzee Rascal takes to the stage at Camden’s Roundhouse as the duo perform one of the most urban shows at this year’s iTunes festival. Tonight, Dizzee Rascal goes straight for the gut with a a nine-track set of synth-heavy, bass-trembling drones taken from his new release, The Fifth, an album packed with guest appearances, including Will.I.Am, Robbie Williams and Jessie J.

It's time for women to call the music video shots

Female music video directors are fast becoming first choice as their musical counterparts take over the pop charts. Emma Love talks to six women making their mark on a male-dominated industry

Florence & The Machine and Dizzee Rascal collaboration to be released

For the first time, the BRITs performance will be available to download from iTunes

Mercury Prize Sessions start 2010 with a bang

Last night marked the first of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions of 2010, with The Maccabees and The Rumble Strips playing to a packed-out studio at London’s prestigious Hospital Club.

Full shortlists for Brit Awards 2010

The shortlists for the Brit Awards 2010 were unveiled at an event in London tonight.

Ellie Goulding - This one's glitter is gold

Ellie Goulding recently won the Brits Critics' Choice award and topped the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. Elisa Bray explains why she justifies the hype that surrounds her

Speech Debelle: 'My mistake was to think I'm a celebrity. But I'm not like Take That – I'm an artist'

Since unexpectedly winning this year's Mercury prize, the rapper Speech Debelle has had to contend with high expectations, low album sales and the boos of Take That fans. And still, she says, this has been the easiest year of her life so far...

Newcomer Ellie Goulding scoops Critics' Choice award

Up-and-coming act Ellie Goulding, who has yet to make the top 40, today landed a Brit Award.

Caught in the Net - Something in the Air

Recently in Arts & Books we profiled the next group of female musicians poised to follow in the footsteps of La Roux, Florence and the Machine, Little Boots et al.

Electricity in the air at the Electric Proms

In the true tradition of the BBC's Electric Proms, acts performing this year were challenged to reinvent their music.

NME Radar Tour, Koko, London<br/>David Gest: My Life! HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

The NME's Radar Tour would not be the first place to dig for treasure, but it throws up the odd diamond, David Gest, meanwhile, mixes soul'n'cringe

Album: Cate Le Bon, Me Oh My (Irony Bored)

The debut release on Gruff Rhys's Irony Bored label, Me Oh My shows Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon to be a strikingly different prospect to the recent run of new female singers – closer to wyrd-folkie than soul-diva, but blessed with a unique line in imagery, and a ramshackle innocence to her musical approach that recalls the third Velvet Underground album, if Mo Tucker had sung all the songs.

Florence + The Machine, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Bewitched by a true siren

Oasis in running for top music gong despite split

They may be gone but they are not forgotten - recently-split Oasis are in the running for the title of world's best act at a top music awards bash.

Speech Debelle rises from streets of London to win Mercury Prize

Rap artist's gritty take on urban life scoops prestigious award despite selling only 3,000 albums

Nick Hasted: Grim experiences give inspiration for the 'hip-hop Tracy Chapman'

Speech Debelle told her producer Wayne "Lotek Hifi" Bennett to make her sound like a "hip-hop Tracy Chapman". For better and worse he succeeded. The 26-year-old south Londoner's debut Speech Therapy is a rap album rooted in the genre's respectable, conscious traditions – the lineage typified in the 1990s by A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Common and Arrested Development.

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