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Showstopper: Pavarotti sings 'Nessun Dorma'

Pavarotti posthumously tops the charts with lost recording

The first recording made by legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has gone straight to the top of the classical artist album charts six years after he died.

Amy Winehouse poses for photos at her home in Camden, London

A rare chance to explore Amy Winehouse’s Jewish family roots

Amy Winehouse’s battered black suitcase is crammed with photos of her family and friends. There is the red jumper she wore as her Sylvia Young School uniform with her name label, as well as her record collection, passes for gigs and her first guitar. These are just a few of the intimate objects on show at Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at London’s Jewish Museum in Camden, where Winehouse lived, that have been lovingly put together by her brother Alex and his wife Riva, just two years since she died in 2011.

Vincent Autin, left, and Bruno Boileau kiss at France’s first official gay marriage in Montpellier

France's first gay marriage: Sinatra plays as Vincent and Bruno make history

The mayor hailed the “historic moment” that two French people of the same sex were united in marriage.

Full tilt: William Bonnet of Circle of Eleven lives dangerously

Dance review: Circle of Eleven - Hang on to your hats – if you can

Take one room, spin it through 90 degrees and let a gravity-defying Frenchman loose in it. Then prepare to be amazed

Last hurrah: Frankel strides into the history books before retiring to stud

Frankel seals greatness with fighting victory

Champion makes light of heavy going in farewell race by showing fighting quality to take unbeaten run to 14 races against top opposition

Iggy Pop's latest album ventures into French song

It was bad enough when Iggy Pop, once the embodiment of self-mutilating, rock n’ roll excess, reinvented himself as a motor insurance salesman.

Weedon performs at a BBC concert in 1965; he was on the Light Programme almost daily for years

Bert Weedon: Musician whose 'Play in a Day' manuals inspired generations of guitarists

He persuaded his father to buy him his first guitar, for 15 shillings in London’s Petticoat Lane market

Hit it off: David Walliams with Simon Cowell

This Briton's got talent: Simon Cowell reveals what it's like to be the most powerful person in pop

One man does more to shape our music industry than any other. As he begins another star search, the svengali talks to our guest editor David Walliams.

Hit it off: David Walliams with Simon Cowell

This Briton's got talent

Hitmaker Simon Cowell tells David Walliams what it's like to be Britain's biggest pop maestro

My Fantasy Band: Christian Zucconi, Grouplove

Drums - Picasso

I've always wondered what he could do with a pair of sticks.

Violetta Villas

The singer Violetta Villas, who has died aged 73, was a coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music, a Polish singer who became a caberet star in Las Vegas and who was trapped for years behind the Iron Curtain when she flew home to tend to her dying mother.

Holograms to help passengers through security

Passengers at Manchester Airport will be greeted by holograms of staff from next week in a bid to reduce security check queues.

Lifting the lid on the Rat Pack

They called themselves "The Clan" and "The Summit". The press termed them the "Rat Pack", after the group of roistering friends who had attached themselves to Humphrey Bogart a decade earlier. Bogart and his coterie, which included Frank Sinatra, were never photographed at play. Their successors – Frank Sinatra again, but this time with Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin – were, in private snaps never intended to be published. The images have now been recovered from a cardboard box of negatives found in a photographic agent's office.

Sir Elton John to team up with Plan B for Electric Proms

Sir Elton John is to team up with chart-topping star Plan B at this year's Electric Proms, it was announced today.

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