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Howard Jacobson: Lost and alone amid the rubble

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Idris Elba - Tapping into a sound new direction

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Will the TOGS ever warm to Chris Evans as Tigger?

He had said he was stepping into shoes that are bigger than his own, and he did try not to put his foot in it. But when Chris Evans took the helm of Europe’s most popular breakfast show today it was not unlike a children’s entertainer trying to stay wacky for a bunch of stony-faced five-year-olds.

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Chris Evans kicked off his first show in the Radio 2 breakfast slot today by playing The Beatles' classic All You Need Is Love and telling listeners: "Thanks for tuning in."

Brian Viner: 'Up' and away with you, critics

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One Minute With: Marlon James

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Extravagant, inspired and wildly romantic, the performer who takes his cue from Judy Garland walks his own yellow brick road

Michael Jackson albums take 14 of top 20 chart places

Michael Jackson's sales have instantly seen a massive boom as a result of his death.

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Alan Livingston: President of Capitol Records who launched the Beatles in America

As the president of Capitol Records in America, Alan Livingston converted a relatively small record company into a major player, with a portfolio of artists that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole and the Beatles.

Music & Me: Mick Jones

The first record I bought was...

There were two records I bought with my own money when I was 12 year's old. Jimi Hendrix Experience Smash Hits and Cream Disraeli Gears.

The 5-minute Interview: Sergio Mendes, Musician

'Take more responsibility for those who have nothing'

Some Came Running (PG)

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