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Ellie Goulding heads up the albums chart 65 weeks after Halycon was released

X Factor's James Arthur set for number one hit

X Factor star James Arthur is set to top the singles chart this weekend after shifting more than 255,000 copies of "Impossible".

X Factor sees ratings tumble

The X Factor's ratings slide has continued with Sunday's final pulling in 2 million fewer viewers than last year.

Rylan Clark axed from the X Factor

Rylan Clark is the latest hopeful to be given their marching on orders from the X Factor.

Still dancing: Fans got great songs, and full Nineties choreography

IoS pop review: Gary Barlow, St John at Hackney, London
Robbie Williams, 02, London

The former boy band mates serve up contrasting solo shows but both leave you acknowledging some great songs ... through gritted treeth

Chart topper or Haribo? Robbie Williams laughs off 'children's sweets advert' criticism of new single 'Candy'

New dad Robbie Williams tonight laughed off claims his latest number one hit sounded like a television advert for children's sweets.

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The Last Weekend, ITV 1

You watch the Olympics and you think we’re in a whole new world where we all understand the value of hard work, where the cult of celebrity has lost its appeal, where we put people on pedestals, if we do it at all, for the right reasons.

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at St Pancras yesterday

London 2012: Party feel for Olympic closing ceremony

The Olympic closing ceremony will be a fun tribute to British music, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said.

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at St Pancras yesterday

Spice Girls 'set for Olympics closing ceremony'

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.

Pop star Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn

Gary Barlow fans set up charity in memory of stillborn baby Poppy

Fans of Gary Barlow have started a charity fund in memory of the star's stillborn daughter Poppy.

(From left) San Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis

Gymnastics: Multiple directions – do GB5 a boyband make?

"Britain has a new smash-hit boy band – a five-strong well-muscled group that brought more noise to the O2 last night than Guns N' Roses," roared The Times yesterday after the heroics of Britain's male gymnasts on Monday. But how do GB5 compare in the boy band stakes with the likes of One Direction:

Marks & Spencer shakes up top team as non-food sales fall

Marks & Spencer's worst trading performance for three years triggered a boardroom casualty today after its womenswear range failed to strike a chord with shoppers.

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland braced for shareholders fury over 'excessive' pay

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland will come under pressure tomorrow from frustrated shareholders over “excessive” pay and disappointing sales figures.

Aung San Suu Kyi mingles with MPs and peers after addressing both Houses of Parliament at Westminster Hall

Aung San Suu Kyi appeals to Britain to help drive her country's transformation

Burma's opposition leader tells MPs her people can only get 'so far' on their own. By Nigel Morris

Jimmy Carr doesn't believe that he's done anything wrong

David Cameron joins the attacks on Jimmy Carr over 'morally wrong' scheme to avoid tax

But Prescott accuses PM of double standards with tweeted reference to Lord Ashcroft

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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