Arts and Entertainment Ke$ha has topped the UK singles chart with Pitbull shortly after checking into rehab for an eating disorder

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

The News Matrix: Monday 11 June 2012

Poll of polls gives Labour a big lead

David Thomas: Who needs a knighthood when you can be a National Treasure?

Gary Barlow was reinvented as an all-purpose Good Guy of Pop

Take That star Mark Owen to be a father again

Take That star Mark Owen said he was "thrilled" after he confirmed he is the third member of the band set to become a father this year.

Judy Greer is set to come into her own following her scene-stealing appearance as a wronged wife in Oscar favourite The Descendants

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'In The X Factor's land of musical mediocrity, Louis Walsh’s weirdness is the only oasis of intrigue'

Who knew that Louis Walsh says, "The best thing about The X Factor is it's real... nothing is staged"? Blessings upon him, for of course the best thing about The X Factor in its present manifestation – and who knew such words would ever appear in print? – is Louis Walsh.

First Night: The X Factor, ITV, Saturday, 8pm

Does Barlow have enough X Factor to replace Cowell?

At the third stroke, the speaking clock will be 75 years old

As the pips go on its 75th anniversary this weekend, the "speaking clock" still registers 30 million calls each year, generating nearly £10m in revenue for British Telecom.

Take That announce latest single

Take That have announced their latest single 'When We Were Young'.

Diary: A man in control of his media

Anyone previously unbriefed as to whether Craig Oliver was a blue-sky-thinking Steve Hilton-alike or an Andy Coulson-esque attack dog has their answer courtesy of this compelling photograph of Oliver arriving for his first day at work. Number 10's new communications chief, or so his accessories would attest, is a fellow who gives good flow-chart. Let's start with the "Beats by [Dr] Dre" designer headphones, denoting a middle-aged man keen to convince passers-by that he was once deeply into hip-hop, and thus requires "cans" with superior bass quality in order to enjoy his old Public Enemy albums on the move.

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I've heard the sound of student protest, 21st-century style, and it's doo-wop

Strikes a chord: KT Tunstall and Emma Gillespie talk sexism, scandal and singing in the street

Both KT Tunstall and newcomer Emma Gillespie are 'girls with guitars' who busked their way to record contracts at the age of 27. Except one of them got her break through a reality TV show. So how similar are they really?

Robbie Williams admits miming on debut single video

Robbie Williams was miming to George Michael's version of Freedom when he filmed the video for his debut single - a cover version of the former Wham! star's solo hit.

Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams reunite to support heroes charity

Newly-reunited Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams performed together live for the first time in 15 years.

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow reunited for charity concert

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow will perform together on stage today for the first time since Williams quit Take That.

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