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The Aids charity here reaches Latin America - and not before time, given that continent's desperate affliction by the disease. And - if only for its relative novelty - it's much more satisfying than previous Red Hot+ releases, which have leaned towards lacklustre soul-jazz and dance.

Real superstars don't need stunts

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The Investment Column: Thorn EMI worth holding

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