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God, it makes you feel old to think that Girls Aloud are now a thing of the past. We shall not look upon their like again. Sniff. But anyway, thinking about that former cultural phenomenon recently, I had a moment of nostalgia recalling the video for "I Can't Speak French", in which the Girls flounce around in very short, corsetted can-can skirts, with layers upon layers of net and frills and feathers in various shades of pink and pale lilac-y colours.

Album: The Veronicas, Hook Me Up, (Sire)

The mystique of twins is a resonant trope in popular culture, from the Coens to the Everlys.

Ladyhawke, Koko, London

We all know that musically, 2009 has so far belonged to the ladies. But with all the attitude, confidence and personality that has strutted up and down stages all over the country care of Lady GaGa, Lily Allen, Florence and the Machine et al, Ladyhawke is in some ways the black sheep of the sisterhood. She may have the look and the tunes but what marks her act out as different is her crippling shyness and the lack of any attempt to form some sort of stage personality, the quirky moniker aside.

Girls Aloud, O2 Arena, London

Pop queens fulfil their promise

UK music exports hit record levels

*Music acts including Coldplay and Iron Maiden contributed to a stellar year for the UK industry as exports leapt to record levels.

Album: Pet Shop Boys, Yes, (Parlophone)

Just don't call it a return to form...

The trouble with Ashley Cole

The Chelsea star's recent escapade will only add to his bad reputation, writes Sam Wallace

Ashley Cole 'arrested for drunk and disorderly'

Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole was arrested earlier today after a drunken confrontation with police according to reports.

Has Lily Allen rejoined the sisterhood?

With her catfights and bitchy lyrics, she's never exactly been a girl's girl. But that's all changed now...

Thriller Live, Lyric Theatre, London

Is it a musical? Is it just a juke-box compilation show? Do we expect narrative complexity in our new musical theatre? Is there a life for pop music within the proscenium arch beyond Mamma Mia!? Or shall we resort to revivals of Sondheim and hope for the best from Andrew Lloyd Webber?

Party Of The Week: The Brit school of awards

Once symbolic of the eclecticism present in the UK music market – the meeting point, as it were, of Jarvis Cocker's buttocks and Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" – the Brit Awards these days tend to be dominated by mainstream pop-rockers and graduates of the Brit stage school.

Franz Ferdinand, Heaven, Under the Arches, London

Old favourites keep Franz's fans frenzied

Coldplay and Duffy lead Brit nominations

Coldplay and Duffy led the way at the Brit Awards nominations tonight with four nods apiece.

Kylie recruited to host Brit Awards



Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne will present this year's Brit awards, organisers said.

PM says farewell to GMTV presenter

GMTV veteran Fiona Phillips signed off from the sofa for the final time today, with accolades from celebrities including David Beckham and the Prime Minister.

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