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'Drop it like it's hot' rapper will feature in a television advert as part of the price comparison website's You’re So MoneySuperMarket campaign

Plan B received two nominations

Plan B, O2 Arena, London

Is it a film or a gig? Plan B’s performance at the O2 is as much a showcase for his filmography credentials as his singing ones, as clip after clip rolls past on a giant screen behind him, like a huge showreel. “Directed by Ben Drew”, “Produced by Strickland Banks,” “Written by Plan B”, “Starring Ben Drew as Strickland Banks” roll the credits.

Bryce Dessner (pictured) is best known as the guitarist with The National, but he has long been cultivating himself in other directions too

Caught in the Net: Clogs show they've got plenty of sole

While Bryce Dessner (pictured) is best known as the guitarist with The National, he has long been cultivating himself in other directions too. An accomplished composer in his own right he also has had another band on the go for the last decade or so. Clogs, a project led by Dessner and Australian musician Padma Newsome make intricate songs and instrumentals with hints of avant garde experimentalism, art-rock, folk, classical and chamber pop. Their latest release arrived this week in the form The Sundown EP. It can be download from their Bandcamp for $3 at ind.pn/XJhf5F. The three-track EP is a gorgeous, quiet affair with delicate vocals from Newsome and folk elements coming to the fore.

Rita Ora may be a hot property, having chalked up three number one singles in 2012 – two solo and one guesting on DJ Fresh anthem ‘Hot Right Now’ – but dangerous is not her shtick.

Rita Ora, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

It might be a Radioactive Tour but dangerous is not this artist's schtick

Album review: A$AP Rocky, Long.Live (Polo Grounds/RCA)

There's a fine line between "effortless" and "lazy", and A$AP Rocky walks it with nonchalant ease.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Sweeney (15)

Forget the excellent John Thaw series. In Nick Love's joyless take on Flying Squad hard-nuts Ray Winstone and Plan B play Regan and Carter, boozing, corrupt coppers who are being investigated by internal affairs (Steven Mackintosh) for their diabolical tactics: "There's even talk of baseball bats".

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What an unfortunate name

Wu-Block, Garage, London

In the week London’s Madame Tussauds unveils wax works of P Diddy and Snoop Dogg among other rap stars, a more underground exponent is celebrating its heritage in a more vital way.

Chip visits dream team of rappers (alive and dead)

Chart star Chip joined a dream team of rappers - alive and dead - as they flew in from the US.

Lend me your ears: Lemmy designs Motörheadphones range

First it was Dr Dre, then 50 Cent...musicians continue trend for branded ear devices

Large alligator-like reptile found guarding 34lb stash of marijuana

Suspect  reportedly told police he got the creature to commemorate rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 death

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A Hip Hop Christmas Part 2: Big Boi reads How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It seems the guys over at Vice's music channel Noisey enjoy a Hip Hop Christmas as much as the next man, and certainly as much as some lady from a radio station.

Page 3 Profile: Frank Ocean, Hip-Hop artist

Frank who?

Bisexual hip hop and R&B artist Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' has been named Album of the Year

Frank Ocean records another first as Channel Orange is named album of the year

Triumph for R&B artist who stunned his peers by coming out

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee