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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

Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has been axed from the station after almost 20 years

Tim Westwood axed as Radio 1's voice of rap after nearly 20 years

The controversial hip-hop pioneer has been axed as part of a scheduling shake-up on Radio 1

Rapper Lil' Kim had been due to perform at Lovebox

Lil' Kim apologises to fans after Lovebox gig cancelled

Lovebox organisers say they were forced to cancel Lil' Kim's appearance at the London-based festival this weekend after the singer arrived late.

Plan B at Lovebox in Victoria Park, London

Music review: Mark Ronson, Plan B and others at Lovebox, Victoria Park, London

The sweltering dustbowl of Victoria Park played host to a crowd of beery, sweaty twentysomethings in neon glasses forgetting the working week - soundtracked by house, hiphop, and a touch of politics.

Postcard from... Berlin

Judges have ruled that the latest hit song from the controversial rap artist Bushido can be sold only to adults.

Beach Boy Bruce Johnston performing at the Henley Festival last week

Picking up better vibrations? Beach Boys succumb to Auto-Tune for new album

Fans say the results are 'embarrassing' and make the singers - famous for four-part harmonies - sound more like robots

Jay-Z owns Wireless festival

Jay-Z lands first UK number one album with Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z has achieved his first number one album in the UK with his new record Magna Carta Holy Grail.

George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Florida

Trayvon Martin murder jury was prevented from considering the real issue at play – racial profiling

"It is hard not to recall a similar strategy adopted by the Ku Klux Klan to try to instigate a response among those it sought to oppress," says NAACP bureau president

Elvis Costello performing at Glastonbury Festival

Tramp The Dirt Down: Elvis Costello defends decision to continue singing anti-Thatcher songs

Singer: 'I don’t feel vindicated. I didn’t personally kill her'

O2 and Tesco Mobile engage in Twitter rap battle, world looks the other way

The battle was thankfully declared a 'friendly' as Tesco Mobile are a re-seller of O2's network

Oh no he didn't: P Diddy isn't quite as well-off as he claims

Auditing hip-hop’s ‘billionaire’ boys club: Just how many rappers have no savings account?

Rappers aren’t exactly known for their modesty, preferring to fill their lyrics with endless references to Cristal and ice (diamonds). And, boy, do they love to brag about how rich they are. But how many of them are all mouth and no savings account? On the track “Versus” from the recent, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z’s taunts fellow rappers about just how much they have in the bank: “The truth in my verses, versus your metaphors about what your net worth is.”

Album review: Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail (Virgin EMI)

“Welcome to the magnum opus,” he insists and his 12th album is certainly magnum: 59 often leaden, mostly hubristic minutes to make that 1215 Grand Charter seem like light relief.

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail - review

In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.

Best maid of honor speech? Sister of bride Jennifer Gabrielli raps a toast to Eminem's 'Without Me'

Dressed in converse, hoodie and bridesmaid dress, Jennifer Gabrielli personalised lyrics for wedding

50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson has been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend and vandalising her home

50 Cent's Argos appearance cancelled following arrest

Rapper 50 Cent has cancelled an unlikely in-store appearance at a branch of Argos - after being charged with attacking his ex in the US.

BET award-winner Jamie Foxx

Rihanna, Jamie Foxx and Emeli Sande triumph at the BET Awards 2013

Actor Jamie Foxx and singers Rihanna, Emeli Sande and Nicki Minaj were among the top winners at the annual BET Awards on Sunday

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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