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One to Watch: Allen Stone, Singer, 25

Could he be the real deal? The curly-haired US soul singer has been likened to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye for his high falsetto voice.

After You: Pulp to release Christmas present single on iTunes

The first new song in a decade from Britpop band Pulp, which was given away to fans on Christmas Day, is to be available more widely on Monday.

129 Blockbuster stores to be closed

Collapsed DVD and games rental firm Blockbuster is to close 129 of its 528 stores in the coming weeks and make 760 of its 4,190 employees redundant, its administrator confirmed today.

Amol Rajan: Maybe, just maybe, our MPs should be better paid

In December, I met an exceptionally talented young Labour MP for coffee. She has merits that most employers would salivate at: a fierce intelligence, excellent communication skills, judgement and motivation. Best of all, she has an inspirational concern for social justice and solidarity with the poor and needy.

Where Are We Now? David Bowie set to miss out on place Official Singles Chart

David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Not in technology

Google's Nexus 4, Nintendo's Wii U are both set to have delivery delays of up to five weeks, so, in technology, do good things really come to those who wait?

iTunes 11 review: It's prettier but offers little else new

Eleven years on from its launch Apple's flagship music software hasn't seen many major changes to its core attributes - even with the much anticipated release of iTunes 11

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Album: Neil Halstead, Palindrome Hunches (Sonic Cathedral)

What's a singer-songwriter to do when his perceived golden days are over? For the former leader of Slowdive and Mojave 3 it's to keep on keeping on while producing an ever-more dignified and impressive catalogue of solo albums.

Adele record label on song as profits surge tenfold

Adele's Midas touch continues to benefit her record label XL Recordings, which has reported a tenfold increase in annual profits to £41.7m on the strength of her record-breaking second album 21.

Caught in the Net: Jay Z is here, there and everywhere

Jay Z is a small stakeholder in the new Barclay's Centre indoor arena in Brooklyn and the basketball team (the Brooklyn Nets) that will play there.

Rovio's latest offering, Bad Piggies, is a spin-off from Angry Birds

Games: Bad Piggies, but rather good sales

No smartphone game has proven quite as popular, addictive and enduring as Angry Birds, by the previously little-known Finnish games studio Rovio.

YouTube is the new music for kids and teenagers

Music For kids, YouTube has killed the video/radio/Spotify star

It would appear that YouTube really is the new MTV.

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Album sales fall to new low as Rihanna tops UK chart despite selling less than 10,000 copies of Talk That Talk

Talk That Talk, the album released by the Barbadian singer last year, returned to the number one slot with sales of just 9,578 CDs and downloads combined.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment