Allen Stone, Singer, 25

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

Page 3 Profile: Sooty, glove puppet

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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.

Rihanna

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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