Arts and Entertainment Justin Timberlake's back in the groove with some top tunes

Justin Timberlake is to headline at this year's iTunes festival in London.

Guilty – of being a black world champion

Jack Johnson's name has been tarnished for a century by allegations trumped up by his white enemies. Now Obama is being asked to pardon him

Observations: A-listers cover a hot topic with another charity record

From the shrinking sheep populations of the Scottish archipelago of St Kilda to the diminishing ice sheets of Greenland, the effects of climate change are ever present. And now here's another charity record – Rhythms del Mundo: Classics, released on Monday. It hopes to raise awareness of the threat to our planet, and like a lot of charity records, has attracted a fine pedigree of A-list contributors: the Killers, the Kooks and Editors all step up, combining forces with Cuban collective Rhythms del Mundo to perform Dad-rock classics like "Imagine" (performed by Jack Johnson) and "Satisfaction" (Cat Power) with a twist.

Raunchy pictures threaten Australian politician's future

It's hard to imagine that the reputation of Pauline Hanson, the former fish and chip shop owner turned right-wing firebrand, could sink any lower in Australia. But today her few remaining fans were cringing following the publication of raunchy photographs of her posing in lingerie, and nearly naked.

Australian stars line up for bushfire victims

Some of the biggest names in Australian music, past and present, took to the stage today for Australia's largest-ever fund-raising concert and to show support for victims of the nation's deadly bushfires.

Album: Vetiver, Tight Knit, (Bella Union)

It was never going to be easy to follow up a debut album that featured Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and, sure enough, Andy Cabic's fourth Vetiver album finds the San Francisco-based musician treading water.

Marlon and me: Budd Schulberg tells his amazing life story

Born of Hollywood royalty, he drank with F Scott Fitzgerald, sparred with Hemingway, tamed Brando, and consoled Muhammad Ali. He also wrote some of the greatest lines ever committed to celluloid. So why does Budd Schulberg remain a virtual unknown?

My Secret Life: Miquita Oliver, television presenter, 24

The home I grew up in ... My mum bought at a time when you could get big, posh flats near the Portobello Market [in London's Notting Hill] for no money. I hold a deep affection for that area and go back regularly.

The 10 Most Covered Songs

1. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
A surprising choice for the top spot. But the enigmatic tale has been reworked 131 times, by Joan Baez and Aretha Franklin among others.

Coldplay crowned kings of iTunes

Coldplay was the hottest iTunes album download this year: Its "Viva la Vida" was crowned the best-selling album of 2008, while Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" was named the top-selling single.

Album: Noah and the Whale, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down (Mercury)

Anti-folk pushing the twee-ometer off the scale

Brit pop conquers the world again

We've always been proud of our British pop that towers above that produced by our European neighbours, but for the past decade – when it comes to worldwide sales – we've come up against better-faring American artists.

Jackson faces loss of Neverland ranch

Michael Jackson needs to find $25m (£12.5m) – and fast. The Peter Pan of pop has three weeks to raise the funds to keep hold of his famous Neverland fantasy ranch, or risk losing it at auction.

Album: Jack Johnson

Sleep Through the Static, Brushfire Records

Album: Jack Johnson, Sleep Through the Static, (Brushfire)

Jack Johnson exemplifies the old showbiz adage about nobody knowing what will become popular. With UK sales of his In Between Dreams now around the 1.3 million mark, the Hawaiian surf-film auteur turned singer-songwriter is clearly a success – yet I still can't fathom his appeal.

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