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Why is the record industry failing to nurture more urban female singing talent? Matilda Egere-Cooper blames stereotyping

Terence Blacker: The futility of chasing first-time voters

They blame, whine, and do absolutely nothing to change the situation

Special Question Time episode to target first-time voters

Singer Jamelia and Apprentice winner Tim Campbell will join politicians on the panel of a special edition of Question Time targeting young people ahead of the general elect

The Literator: dital royalties; Somerset House; Foyles St Pancras; new voices

Publishers and agents are squaring up for battle over digital royalties, with Random House and Little, Brown each offering 15 per cent of receipts. At present, sales of e-books are tiny, and of audiobook downloads not much larger. But with publishing's iPod moment expected, the trade has to be ready. Amazon has not yet revealed a date for the UK release of its Kindle e-book reader, but its purchase of Audible, a download specialist, points to a Kindle 2 aimed at readers and listeners. A new Sony e-Reader is expected while, in Barcelona, Polymer Vision unveiled its Readius device: a rolling e-ink reader with 10-day battery life. One of these devices may well capture our imaginations as a nifty alternative to printed books.

Pandora: Scrum down at the Dorchester?

David Beckham is universally regarded as the sporting world's foremost gay icon, but a rival is orchestrating the sort of public relations coup even Becks would be proud of.

Diversity is the loser at Brit awards as black artists are eclipsed by their white imitators

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

All-white Brit winners spark fury over lack of diversity

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

Joss Stone, the urban diva from Devon, is crowned queen of the Brit Awards

JOSS STONE, the teenage soul singer from Devon, beat competition from rivals including the strongly tipped Jamelia and last year's most notable debutante Natasha Bedingfield to be the star of the Brit Awards last night.

'If you play too much, only winning matters'

A SCHOOLBOY race across an icy river . . . John Major's vision of competitive sport was alive and well last week at Wallington County Grammar School in Sutton, south London, writes Fran Abrams.
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