'Gangnam Style' becomes first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views

Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" video has become the first YouTube video to surpass a billion views.

Ashton Kutcher, star of MTV's 'Punk'd', is one of a growing band of celebrity 'swatting' victims

The crime with a celebrity sub-genre: 'Swatting' joins the prank ranks

In the wee hours of 10 October, an emergency call reached the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, claiming shots had been fired at a gated mansion in the wealthy Casablasas neighbourhood.

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Fashion Statement: Why we all appear to be heading in onesie direction

Everyone’s at it for winter. It’s comforting, it keeps you warm, it’s snuggly and it’s nice.  So why not go for it, in the privacy of our own homes? I’m talking about the ubiquitous trend for a onesie, of course – or for those less au fait with street parlance, an  all-in-one. A jumpsuit. A catsuit. Actually  a catsuit is a bit different, but it’s still part  of the all-in-one family.

Taylor Swift celebrates her three awards in an elegant cream and silver gown designed by J.Mendel at the MTV EMA last night

'Insecure' Taylor Swift triumphs at MTV Europe Music Awards

The "insecure" Taylor Swift triumphed at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), picking up three gongs.

Taylor Swift celebrates her three awards in an elegant cream and silver gown designed by J.Mendel at the MTV EMA last night

Taylor Swift flies away with three MTV Europe Music Awards

Taylor Swift celebrated three wins at last night’s 2012 MTV EMA awards in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Invoke the Nazis and you’ve lost the argument

Lord Carey's reference to the Third Reich in the context of gay marriage was a fabulous example of Godwin's law

Mumford & Sons score double Number 1 in album charts - and break US sales record

They were at Number 1 in the UK album charts last week, but today folksters Mumford & Sons are celebrating success Stateside after scoring another Number 1 in the US and breaking sales records for 2012.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 2 October 2012

Innocent victim of forensic mix-up

Singer Cher Lloyd was thrown a bottle of urine at her while she was performing at the V Festival

Festivals: Why stage a dirty protest when you can just tune out?

It's not the first time a musician has been pelted with something while performing on stage and it certainly won't be the last. But even Cher Lloyd's biggest detractors must have felt sorry for the singer after a bottle of urine was thrown at her while she performed at the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford this weekend. The former X Factor contestant was only on her second song when she was hit, causing her to flee the stage. Being a festival with four main arenas, it's a shame the unhappy reveller didn't, you know, just go and watch something else.

Conor Maynard’s debut single, ‘Can’t Say No’ hit the charts at No 2, displacing ‘Boyfriend’ by Justin Bieber

Conor Maynard's debut album tops the charts

Teenage pop star Conor Maynard has rocketed to the top of the charts with his debut album Contrast.

Box office draws: Katy Perry (left), Beyoncé (centre) and Justin Bieber (right)

Trending: The all-singing, all-dancing, all-filming stars

Nothing says global pop star right now like appearing on the big screen in a documentary about your life: your music, your relationships, your family, your tantrums, your tears. It's a narcissist's dream. Now Beyoncé is said to be directing, producing and appearing in a film that will include concert footage, backstage scenes and interviews with her and her loved ones. Clearly her day job of singing, designing and acting wasn't fulfilling enough.

(From left) San Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis

Gymnastics: Multiple directions – do GB5 a boyband make?

"Britain has a new smash-hit boy band – a five-strong well-muscled group that brought more noise to the O2 last night than Guns N' Roses," roared The Times yesterday after the heroics of Britain's male gymnasts on Monday. But how do GB5 compare in the boy band stakes with the likes of One Direction:

Being Modern: Tattoos

We, at Being Modern, may be no Ben Goldacres, but we nevertheless maintain a healthy scepticism towards the scientific studies that occasionally ping on to our news radar. Such was the case a couple of weeks back vis-à-vis a story suggesting nearly one in three people regret their tattoos, a statistic apparently gleaned from a survey of East Lancashire dermatology patients.

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