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The singer wrote an entire essay on the subject of gender equality on behalf of the Shriver Report’s recent findings

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Rihanna and Bruno Mars the most pirated artists of 2013

Both singers were downloaded illegally more than 5m times in the last year

Jay Z leads Grammy nominations at concert hosted by LL Cool J

Trailing closely behind the hip-hop superstar are Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar

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Justin Bieber launches Shots of Me: a mobile app dedicated to selfies

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Miley Cyrus could win big at the MTV VMAs

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Charlie Hunnam has been cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades the movie

Fifty Shades Of Grey casting announced: Newcastle-born Charlie Hunnam to play Christian, while Dakota Johnson will be Anastasia

Christian Grey was one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood, and today it emerged that the leading man in the Fifty Shades of Grey film would be played by a Brit.

Justin Timberlake steals the show at the MTV VMAs, performing with 'N Sync for the first time in seven years

The one-off performance raised the roof at MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday

Jonathan Ross has signed a further chat show deal with ITV

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Presenter Jonathan Ross has signed a further deal with ITV to extend his chat show on the station until the end of next year.

Superstars: The evening is a hits jukebox with a full live band, like an old-style Vegas revue

Simon Price on Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's Legends of the Summer: Is one stage big enough for two Olympic egos?

Mr Carter and JT chose the site of last summer's glories to try out their collaborative show

Salisbury Cathedral: Jay-Z visited to view an original copy of the Magna Carta

From Brooklyn to Tribeca to... Salisbury cathedral: Jay-Z takes time out before Wireless show to visit Magna Carta

The rapper spent an hour with the Dean of the cathedral and was said to be 'touched' to see the artwork for his new album next to its namesake

Wireless festival: Two men in hospital after being stabbed

Men were stabbed during Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake performance

Myspace has redesigned itself but deleted the blogs and pictures of older users

No space for over-30s as relaunched MySpace erases its past

New redesign focuses on music but cuts out loyal users

The billionaire entrepreneur has become troubled by his own creations

Co-founder of Napster, Sean Parker, defends $4.5m fantasy-themed wedding

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