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Elton John warns over music's future

Sir Elton John has issued a sombre assessment of the music industry's future, saying it is "disappearing", lamenting the fall of artists such as Duffy and Kate Nash, and criticising the cut-throat nature of recording contracts, leading musicians to be dropped from labels if they do not immediately win smash-hit success.

My Fantasy Band: Kate Nash

Kate Nash launches scheme to get girls into songwriting

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash plans to address the under-representation of female songwriters in British music by launching a series of "after-school music clubs" for British schoolgirls.

Women of the World, Royal Festival Hall, London

"Women of the world, take over," the whimsical Scots bard Ivor Cutler once urged, his advice taken last Friday at a concert featuring women performers from different strata of the musical spectrum.

Kate Nash: 'Real sexiness is about art, mystery and intelligence'

You're a chart-topper with a Brit Award. Why is how 'sexy' you are so important? Kate Nash despairs at our preoccupations

Cultural Life: Tulisa of N-Dubz, singer

Music: My favourite track at the moment is "Rescue Me" by Skepta. I'm also really happy Kate Nash is back. I respect female artists who write their own music like I do with N-Dubz. I'm listening to everything from The Prodigy to old-school Madonna. On my iPod I've got a massive selection from grime and garage to modern R&B.

Kate Nash, Village Undergound, London

Skin-tight black lycra catsuit, severe fringed bob and jet-black eye shadow, all finished with a cropped leather biker jacket and shoulder pads. Kate Nash's new look certainly matches the scenester setting – an intimate converted warehouse tucked down a Hoxton backstreet. But as first impressions go, the crowd seem miffed. There's a dour-faced dominatrix sitting centre stage behind the keyboard, where a smiling frock-clad girl-next-door used to be.

Album: Kate Nash, My Best Friend is You (Polydor/Fiction)

Talk of Nash's new Riot Grrrl-inspired direction has been greatly exaggerated.

Album: Kate Nash, My Best Friend Is You (Fiction)

It may be an understandable reaction to the criticism of her as a "Lily Allen lite", which followed her 2007 breakthrough, or simply the influence of a naturally broadening taste in music, but on My Best Friend Is You Kate Nash seems determined to forge a new, more individual musical personality for herself.

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