Arts and Entertainment Elton John will duet with Gary Barlow on the final show of The X Factor

The star will duet with Gary Barlow despite attacking the show in the past

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Russell Brand set for UK television return with new Brand X current affairs show

Russell Brand is returning to British TV with his first show since the Sachsgate scandal.

Tulisa Contostavlos startled the gossip community by making a film of explanation, saying she was devastated

Tulisa Contostavlos named world's sexiest woman

Tulisa Contostavlos has usurped Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cheryl Cole to be named the world's sexiest woman.

Album: Marina and the Diamonds, Electra Heart (679/Atlantic)

Having made her name as, essentially, a dumbed-down Amanda Palmer, it's put-up-or-shut-up time for Marina Diamandis.

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British booming pop band One Direction

One Direction – but where next? Writers join battle to create boy band's next hits

The search is on for composers to help the X Factor-created act to follow up US success

Lady Gaga at the Grammys earlier this month

Killer Lovers vs Little Monsters: know your pop-fan nicknames

When former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger performed a solo show in London last week, possibly even more surprising than her managing to fill the Hammersmith Apollo was the discovery that her fans have their own name: Killer Lovers (a play on the title of her album, Killer Love).

Lady Gaga has been named the highest-earning female this year

Gaga's at No 1 as highest female earner in pop

Lady Gaga has been named the highest earning female artist of 2011, pocketing £58m from tours, record sales and sponsorship deals.

Grammys: Adele - she almost has them all...

Adele has been nominated for six Grammys at next year's awards.

Adele's attitude, dress sense and interviews are all great - but not the music

Adele nominated for six Grammys

British songstress Adele has been given the perfect get well gift after being nominated for six Grammys at next year's awards.

Katy Perry records tribute to Freddie Mercury

Katy Perry has filmed a video tribute for Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday today.

Cheryl Cole set for Usher collaboration

Cheryl Cole is set to collaborate with Usher.

Video: Planking: A celebrity guide

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon hold your hand and support your stomach as you master the art of being a planker.

Glee Live, O2, London

It's hard to remember life before Glee, a time before our hearts were first captured by what is now one of the most famous TV casts in the world. A show that was perhaps first intended to be a sassy comedy for those with an inclination towards musical theatre has become a phenomenal tribute to the underdog. The Glee fanbase is home to a borderline ridiculous amount of devotion.

Album: Eminem Bad Meets Evil: Hell the Sequel (Shady/Interscope)

Arriving unheralded by even the merest hint of advance notification, Hell the Sequel represents the belated reunion of Eminem and Royce Da 5' 9", an 11-track EP that outlasts many an album.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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