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

Russell Brand

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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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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