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

Tanith Carey: It's not puritanical to allow children time to grow up

The video that accompanies "S & M", Rihanna's recent musical offering, has the hallmarks of what we've come to expect from today's pop promos. Stockings and suspenders. Tick. Simulated sex. Tick. Sensuous eating of banana and suggestive wiping of the cream from the lips. Tick. Hard-core bondage. Tick.

Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an 'idiot'

Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an "idiot" when she first met him.

Russell Brand keen for kids

Russell Brand wants children "soon".

DVD: Glee: Season 2 (12)

An all-singing Glee wedding, a new gay heart-throb, Sue Sylvester's scary mother: the second series of Glee will not disappoint its legion of fans.

Katy Perry, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Throw a bit of California into a mixing bowl with Alice in Wonderland, add a splash of Vegas and the result is a show to satisfy the sweetest tooth.

Julie Burchill: You've seen the footage. Now wait for the charity song

When I heaved my vast bulk on to my Stannah stairlift on Tuesday night and travelled serenely up the reinforced wooden hill to Bedfordshire, I was planning to get up in the morning and write about why I was sure there wouldn't be an all-star aid record in response to the sad events in Japan.

Russell Brand loves ordinary marriage to Katy Perry

Russell Brand's marriage to Katy Perry is "ordinary".

Russell Brand curbs humour for Katy Perry

Russell Brand has stopped making religious jokes because they upset his wife Katy Perry.

Susan Boyle to take on Lady Gaga at Grammys

Susan Boyle will take on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in a bid to bag a Grammy.

Katy Perry's cleavage proves too much for 'Sesame Street'

Producers of the hit children's television show Sesame Street yesterday cancelled an appearance by the cleavage-baring pop singer Katy Perry following feedback from parents.

Russell Brand arrested after airport altercation

British actor-comedian Russell Brand has been arrested following an altercation with a photographer.

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross link up to promote book

Controversial double-act Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross are teaming up again to promote a new book.

Album: Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (EMI / Capitol)

What Katy did next was sadly lacking a grain of substance

Pension fund hole adds to EMI's problems

The pension fund at EMI is in deficit to the tune of at least £115m, the music group has admitted, more than ten times the amount it previously suggested, presenting the heavily indebted company's private equity owners with a new cash crisis.

Never say die: Who wants to live forever?

The secret of living to 100 and beyond is all in our genes, according to new research. But who really wants to survive into extreme old age – or for ever? Not me, insists John Walsh
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