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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee