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

Truck Festival USA, Full Moon Resort, Catskills, NY

In terms of setting you'd be hard-pressed to find somewhere more idyllic: a collection of rustic cabins nestling around a frothing creek in the mountains. Were all this not enough, the sun decides to shine. All weekend.

Album: Kesha, Animal (RCA)

Dropping off the music-industry conveyor belt with a ker-chinggg, Kesha Sebert – or, to render it properly, Ke$ha – is a terrifyingly ambitious 22-year-old from San Fernando, first heard on Flo Rida's abysmal "Right Round", who is now being given the full Max Martin treatment.

Russell Brand 'pops the question' to Katy Perry

Russell Brand and Katy Perry are said to have become engaged during a romantic holiday.

24 hours after daughter's death, mother gives up her fight for life

Ex-partner who shot Julie and Maisie Hamilton was 'angered' by break-up

Nails - a real talon contest

Want to know how you can stay at the sharp end of style? The answer is at your fingertips, where street meets chic, says Harriet Walker

Terra Firma sues Citi over 'fraudulent' auction for EMI

US banking giant accused of lying during bid process for British music company

Mika: At home with fame

From early childhood, Mika knew he was destined to sing. And with his latest album selling a million copies, he's finally proved the doubters wrong. He invites Elisa Bray to his pad

Gossip girl: Meet the indomitable Beth Ditto

For the singer and gay icon Beth Ditto, confronting prejudice is a way of life. She talks about fat, fame – and feuding with Katy Perry

The single - The end of an era

This week's No 1 isn't available on CD. What's a man supposed to buy a teenager for his birthday now, asks Jonathan Gibbs

Let's spend the wedding night together: Stones will play at your reception for £5m

They are a familiar sight at many a wedding party: ageing musicians who once harboured dreams of performing their own work belting out cover hits of timeless classics.

Sophie Heawood: We love you for more than your pollen, chaps

Our writer savours modern life just as it is, for both sexes

The Saturdays, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham<br>M83, Koko, London

Can anyone tell The Saturdays apart? Can they sing? Does it matter? The basques are good, though

Katy Perry, Koko, London

Katy can sure work a crowd

Editor-At-Large: Digging is good for you. Just don&#8217;t expect to enjoy it

Great news that the National Trust is releasing land for 1,000 lucky gardeners to grow fruit and veg – but it’s a shame there are 100,000 on waiting lists for allotments, so this grand gesture won’t make much difference. Surely the NT could have doubled the acreage, given they are the custodians of palatial spreads surrounded by acres of parkland. I’d be more inclined to celebrate if supermarket chains would hand over a fraction of the land they’ve stockpiled over the years so that loyal customers who’ve bolstered their profits can produce their own food.

Has Lily Allen rejoined the sisterhood?

With her catfights and bitchy lyrics, she's never exactly been a girl's girl. But that's all changed now...
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project