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Album: David Guetta, One Love (Virgin)

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Michelle Williams: Destiny’s child all grown up

Michelle Williams is heading for the West End. She's no longer the quiet one, says Matilda Egere-Cooper

Love Music Hate Racism, Britannia Stadium, Stoke

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Pandora: Charlie won't be going back to law school

When Lord Goldsmith snagged a lucrative position at US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, the deal was not without its complications: the former Attorney General was forced to return to the classroom and sit his Qualified Lawyer Transfer test to become a solicitor.

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1Xtra live, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

1Xtra's inaugural urban music event blings with a middleweight line-up of R&B and hip-hop stars, but it seems to be missing something. Perhaps it's the emptiness of a venue in the frosty Midlands at merely 10 per cent of its 40,000 capacity (perhaps thanks to a dodgy train service over Easter). Or the technical hitches that taint most of the performances. Or even the absence of underground names such as the grime youngster Chipmunk, who is steadily capturing fans without the dull sheen of commercial success.

Geldof and Blair work together, but not in harmony

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Steve Earle and the Dukes, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Album: Kelly Rowland

Simply Deep, Columbia

Destiny's Child, London Arena, London

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Critics' Awards 1999 - Rock: Cutely unthreatening - and that was just the rap

There were lots of excellent albums released this year and lots of albums which sold well. But there weren't lots of excellent albums that sold well. In fact, at the last count there was one: Macy Gray's On How Life Is. The other queens of the top 10 were glossily beautiful women who sang middle-of-the-road soft rock and soul-lite. Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey came across the Atlantic. The Corrs came from Ireland. Tragically, the UK's contribution was Martine McCutcheon.

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