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Kylie Minogue has bought a £16 million apartment in London.

Kylie Minogue, SECC, Glasgow <br/> Cee-Lo Green, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Brought to us on angel wings, the pop diva still has little to fear from the Gagas of this world. Then there's Cee-Lo's bingo wings

Diary: 'Hurly' Burley's racy ladies

Though keen to work my way through all 424 pages of Kay "Hurly" Burley's debut novel First Ladies, I must confess to having been waylaid by its acknowledgements section: a revealing roll call of the company Ms Burley keeps when she's not on Sky News encouraging celebrity divorcees to blub. The erstwhile ice dancer's first two thank-yous go to fellow chick-lit authors Tasmina Perry and Kathy Lette, who obligingly provided First Ladies with pre-publication puff quotes. Lord Mandelson, too, merits Ms Burley's gratitude, and claims on the cover that she "uses her unrivalled knowledge of the worlds of politics, media and celebrity to racy effect". (Yes, Peter, but is it any good?) Also thanked profusely are former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who left office under a cloud of (alleged) dubious financial dealings; Damian McBride, who left Gordon Brown's employ when he was caught discussing whether to spread scandalous tales about the private lives of Tories; and Lord Archer, who was jailed for perjury. If you need help creating a work of fiction, I suppose there are worse people to ask.

Kylie Minogue, International Arena, Cardiff

New golden age for the pop goddess

The day recorded music dies is not far away, say labels

Illegal downloads are costing the world's record companies millions a year. Richard Northedge reports on how they plan to fight back

First Night: Kylie Minogue, Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff

When enduring pop careers are such a rarity, it is even more impressive that it's in her third decade of creating hits that Kylie Minogue embarks on her biggest tour yet.

James Corden to front Brit Awards

Gavin And Stacey star James Corden will host this year's Brit Awards.

In the red: Last-minute shopping doesn't have to be a panic

And so here it is, my final column before Christmas. Usually, come this time of year, I would be complaining over how little I have in the bank, despite having just been paid. Christmas presents, I would be saying, they really bleed you dry.

Hurts, The Ritz, Manchester<br/>Everything Everything, Scala, London

Emotion is always hovering near the severely tailored surface of Eighties-inspired duo Hurts

Mark Steel: But did Tony run it by Cherie first?

I should think when the British Legion appears at the International Court in The Hague, they'll claim they had no idea the £4.6m "gift" they received from warlord Mister Tony Blair was blood money from a criminal. "We just thought it was a charming present from an admirer", they'll say, although Mia Farrow will contradict this by suggesting she'd warned the Legion about the origins of the donation, and add she'd witnessed them being "flirtatious" with Mr Blair on a number of occasions.

Dr Noki presents Lovebox's first fashion show

The London-based designer, famed for his original approach to sustainable fashion, will be the first fashion to ever show a catwalk collection at the festival

Ibiza launch for Kylie album

Pop princess Kylie Minogue chose the dance capital of the world to launch her "euphoric" new album.

Album: Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite (Parlophone)

Even post-Gaga, we still can't get Kylie out of our head

Harriet Walker: To tattoo, or not to tattoo?

British summertime, and the great unveiling of flesh begins. Some of us have bits we'd prefer the sun never shone on – hairy legs and backs, a tendency to paunchiness perhaps – where others are happy for the world and his wife to plunder the innermost recesses of their troubled psyches. We walk down the street reading their life stories on their forearms, shoulder blades and lower backs.

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