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Gaga rocks Paris Fashion Week

Lady Gaga made her catwalk debut at Paris Fashion Week yesterday. She appeared first in a black figure-hugging plastic dress, smoking a cigarette beneath a flat black hat, before walking out in a white pencil skirt, a corset and headwear resembling a lampshade.

Lady Gaga on 'drunk' diet

Lady Gaga stays in shape by drinking whisky.

London Games to get the Gaga treatment from choreographer

London will wave goodbye to the 2012 Olympic Games with a samba-styled celebration devised by the creative talents behind Lady Gaga and Take That's spectacular live shows.

Lady Gaga receives support from Madonna

Lady Gaga has received support from "queen" Madonna for 'Born This Way'.

Lady Gaga drops nickname in the bedroom

Lady Gaga lets her lovers call her by her real name.

Ke$ha topped the digital pops in 2010

American singer Ke$ha's debut release "Tik Tok" was the biggest-selling digital single in the world last year. It sold 12.8 million copies – three million more than Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", which topped the chart in 2009.

Kesha's Tik Tok biggest digital single of 2010

American singer Kesha's debut release Tik Tok was the biggest-selling digital single in the world last year.

Cooper Brown: Lock in

Down to the country for an early weekend. I've got to get the new cottage ready. By this, I mean throw everything on to a huge bonfire and set light to it as whoever furnished it was SO Noughties.

Lady Gaga 'to cast transsexuals in video'

Lady Gaga is rumoured to be casting transsexuals in the video for 'Born This Way'.

Lucy Porter: My inner Lady Gaga emerges at the sales

If you ask me...

Paul McCartney, Academy, Liverpool

Paul McCartney's 35-song set is just brilliant... and the guitar's holding up too

Lady Gaga, O2 Arena, London

"The Monster's Ball will set you free, London! Tonight we're gonna be super freaks!" And so begins an evening in the company of the world's biggest pop star.

Lady Gaga, O2 Centre, London<br/>Tim Minchin, Brighton Centre, Brighton

I'm completely gaga for Gaga...and believe it or not, she likes me too (and my hair), which is why I was treated to a special two-hour audience

First Night: Lady Gaga, 02 Arena, London

Shocked and thrilled by Gaga's theatre of excess

Frankie and the Heartstrings, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London<br/>Fuzztones, 100 Club, London

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape