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Singer will reveal venues from Lianne LaHavas' apartment

Nicki Minaj performing on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations

Nicki Minaj - 'There was a reason I didn't get a Grammy nomination this year'

Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she says.

Album review: Andrea Bocelli, Passione (Decca)

Before he became a household name, Andrea Bocelli paid his dues in bars, doing the kind of romantic repertoire that best tickled punters' palates.

Spectators wave to President Barack Obama as the inaugural parade moves down Pennsylvainia Avenue

You shall go to Barack Obama's inaugural ball - all 34,499 of you

The queues for the plastic champagne flutes might have rivalled those at Terminal 5 last weekend

Album review: Wave Machines, Pollen (Neapolitan)

Liverpool art-rockers Wave Machines return, after three years, with a chiselled record of synth pop, rich with squiggles and shimmer.

Solange, XOYO, London

Beyonce's little sister is determined to do it for herself

One To Watch: Angel, musician, 24

Hailed as the new face of British R&B by Radio 1, Sirach Charles (aka Angel) from London's Shepherd's Bush was writing and producing for Pixie Lott and Roll Deep before he was signed to Island Records.

Amy Winehouse and Alt-J head best of British list

The acclaimed indie-rock band Alt-J will compete against boyband sensations One Direction at the Brit Awards after leading the field with a trio of nominations for the UK music industry's showpiece event.

Stuff of fairytales: The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan

The Week In Radio: Why this New York story will always be number one

Don't you love this time of year? The heady waft of mince pies, the sweet smiles of small children, the gentle sound of... Noddy Holder screaming "IT'S CHRIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAS" at the top of his lungs. When Noddy starts yelling on "Merry Xmas Everybody", even dogs smother their ears.

David Beckham: 'The foundations are there now in this league. It will continue to grow'

Australian side Perth Glory end pursuit of David Beckham

Former England captain is yet to find a new club

James Arthur’s 'Impossible' becomes fastest-selling X Factor single

The single has been downloaded more than 187,000 times in 24 hours

Look who's smooching who at Downton Abbey this Christmas Special

Teaser trailer reveals exciting goings on at the Granthams' <b>*Spoiler alert!*</b>

Euro 2012, Olympics tickets and Whitney Houston: the year's top Google searches

'Euro 2012' emerged as Britain's most searched term this year, beating 'Olympics tickets' and 'Whitney Houston' into second and third place respectively

Right Place Right Time for Olly Murs as he scores double number one

Olly Murs is the king of the charts this week after reaching number one with an album and single.

Rihanna on 777 tour: Sometimes you just wish you could give more

Rihanna defends 777 tour after media furore

Kiss FM star David Rodigan quits in reggae protest

One of Britain’s best-known specialist radio presenters, David Rodigan, has ended his 22-year relationship with the commercial station Kiss FM by resigning over the “marginalisation” of reggae music in the schedule.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada