Arts and Entertainment X-factor winner Sam Bailey's debut single 'Skyscraper' is this year's Christmas number one

Robbie Williams keeps One Direction off the top spot in the albums chart

Christmas album reviews: Leona Lewis, Erasure, Bright Eyes, Mary J Blige, Richard Durrant

Leona Lewis: "Christmas, with Love" (Syco / RCA)

X Factor winner Sam Bailey is currently beating AC/DC to the Christmas number one

X Factor winner Sam Bailey beating AC/DC to Christmas number one

The talent show star's first single 'Skyscraper' is ahead of 'Highway To Hell'

Lily Allen is back at number one with her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know'

Lily Allen holds number one spot with 'Somewhere Only We Know'

The singer has held the number one spot for the third non-consecutive week

Sam Bailey has won the tenth series of The X Factor and will bid for the Christmas number one

X Factor 2013: Sam Bailey crowned winner after showdown with Nicholas McDonald

The former prison guard will release her Christmas single 'Skyscraper'

Last year's winner James Arthur achieved the biggest-selling X Factor Christmas single ever in 2012

X Factor winners: Where are they now?

Winning isn't everything as One Direction, JLS and Olly Murs have proven

Lily Allen is back at number one with her cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know'

Lily Allen returns to number one with John Lewis advert song 'Somewhere Only We Know'

The singer is at number one with her cover of 'Somewhere Only We Know'

Rough Copy attend the premiere of Thor: The Dark World in Leicester Square

X Factor 2013: Luke Friend wins place in final as Rough Copy sent home

It's the end of the road for the Croydon group, who lost out to Luke Friend in the public vote

Pride and prejudice

Errors and Omissions: Universally acknowledged truth? Not exactly

Like many such hackneyed quotations, the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice is often trotted out in contexts that turn its meaning around

Sam Bailey performs 'Bleeding Love' by Leona Lewis

X Factor review: The tenth anniversary show

In the same week that television brought us a drama about the making of Doctor Who, X Factor celebrated its tenth birthday with a series of performances of past winner’s singles.

Brazilian midfielder in action for Brazil at the Confederations Cup

Brazil midfielder Paulinho set to join Spurs after saying he has played his last match for Corinthians

Brazil midfielder Paulinho has announced he has played his final match for Corinthians, amid speculation he is set to join Tottenham.

For the record: Rudimental

Our one-track minds: singles bounce back

British pop fans are buying more singles than at any time since the days of Bright Eyes and Blondie. Elisa Bray investigates

Daft Punk cemented their status as dance-music demigods when their fourth album shot to No 1 of the UK album chart, becoming the fastest-selling album this year

Believe the hype: Daft Punk get lucky as Random Access Memories becomes the fastest-selling album of the year

‘Random Access Memories’ ushers in a disco renaissance

Calls grow for Dimon to ditch one of his roles at JP Morgan

A second shareholder advisory firm has said that investors in JP Morgan should vote for a non-binding proposal to split Jamie Dimon's responsibilities and appoint an independent chairman.

Five pairs of tickets to see Leona Lewis to be won

Kew the Music: summer concerts at Kew Gardens, 9-14 July

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform