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

Adele at the 2013 Grammys, where she won 'Best Solo Pop Performance'

Adele tops young musician rich list with £30m fortune as One Direction rack up £25m

Adele is the wealthiest young musician in Britain with an estimated fortune of £30 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Leona Lewis has backed Sharon Osbourne's return to X Factor as a judge

Leona Lewis: X Factor judging job is nerve-wracking

Leona Lewis said today that a permanent place on the X Factor judging panel would be "nerve-wracking" as she backed Sharon Osbourne to return to the show.

Emeli Sandé arriving at the Brit Awards 2013

Emeli Sande takes best British female gong at Brits 2013

Chart-topping star Emeli Sande has been named best British female solo artist at the Brit Awards.

Kimberley and Pasha scored 78

Kimberley takes full marks in Strictly Come Dancing semi final

Craig was left in tears of laughter after Lisa's performance, while Kimberley and Pasha won their second perfect 40 of the series

X Factor's James Arthur set for number one hit

X Factor star James Arthur is set to top the singles chart this weekend after shifting more than 255,000 copies of "Impossible".

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

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

Yasmin Alibhai- Brown: Mixed-race Britain is us at our best

I bring tidings of comfort and joy, though perhaps not to the BNP and Co. When superwoman Jessica Ennis became an emblematic face of the Olympics, she also symbolised the nation's quiet, irreversible genetic revolution. New data from the 2011 Census shows around a million Britons identified as "mixed". The real figure could be twice as high because substantial numbers describe themselves as "black" (because that is how they are seen and treated by society) and a proportion pass as white because they can and do so for an easier life.

Wogan addresses BBC's Savile crisis on 'Children in Need' as appeal beats 2011 total

The BBC's Children in Need appeal raised more than £26 million during this year's live television show, beating the 2011 total.

Where's Pudsey? No sign of BBC's Children in Need with only three days to go

Three days before the BBC hosts its annual Children in Need telethon it is desperately fighting to shore up public trust in the organisation.

Leona Lewis: 'I get more nervous performing now than when I was 10'

I believe I could have had a career in the music industry without the X Factor But it was an amazing platform that propelled me to what's happening now. I won't listen to anything people say [against] it. I got up every week and sang on stage without that lip-syncing that a lot of artists do these days – that takes a talent that you can't fake.

The X Factor Live on ITV1

Ten songs X Factor would never have the balls for

X Factor's done power ballads - boy, have they done power ballads - they've done country, they've even gone a bit "urban" (we blame Tulisa for that one), but as Popbitch has correctly identified, there are some songs that even a man as evidently, um, self-confident, as Simon Cowell, would never have the hubris to attempt.

Calvin Harris and Florence Welch score second Number 1 with 'Sweet Nothing'

Calvin Harris and Florence Welch have secured their second collaborative number one single in three months as "Sweet Nothing" topped the official UK singles chart.

Gwyneth Paltrow brings cancer fundraising campaign to the UK

A campaign aimed at raising millions of pounds for cancer has been launched by Gwyneth Paltrow, with backing from a slew of high-profile public supporters. Taking the lead from the American Stand Up to Cancer project which, over the past four years, has pledged more than £160m for research, the Academy-award winning actress has now brought the fundraising campaign to the UK.

Emeli Sandé: 'I've tried to learn how to break rules wherever I go'

I've tried to find a scientific way of writing songs The brain really interests me, so I studied clinical neuroscience at Glasgow University [graduating in 2010, having been signed to EMI while studying]. I've discovered that while I don't think you really create a formula, analysing how people think can help [with songwriting].

Rihanna could find herself feeling a bit chilly if she sports her usual risqué attire

Rihanna may need an umbrella for headline slot at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend this evening

Umbrella singer Rihanna may well need her brolly today when she takes to the stage to headline at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.

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