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Album: Leona Lewis, Echo, (Syco)

Of all the talent-show turns unearthed in the past decade, Leona Lewis is the only one to have parlayed the opportunity, when it knocked, into a significant international career; and judging by this safe, careful follow-up to the multi-platinum Spirit, she's not taking any unnecessary chances that might prematurely derail that career. She might admirably refer to the original Greek myth – in which an unrequited lover pines away till just her voice remained – in explaining the album's title, but one doesn't have to be a complete cynic to place a more prosaic interpretation on Echo, so closely does it stick to its predecessor's formula.

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Leona Lewis, Hackney Empire, London

Leona Lewis's first major homecoming gig wasn't going to be anything less than a fanciful affair designed for the modern diva. It's exactly the direction the Hackneyite has been groomed towards, given the past two years she's spent in the company of Simon Cowell and major players to diminish her reality-show ties and establish her credibility – not to mention the mystery that's surrounded her fantastical transformation, which appears to be the subtle theme tonight. Either that, or someone thought it'd be clever to toy with the idea of the good girl turned semi-bad with a show that plops the singer into the edgy arena of sinister interludes and the random accompaniment of six b-boying Shaolin types.

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Jay Sean becomes an overnight sensation – after seven years of trying

Man accused of attacking Leona Lewis is sectioned

A man accused of assaulting pop star Leona Lewis is not fit to attend court, a judge was told today.

Album: Alexandra Burke, Overcome (Syco/Sony)

Pop star divas! We like them. So, let's make more of them

Sarah Sands: It can't be true – it was in the newspaper

If stars live on publicity, some of it will be made up

Howard Jacobson: There's only one thing a sense of humour will get you – and that's into trouble

As long as you keep making jokes you don’t have to listen to anybody else

Man held after Leona punched at book signing

Singer Leona Lewis was recovering today after being punched in the head as she signed books for fans.

The world's most expensive wedding singers

The Rolling Stones charge £5 million to perform at weddings.

Susan Boyle cracks top five viral videos

Singing sensation Susan Boyle, who became an overnight star with her surprising performance on a talent show, has made the top five in a list of the most watched viral videos of all-time.

Who needs Simon Cowell? Enrol at the school where fame and fortune are part of the curriculum

Kids, right here is where you start paying – in sweat. Just as soon as your business lecture is finished. Nick Duerden meets the students of the Academy of Contemporary Music, where the 'Fame' game has never been more serious

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