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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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A singer who carried out a 20-year campaign of child sex abuse while performing with top stars is facing a lengthy prison sentence.

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Leona Lewis, Hackney Empire, London

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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)

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

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

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Man held after Leona punched at book signing

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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.

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