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Brit pop conquers the world again

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Paul Young: Wherever he lays his hat, that's his internet home

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Why the music industry must keep its eye on the prize

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Pop tops list at Brit nominations

Take That, Mika and Leona Lewis lead the field at this year's Brit Awards in a nominations list that puts the emphasis on pop.

Slump in album sales could see end of CD

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