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We've always been proud of our British pop that towers above that produced by our European neighbours, but for the past decade – when it comes to worldwide sales – we've come up against better-faring American artists.

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Leona Lewis has become the first female British artist to see her debut album take the No 1 slot in the US charts.

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

Eighties star Paul Young tells David Parsley about the download site that allows both new talent and 'old gits like me to get our songs out there'

The real school of rock

Elliott School is a struggling comprehensive in south London. But it has an astonishing record in nurturing a diverse range of avant-garde pop stars. Jonathan Brown and Lucy Kinnear report

Why the naysayers were wrong about the record industry

Alison Wenham, Chairman and Chief Executive of AIM, rounds off this month's edition of Music Magazine

Why the music industry must keep its eye on the prize

Majors and indie labels alike must ensure that talent rises to the top in the fractured world of music marketing

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

The record industry suffered a double whammy at the beginning of 2008, as album sales were hit by a catastrophic decline, according to new figures, and experts predicted that plans to legalise the copying of music between formats could soon render the CD redundant.

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