Sam Bailey has been crowned the winner of X Factor 2013, but ever since Rage Against the Machine raged against the Cowell machine (in terms of Christmas sales), it’s not the guaranteed number one spot it was only a few years ago.
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Just as pop music seemed like it couldn't get any more exhaustively booty-licious, with Miley Cyrus gyrating in front of a dwarf dancer at the MTV awards, and the twerk pretty much hoovering up all the attention around on female bodies and their role in the music industry, along comes a new song and video from Lily Allen to shunt things in another direction.
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Wedding dresses are doing great business in Fashionland. All eyes may be on Kates Middleton (will she really wear McQueen?) and Moss (will she stand by Galliano?) but pop-retiree-turned-vintage-boutique-owner Lily Allen has stolen a measure of their thunder by revealing that she will be heading down the aisle in a frock from Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld after being spotted at the label's Paris studios. It knocks Pronuptia into a cocked hat, doesn't it?
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