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The Voice contestant Alice Fredenham who also featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent.

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Hopeful singer Alice Fredenham looked a world away from the shy hopeful with stage fright who featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent when she appeared on The Voice on Saturday night.

Mick Jagger and the Stones reunited for five anniversary gigs - at a cost

Mick Jagger plans 'dull' life in build-up to gigs this summer

Mick Jagger has said he will live a "dull" life in the months leading up to the Rolling Stones show in Hyde Park to make sure he is on top form for the outdoor gig.

One Direction performing at The Brit Awards, Show, O2 Arena, London

Teenage kicks? One Direction's Harry Styles hit in the groin by flying shoe for second time during a gig in Scotland

It’s not just girls that throw themselves at One Direction’s Harry Styles. During a gig in Scotland last night the teen heartthrob was hit in the groin by a flying shoe.

My Secret Life: Kelly Jones, 38, musician

'I realise now why a man needs a shed'

Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro performs on the main stage during day two of the Isle of Wight Festival 2010 at Seaclose Park

Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down added to Reading and Leeds festival line-up

The August gigs will be both Eminem and Biffy Clyro's only UK festival appearances this year

Troggs star Reg Presley dies aged 71

Rock star Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, has died following a battle with lung cancer.

From Hot Chip (pictured) to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

From Hot Chip to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

Frustrated that your favourite band never plays near you? Now, says Elisa Bray, you have the power to make it happen

Lead singer of the White Lies Harry McVeigh performs at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon

Radio 1's Big Weekend extended by extra day

Radio 1's Big Weekend just got bigger - with an extra day of music at the event which is being held in Londonderry this year.

Impetuous: Matthew Barley

From prisons to caves, concerts fit for a maestro

The cellist Matthew Barley is marking Britten's centenary with an unusual tour

HMV directors admit there's doubt over its future

It will take more than sweets to make customers stay with HMV

Online sales and illegal downloads may see HMV leave the high street

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

The end of the world might be tomorrow, but it isn't the end of Blur

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HMV sells off stake in MAMA for a knockdown £7.3m

HMV yesterday sold a major chunk of MAMA Group, the live-music business behind The Forum in Kentish Town, north London and a string of other venues and festivals including Lovebox and GlobalGathering, for just £7.3m.

Cinderella: based on Grimm’s Fairytale for just £20

Be captivated by this dazzlingly original take on the classic fairy tale.

The Rolling Stones performing at the O2 arena, at their 50-year anniversary show

Ti-i-i-ime is on their side

The band's 50-year shows don't mean it's the last time. John Walsh salutes rock's elder statesmen

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