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The modernised version of his 1992 hit should make for an interesting listen

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Rock: Reasons to be cheerful

Beck fuses hip-hop, folk and underground rock to memorable effect. Ben Thompson listens in

Sore throat, sore head, sore soul

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EMI moves into radio as GWR acquires Classic FM

GWR, the rapidly expanding local radio station group, yesterday moved to take control of its first national radio franchise with a pounds 71.5m deal to acquire Classic FM and also announced a link-up with EMI.

BSkyB and Flextech discuss pay-TV deal

Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB has held talks with Flextech, the cable and satellite programmer, over a potential merger of the two companies' pay-TV channels.

MTV combats local challenge

MTV, the music video channel, is to introduce three separate strands of European programmes in a multi-million-dollar expansion.

On the media

The truly global media empires - Rupert Murdoch's, for example, or Time Warner - have learnt, usually the hard way, that they cannot merely pump their American programmes into other countries and expect to replicate domestic success. Rupert Murdoch's Star TV offers "localised" TV in India, for example, when it realised that the competition could win viewers by transmitting a uniquely local brand of culture, judiciously mixed with borrowings from the US.

Viacom in frame to bid for Pearson

Acquisitive US entertainment giant considered a 'good fit' with British media group

Vodka advert sealed with a gay kiss

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Jackson 'faking health problems'

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Viacom chief warns of danger from Murdoch

The American entertainment tycoon Sumner Redstone has accused his rival Rupert Murdoch of posing a threat to the right of free speech.

Demerger is music to EMI

LEADING City broker SBC Warburg may lose at least half a client as records-to-TV-rental giant Thorn-EMI presses on with the planned pounds 4bn- plus demerger of its music division.

You pays your dues...

From Chicago mail office to Harrods shoe department: it's been an education. Jasper Rees goes on the PR stump with John Prine

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