Arts and Entertainment Miley Cyrus with her father, country musician Billy Ray Cyrus

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

Tom Sutcliffe: The art of the recession

What will unemployment do for art? In the case of the Lehman employees, reported on in this paper earlier this week, the answer was relatively straightforward. It resulted in a bit more of it, several of them having pooled their unexpected reserves of leisure team and energy to create a theatre company – along with much talk of finding more fundamental values in life and getting in touch with the stuff that really matters.

Baratunde Thurston: To call Congressman Wilson racist is wrong. He is just a jackass

To use a term recently repopularised by our President when referencing Kanye West's antics at the MTV Video Music Awards, Congressman Joe Wilson is a jackass.

Twitter drama after Barack Obama calls Kanye West a 'jackass'

President Barack Obama's candid thoughts about rapper Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism in the Twitter age.



Kanye West stuns MTV ceremony with on-stage attack on Taylor Swift

With his preppy clothing and middle-class background, he was supposed to be the acceptable face of an artistic genre tarnished by its long association with guns, drugs and attitude. Instead, Kanye West finds himself cast as hip-hop's latest pantomime villain.

Watch the winning videos from last night's awards

It's been a vintage year in the world of the music videos, with a number of brilliant entries fighting it out to win the coveted MTV Video Music Awards. Watch the winners here for yourself.

Gallery: MTV Video Music Awards

Kanye West apologises for outburst at video awards

Kanye West apologised for yet another outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards, this time directed at country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift. The disruption upstaged not just Swift's awards speech, but the entire evening, including an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson.

Is this the end of MySpace?

In its heyday, MySpace made Lily Allen a star and enticed 1 million people a week into cyberspace. But now it's fallen out with the music business. Edward Helmore reports

Warner Music and YouTube still talking on deal

Warner Music Group, the world's third largest music company, is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals.

Can video help this radio star revive Britain’s struggling music industry?

On Radio 1 and MTV, Zane Lowe is music’s key rainmaker. You can’t curb this Kiwi’s enthusiasm, says Ian Burrell

Meet the squeaky clean movie teens

The debauched days of the Rat Pack, the Brat Pack and other young Hollywood hedonists with their excess-all-areas lifestyles are gone, says Gill Pringle. Today's stars don't drink, do drugs, or have sex

Rocktastic: How Guitar Hero brought stardom to the masses

Guitar Hero is not just a video game phenomenon – it's changing the way we listen to music, and reshaping the record industry. Tim Walker plugs into a revolution

Hit & Run: Don't watch this space

Is YouTube about to kill the video star? Doubtful. But the video streaming site has begun the process of removing all "premium" music videos from its UK pages after a spat with PRS for Music, the British songwriters' rights organisation. During negotiations over new licence fees for artists, during which PRS demanded a greater royalties share of Google's (which owns YouTube) ever-increasing revenue, both sides must have thought they were holding a gun to the other's head. But they've probably just shot themselves in the feet.

Sam Wallace: Pennant and Oher's emergence from shadows proves sport is force for good

When your father deals crack any achievement beyond the family trade is to be celebrated

Russell Brand, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

No apology, and not all that many laughs either
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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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