Album: Madonna, Sticky & Sweet Tour (Warner Bros)

This CD/DVD package drawn from Madonna's 2008 tour makes for an instructive comparison with last week's White Stripes release – a similarly-formatted package, but otherwise as far removed from this experience as their Canadian locations are from the Argentina show documented here.

Even Seinfeld's co-writer fails to see funny side of his TV comeback

A beautiful friendship began when the comedian Larry David met Jerry Seinfeld two decades ago and the pair dreamed up a winning idea for a television show.

Album: Sa Dingding, Harmony (Wrasse)

Sa Dingding's follow-up to her 2008 debut album lies somewhere between her own rural Chinese roots and producer Marius De Vries' assured grasp of occidental pop modes, honed over decades of work with the likes of Madonna, Massive Attack, Elbow and Bjork's breakthrough Debut.

Why owning a label isn't all RocknRolla

Guy Ritchie's foray into the music industry may be an ill-advised move. Others have tried and failed, writes Fiona Sturges

Go-ahead for Ticketmaster and Live Nation tie-up

The mega-merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster with the world's largest concert promoter, Live Nation, was given the all-clear by UK regulators today.

First Night: The Misanthrope, Comedy Theatre, London

Knightley casts aside critics in thrilling debut

Stephen Foley: Why concert merger must be booed off

US Outlook: So Ticketmaster, that dreadful pickpocket who preys on concertgoers everywhere, is scrambling to save its $1.3bn merger with Live Nation, the giant concert promoter. It should stop trying. It is time to give up on an outrageous, monopolistic deal that should never have been contemplated in the first place.

How not to run a club: Peter Hook on the true story of the Haçienda

In an exclusive extract from a new book by Peter Hook, the New Order and Joy Division bassist tells how the Manchester club was born, why Madonna played her first UK gig in it, and how everyone who went there still owes him a tenner

Top Ten Celebrity Religious Conversions

In the world of celebrity culture, religion is the new black. Renounce worldly goods, wear a robe and take up chanting, and your celebrity star rating will soar. But the tricky bit is - which religion to choose? In today’s multi-faith society, there’s a bundle of religions to choose from, each with their pros and cons, and the choice can be tough. We take a look at ten famous figures who have felt the pressure of choice and made dramatic conversions from one faith to another.

Top 10 high profile celebrity sackings

In any job there are certain rules you just have to abide by, but some of these celebrity types think they can get away with murder - only to get shown the door.

Madonna accepts damages over wedding photos

Madonna today accepted substantial undisclosed damages for privacy and infringement of copyright over the Mail on Sunday's publication of "purloined" photos of her wedding to Guy Ritchie.

Amy Jenkins: Now is the autumn of our discontent

Usually, I love the autumn, but this year it seems blighted to me. And it's not just the horse chestnut trees. Have you noticed they're dying? They've got a disease called bleeding canker which is fast threatening their entire population. The Northamptonshire World Conker Championships have complained of conker shortages.

Liz Hoggard: Don't put your daughter on the stage

What is Madonna doing thrusting 12-year-old Lourdes into the limelight?

Madonna booed for defending Gypsies

At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna.

The Triumph of Music, By Tim Blanning

In 1890, a poll revealed that, behind Queen Victoria and Bismarck, Europe's favourite figure was Johann Strauss II. Music had made it big. From his merry report of Brian May playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace at the 2002 Jubilee gig to the leaps across genres that let him discuss Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Wagner's Parsifal in the same warm breath, Blanning vaults over barriers of taste in this ambitious social history of music since 1700.

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