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From essay deadlines to heating bills, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Noddy Holder must be glad he wrote 'Merry Xmas Everybody' as he'll earn £800,000 this year from royalties.

Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' to rake in over £520,000 in royalties by end of the year

Slade's 1973 hit still features on almost every festive playlist

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You've started presenting Match of the Day 2 - how's it going?

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Jessie J had some harsh words for fellow coaches and contestants alike in The Voice as she blasted one of Will.i.am's song choices as "horrific".

Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber...Who doesn't want Mariah for Christmas?

Yesterday Justin Bieber tweeted a link to his 2011 Christmas duet with Mariah Carey of "All I Want For Christmas Is You", and it already has over 25,000 retweets.

Let's give Megan Fox - and all new mums - a break

Could Megan Fox give me her night nurse's number? We could do with a few more hours sleep in our family

Stuff of fairytales: The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan

The Week In Radio: Why this New York story will always be number one

Don't you love this time of year? The heady waft of mince pies, the sweet smiles of small children, the gentle sound of... Noddy Holder screaming "IT'S CHRIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAS" at the top of his lungs. When Noddy starts yelling on "Merry Xmas Everybody", even dogs smother their ears.

Album review: Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic)

Sweet soul music as Bruno Mars the mimic finds his own voice

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Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels says there are not enough roles for African American actors in films

The Oscar-nominated director of Precious said today that there are not enough roles for African American actors in films.

Whitney Houston took cocaine before drowning

Whitney Houston died as a result of accidental drowning, but cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors, a coroner said.

How music video thrilled in ways that radio never could

As MTV celebrates its 30th birthday, Hardeep Phull looks back on the scandals and successes of a pioneer in pop television

Album: Jill Scott, The Light Of The Sun (Blues Babe/Warner Bros)

Jill Scott is perhaps best known now as Precious Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and spends an increasing amount of time acting.

Precious Little Talent, Trafalgar Studios, London

Playwright Ella Hickson has been quietly making a name for herself, and this, her second play, smartly directed by James Dacre in the smaller of the Trafalgar studios, is a good indicator of her talent.

Album: Katy B, On A Mission (Rinse)

The latest Brit School alumnus to be saddled with the weight of unfair expectations, Katy B blends R&B vocals with the dubstep arrangements of Geeneus, Zinc and Magnetic Man to create a distinctive homegrown UK club sound.

Gabby Sidibe shows her Precious mettle

The Oscar-nominated star of last year's sleeper hit tells Kaleem Aftab about her new role, opposite comedy hero Eddie Murphy
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