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James Arthur achieved the biggest-selling X Factor Christmas single ever in 2012

James Arthur, gig review: 'He was largely on his best behaviour'

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

R Kelly, Black Panties: Album review

Let’s talk about sex, baby – and nothing but sex

Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Motown)

Album review: Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Motown)

Rarely has the disparity in quality between sound and pictures been as huge as during the Seventies “Blaxploitation” phenomenon, when crude, brutal thrillers like Shaft and Superfly were salvaged by skilled soundtracks.

'Working class hero' James Arthur wins ITV1 talent show the X Factor 2012

James Arthur, the 24-year-old singer songwriter from Middlesbrough, has won The X Factor 2012.

Bobby Womack, The Forum, London

"I want to dedicate this song to all the lovers here tonight," explains the 68-year-old singer. This is the sort of ripe line that was perfectly acceptable in the early 1980s.

Let's get it on: why Marvin scores in the bedroom

The soulful pleadings of Marvin Gaye and the gathering crescendo of Ravel's Bolero are the true sounds of seduction, a new study has confirmed. But there is no place for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the bedroom.

Ostende, Belgium

The city where Marvin found his mojo

Thirty years ago, the soul star Marvin Gaye packed his bags for – Ostende. Adrian Mourby follows a new trail of his haunts

Womad Festival, Charlton Park, Malmesbury

Global gathering is world class

Album: Marvin Gaye, What's Going On: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Motown)

In 1971, there were a limited number of options for a soul singer like Marvin Gaye.

Album: Marvin Gaye, What's Going On – 40th Anniversary Edition

The most perfect suite of music recorded in my lifetime.

Raphael Saadiq, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Raphael Saadiq and his band have just come out to play their encore and we should all be grateful that they are back on stage – not just because their performance has been brilliant, but because there would have been a stampede had they failed to return.

Julie Burchill: The unions have been demonised, so the bullies have taken their place

As I think I might have mentioned before, I come from a trades union family, and while my dad had the theory down and wasn't above a bit of secondary picketing, my mother lived and breathed the struggle for workers' rights. Or, as we call it today, Going Off On One Big Time.

Marvin Gaye: Mixed messages heard on the grapevine

A biopic of Marvin Gaye is set for the screen, but the singer's family are not happy about it, discovers Geoffrey Macnab
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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

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Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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The masterminds behind the election

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The ethics of pet food

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