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Album review: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-a-Fella)

Album of the Week: Some rich pickings among the boasts and garish beats

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail - review

In this age of the spectacle, music increasingly matters less than the event surrounding the music - this year has seen Daft Punk's album applauded as much for its marketing campaign as for any intrinsic musical value it may have, and now we have Jay-Z's new album, notable largely for the deal struck with Samsung to deliver a million free downloads to its customers, at a cost of $5 apiece to the company, three days prior to its official release.

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Korakia’s pool

B&B and Beyond: Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, California

This bohemian 1920s villa provides an offbeat alternative to the Palm Springs vernacular. Kirsty Hathaway checks in

Ceramic vase Grand vase aux femmes voiles (1950) by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso vase sells for £1m at Christie's London

A vase by Pablo Picasso has sold for almost £1 million, setting a world record for the highest price paid for a ceramic object by the artist.

Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Francis performs on stage at the 02 Arena in London

Music review: Pet Shop Boys bring cornucopia of hits to London's O2 Arena

Chris Lowe has never revealed much of himself to his audience. As usual, he’s on stage behind his keyboards with his signature baseball cap pulled over his forehead and huge bug-eyed sunglasses covering his face. Even better for Lowe – one imagines - the Pet Shop Boys take to the stage for their first London gig in two years behind a giant screen projecting giant graphics.

Auction puts Picassos up for sale – for £500

Art lovers on a budget will get the chance to buy an original work by Picasso for a few hundred pounds at an auction later this month.

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Seeing the larger picture: Inspiring images of space

An exhibition explores images how photography has shaped astronomy

Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

Madonna raises $7m from sale of Fernand Léger painting to 'make girls like Malala smile' around the world

The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

'Composition' ('Le typographe') - Fernand Léger

$1bn gift of cubist art to transform New York's Met

Cosmetics heir and heavy-weight philanthropist Leonard A Lauder has donated 78 pieces to the museum

Mary Beard named as Royal Academy of Arts professor of ancient literature

Mary Beard is to follow in the steps of luminaries such as Samuel Johnson after the Royal Academy of Arts named her as its new professor of ancient literature.

Donald Richie: His book 'The Films of Akira Kurosawa' raised the bar for film scholarship round the world

Donald Richie: Author and acclaimed scholar of Japanese cinema

His book 'The Films of Akira Kurosawa' raised the bar for film scholarship round the world

Tilda Swinton, artist and actress, sleeps in a glass box as part of an exhibition called

Page 3 Profile: Tilda Swinton, actress and installation artist

So what's her latest role?

Tilda Swinton, artist and actress, sleeps in a glass box as part of an exhibition called

Sleeping beauty: Tilda Swinton beds down in
the name of art (again)

Tilda Swinton, arthouse film doyenne, blockbuster actress and sometime conceptual artist, has reprised her art exhibit  The Maybe for the first time  in almost two decades.

Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn

Blur to play in Ireland in August

Blur have announced their first Irish gig in four years.

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