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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.

James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel in a scene from
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.

Extreme solar prominence

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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty