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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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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
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'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
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How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor