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Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records

The digital performance of Adele and One Direction have helped the music industry to record growth for the first time in 15 years

Adele and One Direction record mammoth digital 2012 album sales

Oscar-winner Adele is on top of the world after it was revealed her album 21 was the biggest seller of last year.

One Direction Comic Relief single has been leaked online

One Direction's Comic Relief single on course to top the charts

One Direction are on course to nab the number one single this weekend with their Comic Relief single storming ahead of rivals.

Her Majesty's Prison

TV review: Her Majesty's Prison – Aylesbury, ITV

Black Mirror, Channel 4

Album: Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, What the Brothers Sang (Domino)

The brothers are the Everlys, Dawn McCarthy is the singer and creative force behind Californian psych-folkers Faun Fables, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy is, oh you know, Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

Jonas Kaufmann, Wagner (Decca)

Album review: Jonas Kaufmann, Wagner (Decca)

There's a moment, early on in “Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater”, the opening selection of this superb collection of Wagner arias and lieder, when Jonas Kaufmann, as Siegmund, lets out the huge, long cries of “Wälse!” with extraordinary power.

British musicians gobble up largest-ever share of American albums market

The success of homegrown acts One Direction, Adele and Mumford & Sons helped push UK artists to their biggest-ever share of the US albums market last year.

Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown

TV review - Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown, BBC4

The Year of Making Love, BBC3

Album: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jama Ko (Out Here Records)

Mali is music, and this fact is exemplified by this master of the ngoni. The band's first album was all about texture and rhythmic complexity, their second introduced electricity and effects pedals.

From Hot Chip (pictured) to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

From Hot Chip to Conor Oberst, the gigs organised by online fan campaigns

Frustrated that your favourite band never plays near you? Now, says Elisa Bray, you have the power to make it happen

Nicki Minaj performing on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations

Nicki Minaj - 'There was a reason I didn't get a Grammy nomination this year'

Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she says.

Podcast: Waiting…Now

Fuel, Roundhouse and King’s Cultural Institute present this podcast by Paul Clark in collaboration with Bill Brewer featuring Chris Allan on Cello

He will still rock you: Queen's Freddie Mercury

Online music archives: Net gains for those who love rare rockers

There are sites full of undiscovered gems emerging online all the time

Album review: Adam Ant, Adam Ant is the Bluback Hussar... (Blueblack Hussar Records)

What most people know about Adam Ant's troubled 21st century is that he threw a car alternator through a pub window, waved a gun around and got sectioned. What fewer realise is he's been working on a comeback album. He's self-aware enough to acknowledge the situation in swamp-glam lead single "Cool Zombie" (interest declared: I'm in the video), with its references to "not playing with a full deck", and on Blueblack Hussar's title track, wherein he admits: "You know me, I go too far."

Album review: Molly Drake, Molly Drake *Bryter Music)

When a recording of Molly Drake singing her composition "Poor Mum" was made public a few years ago, it was immediately evident from where much of her son Nick's talent, not to mention his intonation and fragile worldview, had derived.

Beyoncé's back - and her GQ interview is equal parts impressive and spooky

Beyoncé fans, assume the position - the next month or two sees the Queen of Pop's return from motherhood to mega-primetime. In preparation, she's been speaking to GQ. And - drumroll - the takeaway here, at least according to Gawker, is... "Beyonce is Fucking Crazy and Exactly as You Imagine Her".

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...