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Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records

Album: Swans, The Seer (Young God)

Michael Gira, Swans' lead noise-rock believer, calls The Seer "the culmination" of a life's work.

Album: Bill Fay, Life Is People (Dead Oceans)

Success in songwriting is as much a lottery as a measure of true quality.

My Secret Life: Newton Faulkner, 27, singer-singwriter

My parents were… My dad wrote children's books. He wrote The Wide-Mouthed Frog. My mum did all kinds of things; she worked for Apple at one point, the Beatles' label. Both were relatively hippie-ish; there are amazing pictures of my dad in little round blue glasses and ridiculously long hair… though I can't really say anything about long hair!

Back to his roots: Plan B swaps sharp suit and tie for t-shirt at his album launch

Plan B storms to top of the album charts

Plan B has stormed to the top of the charts with his new album, film soundtrack Ill Manors.

Plan B, Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, London

“If you don’t believe in something, then you’ll fall for anything,” Plan B snarls on the forlorn “Lost My Way”, and the solemn 28-year-old rapper is big on “belief”. However, we get precious little actual dialogue tonight at this desperately hip album launch, with almost certainly the poshest soap of any venue toilet in London.

Singer Amy Winehouse in 2007

Winehouse clocks up 1.7m posthumous sales

Amy Winehouse is still proving to be one of the most popular British recording artists of modern time, with fans buying more than 1.7 million copies of her recordings in the year since her death.

It has emerged that more than half of the 18 oil paintings in Bob Dylan's art exhibition were direct copies

Dylan marks 50 years of recording with new album 'Tempest'

Exactly 50 years after Bob Dylan's debut album hit record stores the American folk rock legend is to release his 35th studio album.

Mumford & Sons release details of their new album 'Babel'

The follow-up to Mumford & Son's hugely successful debut album will hit record stores on 25 September.

Album: Valentina Lisitsa, Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Decca)

The Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has built a huge audience through YouTube postings of her solo performances.

Album: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Hidden People (Navigator)

Husband-and-wife team Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have many associations with the folk scene, notably with Lakeman's brother Seth and Roberts' fellow South Yorkshire siren Kate Rusby.

Latitude artist spotlight: We Have Band

We Have Band are three friends - Darren Bancroft and husband and wife duo Thomas and Dede Wegg-Prosser - who met whilst working at a record label.

June was wettest since records began in 1910

You felt it in your bones, but now it's official – it was the lousiest June ever.

Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir, By Shawn Colvin

Making songs from fear and self-loathing

Album: R. Kelly, Write Me Back (RCA)

A soul survivor who still has the power to seduce

Faith says: 'Burlesque is empowering. It celebrates the female body as a natural form, whereas pornography is unrealistic, plastic'

Paloma Faith: 'I like to feel not all my eggs are in one basket, or I get nervous'

You feel a sense of elation seeing yourself on a billboard It's like: five years ago I was pulling pints, and now look. But being recognised is something you have to learn to deal with. It is kind of shocking – you still consider yourself to be the same as anyone else.

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