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Comedian 'overwhelmed' by response from public

Tulisa Contostavlos: 'It's not getting a job on X Factor that's hard – it's keeping it'

Contostavlos talks to Deborah Ross about Simon Cowell, pet staffies and why singing saved her life

N-Dubz blast 'cheating' artists

N-Dubz' Dappy thinks artists who don't write their own hits should not be in the charts.

N-Dubz, O2 Arena, London

Tireless trio are a number one attraction

N-Dubz - console music

N-Dubz are the latest pop act to use Britain’s multi-billion pound gaming industry to flog their music. Luke Blackall plugs in to find out how

Album: N-Dubz, Love. Live. Life (All Around the World/Island)

As with much American R&B, N-Dubz's songs on Love.Live.Life tend to circle around the soap opera of their lives in the glass bowl of showbiz.

Cultural Life: Dappy, musician

Music: I'm listening to lots of Freddie Mercury at the moment. My dad always played Queen when we were growing up, so he is a huge inspiration to me. His voice is killer. I'm also listening to Michael Bublé. I love his voice, the melodies, the way he writes music; he is a true talent. People will be surprised by what influences N-Dubz! Whilst we were in the studio we were listening to a lot of Phil Collins. Every song on his 'Hits' album is a classic, the man is a genius. We're not bothered about what people may think is cool – I just love good songs.

'Sell new CDs for £1' says industry expert

A former leading record-label boss has said lowering the prices of albums to £1 could lead to a huge rise in music sales.

Grandma's House, BBC2<br/>My Mum and Me, BBC3<br/>Four Sons Versus Four Daughters, Channel 4

It's hard to avoid drawing parallels between 'Grandma's House' and 'Seinfeld', even when the BBC sitcom breaks the 'no hugs' rule

Culture Club: Isle of Wight Festival

Readers review this week's festival

Cultural Life: Tulisa of N-Dubz, singer

Music: My favourite track at the moment is "Rescue Me" by Skepta. I'm also really happy Kate Nash is back. I respect female artists who write their own music like I do with N-Dubz. I'm listening to everything from The Prodigy to old-school Madonna. On my iPod I've got a massive selection from grime and garage to modern R&B.

Chipmunk - A level headed player

Rapper Chipmunk boasts three Top 10 hits, two Mobos and a headlining tour &ndash; and he's only just taken his exams. By Emma Love

Carola Long: Scrabbling all the way to the bottom

Maybe some young people are sentient enough to play by the existing rules

N-Dubz - Pop stars who play with fire

Home-grown hip-hop hitmakers N-Dubz have a history of trouble, most lately with 'death-texts' to a radio listener. The north-London trio explain themselves to Charlotte Cripps

Sophie Heawood: Save Dappy from the venom of the anonymous

When you phone into a Radio 1 show to say you don't like the pop star they've got live in the studio with them, you don't expect said pop star to sneakily write down your mobile phone number, take it home with him and start sending you death threats. Yet this is exactly what happened last week, after Dappy from N-Dubz, an urban group who sell by the bucketload to the ringtone generation, took umbrage at a Lincolnshire woman calling him "vile" and "a little boy with a silly hat". According to The Sun, which reprinted his text messages, he told her she was going to die, called her a lot of names that they replaced with asterisks, and said that she would never be left alone until she apologised, which she refused to do. The 22-year-old Anglo-Greek rapper and songwriter, real name is Costas Dinos Contostavlos, has apologised to her.

N-Dubz star Dappy 'sorry for death threat'

N-Dubz star Dappy has apologised after sending threatening messages to a young mother who had texted in to criticise him during a radio show.

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