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Comedian 'overwhelmed' by response from public

N-Dubz, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Fiercely slick teenage kicks

Album: N-Dubz, Against All Odds (Universal)

The new N-Dubz album spins bleakly believable stories of urban life over the trio's now-familiar R&B/pop-rap/clubland hybrid.

Pandora: Now 'bully' Balls sings a different tune

News that Ed Balls has teamed up with the award-winning hip hop stars N-Dubz may, on first impressions at least, raise a few eyebrows.

UK acts triumph at MOBOs

UK acts went home smiling from the MOBO Awards in Glasgow last night, as they picked up the most coveted awards ahead of international stars. Former X Factor finalists JLS walked away with the Best Newcomer and Best Song gongs for their hit "Beat Again". N-Dubz, who hit the top spot with Tynchy Stryder earlier this year, won Best Act and Best Album.

Pop stars back schools music drive

Pop stars went back to school today to urge youngsters to pick up an instrument and become the chart toppers of the future.

Chipmunk, Royal Opera House, London

Despite the notoriety associated with grime music, Chipmunk will always be the rapper you'd happily bring home to mum. It's a pity the Royal Opera House didn't see it that way. Perhaps the excessive security measures were rolled out for the benefit of Wiley, who as tardy and calamitous as he was during his swift set, hardly lived up to the hazards one suspects were bashed out in capital letters on the risk assessment (unless being late, a touch explicit and forgetting your words is considered a threat nowadays). While grime music may still be regarded as part of an urban social class that's better appreciated from a distance – by those who usually frequent Covent Garden for the likes of Linda di Chamounix – the genre's climb to the top of the charts has helped it to earn a more PG status.

MOBO nominations announced

The urban music acts, Tinchy Stryder, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz and Chipmunk feature among the most nominated at the 2009 MOBO Awards, revealed today.

U2, Wembley Stadium, London<br/>N-Dubz, Opera House, Bournemouth

U2's 360 tour flits, meekly, between old hits and tracks from the current, rather lame, album

Grime's new stars: The kids are alright

Grime may be a relatively new musical genre, but already has its elder statesmen and young pretenders. Matilda Egere-Cooper talks to the teenagers who&rsquo;ve taken the mic and are running with it

My Fantasy Band - Dappy, N-Dubz

'Uncle B was my dad; we named our debut album after him, as he died just before we got our latest record deal.'

Bush &amp; Blair: The Iraq fantasy

Neither will admit that Iraq is a disaster. But while their state of denial may cost votes in Washington and London, on the frontline in the Middle East, it continues to cost lives

Primal Scream therapy helps children learn tables

No one could deny that life at Hurst Lodge, an independent school in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, is poles apart from the world inhabited by bands like Primal Scream and Napalm Death.

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