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The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).

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Duran Duran are to represent musical talent from England at a concert marking the start of the Olympic Games.

Scritti Politti, Bush Hall, London

“Man, I’m nervous,” admits Green Gartside, the notoriously stage shy Eighties pop star, before a faultless rendition of his perky paean to hip-hop “The Boom Boom Bap”, from 2006’s White Bread Black Beer.

Watson shot many memorable Smash Hits covers in the early Eighties and produced iconic images of the Pet Shop Boys

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The pop music of the Eighties was bright, bouncy and shiny – and the biweekly magazine Smash Hits displayed the same qualities while providing the perfect handbook for teenagers throughout the British Isles and beyond to follow the latest bands and trends. A mainstay of the much-loved publication throughout the first half of the Eighties, the photographer Eric Watson shot many of its iconic covers, including those featuring Madonna, Madness and Morrissey, and helped define the "heroic" look of many of the acts from the period.

JJB's Ronnie charged over '£1m fraud'

Chris Ronnie, the former chief executive of JJB Sports, was yesterday charged by the Serious Fraud Office over an alleged £1m fraud relating to contracts entered into by the sportswear retailer in 2008.

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The Ting Tings threw away an album's worth of material before completing their new release, they tell Andy Gill

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Singer George Michael has returned home to the UK after leaving hospital in Vienna.

Aliona Vilani and Harry Judd celebrate with the winning trophy on Strictly Come Dancing,after their performances impressed viewers

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Aliona Vilani received plaudits – and plenty of jealousy – for partnering Harry Judd to victory

Icon in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon, By Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the history of art at Trinity College Oxford. He so is: he has written extensively about Leonardo da Vinci. He is conceivably the world's top go-to guy for Leonardo studies. Certainly, his blog contains a warning to any passers-by who might want to waste his time by knocking at his North Oxford door to ask him about the dodgy Leonardos they've bought in Romford market recently.

Album: Meshell Ndegeocello, Weather (Naive)

Producer Joe Henry writes a brilliant sleevenote arguing that great artists transcend genre.

Album: Susan Boyle, Someone to Watch Over Me (SYCO)

The Subo story is a feel-good potboiler brought to life: dowdy Scottish introvert turns up at Britain's Got Talent to initial audience titters, but wows the world with her untutored perfect pitch and West End-worthy projection.

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