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Liam Gallagher battles Aussie Open heat with freshly shaved head (and bomber jacket) in bizarre tennis-related PR stunt

The Beady Eye singer showed off his backhand – and a closely shaved new haircut – in the Hot Shots area of Melbourne Park

Former Blur bassist Alex James has a new range of cheese

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Clever timing could see the Blur bassist capitalise on the power of pun in pop

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Jake Bugg's musical transition to America has not adversely affected his work

Album review: Jake Bugg, Shangri La, Virgin/EMI

If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.

'My dear you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly': Winston Churchill tops poll of history's funniest insults

Winston Churchill's ability to lift the spirits of the British people in times of adversity were neatly balanced with a sparkling line in withering put-downs

Bradley Wiggins: Installed as a mod icon after Tour de France and Olympic triumphs, “Wiggo” recorded a BBC 6Music radio special with musical hero Paul Weller and joined him on stage at Hammersmith Odeon to strum through Jam song ‘That’s Entertainment’

Sir Bradley Wiggins claims playing guitar with Paul Weller was better than winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics

The Tour de France winner also reveals he took inspiration from Liam Gallagher

Kate Moss has appeared on a track by Canadian DJ Brendan Fallis

Kate Moss releases single with Canadian DJ

The track features the model saying 'driving this posh car, day and all night'

Robbie Williams is to release a new album called Swing Both Ways

Robbie 'the fat one from Take That' Williams writes song called 'No One Likes A Fat Pop Star'

Robbie Williams is getting back into the swing of things with a new album mixing cover versions of classics and his own songs.

Keane's Tom Chaplin (left) and Tim Rice-Oxley

Music review: Keane, Kenwood House, London

All kinds of shenanigans go on in Hampstead Heath after dark, so it’s perhaps no surprise to find long-term critical whipping boys Keane performing in one of its more secluded corners.

Liam Gallagher performing with Beady Eye. Guitarist Gem Archer was admitted to hospital with

Beady Eye cancel V Festival appearance after guitarist suffers 'severe head trauma'

Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye have been forced to cancel their performance at V Festival while their guitarist recovers from a head injury.

Liam Gallagher's affair rumours: would you expect a say in who your partner hires?

He's not the first celebrity to face allegations of having it off with an assistant, and it's unlikely he'll be the last.

Liza Ghorbani, journalist

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Never heard of her. Is she a celebrity?

Liam Gallagher performs with Beady Eye in New York

Liam Gallagher sues The New York Post over 'love child' claim

Newspaper claimed the former Oasis singer fathered a child during a one-night stand

Ratings are at their lowest - one reason could be that panto villain Simon Cowell hasn't been on the judging panel

If Gary Barlow leaves, who would you like to replace him on The X Factor?

As ever with the ever-grinding X Factor rumour mill, talk is rife that lead judge Gary Barlow is quitting the line up.

Richard Hawley received a nomination for Best Male, five years after his last nomination

Gig review: Richard Hawley, Somerset House, London

Dressed in black and protected by fifties-style shades, Richard Hawley explains the inspiration behind 'Don't Stare At The Sun': the mundane act of taking his youngest son kite flying. “What made it interesting was I was off me head on fucking acid”.

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