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Sir Paul warns One Direction over becoming 'the next Beatles'

Sir Paul McCartney has warned chart sensations One Direction about the "pressure" of being the next big thing.

How Soon Is Now?, By Richard King

To the younger generation of music fans, "indie" is a genre, a ubiquitous term used to describe artfully scruffy purveyors of white-boy guitar pop. In the late Seventies and Eighties, however, it was an abbreviation of "independent", used to distinguish the small, self-financed, artist-friendly record labels - the type started in garages, garden sheds and behind the counters of record shops - from their corporate counterparts.

Florence Welch took the Best Solo Artist award

Florence Welch beats Adele in double NME award triumph

Adele’s run of award-winning success has finally been brought to an end after Florence + The Machine triumphed with a double win at the NME awards.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Ladyhawke, Rough Trade East, London

The best thing about Noel Gallagher is that he isn't Liam. Sadly,it's also the worst thing about the former Oasis songwriter

Last bow for Blur at Brits

Blur star Alex James says there is a feeling that the band may be about to take their "last bow", ahead of their reunion at tomorrow night's Brits.

Last bow for Blur at Brit awards?

Blur star Alex James says there is a feeling that the band may be about to take their "last bow", ahead of their reunion at tomorrow night's Brits.

Watch Niki & The Dove perform a lovely acoustic version of their upcoming single DJ Ease My Mind

The hotly tipped Swedish duo release new single "DJ Ease My Mind" on 27 February 2012. As a sneak peak to whet your appetites, here's a video of singer Malin Dahlstrom performing a lovely, understated acoustic version of the song in a garden.

The original Khulekani Khumalo, the folk singer who, it is claimed, has returned from the dead

Witchcraft fans mob man claiming to be reincarnated singer abducted by zombies

A South African man who claims to be a famous Zulu folk singer returned from the dead after being held captive by zombies for the past two years has been detained on suspicion of fraud.

Crouch End Festival Chorus/ Temple, Barbican

There are choral societies and there are choral societies – and Crouch End Festival Chorus is one of the more interesting.

Adele is on song as British acts dominate the album market

Record-breaking star Adele helped British acts dominate the album market in the UK with their highest share of sales for 15 years.

Shapely Ankle Preferred, By Francesca Beauman

History is just a series of dates

Matthew Bennett, frontman with Birmingham band The Musgraves

Diary: Chauvinism on tap brews up a Commons row

Someone call Louise Mensch. Top Totty has been banned from Parliament. "Disturbing" (Equality for Shadows Minister Kate Green) and "Outrageous" (full-time tweeter Sally Bercow) were among the measured reactions to the sale of a bawdily named guest beer in the Strangers Bar at Westminster. It was the "picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap" that so moved Ms Green to raise the matter in the Mother (outrageous!) of all parliaments. "I would very much regret it if any offensive pictures were on display in any part of the House," remarked Leader of the House Sir George Young. The beer – hoppy, with an initial burst of bitterness – is no longer on sale.

The Last Holiday: A Memoir, By Gil Scott-Heron

The better half of a poet's life

Album: The Lemonheads, Hotel Sessions (Hall Of Records)

Evan Dando says he'd always wanted to make an album for $53 ($50 Walkman, $3 tape), and one Sunday night in 1992 or 1993 – he can't remember which – in a hotel room in Bondi, Australia, he did it.

Album: The Maccabees, Given to the Wild (Fiction)

It's hard not to feel somewhat let down by The Maccabees' follow-up to 2009's Wall of Arms.

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