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Emeli Sande's success looks set to continue after she was nominated for two prestigious songwriting awards.

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Radio 1's Big Weekend just got bigger - with an extra day of music at the event which is being held in Londonderry this year.

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Olympic diving star Tom Daley has toppled David Beckham from the top of an annual poll of "hottest hunks".

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The FA is celebrating  its 150th anniversary

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Karaoke fans rejected the traditional sentiments of "Auld Lang Syne" this New Year and saw in 2013 "Gangnam Style", according to a new poll.

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Shock as X Factor favourite Ella Henderson axed

Ella Henderson was eliminated from X Factor last night in what was a "great tragedy" and "one of the biggest shocks we've ever had on the results show".

Jessie J pulls out of Big Weekend due to illness

Chart star Jessie J has pulled out of a headlining show tonight on medical advice after being diagnosed with a "fatigue" virus.

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When former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger performed a solo show in London last week, possibly even more surprising than her managing to fill the Hammersmith Apollo was the discovery that her fans have their own name: Killer Lovers (a play on the title of her album, Killer Love).

Britons rule in the album charts

Adele is at the forefront of a new British revival in the album charts with home-grown artists recording their best sales since the mid-1990s when Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled.

Coldplay first to top 2012 singles chart

Coldplay have knocked the Military Wives choir off the top of the charts after their single Paradise became the first official number one of 2012.

Winehouse tops album chart

Amy Winehouse reached the top of the album chart last night, more than four months after her death. Her posthumous collection Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which features original tracks and covers, was released last Monday.

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

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So tonight's the final, at last, but as Veronica Lee rounds up this year's highs and lows we're all still pining for the biggest act of all: stand up, Mr Cowell!

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