Arts and Entertainment Jake Bugg burst onto the scene aged 18

The success of Jake Bugg and Ben Howard has given rise to a new wave of male singer-songwriters who are queueing up to show off their sensitive sides

Pop ‘trade union’ members Blur

Russian-born billionaire Blavatnik buys Blur and Coldplay in £500m Warners Parlophone takeover

The Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik will add Coldplay, Blur and Tinie Tempah to his empire after his Warner Music group emerged victorious in a bidding war to take over the historic Parlophone record label.

Sony and BMG poised to make joint Parlophone bid

The battle to control the British record label Parlophone, home of Coldplay, the Pet Shop Boys and Tinie Tempah, is hotting up, with Sony and BMG reported to be planning a joint bid.

Pop ‘trade union’ members Blur

Strike? There's no other way: Blur lead pop protest over sale of label

Artists threaten to withhold future releases if planned sell-off of Parlophone goes ahead. Adam Sherwin reports

Pop ‘trade union’ members Blur

Stars could 'strike' over sale of Parlophone by French owner

Some of Britain's top-selling musicians may withhold future albums in protest against being treated as "assets" in the forced sale of their record label, i can disclose.

Blur to play live on Twitter

Reunited Blur are to debut new songs on Twitter.

Album: Phronesis, Walking Dark (Edition)

The title refers to a series of concerts played in darkness, in tribute to bassist Jasper Hoiby's sightless sister.

Shamim Ahmed:

Shamim Ahmed Khan: Sitar player taught by Shankar

Shamim Ahmed Khan was one of the most eloquent sitar players of his generation and scion of a family of hereditary Hindustani classical musicians which upheld and advanced a gharana, meaning a school or style of music-making, historically generally associated with a specific geographical seat, in this case the Agra Gharana. Agra would figure largely in his musical destiny, and bring him to the attention of his life-long guru, Ravi Shankar.

Album: Civil Wars, Barton Hollow (Columbia)

The recent Grammys awarded them Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo, which tells you that Joy Williams and John Paul White need no introduction (or genre) in the US.

Album: Andrew Bird, Break it Yourself (Bella Union)

We are overrun with singer-songwriters but you'd think a virtuoso violinist and whistler who sings about pollination and Petri dishes would stand out.

Engelbert and fans celebrate Eurovision second coming

British Engelbert Humperdinck fans reacted with delight yesterday to the news their hero is to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song contest, expressing their hope that the assignment might finally earn the 75-year-old King of Romance his rightful recognition in his home country.

The Ting Tings

'We don't keep songs just for a rainy day'

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

Tom Sykes: His challenge now is to maintain sparkling testing form over the 28 races

Motorcycling: Sykes trains sights on champion Checa

Unsung Briton sets pace at Phillip Island ahead of tomorrow's curtain-raiser to the Superbike season

Album: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)

The previous two albums from this North Carolina-based roots band boasted an excellent mix of traditional and contemporary songs but were stifled by an airless production which failed to capture their infectious live presence.

First Listen: Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball, Theatre Marigny, Paris

The Boss still fired up by demolition of American dream

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