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Sir Paul McCartney has written to on-trial Russian rock act Pussy Riot, telling them to "stay strong" and saying he would do everything in his power to help.

High-pitched profits: Limited-edition, Karl Lagerfeld-designed singles from Florence + the Machine cost £50

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Music labels are trying to cash in on a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl, putting often-inflated price-tags on albums, says Nick Hasted

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