Arts and Entertainment Beyonce secretly released her entire new album on iTunes

On Friday, as Beyoncé was casually posting pictures of vegan cupcakes to her Instagram account, the internet was in a state of frenzy over the news that she had also uploaded something else to the web – her long-awaited fifth album.

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Results showed that more people picked Bing than Google results in blind test

The developed world’s growing sweet tooth has increased global land deals to make way for lucrative sugar crops

Oxfam accuses Coke and Pepsi of taking land from the poor

Communities from Brazil to Cambodia are losing homes to make room for sugar crops, it is claimed

Book review: Worst. Person. Ever. By Douglas Coupland

Survival of the foulest in our dumbed-down junk world

Lionel Messi's toughest game – with the Spanish taxman

Barcelona star in court over claims he defrauded authorities of millions of euros

Adele's boyfriend, Simon Konecki, is facing the soft drinks giant PepsiCo in court

Adele’s boyfriend in court trademark  showdown with Pepsi

The boyfriend of Adele, the singer, will face the soft drinks giant PepsiCo in court on Monday in the latest episode of a trademark dispute which has lasted  four years.

Activists on Union Square stand with a cut out photo of Trayvon Martin in New York

How NRA lobbied for 'Stand Your Ground' law that let Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman free

‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation provides a defence that is  difficult to overcome

Robinsons may not mix with Irn-Bru and Orangina after all: Doubts grow over soft drinks merger despite final approval as Britvic pours cold water on deal with AG Barr

Britvic cast further doubt today on whether its Robinsons squash business will mix with AG Barr’s Irn-Bru and Orangina, despite the two titans of soft drinks finally securing official clearance to merge from the Competition Commission.

Just how did he do it? Magician Dynamo sails through London mid-air on the side of a double decker bus

Theories abound as to just how the magician managed to levitate his way through London traffic

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi summoned to court over £3.4m tax fraud allegations

The World Player of the Year denies the allegations

Lionel Messi investigated over £3.4m 'tax fraud' in Spain

The Argentina international is among the best paid athletes in the world

Karl Lagerfeld says he wants to get married... to his cat

Choupette the white Siamese cat has 27,000 Twitter followers, three maids and flies by private jet

Indyplus videos: Pop stars on Pepsi ads

Pepsi commercials are known for having pop stars on them, and sometimes for having terrible music on them too. However, Beyonce's might be the new exception. Watch below some of the most popular Pepsi commercials featuring Britney Spears, Pink, Spice Girls and even Kylie Minogue:

'Grown Woman' is not bad for a soft drink commercial soundtrack

Pop for pop: Is the music used to market soft drinks ever any good?

We’ve already heard a snippet of Beyoncé’s track “Grown Woman”, which was teased in her Pepsi commercial last month, but now the whole song has leaked online (although those who made it to her Mrs Carter tour would have heard it performed in full).

97p land: the bargain store has slashed its prices by 3p

'Welcome to Poundland, Everything's 97p': Austerity price war as low-cost retailer cuts prices to undermine 99p rivals

Chain reduces prices in stores at risk from nearby competition

A still from the advert showing the line-up of suspects

The most racist ad in history? Maybe - but for PepsiCo and Mountain Dew, it's priceless

It's far better for an ad to be loathed than sink without a trace

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