Arts and Entertainment Kiwi pop star Lorde channels Kate Bush on-stage

She might be riding high in the US Billboard charts, but Lorde – Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a 16-year-old sensation from New Zealand – chose a cramped Soho basement for her debut UK performance. Surveying the packed audience, all straining for a glimpse, she observed: "I'm pretty sure if there was a fire we wouldn't all be here."

Party Of The Week: Definitely the talk of the town

If you wanted to drop a bombshell, then there's no better place to do it than at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's party. His circus-themed birthday bash was held at Paramount Studios, in Los Angeles, with clowns, acrobats and face-painting.

Her health was frail, her career failing: the final days of Brittany Murphy

Concerns about the Hollywood actress's physical and mental state had been growing before her death

Mayer Hawthorne - Haircut's worked it all out

Mayer Hawthorne has fans in Ashton Kutcher and John Mayer. Guy Adams meets a rising soul star with shades of Jarvis Cocker

Ballad days: Michael Bolton, the most reviled man in pop

Michael Bolton has sold 60 million records and won a shelf-full of Grammys. So why is he still regarded as the most reviled man in pop? Guy Adams asks him

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The Couch Surfer: 'Together, TMZ and Perez Hilton are a microcosm of the modern media'

Tim Walker: Perez made his name by being vile about celebrities, but he seems finally to have gone too far

Gossip site beat rivals to the story

The death of Michael Jackson may be the story that finally puts the raucous, irreverent celebrity website TMZ.com into the big league of credible news organisations. The three-year-old company has been described by its detractors as the National Enquirer of the internet, and it is more famous for serving up a diet of snatched photos and grainy footage of stars behaving badly – but it has broken a string of celebrity scoops, and the more august news agencies that ignored its declaration that the King of Pop was dead were yesterday conducting harried examinations of their mistake.

Guy Adams: Movies without a sporting chance

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Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton punched

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says he got a black eye from the manager of the Black Eyed Peas.

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'The Lobby is an obedience school: Come to heel and you get your titbits. That is not journalism; that is copytaking.' Guido Fawkes woos the Association for Journalism Education

Ben Barnes: Prince of hearts

Ben Barnes, better known as Caspian, lives in a world of red carpets and hysterical fans. He tells Alice Jones about hero-worship, Narnia, and his new role in Oscar Wilde's famous tale of narcissism

Hollywood’s love-rat pack

They’ve got perfect stubble, bags of charm – and tabloid appeal. Alice-Azania Jarvis sizes up the serial seducers

Trump says Miss California USA can retain crown

Miss California USA can retain her crown after questions arose about semi-nude photographs taken of her as a teenager and her association with an anti-gay marriage group, pageant owner Donald Trump said.

'Miss California' defends views on gay marriage

Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant by saying gay couples should not be allowed to marry, said her state sponsors urged her to apologise afterwards but she rejected the advice.

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Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
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A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
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The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
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Beware Wet Paint

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Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

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A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

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A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum