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I work for: Peter Andre

Nigel Battley is personal assistant to the singer.

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1 (1) Barbie Girl Aqua

You are (probably) still gay if you ...

Mirror, mirror: every day it gets a little harder to know if you're gay or not. Camp? Children's TV does it better than Julian Clary. Culture- defining harbingers of polymorphous perversity and gender abdication? Please: the nation has the Teletubbies. Red ribbons? Too passe. Signs and signifiers once thought fixed are going, going, gone. So don't be surprised if this last gasp list becomes either out-of-date or, indeed, wholly redundant long before you reach the end.

Weeks best sellers charts


Review: MULTI-MEDIA Meltdown `Rescue' Gala Royal Festival Hall, SBC, London

Charity galas are always a bit overwhelmingly hagiarchical, and the closing event of Laurie Anderson's Meltdown festival, held in aid of War Child, was no exception. Anderson herself described the evening as "a dream-come-true marathon of many of my musical heroes". From Lou Reed to Philip Glass, Robert Wilson to Bill T Jones, it was quite a line- up, even before surprise appearances by Salman Rushdie and Michael Nyman.

Sads, mads and le lad

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Eternal: the spice-free girls of soul


I've quelled my pension fear; the green phlegm will get me before the week ends, anyway

It's been an excellent week for illness. Everybody's at it. Illness has, at least temporarily, replaced how well Ewan McGregor fits his jeans as number one conversational topic in the tapas bars. This bug going around has been a blessing in disguise; February is such a dull month and now we have a drama to share. Everyone has a special symptom of their own to contribute to the sum of human knowledge.

Pop: 'I'll sing about love till I'm 45 and fat'

Stephen Jones is a saucy lyricist who says he's never written about sex. But as Matthew Collings discovers, his band, BabyBird, are a mass of powerful and ironic contradictions

Jonathan King calls for boycott of Brit awards

A boycott of the premier rock music awards, the Brits, has been called by one of the leading music celebrities, Jonathan King, who is also a former producer and presenter of the awards ceremony.

Pop & Jazz: Singles Chart


How new brown cow: the return of elocution

A regional accent may earn you street cred, but you won't hear broad brummie or scouse in the boardroom of the Bank of England. Beverley Hopwood on the resurgence of received pronunciation

Records: Rock: Spice Girls: Spice (Virgin, CD/LP/tape)

Spice Girls: Spice (Virgin, CD/LP/tape). So how come Take That passed on their boy-band crown to a bunch of girls? It could be because of the hummable choruses (each song has several). It could be because the Spice sisters show more cleavage than Peter Andre. It could even be because of their "girlpower" manifesto, careful as it is not to put off the chaps. But mostly, it's because the Spice Girls go for primary- coloured, raucous, stick-out-your-tongue-and-have-a-laugh-with-your-mates fun. No wonder they're the pop sensation of the year. It's just a shame they sometimes spoil things by languishing in tedious swingbeat, or by swapping spice for all things nice on the execrably drippy "Mama". Spice Girls, good; Mummy's girls, bad. Nicholas Barber

earthly Robbie deserves an award, too

Robbie Williams: he's come a long way, but he's not too sure where he's been. Hotel rooms can do that to you. Where the Boy Who Killed Take That was on Thursday was presenting the MTV Europe Music Awards, bless his velvet suit and plimsolls, and he was jolly brave about it. His feet wobbled nervously all night, but he got through. No wonder he's been wearing that straitjacket on the telly the last couple of weeks. Drink and drugs hell? Pre-publicity, love.
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