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Singing hopeful Matt Henry landed a place in the live quarter-finals of The Voice, just days after viewers saw him a whisker away from crashing out. 

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US teenager who allegedly had six home-made bombs hidden in his bedroom planned school attack 'specifically modelled' on Columbine

A range of explosives were discovered comprising pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb

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A court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

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Spot the difference? Madonna and Hilary Devey

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Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey has said that she is flattered that she appears to have inspired Madonna's headline-grabbing look at a New York gala.

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Video images of John Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, once lead singer of punk band the Sex Pistols, are displayed at the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' Costume Institute exhibition press preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

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Tale of the unexpected: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' pop-slut instincts now embrace dub, gospel, soul, rap and goth-punk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror, Alexandra Palace, London

Growing up with grace is difficult for any band, but when, like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, you make your early name with a bratty, sexy, art-punk squall, with feral, strutting anthems of youth, what do you do when you’re all edging into your 30s and you’ve already done the ‘going electronic’ shtick?

Simon Price on Beyoncé: Spare us the feminist encore, Mrs Carter

Beyoncé’s booty-shaking self-assertion often veers into self-entitlement – thank goodness, then, for Birmingham’s stripped-down soul sensation …

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