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Music review: Jack Johnson's middle-of-the-road sound keeps his core fanbase happy

Few artists would diss digital culture at a music festival organised by the world's largest music download store. Yet of all people, laidback Jack Johnson undermines it, albeit with the grown-up tutting at kids fixated by handheld devices in new song "Ones And Zeros".

Kanye West charged with battery over 'paparrazo attack'

Rapper is charged over altercation at Los Angeles International Airport

Television choices: Fresh double visions from the future clone zone in Orphan Black

TV pick of the week: Orphan Black

Mid Bedfordshire Tory MP Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries wins six figure book deal

The trio of novels will be based around Irish Catholic families living in Liverpool struggling against poverty, hardship and abuse

The cast of Mrs Brown's Boys arrive at the TV Choice Awards

TV Choice Awards 2013: List of winners in full

The TV Choice Award 2013 winners in full:

Inside the Big Brother house 2013

Please go to the Diary Room...National Trust to open Big Brother house to the public

If you’d like enter the Diary Room, bounce on the overstuffed furniture and marvel at the close confines of a reality TV experiment that has last over a decade, now might be your chance as the National Trust is set to open the Big Brother House to the public for one weekend later this month.

Teenage kicks: ‘One Direction – This Is Us’

Midnight Memories: One Direction album title revealed

One Direction have revealed the name of their new album in a teaser video published on YouTube.

Sophie Anderton departs the Celebrity Big Brother 2013 house

Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Serial reality TV star Sophie Anderton says she was 'most boring' housemate

Serial reality television contestant Sophie Anderton has become the latest housemate to be booted off Celebrity Big Brother - but there was a surprise return for Loose Women panelist Carol McGiffin.

Musician Will.i.am

The Voice judge Will.i.am praises X Factor mogul Simon Cowell

Chart star Will.i.am has praised talent show rival Simon Cowell for giving a generation of new stars a platform for their skills.

Nigel Harman who plays Simon Cowell and Simon Cowell at a photo-call for the X Factor musical I Can't Sing

X Factor musical I Can't Sing has a go at Simon Cowell

X Factor boss Simon Cowell said he knows he will "get it in the neck" in the new musical based on the hit singing show.

Father to be: Simon Cowell says seeing an ultrasound of his baby was 'surreal'

X Factor boss Simon Cowell describes impending fatherhood as 'surreal' after seeing baby scan

Simon Cowell has described the prospect of fatherhood as "surreal" after seeing a scan of his unborn child.

In the pink: Courtney Stodden on day five in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’

Grace Dent on TV: Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5

I'm staying at my Aunty Wendy's, said Abz. And with that, all pretence of celebrity was gone

Bill Ward, the Former Coronation Street villain, is joining the cast of rival ITV soap Emmerdale.

From the cobbles to the Dales: Coronation Street actor Bill Ward joins Emmerdale

Former Coronation Street villain Bill Ward is joining the cast of rival ITV soap Emmerdale.

Vanessa Feltz is set to compete for Strictly's glitter ball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Vanessa Feltz first contestant confirmed for the glitter ball battle

After her very public meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother one might have thought Vanessa Feltz would have sworn off reality television shows. But the broadcaster and DJ has been unveiled as the first contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Louis Walsh: what is he for?

X Factor needs to be 'more honest', says judge Louis Walsh

X Factor judge Louis Walsh has admitted that the show "needs to change" and become "more honest".

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Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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