Arts and Entertainment Katherine Jenkins has warned up-and-coming female artists to know their boundaries and think hard about raunchy videos and images which they might live to regret

The mezzo-soprano warned younger female artists to think about making raunchy music videos that they might later regret

Unexpected dip in retail sales in December sends pound tumbling

A surprise December sales slump capped a nightmare week for Britain's beleaguered retailers today.

Russell Lynch: Dixons still in the dock despite sales success

Outlook Dixons Retail, the owner of Currys and PC World, was a rare shaft of light from the retail world today, pushing up sales 8 per cent thanks to Comet's demise. You can't argue with selling five tablets every second.

Blockbuster falls as Britain’s retailers prepare for grim 2013

Thousands may lose jobs as video-rental chain becomes latest high street failure

James Moore: Amazon's smile gets wider as it chews its way through the high street

Outlook Is it just me, or did the Amazon smile logo get just a little wider as HMV became the latest taxpaying British retailer to give up the ghost? The demise of the business should come as no great surprise. It would have taken something of a miracle to arrest what was a precipitous decline in sales and spare the business from breaching the banking covenants that come with trying to operate under a welter burden of debt.

Editorial: Don't let HMV drown in the Amazon

Of the recent high street collapses, none has had quite the impact on the national consciousness as that of HMV. People remember where they were when they bought a record in a way that they don't when the purchase is a fridge, or even a camera, regrettable though the demise of both Comet and Jessops has been.

How HMV missed a critical opportunity to innovate

Sticking to physical goods was its downfall, writes Martin Hickman

HMV has entered administration

Chief executive says 'HMV still has a place on the high street' as customers are told that their gift vouchers are worthless

Thousands of Christmas gifts have become worthless overnight

HMV's flagship store linked to The Beatles

HMV's flagship London store famously played its part in helping The Beatles land their record deal, setting them on the path to becoming the biggest band in the world.

Why the news about HMV closing means a little bit of magic has gone out of our lives

When I worked there in the mid-70s the queues stretched to the back of the shop

Chip visits dream team of rappers (alive and dead)

Chart star Chip joined a dream team of rappers - alive and dead - as they flew in from the US.

Where Are We Now? David Bowie set to miss out on place Official Singles Chart

David Bowie's surprise and much talked-about comeback track looks set to miss out on a place in the singles chart.

Sony released the collection of Dylan’s demos shortly before the end of 2012

Bob Dylan releases just 100 copies of 'The 50th Anniversary Collected' boxset to exploit copyright loophole

Loophole could have seen the material distributed for free to millions

Sony and BMG poised to make joint Parlophone bid

The battle to control the British record label Parlophone, home of Coldplay, the Pet Shop Boys and Tinie Tempah, is hotting up, with Sony and BMG reported to be planning a joint bid.

HMV hopes for Christmas to be its saviour

The beleaguered entertainment retailer HMV faces a critical two day of trading before Christmas Day that could play a pivotal role in shaping whether it survives on the high street.

HMV directors admit there's doubt over its future

It will take more than sweets to make customers stay with HMV

Online sales and illegal downloads may see HMV leave the high street

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

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