Arts and Entertainment Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007

Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007.

'Working class hero' James Arthur wins ITV1 talent show the X Factor 2012

James Arthur, the 24-year-old singer songwriter from Middlesbrough, has won The X Factor 2012.

You scumbag, you maggot: Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' contender for Christmas number one

Plus the ten best Christmas songs in pictures

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A stellar end to Stella McCartney's Olympic year

There couldn’t have been a happier ending to 2012 for designer Stella McCartney, who was named both Designer and Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards last night.

Rihanna on 777 tour: Sometimes you just wish you could give more

Rihanna defends 777 tour after media furore

Unapologetic Rihanna is music's harbinger of doom

Music critic and part-time University lecturer Jude Rodgers was among the journalists invited to hear Rihanna's latest album Unapologetic at a record company office. According to this detailed analysis on thequietus.com, it was an experience she found both enlightening and depressing. 

What on earth is going on with Rihanna's 777 Tour?

Luke Blackall reports on streaking hacks, a missing star and near-anarchy

Album: Rihanna, Unapologetic (Mercury/Def Jam)

The fact that Rihanna has released seven studio albums in seven years does little to diminish the impression that if you flipped up her impassive panel of a face, you'd find circuit boards and wires.

Rihanna unveils duet with Chris Brown 'Nobodies Business' three years after assault

R&B star Rihanna unveiled a duet entitled "Nobodies Business" with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown on Tuesday, three years after Brown was charged with assaulting her.

Chris Brown attends Rihanna's Halloween party dressed as an Islamic terrorist

Chris Brown cannot catch a break, can he? First his pop career is derailed for all of two minutes by a domestic violence charge and now his taste in bad-taste Halloween costumes is being questioned by the media. That media!

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One Direction hit the US number 1 spot with new single Live While We're Young

Chart stars One Direction were delighted today after their new single Live While We're Young hit the US number 1 spot, to become the fastest-selling single by a UK act.

Rita Ora, Scala, London

“How did you know I love Where’s Wally?” cries Rita Ora. Smokin’-hot face obscured by a fan’s gift, she’s thankfully buzzing too hard in the week of her debut album’s release to mark the irony of the paper Wally mask she’s wearing. Many have noted the similarities between the last of her three consecutive Number Ones, the Notorious BIG-referencing ‘How We Do (Party)’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’; one wag tonight yells out “We love you, Rihanna!” So where’s Rita’s own identity? If it’s not always in the songs, the Jay-Z protege’s bounding, boundless energy is mostly enough to pull clear of heard-it-before anonymity.

Bloc Party, Birthdays, London

Celebrating the top spot of their new album Four in the midweek charts, Bloc Party announced this intimate show at Birthdays in Dalston on Twitter. Stating that it would be free and on a first-come, first-served basis, the bar recommended that Bloc’s numerous fans not attempt to camp overnight but from 8am the next day they were already queuing for the show.

Proud new dad Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Believing that Beyoncé had a superior video, Kanye West broke into Taylor Swift's acceptance speech

Taylor Swift to perform at MTV awards next month

Six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. But she won't be the only gold winner in the room.

Forgiving: Rihanna with Chris Brown in 2008, before he attacked her

Charities accuse Rihanna of 'sanctioning' violence

Campaigners against domestic violence condemn singer for sending 'dangerous message' after she shows compassion for man who beat her

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