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Online music to get content warning

Music bosses are to extend their "explicit content" labelling to downloads and online streaming - to protect children from inappropriate songs.

Justin Bieber snubbed by Rihanna

Justin Bieber was blocked by security when trying to talk to Rihanna at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

Raunchy Rihanna video sparks new guidance

Music TV channels will be issued with new guidance after an unedited version of Rihanna's controversial S&M video was broadcast before the watershed.

Ofcom attacks 'Mail' for giving Rihanna the XXX Factor

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom yesterday issued an unprecedented rebuke to the Daily Mail for its coverage of the raunchy dance routines by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera on ITV's X Factor final in December.

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Rihanna thought Russell Brand was an "idiot" when she first met him.

Ready To Wear: Why designers love to dress pop music's leading ladies

It's official. Music's leading ladies are the new cover stars – knocking any actor/model/First Lady off the front of US Vogue, probably the world's most influential glossy magazine, not one, but two months running. In March (the "power" issue) Lady Gaga was awarded this honour.

Katy Perry, Hammersmith Apollo, London

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Rihanna feels betrayed by her father

Rihanna feels betrayed by her father.

Rihanna becomes Nivea spokesmodel

Rihanna has been named as spokesmodel for Nivea.

Kanye West video an 'epilepsy risk'

The latest video from hip-hop star Kanye West could cause epileptic seizures, experts have warned.

Rihanna text flirts with Colin Farrell

Rihanna has been exchanging saucy texts with Colin Farrell.

Farah leaves Rupp trailing on his way to record show

In the bowels of the National Indoor Arena, Mo Farah had just finished his post-race parley with the gentlemen (and ladies) of the press and was preparing to make his exit, stage left. Having pocketed a tidy sum for his 13min 10.60sec shift in the feature race of the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham (£3,000 for winning the 5,000m, £3,000 for breaking the British and European indoor records and £1,000 for "outstanding performance of the meeting"), the star of the Second City show could afford to lay out a bob or two on childcare.

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