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Sir Elton John has become the recipient of the first Brits Icon award after being presented with honour by Rod Stewart at a special concert at the London Palladium.

One Click Wonder: Rock'n'advertising

John Lennon has been brought back from the grave to appear in a commercial for the One Laptop Per Child charity initiative – a worthy cause, indeed, though not all unions between the worlds of rock’n’roll and advertising have been so holy...

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Happy hum of Britain's ailing industries

Why musicians are developing second careers

The Arctic Monkeys are opening a pub. But then, rock stars have always wanted a second job. By Ladonna Hall and Luke Wallis

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'He has a lovely voice, pleasingly deepened by years of smoking'

London revealed: The grand tours

Album: Primal Scream, Beautiful Future (B-Unique)

On 'Beautiful Future', Primal Scream continue their fantasy of living in an urban war zone (the title track depicts bodies hanging from trees and gas chambers).

Neil Aspinall, the 'fifth Beatle', dies aged 66

He managed Apple records, sang in the chorus of "Yellow Submarine" and was known affectionately within the music industry as the "real fifth Beatle". Few people had such an intimate knowledge of the world's most famous band as Neil Aspinall, who died yesterday in a New York hospital after a short illness.

Neil Aspinall - the 'real Fifth Beatle' dies

Neil Aspinall, a close friend of the Beatles and the man who ran the Apple music empire, has died, his family said today.

Album: Ringo Starr

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Thomas Sutcliffe: Have a heart and sign up to organ donation

I like to think of it as a classic The Thick of It plot twist.

Close-up: Jayne Casey

How the former punk star is leading Liverpool's cultural renaissance

Starr of Liverpool sets the rhythm for year of culture

Perched atop Liverpool's St George's Hall, the former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr last night drew back the curtain on a party that will last a year. Capital of Culture year, for the people of Liverpool, was officially underway with an opening ceremony that was as equally wonderful as it was bizarre.

Lund of hope and glory offers England a glimpse of future

Magnus Lund might be the black sheep of the blond flankers' club for tucking his hair away under a nondescript scrum-cap but in every other way his talent is burning bright for all to see. England have picked the Sale open-side for the first time - they leave for the tour to Australia tomorrow - and if he continues to play like he did in this one-sided Premiership final, they will never let him go.

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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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