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Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

Katherine Jenkins busks at London Tube station

Famous mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins normally fills concert halls. But today her audience was bemused London commuters passing through Leicester Square tube station, as the singer, in a partial disguise, took a turn as a busker.

Album: Nat Birchall, Sacred Dimension (Gondwana)

It can be argued that Mancunian self-taught saxophonist Birchall is a Coltrane copyist stuck in the run-off groove of 1960s spiritual jazz.

Album: Rihanna, Talk That Talk (Mercury)

Compared with Rated R and even Loud, this seems a very PG affair, with affirmations of romantic love like "Drunk on Love" and "Where Have You Been".

Nigel Tufnel, right, of Spinal Tap, signed invitations to the launch

Google online music store set to rival Apple's iTunes

Google announced its intention to become a major player in the music industry last night with a lavish but surreal event to launch an online record store. The company hopes to provide a credible alternative to Apple's iTunes, which dominates the increasingly lucrative digital download market.

Nigel Tufnel, right, of Spinal Tap, signed invitations to the launch

Google to take a pop at iTunes domination

Spinal Tap head lavish party to launch tech giant's ambitious move into music downloads

MPs 'put under NOTW surveillance'

MPs looking into phone hacking at the News of the World were put under covert surveillance in 2009, it was claimed today.

Album: Snow Patrol, Fallen Empires (Fiction)

Gary Lightbody suffered, he admits, a bout of writer's block in the run-up to Fallen Empires.

Metallica to headline Download 2012

Metallica will perform The Black Album in full at Download 2012.

Lemmy desperate for Jeff Beck duet

Lemmy has been trying to collaborate with Jeff Beck "for three years".

Frankie Cocozza: I'll regret X Factor boot forever

The 18-year-old wannabe rocker - who was sensationally axed from the ITV1 show on Tuesday after boasting about taking cocaine - admitted while he has tried the illegal drug "six times", he is not addicted and is simply "an idiot".

Givers' ska-infused pop is insanely catchy
Battle songs: The Somme

Requiem for an art form: Why modern composers are fighting a losing battle

War has always inspired great music, says Jessica Duchen, but since 9/11 classical has fallen behind pop in a world racked by conflict

Album: R.E.M, Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 (Warner Bros.)

The self-deprecating title conveys something of what made R.E.M. different from the ossified 1980s rock scene in which they began.

Creating the wrong impression: lame skits from Rory Bremner in 'Tonight'

The Week In Radio: The careerist comics who are taking the mic

Being funny on the radio should be a breeze for comics. You'd think they'd be in their element: on a stage with a microphone, with the added advantage that their listeners, scattered across the country rather than crammed in the back room of a pub, can't see the sweat patches forming under their arms.

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