News Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

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".

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

Givers' ska-infused pop is insanely catchy

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system