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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Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities