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Boy bands never break up now – they just change  key and move on

Tea boy asked to make video for the millennium video

A CHARITY cover version of the Rolling Stones hit "It's Only Rock'n'Roll" is released today, with an accompanying video directed by a film-office tea boy.

Thank God, Cliff's hijacked the charts

`It's all so damned absurd that I can't help being chuffed. We are idiotic, and our dominant culture is idiotic'

At last - the list to end all lists

A bluffer's guide through the blizzard of Millennium polls

The stars who fell to earth

A big name isn't enough to sell a movie any more. Is this the end of our obsession with celebrities? HERO BROWN reports

Right of Reply: Paul Pascoe

The chief executive of the Unique Group, Noel Edmonds's company, responds to Deborah Orr's article about Mr Edmonds leaving the BBC

How Noel saved the BBC (He resigned)

For the first time in my life and his career, Noel Edmonds has managed to entertain me. His assertion that he's leaving the BBC because "he isn't happy about what is happening to the BBC, and very sad about the state of the corporation" is simply hilarious. His timing of the announcement to coincide with the loss of Des Lynam to ITV is surely testament to his desire to make the publicity around his departure as damaging to the beleaguered corporation as possible.

The Hit Parade: Top 10 singles

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Pop: wicked women

With Bryan Adams and Simply Red playing later in the week, Hyde Park is becoming a mainstream pop venue of some significance this summer. Boyzone's Ronan Keating is the big name at the Wicked Women concert, a fundraiser for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity and will be duetting with Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice). With a backing band led by Midge Ure, the concert will see short sharp appearances from around 20 artists. Republica (right), Martine McCutcheon, Honeyz Gabrielle and Lisa Stansfield are here, while Mark Morrison, Big Country and Errol Brown represent the guys. Dina Carroll and Kele Le Roc are sure to put in great vocal performances but the one not to miss live is the excellent Beverley Knight.

Pop music: The greatest show on earth

What better way to spend next month's eclipse? Pay pounds 150 to sit around in mud listening to rich pop stars.

Pop: Nice craic

THE FLEADH FINSBURY PARK LONDON

Music: The fleadh

In 1990, few non-Gaelic speakers knew what Fleadh (festival of music) meant, never mind how it should be pronounced. Now, with today's 10th instalment, "fleadh" has almost become a household word. It's impossible to predict the mood of the curmudgeonly Van Morrison (left), but there's always something of merit in his shows and when he's on form he's unmissable. Elvis Costello, the Pretenders and Ronan Keating are the other big draws on the main stage while the excellent Ron Sexsmith and other singer-songwriters populate the second stage, headlined by Shane MacGowan & the Popes. A third tent features Ardal O'Hanlon and other comics plus a few worthwhile musical nuggets including the Handsome Family.

Real people: Why are they famous? Adam Rickitt

Main claim

Pop Live: The raw and the overcooked

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Bands gotta split, politicians gotta plot - can anyone tell me why?

Tony Blair is not a tribalist. That is what distinguishes him from so many of his Labour colleagues
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?