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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

Underage boom means kids are all right

Gigs for teenagers attract an audience more eager than ever to see the best bands play live, says Elisa Bray

Lady Gaga doesn't want wealth

Lady Gaga would give away "every dollar" she has if she could.

FBI releases 'secret' reports on hip-hop's Notorious murder case

Agency investigated links between killings of rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur

P Diddy richest artist in hip-hop

P Diddy has been crowned the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, with a fortune of $475 million.

Diddy sued for $1 trillion

Diddy is being sued for $1 trillion.

Diddy buys son limousine

Diddy bought his 16-year-old son a £250,000 limousine for becoming an Honours student.

Album: Diddy Dirty Money, Last Train to Paris (Bad Boy/Interscope)

With Last Train to Paris, Sean "Puffy" Combs finally surmounts his increasingly ridiculous persona as meagrely-talented, bling-tastic music-biz mogul, and makes an album that comes close to bearing out his own immodest assessment of his capacities.

'I haven't succeeded at love': A rare audience with rap legend P Diddy

Question: how much does a rap mogul pay for his cardigans? Answer: $2,500 (£1,600). I know this fact because Sean Combs, the hip-hop hyphenate variously known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P Diddy, and more recently, plain old Diddy, has just instructed his wardrobe man, Dave, to lend me an item of knitwear to cope with the sub-zero temperatures in the Mojave Desert, where he's making the video of the track "Yesterday", from his new album Last Train to Paris. Its price tag flutters in the breeze. "Make sure you give it back," says Dave. "And try not to get it dirty."

First Night: Lady Gaga, 02 Arena, London

Shocked and thrilled by Gaga's theatre of excess

Pop will eat itself

Today's hottest musicians are too busy making movies and selling perfume. What they don't understand is that the secret of a long career is a decent back catalogue – and their indifference is killing the music industry. Paul Gambaccini reports

Afghanistan soldier hailed at funeral

A soldier who died in hospital after being shot in Afghanistan was "a tiny man with a huge heart", a commanding officer said today at his funeral.

America agog as biggest star in basketball 'betrays' his old team

To his former boss in Cleveland, he is "narcissistic" and a "coward". To the fans of south Florida's premier basketball franchise, the Miami Heat, he might as well be God and the Tooth Fairy wrapped into one, riding into town to help them win the next national championship title.

Get Him To The Greek (15)

Russell Brand, hirsute imp of the perverse, gets to play at extended length (ahem) a rock star "legend" he first incarnated in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Diary: Luvvie and hate

That fine actor David Suchet has complained to The Stage newspaper that the use of the word "luvvie" to describe him and his fellow air-kissing thesps is "the worst thing that ever happened to our profession". Frankly, I thought swingeing cuts to the arts budget, or perhaps Michael Bay, might be considered more damaging to the actor's cause than a word that Wikipedia categorises as an "affectionate term" (and which I presumed had fallen out of usage in about 1976). But Suchet, currently appearing in Arthur Miller's All My Sons in the West End, is adamant: "The role of an actor in America, eastern Europe and western Europe – everywhere apart from this country – is considered a very serious job and a very necessary function. Here we are just luvvies, which is a great shame." Martin Brown, assistant general secretary of the actors union Equity, told our reporter that a number of notable performers have come to him in the past, terribly concerned by the prevalence of the term. Haven't they better things to do? Their make-up, maybe?

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