Arts and Entertainment Blink and you'll miss it: Medallion man Prince

Talk about suspense. Further to the news that Prince is soon releasing PLECTRUMELECTRUM, his first album with all-female rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, a short teaser for their track "PRETZELBODYLOGIC" went up on YouTube this week. Warning: blink and you'll miss it. The album was written and recorded in Prince's Paisley Park recording studio in Minneapolis, London and New York. Meanwhile, at time of writing, we are still waiting to know exactly which "iconic venues in and around London" Prince will be playing on the Hit and Run Tour any time from Monday. Keep your diary clear…

Win Butler of Arcade Fire. The band are confirmed to headline Primavera 2014

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The National, Pixies, and Disclosure also confirmed for Barcelona festival

Jacob loses ‘poisoned chalice’ of Buck’s ride

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Ke$ha has topped the UK singles chart with Pitbull shortly after checking into rehab for an eating disorder

Pitbull and Kesha take first UK number one single of 2014 with 'Timber'

Ellie Goulding heads up the albums chart 65 weeks after Halycon was released

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 1 - Hatched, Matched and Dispatched

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Katy Perry and John Mayer reveal first portrait

The on-off pop couple make like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter on the cover of "Who You Love"

BBC’s Sound of 2014 list: Brighton 'power duo' Royal Blood set to be saviours of rock next year

Royal Blood, a “power duo” from Brighton, are the last hope for rock music, according to the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list, which tips soulful singer-songwriters and purveyors of electronica-tinged R&B as the new artists to watch next year.

Take That member and X Factor judge Gary Barlow has released his first solo album in 14 years

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Sleek solo set shows that Gary’s back for good

A founder member of Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey played Latitude in a solo capacity

Music review: Nick Mulvey, XOYO

He has put away the Chinese hang, yet Nick Mulvey is proving just as adept on acoustic guitar as he delights this packed basement venue with his bewitching technique. As a founder of Mercury-shortlisted jazz outfit Portico Quartet, he introduced us to that UFO-shaped percussion instrument. Now with two EPs under his belt, Mulvey is building up to the release of a major-label album next year.

The Bonus Track: Bronski Beat, Zoë Kravitz and Jake Bugg

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Action Bronson will make a new cooking series with VICE

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James Vincent McMorrow brings soaring vocal lines to his latest track

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Eminem deserves his place among the greatest artists in hip hop history

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“Chamakay” is on Dev Hynes' forthcoming album

The Playlist: Ben Khan / Rhodes / Jackson Scott

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Album review: Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Four years on from their last outing and nearly 25 years after forming in Seattle, the grunge survivors deliver their 10th album – and it is a work of contrasts. Openers “Getaway” and “Mind Your Manners” are gutsy, full-blooded blasts, but these soon give way to several soft, contemplative ballads.

Audio: Tracks from Annie Mac and Disclosure

Listen below for tracks from ‘Annie Mac Presents 2013’, which is released this months, as well as tracks from Disclosure.

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