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…

Adele at the 2013 Grammys, where she won 'Best Solo Pop Performance'

Adele tops young musician rich list with £30m fortune as One Direction rack up £25m

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The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts (L), Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) perform during '12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Rolling Stones add second Hyde Park concert

Announcement follows tickets for earlier show selling out in matter of minutes

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Simon Price on pop: Smiths' reborn rocker Johnny Marr is on the side of the angels

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British group: Mumford & Sons

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Emeli Sandé, happily, doesn't look like an identikit winner, but she does sound an awful lot like Adele

Looks good, sounds good: The F-type's launch in Paris this week was accompanied by Lana Del Rey, dedicating her new serenade, 'Burning Desire', to the car, with even her lipstick matched to the Jaguar's red paintwork. The song, and seven other tracks on her latest album, will be used as the soundtrack to a 15-minute promo directed by Ridley Scott

Lana Del Rey talks 'strident creative beliefs' as 'Burning Desire' video promotes Jaguar

Queen of sultry pop Lana Del Rey has a new rival. It is a sleek red Jaguar F-Type which competes for attention with the singer in her new music video "Burning Desire".

Looks good, sounds good: The F-type's launch in Paris this week was accompanied by Lana Del Rey, dedicating her new serenade, 'Burning Desire', to the car, with even her lipstick matched to the Jaguar's red paintwork. The song, and seven other tracks on her latest album, will be used as the soundtrack to a 15-minute promo directed by Ridley Scott

Lana Del Rey talks 'strident creative beliefs' as 'Burning Desire' video promotes Jaguar

Queen of sultry pop Lana Del Rey has a new rival. It is a sleek red Jaguar F-Type which competes for attention with the singer in her new music video "Burning Desire".

Mumford & Sons scoop best album Grammy for chart-topper Babel

The fast-rising band Mumford & Sons led the way for British acts at the Grammy Awards, where global star Adele also triumphed.

Adele dedicates award to 'all the other females doing this' at the Grammy Awards 2013

Adele beat off stiff competition from Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry to scoop best pop solo performance at the Grammy Awards and lead the British charge.

Album review: Various Artists, Reason to Believe: the Songs of Tim Hardin (Full Time Hobby)

Just as he was, by all accounts, an unpleasant man blessed with enviably beautiful gifts, so do Tim Hardin's songs clothe often unwelcome sentiments in gorgeous melodies.

Album review: Carrie Rodriguez, Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus)

There's a fine line in everything. Perhaps the most dangerous one in American roots music divides "tasteful" from "polite".

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There's a fine line between "effortless" and "lazy", and A$AP Rocky walks it with nonchalant ease.

IoS pop preview of 2013: Time to round up the usual suspects

The next generation struggles to be heard as a tide of old-timers fill the giant venues. But there are a few laudable exceptions

How We Met: Ronni Ancona & Eva Rice

'She walked into my antenatal class, and I thought, "Oh, it's Nigella!"'

<p><b>Emeli Sandé</b>: Winner of the critics' choice award.</p>
<p>Another artist who doesn't have to worry about whether or not she's won tonight, as she's already been assured of it, this R&B and soul singer first featured on Chipmunk's 'Diamond Rings' back in 2009. She released her first solo single 'Heaven' last August and last week saw her finally put out her debut album <i>Our Version of Events</i>. Sandé also featured on Professor Green's number one single 'Read All About It'.</p>

British music stars top 2012 album charts

Music fans are buying British - with the three top-selling albums of the year all produced by home-grown talent.

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