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Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You” (Tomorrow Island)

Spotify removes time restrictions on free desktop player

The music streaming service previously limited song plays on PCs to encourage subscriptions - is this a bold move or a desperate one?

The psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, who died in 1939

Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes (blame it on their mothers)

Police are hunting burglars who tried to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a London crematorium.

Manon, opera review: 'There are many things to like about this production'

Royal Opera House, London

Justin Bieber's friend Lil Za arrested over suspected drugs at singer's mansion after police raid following egging incident

The star's home was searched after he allegedly threw eggs at a neighbour's property, causing 'extensive damage'

Jennifer Lopez: A man found allegedly living in the singer's pool house has been charged with stalking

Jennifer Lopez named in bizarre fan lawsuit alleging singer ‘fooled him into sending her pictures of his penis’

Aspiring singer Rodrigo Ruiz alleges that the 44-year-old star promised to help him further his music career if he sent her naked photos of himself with his demo CDs

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

Art Garfunkel returns to stage after beating vocal cords paralysis

'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

De Moraes her name launching the career of Gareth Malone in 'The Choir'

Meet Ana De Moraes, the woman charged with rejuvenating the BBC

Having begun her career as a computer games journalist in her native Brazil, Ana De Moraes is to take on one of the most important creative roles at the BBC.

Maroon 5, gig review, The O2

O2, London

The singer randomly unveiled BEYONCÉ, her fifth studio LP, this morning

Beyonce pens open feminist essay: ‘We need to stop buying into the myth of gender equality’

The singer wrote an entire essay on the subject of gender equality on behalf of the Shriver Report’s recent findings

General Sisi is waiting for the referendum results

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi lays bare his ambition to rule over a divided Egypt

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters, who accuse the army of staging a coup, have held frequent protests calling for his reinstatement

A history of music censorship

This week marks the 30th anniversary of BBC banning radio play of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax'

The Bonus Track: Evan Dando, The Kinks, Warpaint and... Inspiral Carpets?

A sideways look at the world of music

Chris Hadfield has agreed to take on the role of cultural ambassador for Ireland

Singing astronaut Chris Hadfield becomes cultural ambassador for Ireland

Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

The woman was also a student of Ian Lake, pictured, who the Independent revealed last month had abused pupils since the 1970s

Royal College of Music hit by more sex abuse allegations

Former student claims teacher and janitor ‘lunged’ at her in the 1970s

Miley Cyrus in the controversial video for 'Wrecking Ball'

Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears' racy music videos banned from French daytime TV

The hyper-sexualised clips have been deemed inappropriate to air before 10pm

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick