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Marta Eggerth: Star of light opera regarded as the definitive 'Merry Widow' who inspired film and stage directors alike

Marta Eggerth, the Hungarian soprano and film star who has died at the age of 101, was the last link with the Silver Age of Viennese Operetta. A truly remarkable artist with a wide vocal range, she had songs written for her by Franz Lehar, Emmerich Kalman, Oscar Straus and Robert Stolz, among others. She appeared in more than 40 films, many with her husband, the celebrated Polish tenor Jan Kiepura, while her recording career covered an exceptional span of 70 years.

Bob Allison: Eurovision contestant who was fielded as one half of the British answer to the hitmaking Everly Brothers

The Eurovision Song Contest was inaugurated in 1956, and although the UK didn't win until Sandie Shaw's "Puppet on a String" in 1967, there were several near misses. The Allisons came second with "Are You Sure" in 1961, beaten by Jean-Claude Pascal's "Nous les amoureux".

Beyonce has been called insensitive by NASA representatives for using a clip from the 1986 Challenger tragedy in which seven astronauts lost their lives

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10 songs that you can get down to in socially conscious fashion

Britney Spears becomes a floating angel for a performance of 'Everytime'

Britney Spears lands in Las Vegas to mixed reviews as Miley Cyrus watches

The pop star opened her two-year Planet Hollywood show run on Friday

Fresh Meat's Greg McHugh joins Kevin Guthrie in 'Two Doors Down'

What to watch tonight: TV choices, 31 December

For those who'd rather welcome in the New Year in front of the box

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New Year's Eve playlist

Tracks that will want to make you stay in this New Year's Eve. After all, that's what you really want to do...

The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath wish to move her to an extended-care facility

Jahi McMath: Life support of ‘brain dead’ US teen extended

13-year-old was declared medically dead by doctors after having her tonsils removed in a routine operation

Beyonce has been called insensitive by NASA representatives for using a clip from the 1986 Challenger tragedy in which seven astronauts lost their lives

Beyonce 'inappropriate in the extreme' for using audio from space shuttle disaster in new song

NASA representiatives have called the singer 'insensitive' for featuring the clip

In the spotlight: Justin Bieber has been far from shy and retiring this year

Justin Bieber's 2013: A year of mishaps, controversies, sobbing fans and fake retirements

The pop star that just won't go away has been there and done everything

One Direction's third album sold 685,000 copies in 2013

One Direction's Midnight Memories named biggest-selling album of 2013

The boy band may have achieved chart success, but 2013 marked the first year in a decade that no album sold more than 1 million copies in the UK

Beckham’s dreams of becoming a ‘Sir David’ – and the resultant headlines about ‘Britain’s other royal family’ – were all but dashed when the New Year Honours List was finally revealed

Do not arise, Sir Beckham: David misses out on knighthood as Katherine Jenkins appears among the 2014 New Year Honours List surprises

The former England football captain and Olympic ambassador was nowhere to be seen, but the opera singer, DJ Pete Tong and the Queen's gynaecologist were

Is anybody out there? Justin Bieber's Believe is 14th at the US box office

Justin Bieber's concert film Believe bombs at US box office

The singer's latest film release has earned just $3.1m in its first three days

Rihanna's tracks were downloaded more than 5.4 million times in 2013 via file sharing network BitTorrent

Rihanna and Bruno Mars the most pirated artists of 2013

Both singers were downloaded illegally more than 5m times in the last year

Country singer and pop star Taylor Swift has been named the most charitable celebrity of 2013

Taylor Swift named most charitable celebrity of 2013

The singer topped the list, beating One Direction and Paul Walker

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