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

Beyonce guerrilla released an entire new album on iTunes

Beyonce reveals she recorded 80 songs for her recent surprise album

The singer was forced to cut scores of content from her fifth studio album

Liane Carroll, jazz review: 'Pure yet raw'

Ronnie Scott’s, London

'The second I got pregnant and I wasn’t able to go out and party, they were suddenly quite nasty,' the singer told Esquire

Lily Allen attacks showbiz culture for its 'Botoxed celebrity idiots'

The pop star described feeling like a bullied school girl in an interview

Robin Roberts, a news anchor on American TV show Good Morning America, came out as gay in a touching open letter thanking her “long-time girlfriend”.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts comes out as gay

The presenter revealed the details of her same-sex relationship on Facebook

Pharrell Williams has already featured on the two big hits of the summer

Pharrell Williams ends 2013 at number one with 'Happy'

The rapper forced X Factor winner Sam Bailey into second place on Sunday

Stephen Dillane: Food for thought

The actor has just completed filming Game of Thrones series four and recently starred in The Tunnel on Sky Atlantic, which is released on DVD on 13 January. He tells Charlotte Cripps about his current reading, watching and listening ....

2013 - the year in review: The best classical performances of the year

Written on Skin (Royal Opera House)

2013 - the year in review: The best pop music of the year

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away

Teigen then acts distressed and cries out “Help!” while the pair enact a fight.

Chrissy Teigen’s bad taste Xmas message shows husband John Legend holding her throat

The uncomfortable festive message shows Teigen beginning to say, “Merry Christmas”, before Legend seizes her neck in a prank

Miley Cyrus in the music video for her new single 'Adore You'

Miley Cyrus releases 'Adore You' video

She's not naked, but she writhes around in underwear and simulates masturbation

Escobar: his mixture of traditional and more modern styles sold by the million

Manolo Escobar: Singer hailed as ‘the Elvis Presley of the rumba’ who became best known for the worldwide hit ‘Y Viva España’

“Manolo Escobar was our Elvis Presley of the rumba” (or Spanish folk dancing) – a columnist wrote in Spain’s ABC newspaper. And although Escobar was best-known internationally for his “Y Viva España”, he was also Spain’s top male singer of the 1960s and early 1970s, and record sales of his mixture of traditional music and more modern styles sold by the millions.

Justin Bieber announces his retirement from music on Twitter - and this time it's 'official'

The pop star told 47 million beliebers he was 'officially' retiring

On a roll: Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige: Hail Mary, Queen of soul

Mary J Blige's new album shows how far she has come as an artist and as a woman, she tells Matilda Egere-Cooper

Camping it up: Miranda Hart, Robbie Williams and David Walliams in 'Gangsta Granny'

David Walliams's Gangsta Granny: When Robbie Williams met Miss Marple

A Christmas adaptation of David Walliams's Gangsta Granny has attracted an all-star cast. James Rampton joins them on set

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there