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'Drop it like it's hot' rapper will feature in a television advert as part of the price comparison website's You’re So MoneySuperMarket campaign

Fatboy Slim plays the House of Commons for Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation in London, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fatboy Slim to headline at Bestival's 10th anniversary

Fatboy Slim has been announced as the final headliner for Bestival's 10th anniversary event.

Do you cost as much as Snoop Dogg? Facebook will decide that

Facebook's pay-to-message service puts a price tag on all our heads

But remember this isn't just an online version of our offline social life

Facebook now charges UK to send messages to people they aren't friends with

Facebook now charges you for messages sent to celebrities and people you aren't friends with

The 'priority messages' system has been introduced to the UK after successful US trial

DVD & Blu-ray review: End of Watch (15)

David Ayer DVD/Blu-ray (109mins)

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion

Fo shizzle dizzle: Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion confirmed to play T in the Park and EXIT

Snoop Lion- formerly known as Snoop Dogg- will be dropping it like it’s hot this summer when he returns to the stage to play T in the Park in Edinburgh and EXIT in Serbia.

Gucci Mane or 'Guwop' as he now insists on being called

Nomenclature's a real name-changer: Gucci Mane to become 'Guwop'

Gucci Mane’s announcement to his 1.1 million Twitter followers that he was changing his name to “Guwop”, caused such a stir among fans that within an hour the rapper had changed it back. But the change itself showed that in the ephemeral world of hip-hop, you’re no one if you haven’t had a rap-rebrand.

Chip visits dream team of rappers (alive and dead)

Chart star Chip joined a dream team of rappers - alive and dead - as they flew in from the US.

This week's wackiest web stories: Batmobile for sale plus was Churchill the first hipster?

Mohamed Morsi on Planet of the Apes and a follow up story on the regrettable Romney face tattoo

The Next Episode? Neil Lennon would welcome investment in Celtic by Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion)

The US rapper has expressed an interest in becoming a Celtic director

TLC plan first album since Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes' death

Surviving members of one of the most influential R&B bands of the nineties TLC are planning a new album a decade after the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

Observations: It's a rap for Ice-T's super-cool history of hip-hop

Ice-T's celluloid rap sheet includes such esoteric capers as Urban Menace – a notorious horror flick that starred Snoop Dogg as a psychopathic priest. But his latest cinematic venture is more cerebral: directing a documentary about the history of hip-hop.

Album: Betty Wright & The Roots, Betty Wright: The Movie (S-Curve)

All the Wright moves as a soul star revisits her roots

Album: Willie Nelson, Heroes (Sony Legacy)

For Heroes, Willie Nelson both delves into the past, with songs from country music's Forties prehistory, and the present day, with covers of material by Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Coldplay.

The Borgias, Sky Atlantic, Saturday<br/>How Hip-Hop Changed the World, Channel 4, Friday

Sky's new historical drama fails to see past the glamour of the Borgias' scandalous intrigues
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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain