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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

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Album: Sam Lee, Ground of Its Own (The Nest Collective)

The first folk singer to teach at the Royal College Of Music, Sam Lee draws on material from Gypsy and traveller communities for this debut album, a slim portfolio of lust, betrayal and survival couched in allegory.

Album: Metric, Synthetica (Metric Music International)

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If any proof was needed that K-pop, South Korea's heady combination of bubblegum pop, dance and electro-pop, has caught on in the UK music scene, the excited screams at IndigO2 in London last weekend would tell it all.

Xo, By Jeffrey Deaver

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Sounds Venezuela, Southbank Centre, London

Classical music has never enjoyed a more successful a marketing campaign than that promoting Gustavo Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and the proliferation of Jose Antonio Abreu’s visionary Sistema.

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Observations: Finally, John Cage joins the musical mainstream

He has been termed music's greatest iconoclast. But in his centenary year, is John Cage going mainstream?

Album: Maroon 5, Overexposed (A&M/Octone)

Maroon 5's sudden decline with the Mutt Lange-produced Hands All Over seems unlikely to be significantly overturned by the lacklustre Overexposed.

Ken and the Pickets: from left, Hibbard, David Brett, Ken Livingstone, Rick Lloyd and Red Stripe in 1984

Brian Hibbard: Singer and actor who formed the Flying Pickets

If the maverick theatre director Ken Campbell had been asked to form a boy band, he might well have come up with the Flying Pickets. In their thirties and resembling the line-up in The Usual Suspects, the Pickets were unlikely looking pop performers. Yet they topped the charts for five weeks around Christmas 1983 with their a cappella cover of Yazoo's "Only You".

Artist spotlight: Team Me

Norwegian six-piece Team Me blend prog and indie sensibilities to make music that bursts with energy and ebullience, recalling the work of acts such as Arcade Fire, Polyphonic Spree and early Broken Social Scene.

Album: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Spirits Up Above: The Anthology (Rhino/Warner)

Its tertiary title is 1965-76 The Atlantic Years, and that completes the primary information you need.

Katy B

Fantasy Band: Katy B

'I've created such an odd band but Pino will hold it together'

Album: John Luther, Adamssongbirdsongs (Mode)

Bernie Krause, in his engrossing recent book The Great Animal Orchestra, called attention to the biophony of the natural world, notably the birdsong that fascinated Olivier Messiaen.

Singer Chris Martin and the rest of the group are cashing in on the wristbands

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Fans claim glowing wristbands given out at concerts are keeping them awake at night

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