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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

Gary Barlow, Since I Saw You Last (Polydor): Album review

Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.

Album review: Lissie, Back to forever (Columbia/Sony)

If her record company’s blanket-bombing advertising campaign hasn’t put you off by now, you may want to know if Lissie’s second album can measure up to 2010’s brilliant and criminally underrated Catching a Tiger.

Album review: Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench/Republic)

Four years on from their last outing and nearly 25 years after forming in Seattle, the grunge survivors deliver their 10th album – and it is a work of contrasts. Openers “Getaway” and “Mind Your Manners” are gutsy, full-blooded blasts, but these soon give way to several soft, contemplative ballads.

Robbie Williams will talk to Radio 4 about his first solo album

Robbie Williams on Life Thru a Lens - the album that saved his life and career

Britain's most-successful solo artist to relive the making of his career-defining 1997 album for special BBC programme

Ms Perry urged listeners to speak out against his opposition to same-sex marriage

Australia's opposition leader, Tony Abbott, gets a lesson in politics during radio phone-in on same-sex marriages... from Katy Perry

The awkward encounter with one of the biggest names in pop music rounded off a gaffe-ridden few days for Mr Abbott

Album: Guy Clark, My Favourite Picture of You (Dualtone)

The voice is scrunched a little tighter now, and frayed, and the tunes seem worn to the bone, but… Well, you can't keep a good man down.

Belgian-born commodities trader Marc Rich and founder of Swiss giant Glencore Xstrata

Marc Rich, founder of commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, dies aged 78

Marc Rich, founder of the Glencore Xstrata commodities giant who was one of the most famous fugitives from US justice in the 1980s and 1990s until being controversially pardoned by Bill Clinton when he was President, has died of a stroke in Switzerland aged 78.

Album: Lloyd Cole, Standards (Tapete Records)

Here's a surprise. After a decade of fine, restrained albums that interrogated the indignities of mid-life malaise, the 52-year-old Cole kicks against the pricks of his advancing years.

Josh Groban: 'I’ll manage them. But I’m taking 30 per cent'

Fantasy band: Josh Groban, singer

'I’ll manage them. But I’m taking 30 per cent'

Britain's Got Talent final 2013: Finalist Francine Lewis hopes for double celebration

Britain's Got Talent finalist Francine Lewis hopes to celebrate her son's birthday in style - by winning the hit talent show.

The Playlist:Black Manila / Melvins / Ciara

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Persuasive: Sam Palladio plays a country singer in Nashville

Nashville's grand ole fraud: The Texan who's from Cornwall

Sam Palladio is the latest in a string of actors to fool the US

Album review: Thea Gilmore, Regardless (Fulfill)

Gilmore returns from the maternity ward to deliver a batch of songs pregnant with metaphor and abstraction, and a soft new production gloss.

String theory: Richie Havens in 1998

Richie Havens: The singer who set the Woodstock festival on fire

Andy Gill recalls how Richie Havens, who died this week, was a supremely talented musician who put his mark on an entire era

Emeli Sande performing live

Emeli Sandé, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

"This song is very special to me," says Emeli Sandé. It’s something you’ll hear her say a lot tonight. The night, of course, is also special, and it goes without saying how special we, the fans who have made all this possible, are.

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