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Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)

A Natural Woman, By Carole King

Independence and hard work are the threads of this life's rich tapestry

Musicians' royalties up by 3%

The success of British musicians abroad and the rise of digital services including iTunes and Spotify has seen the amount of royalties paid to UK songwriters increase.

Willy Mason, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London

“It’s been a while,” Willy Mason confesses. “It’s nice to see y’all.” The low-fi, alt-folkie has returned after a lengthy absence (five years, give or take the occasional low-key UK gig) to finally showcase new material.

Sting at Hammersmith Apollo, London

“Sometimes I'm scared of being Ozzy Osbourne. But it could have been worse. I could have been Sting.”

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer

'Justice has been done': singer P J Proby cleared of £47,000 benefits fraud

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer, has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence. Proby, 73, was acquitted on all nine counts after being accused of cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000 by claiming he had just £5 in the bank.

PJ Proby fraud trial is stopped following new evidence

American-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

Miss Fortune, Royal Opera House

Miss Fortune in name and deed. Sad to say but Judith Weir’s sixth opera is an embarrassment.

No. 6 - Sade: $16.4m

She's still a smooth operator ... Sade in at No 6 on 2012 US money list

Tour and greatest hits album sees Eighties star earn more than even golden girl Adele

Mario Balotelli talks to Noel Gallagher on the BBC's Football Focus

Noel Gallagher exclusive: Forget about me, Balotelli's the real rock star

We want to believe this kid goes into petrol stations and buys everyone a full tank

Album: Jodie Marie, Mountain Echo (Verve)

It's interesting how many of today's brighter young talents, from Laura Marling to Duffy, have been reared not on the conveyor-belt exercises of stage school, but on more individually fulfilling engagement with the outré influences of older generations. J

Composers complain to Brussels over copyright

A musicians' group is alleging that leading European broadcasters are forcing them to give up the copyrights to their work, sharply reducing their earnings.

The Maccabees

The Maccabees - The quiet men of guitar rock go large

With their third album, The Maccabees have moved into epic territory, the chart-topping south London quintet tell Elisa Bray

Amos Lee, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Amos Lee’s voice is a truly magnificent instrument, evoking the likes of Bill Withers, John Fogerty, James Taylor and, best of all, Sam Cooke.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas