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Let’s talk about sex, baby – and nothing but sex

Food for thought: Claudia O’Doherty, comedian

Claudia O’Doherty is a Foster’s Award-nominated stand- up touring the UK as part of The Invisible Dot’s New Wave tour. She tells Charlotte Cripps about her current reading, watching and listening

A £24m windfall for Adele label’s owners

The owners of Adele’s record label have cashed in on the Tottenham singer’s record-breaking success by paying themselves a huge £24m dividend.

Rolling in the cash: Adele label’s owners pay themselves £24m

XL Recordings founders Richard Russell and partner Martin Mill's counts Radiohead, The Prodigy and Jack White as well as Adele to their name

Rolling in the cash: Adele label’s owners pay themselves £24m

XL Recordings founders Richard Russell and partner Martin Mill's counts Radiohead, The Prodigy and Jack White as well as Adele to their name

Lulu performs at Under the Bridge

Gig review: Lulu - Under the Bridge, London

Lulu has parlayed the effervescent energy and joyously explosive singing behind "Shout" into a showbiz career of ironclad durability. She has rarely let herself disappear since that 1964 hit, and notched resourcefully diverse achievements: impressive acting as a Sidney Poitier-bothering schoolgirl in To Sir, With Love, and visually shocked hosting of the TV show in which Jimi Hendrix announced his mighty talent in the 1960s; singing a Bond theme in the 1970s; raunchily collaborating with Take That on "Relight My Fire" in the 1990s; and this decade, "mentoring" on American Idol. If all I can remember from the 1980s is a guest appearance on Super Gran, I'm sure the fault is mine.

So why was the Blurred Lines feminist parody removed from YouTube?

Defined Lines successfully achieves the sexual objectification of the male body and, though it patently isn’t a mission statement, it’s making an important point

A screengrab from the 'Distinct Lines' video on YouTube

Feminist parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines removed from YouTube

New Zealand law students had gained 300,000 views since Friday

Jessie Cave

My Edinburgh: Jessie Cave on Stand-Up School, migraines and unique star ratings

I am doing 20 stand-up gigs during this festival which will bring my stand-up gig total to 34 and a half. I am thinking of it as Stand-Up School. I am not comfortable telling people I am trying stand-up because to me that implies confidence. I'm - well, I'm not.

Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' spends third week at number one

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has spent a third week at the top of the British singles charts with his dance hit "Wake Me Up".

Video: Tracks from James Blunt and Robin Thicke

Watch the videos below to take in the tracks from James Blunt and Robin Thicke that have been in the news recently.

Postcard from... Milan

One to watch: John Newman, singer, 22

Is he tired of playing second fiddle? He scored a No 1 for Rudimental when he co-wrote and featured on their No 1 dance hit, "Feel the Love".

Still from YouTube's most-watched video in the UK - 'Charlie bit my finger - again!'

YouTube's top five most-viewed videos in the UK, as the site turns eight

It's hard to believe it, but it's internet giant YouTube's eighth birthday today.

Simon Price on pop: Emeli Sandé, you've delighted us long enough – now give us something new

I opened an envelope the other day and Emeli Sandé turned up. OK, an old joke, but they keep coming. Only last week, some wag tweeted "Which song is Emili Sandé singing at Thatcher's funeral?" For most of last year, it seemed that Sandé – who at the start of it was just another name on those Brightest Hopes/Sound of lists – was inescapable. You couldn't switch on, say, the Olympics opening ceremony, the Olympics closing ceremony, The X Factor, The Voice or even BBC Sports Relief without seeing her bleached quiff, or hearing her signature tune "Next to Me".

Court sketches of Kevin Liverpool (left) and Junior Bradshaw; Joss Stone

Joss Stone plotters guilty of conspiracy to murder

Judge says it may have been a crazy scheme, ‘but it was a very real plan’

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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'
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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