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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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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape