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Tracks that will want to make you stay in this New Year's Eve. After all, that's what you really want to do...

Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy at the Scala, London

Simon Price on Mutya Keisha Siobhan: A proper Suga rush from the original babes

Freak Like Me! Girl-groupers are back together and better than ever

Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy at the Scala, London

Music review: Mutya Keisha Siobhan - the 'original' Sugababes are stronger than ever

At their debut gig as MSK the original Sugababes prove they are older, wiser and in control

Girls Aloud, who completed their 'Ten' tour with a show at Liverpool's Echo Arena last night released a statement on their official twitter page announcing their break up

Farewell to Girls Aloud - see you at the reunion in another five years?

Farewell to Girls Aloud, who have decided to go their separate ways. The split, although devastating to some, will likely have been met by many with the same reaction that greeted the news that Westlife had split, ie.: “I didn’t know they were still together.”

Bob Geldof frontman of punk group the Boomtown Rats in 1975

The Boomtown Rats and other bands from yesteryear who have reformed recently

The Boomtown Rats, the new wave band which brought Bob Geldof to fame, are to be united once more as they join the many acts of yesteryear who have bowed to the temptation to reform.

Album: Gossip, A Joyful Noise (Columbia)

A new noise shows Ditto's moving in the right direction

Album: Emeli Sandé, Our Version of Events (Virgin)

She's a strange one, Emeli Sandé: a back-to-front pop star for back-to-front times.

They're making their minds up: civil servants to rule who's real Bucks Fizz

For some music fans, one Bucks Fizz is more than enough. But now the original band members are locked in a legal battle to decide which of two rival acts are the real Eurovision winners.

Album: Katy B, On a Mission (Sony/Rinse)

There's an understated cool about Katy B – from her high-street honey/girl-next-door good looks to her strong but not overbearing voice – which sets her apart from her fellow Brit School brats.

Judge condemns rehab clinic used by the stars

A private rehabilitation clinic used by celebrities including the singer Amy Winehouse and the actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was condemned by a judge yesterday for standards that would "shame a Third World country".

Road ban for drink-drive charge Sugababe Amelle Berrabah

Sugababe Amelle Berrabah was banned from driving for 14 months today after admitting drink-driving.

Rehab retreat of the stars faces prosecution by watchdog

A private rehabilitation clinic which charged up to £10,000 a week to people with drink and drug problems is facing criminal prosecution by a health regulator.

Album: The Pipettes, Earth vs the Pipettes (Fortuna Pop)

There's a strong case that Earth vs the Pipettes shouldn't be credited thus, since the once polka-dotted princesses feature no original members (an indie Sugababes, essentially).

Camden Crawl, Camden, London

Indie kids are singing in the rain

Celebrity rehab clinic closed by health watchdog

A private rehab clinic that has treated a string of celebrities, including the singer Amy Winehouse, has been ordered to close by a health regulator.

Heidi Range joins Zumba class

Yesterday morning singer Heidi Range joined crowds of Zumba enthusiasts for an intense workout ahead of her wedding to Radio DJ Dave Berry next year.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003