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The News Matrix: Monday 2 April 2012

Calls to identify sperm donors

Woman held in custody over Cowell break-in

A woman accused of breaking into Simon Cowell's mansion wielding a brick has appeared in court.

Tulisa Contostavlos startled the gossip community by making a film of explanation, saying she was devastated

Ex-lover denies leaking Tulisa Contostavlos tape

A former boyfriend of singer and TV talent show judge Tulisa Contostavlos denies posting a sex tape showing the couple sharing an "intimate moment", a High Court judge was told today.

So did ITV or BBC win the war of the talent shows? The jury's out...

The Voice and Britain's Got Talent (BGT) have both claimed victory in the ratings battle to be Saturday night's top TV talent show.

One Direction pictured at a New York radio station last week

A first for a debut: UK band One Direction tops US charts

One Direction, who rose to fame on The X Factor, have become the first British pop group to go straight to No 1 in the US charts with their debut album.

The cast of The Voice (l-r): Reggie Yates, Danny O’Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J , Will.i.am and Holly Willoughby will go head-to-head with Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent on ITV

Don't watch the viewing figures! BBC boss's plea as £20m Saturday showpiece prepares to launch

Danny Cohen betrays his nerves as ITV reschedules Britain’s Got Talent to drown out The Voice 

The exterior and grounds of Princess Park Manor

The new cast of neighbours: Why the bling brigade is flocking to a former asylum in north London

Princess Park Manor is attracting X Factor stars and C-list celebrities by the luxury-limo load, says Chris Beanland.

Harry Gordon Selfridge

Shopping, seduction and Mr Selfridge - ITV unveils new Edwardian drama after Downton Abbey success

ITV will follow the success of Downton Abbey with a new period drama about the American founder of the Selfridge department store which promises to “make shopping as thrilling as sex”.

No thanks: We didn't need Adele's speech

Music awards: Roughing up The Brits

Tuesday's awards ceremony was anodyne and uncomfortable. Andy Gill offers his 20-point plan to inject a bit of danger back into the show

Whitney Houston in 1986

Whitney Houston: The diva who had – and lost – it all

From her rise as a fresh-faced teen to her sudden death in an LA hotel room at 48, Nick Hasted charts the highs and lows of a remarkable life

The Black Keys, Nottingham Capital FM Arena

Describing his influences, Pat Carney of The Black Keys once told me he liked "drummers who look like they're only thinking of killing the drumkit", citing Black Sabbath's Bill Ward and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham as prime examples.

Carnage, Roman Polanski, 79 Mins (15)
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Great cast but the plot needs a slap: who vomits on your coffee table then stays for a chat?

Singer Cheryl Cole

Caught and social: The celebrity winners and losers

Yesterday we brought you some of the key parties and events from the UK this year, today here are some of big events of the celebrity world in 2011.

Dappy, Indigo2, London

As N-Dubz’s most outspoken member heads out on his first solo tour, there is more than a hint of padding, though it is to Costadinos ‘Dappy’ Contostavlos’s credit that he rarely lets energy levels drop.

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