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Barbara Orbison: Widow of Roy Orbison

Barbara Orbison, who died on 6 December aged 60 of pancreatic cancer, was the widow of Roy Orbison, and since his death in 1988 she had devoted her time to managing his estate and keeping his legacy alive. With her son, Roy Kelton Orbison Jr, she co-produced a four-CD box set of her husband's 107 recordings. The package marked the first all-inclusive body of Roy Orbison's work from his earliest recordings to the Traveling Wilburys' debut album, his final studio album Mystery Girl and his last live performance.

Justin Bieber joins Taylor Swift on stage

Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance at Taylor Swift's concert last night.

Video Star: 30 Years of MTV

It's 30 years since MTV launched and in its three decades, it’s changed the way we think about – as well as watch – music. Gillian Orr charts its greatest hits

Duke of Uke: Why is one of London's quaintest ukulele shops facing closure?

I'm not sure if Richard Curtis himself could improve upon the styling of Duke of Uke, the little ukulele shop in Spitalfields. A quaint London street, an old-fashioned store front, a shop piled up with instruments, music stands and a large black and white photograph of George Formby over the counter.

Album: Sarah Jarosz, Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill)

She's still in her teens, but before you go perishing thoughts about Rebecca Black here are a few things you should know about Sarah Jarosz.

Taylor Swift, 02 Arena, London

Once the barrage of screams from teenage girls (the loudest of all screams) has died down, Taylor Swift and her seven-piece band take command of the O2.

Pop will eat itself

Today's hottest musicians are too busy making movies and selling perfume. What they don't understand is that the secret of a long career is a decent back catalogue – and their indifference is killing the music industry. Paul Gambaccini reports

Kanye West: Master blaster

The notorious outbursts of Chicago's second-most famous son offend presidents and peers alike. But with his latest album hailed as a modern masterpiece, it's no wonder he gets away with it.

Taylor Swift: 'Maybe I should just lighten up'

She's the all-American country-pop superstar whose idea of letting rip is baking cookies. But, with a straight-talking new album and her 21st birthday imminent, is Taylor Swift about to reopen an old war of words with Kanye West?

Why forgiveness is a dish best served cold for Taylor Swift

As musical feuds go, it wasn't exactly Oasis versus Blur – but the resolution that came last night was a big moment nonetheless. Twelve months after the rapper Kanye West visited mortification upon the music industry by insulting its youthful superstar Taylor Swift at 2009's MTV Video Music Awards, the country singer used this year's ceremony to sing a song of forgiveness – and, to everyone's relief, Kanye smiled.

Caitlin Rose, The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Outside it may be an all-too autumnal September night in the capital, but in the basement of the Slaughtered Lamb for the duration of 23-year-old country pioneer Caitlin Rose's set, we might as well be in downtown Nashville.

Kanye West follows only one – but who is Steven of Coventry?

Making friends on Twitter can often be a thankless task.

Taylor Swift recieves apology in pop star mix up

An unfortunate mix up has left Liverpudlian pop fans hoping to see American country music star Taylor Swift disappointed. Local media reported that the pop star would be visiting a primary school in Knowsley today.

Taylor finally puts West farce behind her to sweep awards

If anybody thought differently before, it is clear by now that in the world of country, rock and pop, 2009 has turned out to be year of Taylor Swift, the 19-year-old country crossover star, who captured five gongs at the annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Kanye West and Lady Gaga's North American tour cancelled

A U.S. and Canada tour by Kanye West and Lady Gaga has been canceled with no reason given just weeks after the rap star came under public fire for humiliating country star Taylor Swift at an awards ceremony.

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