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Radio 1 will mark International Women’s Day by broadcasting an all-female line-up of DJs for 12 hours on two consecutive days.

Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk

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Now celebrating 25 years since it first opened for business in the UK on Kensington High Street, Urban Outfitters' idiosyncratic blend of hipster-chic and diffusion labels is a high-street shopping hit and the newest branch is no exception. 469 Oxford Street, London W1

Album review: Marc Romboy & Ken Ishii, Taiyo (Systematic)

On Taiyo, the universal language of techno bridges 7,000 kilometres to bring together DJ/producers from Germany and Japan in a seamless alliance of beats and tones.

Nicki Minaj performing on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations

Nicki Minaj - 'There was a reason I didn't get a Grammy nomination this year'

Despite having a big year in music, Nicki Minaj didn't receive any Grammy nominations. Not a problem, she says.

Miaoux Miaoux, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

“Welcome to the first Sunday night of 2013,” announces Julian Corrie with as much spirit-rousing bonhomie as he can muster. “The world was supposed to end last year, so this is just bonus time.”

IoS Sounds of 2013: Pop

First, a seasonal recommendation, for though decorations are down and detoxes are underway, blow me down if I haven't found just the thing to soundtrack this bleak midwinter: Pedestrian Verse from Scots rockers Frightened Rabbit. Out in early February, it sees their marriage of grimly poetic lyrics and gustily anthemic choruses more on point than ever.

'One pound fish' is the anthem for an austerity Christmas

The Punjab province of Pakistan anxiously waited to learn whether the UK Christmas number one would be claimed by one of their own

Kraftwerk

Tate apologises for Kraftwerk ticket debacle

Tate bosses have apologised "unreservedly" for a ticketing disaster this week which left many fans of German electronic group Kraftwerk unable to see the band after the gallery's website could not cope with demand.

Kraftwerk's distinctive sound and style inspired countless electronic
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Kraftwerk: Düsseldorf's answer to the Rolling Stones set to cause chaos at Tate

Demand for Kraftwerk's series of shows at Tate Modern crashed the gallery's website. Nick Hasted celebrates their astounding, pioneering past, and laments their empty present

Girls Aloud, Calvin Harris, The Wanted and Pink, Jingle Bell Ball, O2 Arena, London

Girls Aloud proceed like pedigree poodles in circles around the stage

Django Django, Heaven, London

The Mercury Prize isn’t much to get excited about these days. Despite its judges’ best efforts, it’s an increasingly predictable marketing tool for a more upmarket demographic than the Brits.

Muse, SECC, Glasgow, Wednesday 24th October

For a band who fully embrace every ounce of intergalactic pomposity sci-fi rock has ever conjured, Muse’s core trio (plus keyboard player) appear somehow smaller than life onstage. Yet playing within their own mini-amphitheatre, a three-quarter-circle of upturned screens, blazing laser lights and metallic gangways which come together in a dual-podium pincer like the spacecraft from Prometheus, their show was never going to be about personality over pyrotechnics.

Q awards get soulful as Bobby Womack beats cancer and pneumonia to win album of the year (with a little help from Damon Albarn)

Bobby Womack was recuperating from pneumonia and colon cancer in a hospital bed when Damon Albarn first called. Now the soul legend’s comeback has been sealed after the record he crafted with the Blur frontman was named album of the year.

Album: Egyptian Hip Hop, Good Don't Sleep (R&S

After one EP and gallons of ones-to-watch hype in 2009, Mancunian teenagers Egyptian Hip Hop, still aged only around the 20 mark, have finally released their debut album and it's somewhat less than momentous.

Album: Leona Lewis, Glassheart (Syco)

With pesky priapic cherubs One Direction having nabbed Lewis's "most popular X Factor act" crown, this long-delayed third album sets out to make the Hackney diva "current" again.

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