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Sir Paul McCartney performing on stage

Get back! Sir Paul McCartney swaps Beatles for grasshoppers as his stage is invaded by the insects

Sir Paul McCartney has swapped Beatles for grasshoppers - after a stage invasion by a swarm of the creatures.

Directing Directioners: Obsessive One Direction fans subject of new documentary from Channel 4

If One Direction fans can't get enough of forthcoming 3D documentary on the boys, This Is Us, from Morgan Spurlock, then they can look forward to another factual programme on the boy band from Channel 4 - and can expect to play a starring role themselves. 

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, left, and Thomas Bangalter of the duo Daft Punk

Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' to score first number one single with song featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Disco is back on the dancefloor. Daft Punk have scored their first No 1 single with one of the funkiest songs to top the British charts in years, their comeback track “Get Lucky” .

Emeli Sandé has broken an album sales record held by The Beatles for nearly 50 years

Emeli Sandé makes Official Chart history and smashes record held by The Beatles for 50 years

The Scottish singer's version of events is going rather well. Next stop? America

Emeli Sande's

Emeli Sande takes The Beatles' record for debut album 'Our Version of Events'

Scottish singer says it's 'quite surreal to even have your name mentioned in the same sentence as The Beatles'

Badfinger in 1971: from left, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Joey Molland

Badfinger: last act in a rock'n'roll tragedy

They were ‘the next Beatles’, until rip-offs and suicides destroyed them. Now, finally, they are being honoured

Ian Hart as John Lennon in Snodgrass

John Lennon reimagined as a washed-up a shirker aged 50

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Kevin McNaughton of Cardiff City celebrates with fans at the team's promotion to the Premier League

Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0 match report: Malky Mackay plans for Premier League as Cardiff end long wait for promotion

Cardiff become the second Welsh side to occupy the Premier League along with Swansea

Jack Stokes was the animation director behind Yellow Submarine

Jack Stokes: Animation director behind Yellow Submarine

The animation director Jack Stokes modestly said of his groundbreaking film, Yellow Submarine (1968), that it was "a minor miracle or a hell of a lot of good luck". At the time many thought it was a product of the psychedelic Sixties and that hallucinogenic drugs had prompted its storyline, vivid colours and kaleidoscopic images. "It's not true," said Stokes. "I only drank red wine myself and if I had taken LSD, the film would have been in trouble."

If you want to get ahead: (from left) cream hat, £50; blue cap, £39; cream cap, £42; checked cap, £32; all from Kangol mainline collection. All available from kangol.com

Kangol: you can leave your hat on

During its 75-year history, Kangol's caps have been on the heads of everyone from squaddies to Princess Diana to LL Cool J. The label just keeps staying ahead of the game, as Emma Akbareian explains

The Boy Least Likely To: another indie-pop duo making a comeback
Jazz legend Ginger Baker

Field Day 2013: Our guide to... Ginger Baker

We’re very excited to have Ginger Baker perform at Field Day next year with his Jazz Confusion. Baker is a true artistic legend of the past 50 years; his list of credits reads like a who’s who of pop music.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performing in Melbourne last November

Are Coldplay's lachrymose ballads really better than The Beatles? Rush Of Blood To The Head voted 'best album of all time'

Coldplay's second album has been named the favourite album of all time by radio listeners. A Rush Of Blood To The Head triumphed in a poll of Radio 2 listeners which saw The Beatles placed at just number eight.

Draft letter from John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney that reflects the deep animosity between the two Beatles around the time of the foursome's breakup is shown

John Lennon letter revealing animosity with Paul and Linda McCartney to go under the hammer

Letters from John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Dwight Eisenhower are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions of Dallas shows a a copy of The Beatles'

Signed Beatles album sells for record $290,500

A signed copy of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been bought for a record price of $290,500 (£191,000) at auction.

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