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Well, it’s about time. The good people at the Wellcome Trust charity have given £60,000 to the Clerks choral ensemble to explore the science of misheard song lyrics. The initiative hopes that the research into mistaken song words – otherwise known as mondegreens – will give a clearer understanding of how we perceive music.

Credit crisis diary: Vince Cable's amazing double act

Vince Cable is in a minority of one in having emerged from the credit crunch with his reputation enhanced and now we know the secret of his success. At 10am yesterday, Vince was live on BBC News 24 talking about the Government's latest pensions blunder. Meanwhile, on Sky News, at exactly the same moment, who should pop up, again billed as live, on the same story? Vince again. So that's how he does it – covering every base is so much easier when you've cloned yourself.

Valeriya: Russia’s greatest export (after gas and oil)

She has sold 100 million records in her native land and Vladimir Putin adores her. Now Valeriya – superstars don’t need surnames – wants to make it over here. But is Britain ready for Moscow’s favourite pop phenomenon? Shaun Walker joins her at her summer home on the shores of Lake Geneva to find out

Editor-At-Large: Eco-towns are just vandalism dressed up in a trendy green coat

Who wants new communities when thousands of existing houses stand empty? Even builders agree – government plans are potty

Terence Blacker: These elderly pop stars have a right to feel miffed

The prejudice has less to do with the music than the way its performer looks, or his views

Come on over, Valeriya: Meet 'Russia's Madonna'

She's had 17 number one hits in her homeland, but the so-called 'Russian Madonna' has remained unknown in the UK – until now

Baby, baby, bay-BEE!...The greatest sreaming singers

Sometimes a singer just can't resist unleashing an almighty, no-holds-barred, throat-scraping, take-no-prisoners scream. Anthony Quinn selects his favourite lung-busters

Record labels that rocked our world

It's not all platinum discs and private jets. As executives at EMI discovered to their cost this week, the record industry can be a cruel mistress. But what of the other labels that made musical history? Rock's back catalogue is full of hits and misses... announced plans for 2,000 job losses. Does the digital revolution spell doom for the record labels that built rock 'n' roll?

Leading article: The tectonic plates below British politics are shifting

Tony Blair gave a speech yesterday in which he insisted that civil servants must "learn from business". David Cameron, meanwhile, was accusing his own party of failing to appreciate the hard work done by public-sector employees. You know we are living in interesting times when a Labour Prime Minister comes to bury the public service ethos and a Conservative leader to praise it. And, as our poll of polls today confirms, the tectonic plates below British politics are indeed shifting. For the first time since 1992, the Conservative Party has a consistent lead in the key indicators of public opinion.

Rock star steps into the fray as one more music icon in Liverpool faces bleak future

An unprepossessing 19th-century converted warehouse on Liverpool's Parr Street has long been the unlikely source of some of Britain's most memorable musical creations.

The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven, by Alan Warner

The rules of seduction and storytelling

O Brother, where art thou?

'A young Japanese girl told me that the Brontë sisters were big in Japan, so there is one way in which the Brontës are like a pop group'

Maurice Gibb: Singer and bass player with the Bee Gees

As a founder member of the Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb was a vital part of one of the most successful groups in pop history. Together with his twin brother, Robin, and their older brother Barry, Maurice helped create a unique vocal sound that unleashed a string of influential hits, spanning four decades. As a singer and bass player, he made an important contribution to a remarkable musical enterprise that took the brothers from childhood “wannabe” entertainers to international stars.

Pop: Schmaltz from the heart

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THE CRITICS: ROCK & POP: Whinge on, Alanis

Alanis Morissette Arena, Newcastle Celine Dion Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
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How did our legends really begin?

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Lambrusco is back on the menu

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A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014

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