Arts and Entertainment Elton John will duet with Gary Barlow on the final show of The X Factor

The star will duet with Gary Barlow despite attacking the show in the past

Macklemore performing at the Brixton Academy

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As the first show on their European tour, Seattle-based duo Macklemore, (real name Ben Haggerty) and producer Ryan Lewis were always going to draw a crowd with their latest album The Heist being one the most anticipated rap albums of 2013.

Keane's Tom Chaplin (left) and Tim Rice-Oxley

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Bon Jovi performing at the Isle of Wight festival

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The sun kept shining on revellers as they enjoyed the final day of the Isle of Wight Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.

Video: Isle of Wight Festival bands

Watch the videos below to listen to tracks from bands who played the Isle of Wight Festival this year.

Festival goers seem unfazed by the muddy at the Isle of Wight festival 2013

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The rain poured down on the first day of the Isle of Wight 2013, but hardened festival goers remained unfazed despite the muddy conditions.

Nev Wilshire: the bellowing boss who’s hilarious as long as the joke’s not on him

Grace Dent on TV: The Call Centre, BBC3

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V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford

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A couple soak up the sun on deckchairs in London's St James's Park

Experts predict scorching Saturday

Tomorrow could be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures possibly hitting 32C, forecasters said today.

Rihanna

Album sales fall to new low as Rihanna tops UK chart despite selling less than 10,000 copies of Talk That Talk

Talk That Talk, the album released by the Barbadian singer last year, returned to the number one slot with sales of just 9,578 CDs and downloads combined.

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Spector are the band you'd get if you fed the Killers, Keane and the Strokes into a blender. (In itself, not a terrible idea.)

Album: We Are Augustines, Rise Ye Sunken Ships (Oxcart)

Brooklyn trio We Are Augustines' debut album sounds like it's been pieced together with spare parts from various other big indie-rock bands.

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