Arts and Entertainment Sam Faiers will not be joining the I'm A Celebrity jungle after rumours suggested she would be

The Only Way Is Essex star will not join her ex-fiancé in the jungle after all

Album: Nicole Scherzinger, Killer Love (Polydor)

How to translate group success into solo stardom? It's pop's million-dollar question, but don't cha bet on the Pussycat Doll/sometime X Factor judge answering it with a debut that bludgeons the listener with faux-raunchy Euro-dance before flatlining with the obligatory earnest balladry and a Sting duet. At 14 tracks, it's at least 12 too long, much of it imaginably pilfered off Rihanna's reject pile. As papa Cowell might say, you really didn't make that album your own.

LA Reid expected to be X Factor judge

Simon Cowell has appointed Def Jam chairman Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as the first 'X Factor' judge.

Snoop Dogg scared of Gaga sex

Snoop Dogg would be too scared to have sex with Lady Gaga as he thinks she is "weird as f**k".

The tycoon, the temptress, and a TV station in turmoil

Everybody agrees that the Electric Barbarellas can't sing. So what does the billionaire controller of MTV see in the band? And why is he so touchy about it?

Lewis Hamilton and Pussycat Doll split

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger have split after two years, it was announced today.

Eighties remakes - Now they're dancing to a different tune

The Eighties revival is all well and good, says Sarah Hughes, but frothy remakes of some of the decade's best loved films, including 'Fame' and 'Footloose', seem to be seriously missing the point

Frisky and Mannish's School of Pop, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Have you ever wondered what Chesney Hawkes mixed with Coldplay would sound like? Or who would win in a battle of the Kates (Nash and Bush)? Or how the Pussycat Dolls might have turned out if they'd met at the end of the pier rather than in the Viper Room?

Prom 42: Indian Voices 2 – Bollywood, Royal Albert Hall, London

Bollywood night has a few bumps

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It's taken most of the world long enough to recognise a band with a heart and great songs

Lady Gaga, Heaven, London

Out of the many female singers who at the beginning of the year were being hailed as the sound of 2009, Lady GaGa is first out of the starting blocks, scoring a number one single both here and across the Atlantic with "Just Dance", an electronic pop ode to getting wasted.

Get dancing for a happier (and longer) life

Get jiggy. It might seem an unlikely message to come from the Government, but boosted by the appeal of shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, dance is being increasingly promoted as a way to sashay to good health.

How do I look? Latasha Malik, Haircare entrepreneur, age 31

No matter how beautiful someone is, a bad outfit can ruin their whole look. Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls is a prime example: she needs to sack her stylist. It's not that what she wears is too revealing – after all, Madonna does raunchy very well. Some people just let themselves down with a lack of style.

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain