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It was the weekend when it was announced that women were responsible for each of the UK's top five albums that finally pushed me over the edge. Let me be more specific. It wasn't the fact that Amy Winehouse, Adele and Beyoncé were occupying those top spots that I took issue with – it was the predictable flurry of media reporting, proclaiming that women in music were having some sort of moment.

Tinie Tempah/Plan B, Roundhouse, London

"We made it to the point where UK music is the hottest thing right now!" screams Tinie Tempah, the 21-year-old London rapper who, in the last four months, has made a rapid rise to pop supremacy, not least thanks to his frolicking hits "Frisky" and "Pass Out". Both were proof that for all of urban music's false starts, Tempah and his comrades (Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder) could finally boast of developing a profile big enough to sit in the mainstream and allow them to perform at cool shows like tonight's latest gig in the iTunes festival series.

The prince of grime comes of age

Tinchy Stryder has two No 1 singles to his credit, his own clothing range, and now a joint business venture with Jay-Z. No wonder his lyrics are getting deeper. Charlotte Cripps meets the London-raised rapper

Rhodri Marsden: Teenagers are maligned by the music business

The music industry has a strange relationship with teenagers. Like a loving parent, it spends a small fortune trying to understand what on earth it is they want, before lovingly indulging them with treats.

Manchester United can still win title says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would prefer to be helping Manchester United's players land their 19th league championship than standing on the sidelines hoping they can do it.

Shank: a stab at the big time

Shank is a new urban gang film with a difference – its message is strictly anti-knives and violence

Business Diary: 06/03/2010

Primark's Ryan comes out of hiding

Arthur Ryan, chairman of Primark, hasn't been photographed in public since founding the chain in 1969. Now Mr Ryan's seclusion is over: after turning up to accept a gong at the Retail Week Awards at London's Grosvenor House on Thursday night, the septuagenarian stuck around and was spotted puffing away on a ciggie with pals outside the Park Lane hotel after midnight.

Party Of The Week: Lady Gaga shows her poker face at Universal Brit bash

All of the major record labels threw Brits parties after the awards ceremony on Tuesday night but the hottest ticket was Universal's do, held in the ballroom of London's Mandarin Oriental hotel. A glum-looking Lady Gaga arrived, still wearing her massive bouffant wig, but she was clearly not in the mood to celebrate her triple win. Earlier in the evening she had turned her dressing room into a shrine for her late friend, the fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide last week. She then dedicated her performance to him. Inside the party, she chatted briefly to Courtney Love, who was at the next table and was joined by fellow winners Florence Welch and Lily Allen, who took turns DJing. Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh arrived to a media scrum – but their bandmate Cheryl Cole was absent, keeping a low profile after allegations about her husband Ashley Cole.

Party Of The Week: Stars sparkle at BRIT Awards Nominations Launch party

Former All Saints girls Nicole Appleton and Melanie Blatt sparkled at London's IndigO2 for Monday's BRIT Awards Nominations Launch party.

N-Dubz, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Fiercely slick teenage kicks

My Secret Life: Taio Cruz, singer-songwriter, 26

My parents were ... My father is originally from Nigeria and is a lawyer; my mother is Brazilian and used to run her own hairdressing company. They are still together.

Jingle Bell Ball, O2 Arena, London

Teenage kicks most of the night

My Fantasy Band: Tinchy Stryder

Lethal Bizzle, Islington Academy, London

Bizzle gets down to business

My Week: Gemma Cairney

The co-host of the Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show recalls a busy week that included the Mobo awards in Glasgow, 5am starts and late nights

Tinchy Stryder, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Tinchy's not yet into his stride
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