Researchers find the key to why today's pop seems so glum

Sad songs, as Elton John so presciently suggested all the way back in 1984, say so much. Elton – or, more accurately, his lyricist Bernie Taupin – was clearly on to something: they have increasingly become the prevailing musical currency. Where once we revelled in the unambiguous joys of thrilling pop songs, we now prefer them as bleak and miserable as the average British summer.

Boyfriend charged after woman's body parts were found scattered around Toronto

The estranged boyfriend of a woman whose body parts were found scattered around Toronto has been arrested and charged in connection with her murder, police said Monday.

Michelle Williams and Luke Kirby reflect the intense chemistry between Margot and Daniel

Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley, 116 mins (15)

This Canadian romantic drama trundles along sweetly — but do lovers really speak like this?

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Rafael Nadal ruled out of US Open

Former champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open with the knee injury that has kept him out of action since Wimbledon.

Lucas Leiva has played a pivotal role in Liverpool's midfield this term

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva to return early from injury to play in pre-season friendlies

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to make his return from a long-term knee injury two months ahead of schedule, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed today.

Seventeen people treated after lightning strike in Canada

Seventeen people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after lightning struck a dining tent at a food festival in Ontario, Canada.

Tributes for Radiohead roadie in stage collapse

Radiohead have paid tribute to their drum technician, who was killed when part of a stage collapsed before their concert in Canada.

Conrad Black kissing his wife, he was convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007

Conrad Black walks free, but faces a tough climb back to respectability

The disgraced former media magnate Conrad Black was heading to a home in Toronto, Canada, last night after being released from a prison in Florida where he had been serving time stemming from his 2007 convictions for defrauding investors in his now defunct newspaper conglomerate, Hollinger.

Into the woods: the simple pleasures of staying in a log cabin allow the mind to roam

Kate Humble: How travel can transplant Canada to Cumbria

The view from a log cabin

Margareta Pagano: City aims to take the Burberry catwalk to Russia

Can London's regulators tame the Moscow bear?

Stripped-down: Belfast band General Fiasco

Tom McNeeley: Boxer who took on Floyd Patterson for the world title

Thomas McNeeley, Jr, who has died of complications from a seizure at the age of 74, was a boxer who challenged Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight title.

Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston star as doomed

Heads Up: The Deep blue sea

Terence takes on Terence (with a little help from Rachel)

Colin Farrell - Hollywood rebel bares his teeth

With critical acclaim outweighing the gossip column inches, Colin Farrell has new balance in his life, he tells Gill Pringle

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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