News Dappy’s management were allegedly forced to pay bailiffs £6,000 after the debt collectors threatened to raid the Celebrity Big Brother house to extract the money they claimed to be owed.

Dappy apparently signed a £100,000 deal for the latest series of the show

Album: Various artists, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark (Icehouse)

Guy Clark writes wistful, grown-up, intimate songs about the lives of the American ghost. His genius is in his eye for detail. And the good news is, he isn't dead: he's 70.

Etta James at the Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1967

Farewell to matriarch of R&B with the mother of all voices

Etta James, the mercurially-talented singer whose career spanned almost six decades, and who was feted as the "matriarch" of R&B music, has passed away after a long battle with leukaemia. She was 73.

Lianne La Havas, The Social

The crowd at tonight’s gig, which kicks off Lianne La Havas’ European tour, is probably very pleased that she’s been through a bad relationship.

Album: Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi, The Devil's Brides: Yiddish and Klezmer Song (Arc Music)

In 18th-century Poland there were women klezmer musicians who travelled to perform at fairs all over Central Europe. Ethnographer-violinist Strom has researched their repertoire, and this CD contains some of his discoveries.

Album: The Little Willies, For the Good Times (Parlophone)

A second album of country covers. And while it may be that Norah Jones does not sing country like a coalminer's daughter, that doesn't mean she can't make country sing.

Album: The Lemonheads, Hotel Sessions (Hall Of Records)

Evan Dando says he'd always wanted to make an album for $53 ($50 Walkman, $3 tape), and one Sunday night in 1992 or 1993 – he can't remember which – in a hotel room in Bondi, Australia, he did it.

Alistair McGowan: 'I've learnt that it's nice to go to Paris or Rome, but it's so much nicer to come home'

My Life In Travel: Alistair McGowan, actor, comic and impressionist

'I often feel my holidays start at St Pancras'

Album: Babybird, The Pleasures Of Self Destruction (Unison)

The "self destruction" of the title is a sleight of phrase, referring not to the dangers of reckless indulgence but to the delighted self-denial of devotion, destroying one's self to become part of something bigger.

Album: The Little Willies, For the Good Times (Parlophone)

The Little Willies are a vehicle for Norah Jones and a few of her friends to express their love of old country music, mostly through covers of songs by the likes of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lefty Frizzell and Loretta Lynn.

Singing Adams, Lexington, London

Modest to a fault, Steven Adams explains while tuning up that his band’s performances start awkwardly, only relaxing at the end, so everyone feels short changed.

Album: Leonard Cohen, The Complete Studio Albums Collection (Sony Legacy)

Phil Spector may have been able to find the most dramatic settings for some voices, but he met his match in Leonard Cohen's lugubrious baritone: the album they made together, Death Of A Ladies' Man, remains Cohen's least listenable, described by the singer himself as "grotesque", his voice a desperate hostage to the echoey-dungeon arrangements.

Long time coming: Kate Jackson, back on stage as a solo artist

Kate Jackson, Madame Jojos, London

The star appeal of an ex-Blonde whose roots are still showing

J Blackfoot: Southern soul singer who took 'Taxi' into the charts in 1984

The southern soul singer J Blackfoot made some of the most enjoyable and enduring rhythm and blues records of the late 1960s and '70s as a member of The Soul Children, the vocal quartet whose tenure at the legendary Stax label was overshadowed by the crossover success of the family group the Staple Singers and the emergence of Isaac Hayes as a worldwide superstar.

Gareth Malone celebrates taking the Christmas No 1 spot

Top of the charts – now choirmaster heads for US

Gareth Malone set to repeat success of The Choir in America's recession-hit 'rust belt'

After a month struggling with pneumonia in a hospital in Vienna, George Michael returned to London and gave a press conference yesterday in which he thanked his doctors for saving his life

Fears for George Michael's voice after life-saving op

George Michael uttered a few halting words in front of his London home yesterday, describing his recent brush with death.

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