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

Herman Dune, Xoyo, London

While Herman Dune have been going for over a decade, with a varying line-up, it was around their 2006 album, Giant, that they became favourites on the anti-folk scene. Their sweet, lovelorn, and often rather oddly rhymed lyrics (singer David-Ivar Herman Dune combining Swedish and French accents) bounced over jangly indie pop nicely. And with their new single getting a publicity boost from a video featuring Jon "Don Draper" Hamm befriending an adorable little blue yeti – only the latter, alas, is in attendance tonight – it seems mainstream success might just beckon.

Example: I’m not the best rapper or singer, but I convert people

With his third album out soon, the rapper describes what he thinks makes his act so appealing to the public, and how he intends to stay at the top of his game.

Album: Tune-Yards, Whokill (4AD)

New England's Merril Garbus has taken the anarchic homemade charm of her debut and made it more 3D.

Lykke Li, New Trinity Centre, Bristol

The dry ice, ominous synth and reverberating bass that is the prelude to Lykke Li’s stage entrance suggests that she has been taking notes from fellow Swede Fever Ray on ‘How to Spook An Audience’. However, she stops short of the stuffed bear's head approach of her contemporary and instead opts for a less disturbing and more flattering black kimono that gives the impression of Lykke Li as a trainee ninja.

Popular Kurdish singer shot in head

The popular folk singer Ibrahim Tatlises was shot in the head outside a TV studio, leaving him in a critical condition.

New friends (and songs) for Dorothy

Kids will love this handsome looking show - they'll wonder at the scary tornado, the magic revolve and colourful pop-up surprises, the whizz bangs and flying monkeys and biliously green, broomstick mounted, Wicked Witch of the West.

Ricky Martin: Why I decided to tell fans I'm gay

Singer Ricky Martin has told his fans he is gay, describing himself as a "fortunate homosexual man".

Best of '09: Songs of the year, #1

Simmy Richman picks his favourite songs of 2009. Plus: nominate your favourite cultural moments of the year.

Chamber Prom 19, Davies/AAM/Egarr, Cadogan Hall, London

In the select world of countertenors, there’s always one who sets the pace.

Album: Sam Carter, Keepsakes (Captain)

Virtuosity is not supposedto be rewarded in Englishfolk music, for the reasonthat virtuosity is a vanity.But thankfully thevirtuosity of Carter'sguitar playing does notobscure the carefulnarratives of his songs.

Gay rights marchers to defy Eurovision ban

A gay parade planned to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by the Russian capital, has been banned by Moscow because it will "destroy morals", a spokesman for the city's Mayor said.

SXSW blog: At the KCRW showcase

As I listen to Peter Bjorn and John soundcheck for their MBE performance this morning, I'm thinking about our fantastic showcase last night. The Boat People kicked it all off with a set of poppy songs, including my personal fave, "Born in the 80's", and charmed the entire room. Next up, were Oklahoma's Other Lives whose music can best be described as orchestral folk. It was packed by the point and the entire room was consumed by the music in the best way.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-bro-12.html">The Life Browser: No mumbo-jumbo</a>

Don't you just hate those songs that ramble incessantly without really saying anything?

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-exactly.html">MixTape: Exactly what it says on the tin</a>

In the "Caught in the net" article in today's paper, I mentioned this website, which is offering a free 20 song digital mixtape download. You choose your mixtape from 100 songs, all of which can heard on the site before any downloading is undertaken.

Arts and Entertainment
Sheeran arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards earlier this year
musicYes, that would be Ed Sheeran, according to the BBC
Sport
Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker during Hansen's final broadcast
Sport
News
newsBear sweltering in zoo that reaches temperatures of 40 degrees
Arts and Entertainment
Brendan O'Carroll has brought out his female alter-ego Agnes Brown for Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
filmComedy holds its place at top of the UK box office
News
Ian Thorpe has thanked his supporters after the athlete said in an interview that he is gay
people
Arts and Entertainment
Professor Kathy Willis will showcase plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
radioPlants: From Roots to Riches has been two years in the making
Arts and Entertainment
TV The follow-up documentary that has got locals worried
Arts and Entertainment
Eminem's daughter Hailie has graduated from high school
music
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel Shop See all offers »
India and Nepal
14 nights from £2,159pp Find out more
Dutch Masters
five nights from £679pp Find out more
La Robla and Rioja
nine nights from £1599pp Find out more
Classical Spain
six nights from £539pp Find out more
California and the Golden West
14 nights from £1,599pp Find out more
Bruges
three nights from £259pp Find out more
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?