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Do not adjust your setlist

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If any proof was needed that K-pop, South Korea's heady combination of bubblegum pop, dance and electro-pop, has caught on in the UK music scene, the excited screams at IndigO2 in London last weekend would tell it all.

Xo, By Jeffrey Deaver

New thriller is as capable a piece of writing as Deaver has delivered

Sounds Venezuela, Southbank Centre, London

Classical music has never enjoyed a more successful a marketing campaign than that promoting Gustavo Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, and the proliferation of Jose Antonio Abreu’s visionary Sistema.

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Observations: Finally, John Cage joins the musical mainstream

He has been termed music's greatest iconoclast. But in his centenary year, is John Cage going mainstream?

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Maroon 5's sudden decline with the Mutt Lange-produced Hands All Over seems unlikely to be significantly overturned by the lacklustre Overexposed.

Ken and the Pickets: from left, Hibbard, David Brett, Ken Livingstone, Rick Lloyd and Red Stripe in 1984

Brian Hibbard: Singer and actor who formed the Flying Pickets

If the maverick theatre director Ken Campbell had been asked to form a boy band, he might well have come up with the Flying Pickets. In their thirties and resembling the line-up in The Usual Suspects, the Pickets were unlikely looking pop performers. Yet they topped the charts for five weeks around Christmas 1983 with their a cappella cover of Yazoo's "Only You".

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