Arts and Entertainment Arctic Monkeys pose with their Albums of the Year trophy at the 2013 Mercury Prize

The Arctic Monkeys' decision to finally make peace with the Brits reflects the band's acceptance they have become the UK’s pre-eminent rock band

Pop: ...and the other album releases

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Market Leaders Pick Their Market Leader

Let's hear it for the girls

Not long ago, 'sensitive' female singers were only to be heard in angsty students' bedsits. So how come they're suddenly cool?

For as long as pop music is heard, everyone will listen to Leiber and Stoller. Except Jerry Leiber

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller opened recently in London. It's hardly a musical in the conventional sense - no book, no plot - just a bunch of songs, tightly drilled and blasted right up into the cheap seats. But what a bunch. "Hound Dog", "On Broadway", "Love Potion Number Nine", "Spanish Harlem", "Stand by Me"... What must it be like to be the creators of this giant catalogue of seminal pop hits?

LAST 5 RECORDS I BOUGHT: Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth, Cleo Laine's daughter, is becoming famous in her own right. Her new album is entitled Field of Blue

Time-Turner pact in doubt

The media deal of the decade - the proposed marriage between Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) to create the world's largest media company - is the object of renewed speculation on Wall Street that it is about to fall apart.

Poptastic! Night out at the Brits

Music biz folk will have good cause to party at this year's Brits awards, writes Jim White. Britpop is alive and well and making them a mint

'They're poisoning our kids'

Is gansta rap all a white conspiracy? Daniel Jeffreys reports on the US's black liberal backlash, while in the UK Lloyd Bradley wonders why only white kids need protecting

Plan to rival MTV dropped

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Obituaries: Connie Kay

Like so many musicians whose names are known mainly to jazz fans, Connie Kay spent much of his working week as an uncredited hired hand on non-jazz sessions, writes Charlie Gillett [further to the obituary by Steve Voce, 3 December].

OPERA / For a small fee in America: Three Tenors, one ex-President and half of Hollywood: Giles Smith was at Dodger Stadium, too, to watch Saturday night's pre-match warm-up take shape

Five minutes before showtime, the golf cart bringing the conductor Zubin Mehta from his dressing-room to the stage hums softly down the slope at the back of the stadium where, in an incident which may well be unprecedented at a classical recital, it gets stopped by a policeman. The officer steps into the cart's path and growls, in a don't-mess- with-me voice, 'You just wait there.'
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