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Beyoncé called a halt to her concert in Nashville on Saturday night after news of George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict had filtered out.

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Music: Pop - She's almost soulful. Really

Whitney Houston Sheffield Arena Gang Starr Astoria, London

The golden age of dross

Audiences have shown time and again that they have an amazing appetite for drivel

The Hit Parade: Top 10 singles

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The Hit Parade: Top 10 albums

Top 10 albums

Diamond discs for top-selling albums

PROVING THAT popularity and quality need not be close bedfellows, the American record industry yesterday announced a new category of award disc for record sales that outstrip both the gold and the platinum discs.

Best-sellers: Music Singles

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Pop covers the cracks with tinsel

Do they know it's Christmas? The record companies certainly do, and with sales in decline the seasonal battle is fierce

One Year On: Dry your eyes She was no saint and her death changed nothing, says Yvonne Roberts

Imagine this: on 31 August, in the year 2025, your granddaughter reads of the canonisation of Diana. By then, of course, it's common to hear of Princess of Wales dolls in miniature haute couture who occasionally weep blood and have the gift of healing. While strips of her auctioned ballgowns are already treated as saints' relics, the recipients of whispered prayers invariably fulfilled; the power of myth.

Film: I didn't want to make another 'hood film

Eve's Bayou is a film about an Afro-American family, but there is no oppression, no poverty, no violence. Kasi Lemmons wanted to tell it like it is

Cinema: The perfect mail

Kevin Costner's latest film is about a futuristic postman. And it's utter tosh. Whatever happened to the once-epic star of 'Dances With Wolves'? By David Thomson

Profile: Self-made hero fails to deliver

Kevin Costner could do no wrong. In `Dances With Wolves' and `Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' he was big, big box office. Then he wanted to be taken seriously and it all went sour. Cameron Docherty in LA traces the decline of the star whose latest film `The Postman' has bombed in the States.

Someone to watch over her...

Kevin Costner's claim that Diana, Princess of Wales, was planning to star opposite him in a sequel to 'The Bodyguard' has a strange kind of plausibility. The relationship between the damsel in distress and a beefy protector may have more than a touch of Mills & Boon, says Sarah Gristwood, but it is none the less a potent image, on-screen and off.

Just how the Stones should sound; ROCK

Record Retailers could well look back at tomorrow as Gold Monday. There are enough madly anticipated albums released to keep every store afloat until Christmas, and so, for one week only, concert reviews will take second place to album reviews, starting with the Rolling Stones.
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