Arts and Entertainment Kylie Minogue's arrival as a judge for The Voice saw the BBC show thrash ITV's Splash

BBC show thrashes ITV's Splash, where viewing figures dived

The Celebrities: Music for all tastes as stars back their man

Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, and the hip-hop artist Will.i.am warmed up the crowd for Barack Obama, in a lively series of pre-show performances that aimed to reach out to Americans of every musical persuasion.

Rivals open playlists in bid to rock the presidential vote

There would be little joy for either John McCain or Barack Obama if they were to mistakenly trade iPods. Only one musical artist has appeal for both of them: Ol' Blue Eyes. Barack would surely wince at John's Abba. And who knows what John would do on hearing Barack's "Yes We Can" by the hip hop musician will.i.am.

Album: Sergio Mendes, Encanto (Concord/Starbucks)

Old smoothie Mendes gets jiggy on a selection of bossa-favourites with a raft of guest stars including the ubiquitous Will.i.am and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Natalie Cole and Herb Alpert.

Album: Estelle, Shine (Atlantic/Home School)

A luminescent comeback for a stellar singer

Album: Estelle, Shine (Homeschool/Atlantic)

Cee-Lo adds his own touch of class to Estelle's "Pretty Please", but the most dominant figure behind this follow-up to The 18th Day is pianist/producer John Legend, who made the London singer the first signing to his Homeschool label.

Jackson faces loss of Neverland ranch

Michael Jackson needs to find $25m (£12.5m) – and fast. The Peter Pan of pop has three weeks to raise the funds to keep hold of his famous Neverland fantasy ranch, or risk losing it at auction.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Perhaps we should silence the bells, too?

Writing of the defeat of the Saracens by Charles Martel in AD 732, Edward Gibbon knowingly scraped a fingernail down the blackboard of his reader's sensibilities. Had the Saracens been able to advance onwards into Europe and Great Britain, Gibbon wrote, "perhaps the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet". Gibbon was not a believer, so I have a feeling his counter-factual had a mischievous edge to it. He knew the idea of an "Oxford mosch" would grate on his almost exclusively Christian readership, and he rather enjoyed the fact.

Bin Laden denies Moussaoui link

Osama bin Laden has denounced the conviction of Zacarias Moussaoui - the only person convicted over 9/11 - saying that he had no connection with the attacks and was never intended to be the "20th hijacker".

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British talent rules in Chicago. Who says we can't hack it over there?

POP: Black Eyed Peas Hammersmith Apollo London ooo99

IT'S NOT often that Chiswick is name-checked at a hip hop gig, but this was no ordinary rap showcase. For Black Eyed Peas are a rarity in the genre as an outfit that came to fame on the live circuit. And it showed throughout the course of a vibrant hour-and-a-half set.
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