The News Matrix: Thursday 25 April 2013

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JLS perform at The Brit Awards 2010

Fans left heartbroken after JLS announce split

Fans of band JLS will be heartbroken after they announced they were splitting after five years at the top of the music business.

The Club Is Alive - but the band is no more... JLS shock fans by announcing they will split after farewell tour

Chart-topping boy band JLS have shocked fans by announcing they are to split after a string of hits and said: "It has been the most incredible journey."

Still from YouTube's most-watched video in the UK - 'Charlie bit my finger - again!'

YouTube's top five most-viewed videos in the UK, as the site turns eight

It's hard to believe it, but it's internet giant YouTube's eighth birthday today.

Kevin Spacey

First Netflix gave us 'House of Cards', now LoveFilm airs 14 pilots in an online makeover for pilot season

First Netflix created its own on-demand drama series, now Amazon-owned LoveFilm is piloting 14 would-be shows. Are we watching the future?

Cheryl Cole won't be releasing a fitness DVD

Cheryl Cole won't make a fitness DVD because she looks 'awful' while exercising

Cheryl Cole says she has no intention of sharing her secrets to looking good with a fitness DVD - because fans would be horrified by how she appears when working out.

Left: Boy band One Direction; Right, business secretary Vince Cable

Vince Cable's U-turn over One Direction: MP retracts criticism of band's 'immoral' salary

Business secretary Vince Cable has retracted an attack on the earnings of boy band One Direction, whom he mistakenly called “New Direction”.

Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Ozzy Osbourne sets record straight on split-up rumours: 'Sharon and I are not divorcing...but I have been drinking and taking drugs'

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed he has not separated from his wife Sharon after internet rumours reported the pair had split up.

Bruce Forsyth poses for photographs after receiving his knighthood in 2011

Strictly host Sir Bruce Forsyth fuels speculation 'depressing' British weather could waltz him away

Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth has sparked speculation that the "depressing" British weather could force him to quit the BBC1 show.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings war

ITV's talent show drew in 10.5m viewers compared to 6.7m for The Voice

Being modern: Karaoke

I’ll do it myyyyyyyyyyyyy waaaaaaay. No kidding. For a second, we all thought it was Frank. That’s the glory – and curse – of karaoke: it makes people think they can sing like legends; and it makes people think they can sing like legends.

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

Simon Cowell: I can't be bothered to vote for the X Factor or Britain's Got Talent

Simon Cowell has earned a fortune encouraging people to vote for the acts on his talent show but the showbiz supremo revealed he has never cast a ballot.

Jessie J, a judge on The Voice

The Voice coaches have on-screen spat, Jessie J moans that girls don't believe in her this year

Coaches Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue are at each other's throats in this week's edition of The Voice as they row about a hopeful.

Simon Cowell and David Walliams are 'to wed' for Comic Relief

Simon Cowell 'couldn't care less' if people think he is gay

TV mogul Simon Cowell has insisted that he "couldn't care less" if people think that he is gay - and admitted that he hires some women because he fancies them.

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Simon Cowell 'uncomfortable' about 'exploitative' TV shows Britain's Got Talent and X Factor

TV mogul Simon Cowell has admitted that there are moments on his TV shows - often accused of being exploitative - which make him feel "uncomfortable".

FootballGerman sparks three goals in four minutes at favourite No 10 role
Dennis Rodman has confirmed he is not going to the Middle East to 'talk to with the leaders of Isis' as claimed in a recent satirical report
Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
premier leagueExclusive: Reds have agreement with Monaco
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave long-running series
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam