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  • One Direction lead British global sales

    Chart-toppers One Direction led the UK’s global sales charge last year which ensured home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight artist albums sold around the world, according to new figures. The group’s third album Midnight Memories was the...

  • Gibb’s last track

    Gibb’s last track

    The final song to be written by the late Robin Gibb, recorded in a bedroom using an iPad, is to be released on an album of previously unheard recordings by the Bee Gees star. The track, called Sydney, prompted tears from Gibb and his wife Dwina...

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

    Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

    This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially got under way yesterday, with more than 3,000 shows catering for a wide range of tastes. Organisers say the arts festival – the largest in the world – will be the biggest in its history. There will...

  • James Brown biopic revels in dance moves

    James Brown biopic revels in dance moves

    At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the ‘Godfather of Soul’ in the new biopic Get On Up. From the gliding,...

  • Elusive Van Morrison to headline folk festival

    Elusive Van Morrison to headline folk festival

    When Cambridge City Council decided to hold a music festival in the historic English university town back in 1964, few expected it to be going strong 50 years later. But this year the Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating its golden anniversary...

  • Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys pregnant with second child

    Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release - her second child.A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed that the singer is pregnant.Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram today, which also marked her fourth...

  • Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Star Wars film-makers in row over island occupation

    Film-makers shooting the latest Star Wars blockbuster have clashed with conservationists over their occupation of a remote island off the coast of Ireland. As filming started on sea-swept Skellig Michael – 12 kilometres off Co Kerry – heritage...

  • ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    ‘New’ Stairway to Heaven release

    An unreleased version of one of the most celebrated songs in rock, Stairway to Heaven, is to come out later this year – after sitting in the vaults for more than 40 years. An alternative take of the epic track, one of Led Zeppelin’s most famous...

  • Film studio apologises for tweeting Ninja Turtle 9/11 poster

    Paramount Pictures film studio yesterday apologised for a poster for its upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, showing the four characters jumping down from an exploding skyscraper underscored with a September 11 release date. The poster...

  • Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    Levelling the law: the two faces of feminine ingenuity

    TheatreThe Merchant of VeniceSan Anton Gardens It has been over 20 years since MADC last put up The Merchant of Venice at San Anton Gardens as their traditional annual Shakespeare production; and a new airing of one of the Bard’s best crafted and...

  • An everyday hero

    TheatreKappillan ta’ MaltaFort St Elmo The staging of historical fiction and its adaptation into a play script is not an easy task, especially when presenting it to an audience which is more than a little familiar with the setting and half of...

  • Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Fans will ‘go Gaga’ over jazz album

    Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called Cheek To Cheek, to be released in the autumn. “You know, it’s...

  • Mitch Winehouse to release album

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy, is to release another album which will raise money for the charity set up in his daughter’s memory. Mitch − who released an album in 2011 in the months prior to her death − said she had helped to...

  • The Rock is Hercules

    The Rock is Hercules

    Hercules (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 98 minutesDirected by: Brett RatnerStarring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie, Rebecca Ferguson, Joseph Fiennes, Steve Peacocke, Peter...

  • One night of lawful anarchy

    One night of lawful anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy (2014)Certified: 15Duration: 103 minutesDirected by: James DeMonacoStarring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi,...

  • Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Stars flock to Comic-Con

    Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over Comic-Con this weekend, as leading actors revealed surprises to films that will showcase the characters. Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s superhero...

  • Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy and Hercules beat box office expectations

    Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win the domestic box office race, outmuscling Hercules which took in $29 million for the second place. Both new films exceeded expectations, pumping...

  • Cheryl Cole tops UK singles chart

    English singer-songwriter Cheryl Cole took the top spot in Britain’s singles chart with Crazy Stupid Love, notching up her fourth solo number one track, the Official Charts Company said. The single, which features rapper Tinie Tempah, is taken...

  • Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Venice film festival kicks off with black comedy

    Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice film festival with the premier of Birdman, a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily towards war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said. As well as...

  • Cumberbatch makes Comic-Con debut

    Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich each made their Comic-Con debuts − as themselves and as their first animated characters. The two actors were in San Diego to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins Of Madagascar, a sequel to...

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