Christmas songs: the best, the worst and the downright weird

Briefing Tue 16 Dec, AT 14:16

There's a few classics in the Christmas canon, but plenty of ho-ho-horrible songs too

Ben Haenow

X Factor final 2014: Ben Haenow in shock victory

First Reaction Mon 15 Dec, AT 11:07

Croydon singer beat bookies' favourite Fleur East with Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror

Chick Chick: is this the strangest song of 2014? - video

Video Mon 17 Nov, AT 14:24

Chinese pop song Chick Chick, which features bikini-clad chickens, could be the new Gangnam Style

Bob Geldof

Band Aid 30 sales go 'bonkers' but is it patronising and clumsy?

First Reaction Mon 17 Nov, AT 13:15

Bob Geldof's Ebola charity single, Do They Know It's Christmas, launches with £1m sales within minutes

Is this the most offensive and sexist song of 2014?

First Reaction Tue 11 Nov, AT 14:52

Music video that tells women to 'shut the f*** up' is misogynistic and promotes rape culture, say critics

Cheryl Cole

Artists with more UK No1s than Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

One-Minute Read Mon 10 Nov, AT 15:53

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini becomes most successful British female solo artist in terms of UK No 1 hits

Kasey Musgraves

Gay-friendly winner marks change of tune at Country Music Awards

Talking Point Fri 7 Nov, AT 16:34

Kasey Musgraves' song Follow Your Arrow challenges country music's traditional conservatism, critics say

President Putin Singing

Six musical politicians: from a rapping Michael Gove to a tender, crooning Vladimir Putin

Summary Tue 4 Nov, AT 12:38

Norman Baker wants to focus on his band The Reform Club, but he’s not the only pop star politician

The Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West – reviews of 'witty' Puccini opera

Hot Ticket Tue 7 Oct, AT 07:34

ENO's 'brilliant' take on Puccini's wacky gold-rush melodrama has sincerity and panache

Glastonbury 2014

How to get Glastonbury tickets for 2015: sale date and tips

Briefing Thu 2 Oct, AT 12:30

First batch of tickets sold out in 14 minutes, but it's not too late to get hold of a standard ticket

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