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Dame Vera Lynn: The Forces' Sweetheart turns 100

When she turned 11, Vera took her grandmother’s maiden name of Lynn as a stage name. She had no formal singing lessons as a child – and just one as an adult. She said: “I thought I could extend my range but when the teacher heard me sing she said ‘I cannot train that voice, it’s not a natural voice.’. ...

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Depeche Mode return with new album 'Spirit'

BERLIN Depeche Mode are back, releasing their 14th studio album which the British synth-pop musicians describe as “bleak”. The Syrian conflict and rise of nationalism in Europe are cited by the band as inspiration for their songs on “Spirit”. “I think it is a quite bleak album, it doesn’t view humanity very kindly but … by calling it ‘Spirit’, maybe ...

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Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

By Bill Trott <span class="articleLocation”>Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre’s sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90. Police in St. Charles County, outside St. Louis, said they were called to ...

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Entertainment news round-up: 12-18 March

Another busy week in the entertainment world has ended, including the announcements of the new Bake Off line-up, the final Glastonbury headliner, and the title of JK Rowling’s new novel. Here’s a round-up of some things you might have missed: Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at To see the full content, share this page by ...

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Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker are reportedly tipped for Strictly

Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker are reportedly being tipped for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. The pair, who will be performing in Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief on Saturday, are seen by TV bosses as a great signing for the next series, according to The Sun. The couple aren’t giving anything away. “At the moment ...

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Frances reveals Paul McCartney's songwriting tips

Beware of Frances: She’s on a one-woman mission to force all the water in your body out through your tear ducts. Nominated for the Brits critics’ choice award and the BBC Sound of 2016, the singer has a knack for achingly beautiful ballads that tug at the heartstrings. Songs like Let It Out and Say It Again have earned her ...

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The sequels that should never have been made

Gladiator is the latest film which might be receiving the sequel treatment. The film, which was directed by Ridley Scott, won the best picture Oscar in 2000. Before now, many of us thought a sequel was out of the question because Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by the film’s star, Russell Crowe, you know, died at the end of the last ...

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Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

PARIS A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia will go on auction in Paris on Saturday. Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album “A Hard Day’s Night”. Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records and more besides. “Starting from 1967, I gave myself an absolutely impossible mission: own everything concerning ...

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Thimble, wheelbarrow, boot kicked out of Monopoly board game

By Tom James | SEATTLE SEATTLE If you have ever wanted to rampage through a game of Monopoly like a dinosaur, you’re in luck. The popular U.S. board game is changing out three of its playing tokens, swapping in a penguin, T-Rex and rubber ducky in for the thimble, wheelbarrow and boot, Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro Inc HAS.N said ...

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Polanski cannot dictate terms to end rape case: LA prosecutors

LOS ANGELES Fugitive director Roman Polanski could face a tough U.S court battle next week as he seeks to resolve his four-decade rape case without spending more time in jail. Los Angeles prosecutors said in a court filing ahead of a hearing on Monday that the Oscar-winning movie maker could not dictate the terms of his return to the United ...

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