Rick Astley

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Pat Kenny: you don’t want him on your case

When the verdict comes, after all the legal arguments, it’s a surprise: having tussled over points of criminal law, Pat Kenny delivers his scathing ju(...)

And then there were three... Mark Owen and Howard Donald and Gary Barlow of Take That

Thirty years ago, in Manchester, five young men were taken under the charge of music manager Nigel Martin-Smith, whose aim was to create a British ver(...)

Hailee Steinfeld in Bumblebee

One of the biggest (and most pleasant) surprises of the movie year arrives as the minute hand closes in on New Year’s Day. Okay, the utter loveliness (...)

Rick role: never gonna give up trying to replicate the golden-voiced croonster’s buoyant bouffant

I’ve been thinking a lot due to the week that’s in it about where I derived my moral guidance as a chubby Corkonian child. Who were my role models (I (...)

Avengers: Infinity War: the team behind the film has gone to great lengths to guard the story prior to its release this week. Photograph: Marvel Studios Photograph: Marvel Studios

This article may contain spoilers. Possibly. The word has been so semantically unstable of late that we’re not entirely sure. Speaking to Benedict Cu(...)

“If we had a kid I’d call him Opus”: St Patrick’s Day, aka Johnny Murphy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Early on St Patrick’s morning I meet St Patrick. He has his trademark hat, crozier, robe, chewing gum and sunglasses. “My full name is St Patrick’s Da(...)

Rejjie Snow. Photograph: C Brandon/Redferns

REJJIE SNOW ft. PELL Virgo **** – One artist not to be missed at Electric Picnic this weekend is Dubliner Rejjie Snow, whose debut album, Dear Annie, (...)

Michelle Obama: critics claim sections of a speech by Melania Trump were lifted virtually verbatim from a speech Mrs Obama made in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. The Trump campaign has dismissed the complaints. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Migrant double standards It was not the plagiarised part of Melania Trump’s speech that bothered one Republican delegate on the floor of the conve(...)

A choirmaster undergoing a 75-hour ordeal of being locked in a hotel room listening only to Rick Astley’s (above) hit Never Gonna Give You Up has already broken his £2,000 fundraising target.

A choirmaster undergoing a 75-hour ordeal of being locked in a hotel room listening only to Rick Astley’s hit Never Gonna Give You Up has already brok(...)

What would  William Shakespeare have made of modern pop? Erik Didriksen has a few suggestions. Photograph:  Getty Images

Erik Didriksen’s brilliant new book, Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favourite Songs (published by 4th Estate), takes some of our finest p(...)

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