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The X Factor column: week seven

The X Factor has now been on our screens for a decade and this weekend saw ITV1 in celebratory mood with the show featuring songs that have been hits for past winners and runners-up, says Russell Iliffe.

M meets… Nina Woodford

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Swedish singer songwriter Nina Woodford, who co-wrote James Morrison’s hit single Broken Strings and has penned songs for Tom Jones and Leona Lewis, talks to M about her passion for pop, Nordic music culture and the inspirations she draws on when she’s in the studio.

BBC reveals Olympics music plans

As 2012 looms and attention turns to the impending Olympic Games, how will the event effect UK music? M spoke to Jason Carter, event director at the BBC, who is overseeing the London Festival 2012 musical event at Hackney Marshes next June to find out what the corporation has in store.

Going For Gold

As Olympic fever begins to grip the country, songwriters, composers and arts organisations around the country prepare to seize the limelight. Anita Awbi hears from those who will make it happen for UK music next year.

UK is Eurovision winner after all

M caught up with Iain Farquharson, the co-writer of the song that won this year's Eurovision for Azerbaijan - Running Scared. Taking time out from a songwriting session for Leona Lewis, Iain revealed the story behind the song and told us about his journey from boy band to successful songwriter.