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The X Factor column: Week Six

PRS for Music’s pop guru Russell Iliffe brings us the latest from the last round of X Factor: check out his analysis of a competition which is rapidly hotting up...

Playlist: Arctic Monkeys

This week our playlist celebrates the release of AM, the latest album by Sheffield guitar band Arctic Monkeys. Not only is it being heralded by critics as the group’s best yet, but it’s on course for being one of the most popular with record buyers. It’s set to overtake Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories to have the biggest first week sales of the year so far. Check out our playlist showcasing some of the band’s best moments of their career as well as cuts from friends and influences…

David Arnold on the 2012 Olympics

M caught up with David Arnold, renowned songwriter, film composer and producer, to find out more about his role as music director for the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony and hear about what's in store for the big event next summer.