Archaeologists discover oldest musical instrument
Researchers in Germany have discovered a treasure trove of prehistoric artefacts over 40,000 years old. Among them is a simple flute thought to be the oldest instrument ever discovered.
Big names dominate at ‘predictable’ BRIT awards
Adele and Ed Sheeran cleaned up at this week’s BRIT awards. With gongs for Rihanna and Coldplay, the night shimmered with the UK’s most successful acts. But did it lack the unexpected?
Review Of The Year: 2011’s pop culture bestsellers
As the year draws to a close, everyone’s talking about the culture that defined 2011. The biggest sellers are familiar to us all – but do they tell us anything about society?
Jackson’s doctor convicted of killing singer
Michael Jackson’s doctor faces jail for killing the singer by injecting strong anaesthetics to help him sleep. What happens to medical ethics when the patient is so rich and so troubled?
A curly tale: the musical life of one pig
The life of a pig, from birth to plate, is providing the sounds for an entire album this week. Is it really necessary to be brought so close to the reality of a bacon sandwich?
Rihanna’s field day censored by Irish farmer
Filming of a risqué music video was interrupted by a devout 65-year-old, who insisted that the scantily-clad singer cover up. Was he right to object to the salacious scenes?
Joy and controversy over book and music awards
It's awards season, and the worlds of literature and music are celebrating and bickering over the Mercury and Man Booker prize contenders. Does winning matter, beyond boosting sales and careers?
'Boring' pop fuels booming classical sales
The music world is being shaken by a new breed of young composers, producers and performers. And – to the surprise of many – they're all devotees of classical music.
Violin smashes price records at charity auction
A 290-year-old 'Stradivarius' violin has sold for record £9.8 million at auction. What was the Stradivarius secret and how can a musical instrument be worth that much?
Longest running radio show wants you!
Desert Island Discs offers celebrities the chance to choose their favourite music. Now it's asking everyone to join in the game. Will you take up the radio's oldest music challenge?
Creating a problem for China: art and music
Outspoken artist Ai Weiwei has disappeared in China, where Bob Dylan has been forced to play a censored list of songs. The regime fears they are giving 'a voice to the voiceless'.