He’s sung with Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but until this year nobody knew who Sam Smith was. He talks about his rapid rise from cleaning toilets to being the ‘male Adele’, and his fear of losing it all

The anthem is “a nasty piece of work”, according to the Canadian writer Malcolm Gladwell, who picked a bizarrely sexy Marvin Gaye rendition of it for Desert Island Discs, the long-running BBC Radio 4 series in which celebrities introduce the pieces of music that mean the most to them. “They’re blowing stuff up [in it]. This is their national anthem. It’s about rockets and bombs. Do you need better insight into the heart of the American soul?” he said.

• Why The Star-Spangled Banner is the perfect insight into America’s soul

Tommy Ramone, the last original member from influential band, has died aged 62. 

The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. Tommy Ramone was the last surviving member of its original lineup. He had reportedly been undergoing treatment for cancer. 

• RIP Tommy Ramone: your band captured the sound in my head

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Conchita Wurst: ‘Most artists are sensitive and insecure people. I am too’

In the two months since she won Eurovision, Conchita Wurst has become a global star. Here she reflects on homophobia, gay marriage, Vladimir Putin (‘a very handsome man’) – and her dreams of winning a Grammy

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Dolly Parton offers to take home dog found at Glastonbury festival

Dolly Parton has offered to adopt a dog that was left behind at Glastonbury. The American country singer said she would take the white lurcher back to the US if its owner was not found. Read more

Photo: Dolly the dog was found at Glastonbury festival. (Adam Gray/SWNS.com)

La Roux - live:

These are sullen and internally fractured sentiments, yet they’re still set within gloriously upbeat pop tunes. Read the review

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With album sales down and recording budgets slashed, what does the future hold for studios? Katherine Rose photographs the sites that have kept faith in the music. More photos here

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Dolly Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word “crowdpleaser”. Read the five-star review 

Dolly Parton performs on the Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Samir Hussein/Redferns/Getty Images

“His name was Jonathan. He had a tent in the Healing Field. He promised a massage like no other … personal satisfaction apparently involves taking your shirt off in front of strangers. And then straddling a giant cushion. And then getting my hair pulled by a man who kept whispering ‘surrender to me’ into my ear.”