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Glastonbury fires Mumford and Sons back to top of charts

Plus: Hrithik Roshan's surgery successful; Jessie J leaves The Voice UK; Nawazuddin Siddiqui prefers serious roles; Michael Parkinson says he has cancer; Pakistani actress eyed to star opposite Hashmi.

Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons perform at the recent Glastonbury music festival. Shirlaine Forrest / WireImage
Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons perform at the recent Glastonbury music festival. Shirlaine Forrest / WireImage

The folk rockers Mumford and Sons climbed to the top of the British album chart this week, as sales of their 2012 album Babel rose in the week after they played the final set at the recent Glastonbury music festival. The four-piece band hailing from west London beat Michael Bublé's To Be Loved to claim the top spot. Glastonbury performances also boosted sales for the Rolling Stones, whose 2012 album Grrr! rose 29 places to number 20, and the Arctic Monkeys whose 2006 record Whatever People Say That's What I'm Not charted at number 15. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old soul singer John Newman scored a No 1 debut single with his track Love Me Again. - Reuters

Hrithik Roshan's brain surgery successful

Hrithik Roshan successfully underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, Bollywood Life reported. "The operation went off smoothly and Hrithik is out of danger and on his way to complete recovery. He should be out of the hospital in the next 48 hours," said his father Rakesh Roshan. Hrithik's parents and wife Suzanne were present throughout the 50-minute surgery to correct the chronic subdural haematoma. On June 27, the actor unveiled the first look of his superhero film Krrish 3 on Facebook. The sci-fi thriller will be out on November 4, a day after Diwali. - The National staff

Jessie J will stop coaching for The Voice UK

Jessie J will not return to coach on the third season of The Voice UK. "I've absolutely loved my time on The Voice and I hope everyone saw and knows how passionately I felt about the show," she posted on Twitter. "However, I can't wait to promote my new record around the world and that has to take priority." The BBC didn't comment on the future of the show's other three coaches: will.i.am, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue. - The National staff

Nawazuddin Siddiqui prefers serious roles

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is doing a film with Anurag Kashyap again, and will be taking on another serious role. In an interview with Bollywood Life, he says it's easy to be a hero in a masala film. "Dancing around trees, wearing red shirts - anyone can do that. There's nothing challenging about a starry role. They're all the same, too clichéd. Why should I do 50 films of the same kind? ... I'm an actor. And this is a good time in Indian cinema to be an actor." Siddiqui will next be seen in the film Shorts, co-starring Irrfan Khan and Huma Qureshi and directed by Shlok Sharma. It is scheduled to be released in cinemas this week. - The National staff

Michael Parkinson says he has cancer

The veteran British chat show host Michael Parkinson revealed on Sunday that he has prostate cancer. Parkinson, 78, who interviewed Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire and Orson Welles in a career spanning 50 years, said he was diagnosed with the disease in May, was undergoing radiotherapy and suffering no side effects or pain. "I'm 78 and I have had a good life," said Parkinson, who announced his retirement from television in 2007. "I shall be around for a while yet, to the delight of my friends and the dismay of my enemies." - Reuters

Pakistani actress eyed to star opposite Hashmi

The Pakistani actress Humaima Malick, known for her role in the 2011 film Bol, is being eyed to make her Bollywood debut with Kunal Deshmukh's next directorial venture, which features Emraan Hashmi. Shooting begins at the end of the month. According to Bollywood Life, Malick has been screen-tested for the role. - The National staff

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