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Madonna and Stevie Wonder in Prince tribute in Las Vegas

Stevie Wonder and Madonna led tributes to Prince at an emotional Billboard Music Awards, where Adele was named Top Artist as she continued her domination of the music world.

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Paul McCartney took to drink after Beatles broke up

Paul McCartney has revealed he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music after The Beatles broke up.

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Adele to sign £90m deal with Sony Music

Adele is reportedly due to sign a £90m record contract, landing the biggest deal ever handed to a British musician.

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How electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre formed an unlikely collaboration with Edward Snowden

Jean Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden might seem an unlikely duo, but the electronic music pioneer tells Ed Power why they were an ideal match

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Live music review: ELO at 3Arena, Dublin

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John Metcalfe is pulling strings for an eclectic list

JOHN Metcalfe’s album, The Appearance of Colour, is just his fourth solo release in 30 years. But don’t let that fool you, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Sean-nós singer Danny Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin strikes a blow for Múscraí

THINK of the Muskerry singing tradition and the likes of Iarla Ó Lionáird, Cór Chúil Aodha, or Nell Ní Chróinín may spring to mind. But whisper it quietly — the singing in this Cork Gaeltacht is not exclusively as Gaeilge.

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Album review: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

The stadium band that hates being a stadium band, Radiohead have always been at their most fascinating when confronting the contradictions of their identity.

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Jack O'Rourke wins prestigious International Songwriting Competition

Cork songwriter Jack O'Rourke has joined the likes of Gotya, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer and Mick Flannery by becoming a winner in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Jack's song 'Silence' received first place in the Lyrics Category, judged by industry legends such as Tom Waits and Bill Withers. 

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Radiohead mystery may be publicity stunt

Radiohead has disappeared — from the internet, that is.

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Album review: Brian Eno, The Ship

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Millennial girl: It’s a good time to be Meghan Trainor

A Grammy, a J-Lo hit, a collaboration with Harry Styles, a flash car and a house with a backyard in LA. It’s a good time to be Meghan Trainor, writes Shilpa Ganatra.

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Mel Mercier's musical journey from UCC to UL

After 30 years in UCC, Mel Mercier has now taken up a post in University of Limerick, writes Colette Sheridan

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It’s all good as Richmond Fontaine go out on a high note

Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine talks with Gerry Quinn about the band’s breakup and closing gigs

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Luka Bloom is squaring the musical circle in West Cork

Luka Bloom’s new album was recorded at Lettercollum House in Timoleague, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Beverley Craven is back trying to fulfill her promise again

Beverley Craven had a worldwide hit, but found raising a family didn’t fit with the life of a pop star, writes Ed Power

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Frank & Walters can still knock out a winning anthem after all these years

As the Frank & Walters release a new album, Ed Power finds the band happy to live in the present rather than looking back to their early glory days

 

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Hip-hop trio keep it in the Rusangano Family

As they release their new album today in Cork, Rusangano Family tell Don O’Mahony of their life-changing sojourn to the SXSW festival.

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Paul Heaton understands why fans want to hear the old hits

Paul Heaton hates nostalgia, but is aware why fans want to hear music from his days with the
Beautiful South and the Housemartins, writes Ed Power

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‘Colossal’ Rolling Stones interactive exhibition opens today

The Rolling Stones wanted ‘Exhibitionism’, their first-ever major exhibition, to be a “colossal” reflection of 54 years in the music business.

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Steve Barron: How I made the Billie Jean video with Michael Jackson

Steve Barron directed the music video for ‘Billie Jean’, the chart-topping second single from 1982’s Thriller.

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Surfin’ in a foreign field: The best music festivals abroad this year

Fancy some festival action as part of your summer holidays? Ed Power selects the ten best events around Europe

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Sons of Kemet are an innovative band that really do have sax appeal

Sons of Kemet are bringing their superb live sound to Ireland for two gigs, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Album review: Birdy, Beautiful Lies

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Piano provided the keys for Derry musician Ryan Vail's debut album

Ryan Vail used his restoration project on an old piano to inspire his debut album of mellow electronica, writes Ed Power

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Album review: Zayn Malik, Mind of Mine

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Oasis top the lot for best of British song poll by Radio X

‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis has been voted the ultimate British song, according to a Best of British poll by Radio X.

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Georgie Fame reflects on his career ahead of Cork gig

As he gets ready to play in Cork, Georgie Fame tells Ed Power about hanging out with The Beatles and being reduced to tears by Van Morrison 

 

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Majella Cullagh is lending her voice to a church she loves

Majella Cullagh will perform at a fundraiser next week for St Mary’s in Cork, writes Jo Kerrigan

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Live Music: The 1975 - 3Arena, Dublin

4/5

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Album reissue review: Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

5/5

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From Kilmichael to the Foggy Dew, Ireland's favourite rebel songs

Marjorie Brennan selects a Top 10 of the best rebel songs

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The 1975: A year of living sensibly

Chart-topping band The 1975 may have a reputation as a louche bunch of party boys, but Ed Power finds singer Matthew Healy is a hard worker who’s written some great songs

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Keys can’t lock Jack into a genre

JACK O’Rourke is an overnight sensation 10 years in the making, writes Ed Power

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Classical music: Irish Chamber Orchestra - UCH, Limerick

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Album Review: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

4/5

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Cork artist Cornerboy is on hip-hop’s centre stage

CORNERBOY, also known as Neil Brennan to his nearest and dearest, must be among the few Irish people who can use the adjective ‘dope’ and not get laughed out of town.

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Album review: Primal Scream, Chaosmosis

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Live music review: The Gloaming, National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Dierks Bentley is looking forward to playing Dublin's Olympia

The Olympia is the perfect venue for Dierks Bentley on his return to Ireland, he tells Ed Power

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Cork singer Stephanie Rainey pours her heart into her music

The tragic death of her nephew inspired Stephanie Rainey to write a song in his honour, writes Ed Power

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Album Review: Jack Garratt - Phase

3/5

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Limerick viral star Lynchy keeps it steady in the rap game

Co Limerick teenager Lynchy hopes to build on his YouTube success, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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The rise of superstar Dublin DJ Annie Mac

She’s the Dublin DJ who secured a prime slot on BBC radio and hung out with Sam Smith even before he was famous. Claire Droney meets the very cool Annie Mac.

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Chris Baio is changing direction from Vampire Weekend

Baio is the stage name of Chris Baio, bass player with arena alternative rockers Vampire Weekend. But the music the 31-year-old New Yorker makes as a solo artist is quite a distance from Vampire Weekend’s preppy jangle-pop, writes Ed Power

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Young musicians are giving back to the community with the Ortús chamber festival

Young musicians returning from abroad for the Ortús chamber festival are looking to share their experience with schools and give something back to the community, says Jo Kerrigan

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Richard Hawley is doing it once more with real feeling

Being told he might never walk again gave Richard Hawley a new level of emotional intensity for his latest album, writes Ed Power

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Singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan comes back to her roots in Cork

The US singer tells Don O’Mahony how her grandfather’s passing has evoked memories of blissful childhood days visiting West Cork, and how it’s all echoed in her new album

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Love and life after the silence

AN UNEXPECTED distraction reared its head as Anglo-French new wave rockers Savages were deep into recording their second album, Adore Life, last year, writes Ed Power

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McFall's Chamber have a long tradition of blurring boundaries

Mr McFall’s Chamber hope to push the Cork audience out of their comfort zone, writes Ed Power

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Boss bitch - The passion of Nicki Minaj

Pop music is dominated almost exclusively by the female star — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and, as always, Madonna. 

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Live music: John Grant - Cork Opera House

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Rock around the block with Bitch Falcon

The much-hyped Bitch Falcon swoop into Cork for an innovative music and arts festival based around two of the city’s streets, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Stirring sounds of life’s journey with Cork band Altered Hours

With a new album recorded in Berlin, Altered Hours have marked themselves out as one of the
hottest bands to emerge from Cork, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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A question of taste - Eleanor Shanley

Eleanor Shanley is from Leitrim but now lives in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. She sings with De Danann and also has a solo career that includes the recent release of an album, Forever Young. 

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Izzy Bizu on the up and up as she heads for Dublin's Sugar club

IZZY Bizu’s feet have barely touched the floor since she signed to Epic Records last year.

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Live music: Villagers - Everyman, Cork

5/5

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Live music review: Massive Attack @ The Olympia, Dublin

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Album Review: Sia - This is Acting

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Arch collaborator Marc Ribot comes out with solo tour

Marc Ribot has lent his experimental guitar sounds to albums by the likes of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. He tells Eoghan O’Sullivan to get ready for anything at his one Irish show

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John Grant has gone through darkness and light with his music

John Grant was never the cheeriest man in music — and often with good reason. But Ed Power finds him in fine fettle as he prepares for his Cork gig

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Wainwright sisters are doing it for themselves at Ballincollig Winter Music Festival

Martha Wainwright and her sibling Lucy are putting their incredible music pedigree to good use for a new covers album and a gig in Cork, writes Ed Power

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A question of taste - Alex Petcu

Cork-born percussionist Alex Petcu comes from a Romanian family who are heavily involved in the musical life of the city.

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Ronnie continues to help singers of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

LIVELY octogenarian Dr Veronica Dunne — known to everyone as Ronnie — hasn’t stopped working in her chosen field since childhood, writes Jo Kerrigan. 

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The Maccabees are bearing their marks

Their fourth album was their first chart-topper, proving The Maccabees are in it for the
long haul, says Ed Power

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Album Review: Villagers - Where Have You Been All My Life?

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David Bowie's ‘Blackstar’ album may be his most jolting

He may be a recluse, but his second album in three years is a record David Bowie made for himself, writes Ed Power

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