Taylor Swift releases her new album Lover tomorrow. It follows 2017’s Reputation and is her first with new label Republic. Swift (below) was in the news earlier this summer after it was announced that the master recordings of all her albums to date had been sold in a $300m deal, which Swift later called the “worst case scenario” and claimed to have known nothing about.
Now, in an interview due to air on US station CBS on Sunday, Swift has said she has big plans in a bid to reclaim ownership, in a way, of the six albums.
Host Tracy Smith asks whether Swift would rerecord her past songs, to which the singer responds “Oh yeah,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “That’s a plan?” Smith asks. Swift: “Yeah, absolutely.”
Dublin dance duo Le Boom were drafted in late to play the inaugural Love Sensation festival in Dublin City last weekend after Gossip had to pull out as front woman Beth Ditto had a fall at the airport. She took to Twitter to show off her injuries, lest there be any doubters.
Le Boom, meanwhile, have announced that they’re “disappearing” after their Irish tour in October, though they promise they’ll be back but just “don’t know when”.
Sinead O’Connor’s Irish tour sold out quickly last week, including a date at Cork Opera House over the Jazz Weekend. She’s added a second night at Vicar Street, on Monday, October 28. Tickets go on sale this Monday at 10am.
The National Concert Hall in Dublin hosts Change the World on September 14-15, ‘specially curated’ shows of Bertolt Brecht songs and poems. The lineup, announced this week, includes Microdisney/Fatima Mansions frontman Cathal Coughlan, Ute Lemper, Meow Meow, Gavin Friday, and Camille O’Sullivan, among others.
All Together Now today announced it is returning for its third outing on July 31-August 2, 2020. “We are deeply disappointed that some areas of this year’s All Together Now fell short of expectations.” No increase in capacity is promised for next year. Some tickets are already on sale, if you’ve bought before, and go on general sale next Thursday.
Quiet Lights festival returns to Cork City for its second outing on November 22-24 with a folk/trad lineup announced today including Cormac Begley and Liam O’Connor, Ye Vagabonds and Scottish small piper Bríghde Chaimbuel, Peter Broderick, Rozi Plain, and Lankum, among others.
This weekend sees Sharon Shannon return to West Cork for a show at De Barra’s in Clonakilty tomorrow tonight while slightly further west, in Connolly’s of Leap, the esoteric stylings of Kerry’s Junior Brother can be heard tomorrow evening.
Never Grow Old (below) is among this week’s releases as the west of Ireland stars as 19th century USA in Irishman Ivan Kavanagh’s western starring Emile Hirsch and John Cusack. Blinded By The Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha, could be the feel-good hit of the autumn.
It tells of a teenager of Pakistani descent growing up in 1987 England amid racism and economic turmoil. But after discovering Bruce Springsteen, maybe things will all turn out OK. Gerard Butler stars in Angel Has Fallen, also out tomorrow.
You can probably guess exactly how a Gerard Butler film in 2019 goes at this stage. New to Netflix, meanwhile, is American Factory, a documentary about the culture clash that follows a Chinese company opening in downtrodden Ohio. The film was bought by the Obamas’ production company after storming Sundance.
The fifth International Waterford Walls Street Art Festival features 35 street artists in locations around the city, running until Sunday. A festival bus will depart from Cork’s Kent Train Station Saturday at 9.45am returning at 10pm. See waterfordwalls.ie/