YouTube has released its ‘most watched music videos’ list for 2013, and no surprises that Miley Cyrus occupies two of the top five slots. We had almost forgotten about Psy, however, so hadn’t predicted that his ‘Gentleman’ track would occupy the top spot. Our researchers report an inordinate amount of flesh being shown in the top 10, suggesting Ms Cyrus has struck a winning formula with her less-is-more wardrobe. Our own prize for the best tune in the list goes to Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ at number eight, proving that a good earworm can still do the business. While Kanye West wasn’t happy with the spoof comments attributed to him in which he supposedly billed himself as the next Nelson Mandela, some true quotes from R Kelly about cuddly Chris Brown were just as incredible. Commenting on Brown’s ability to come back from those, ahem, hard knocks, Kelly reckoned he portrayed traits comparable to Martin Luther King and Jesus. Belfast trio Two Door Cinema Club have seen their star rise over the past year, and they’ve been announced as the first headliners for the Latitude festival in England. No word yet on the sister event Longitude in Dublin. Fans of the late Johnny Cash can look forward to an album of unreleased songs Sony plans to release next year.
It’s been quite a week for gig announcements, underlining how important the Christmas pressie market has become for Irish promoters in these straitened times. One of the highlights of the summer is already shaping up to be Arcade Fire and the Pixies at Marlay Park in Dublin on Jun 29. Tickets went on sale this morning at €61.50 + booking fee. Live at the Marquee in Cork is similarly blessed with a stellar lineup, with Elbow (Jun 24), Robert Plant (Jun 25) and Pixies (Jun 30). Dublin five-piece Little Green Cars look set for greater things in 2014, and have already booked gigs for Cork Opera House on Mar 14 and Seapoint Ballroom, Galway, on Mar 29. Also in Cork, Greenshine & Mick Pyro are at Coughlans in Douglas Street tomorrow, while Mick Flannery is at the Opera House on Dec 31 as part of a tour that also includes INEC Killarney (Dec 27) and Dolans in Limerick (Dec 29).
Mario Rosenstock, below, is hitting the road for the third time with a new Gift Grub show, with appearances announced for: Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Apr 24-26; University Concert Hall, Limerick, May 1-3; and Cork Opera House, May 22-24. Tommy Tiernan is also going to enhance his reputation as the hardest working standup in the business, with no fewer than two world tours underway. We don’t have enough paper to list all the dates, but his website has all the details on his appearances in Donegal (December) and Co Dublin (January). In Cork, Karl Spain, Cryil Bedeway, and Foil Arms and Hog share a bill at City Limits tonight and tomorrow.
Films at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Monday include highly rated French tale Jeune et Jolie, about a young woman drawn into prostitution. In Dublin, a series of free films for Christmas at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar from Tuesday includes How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Tuesday) and Annie Hall (Friday).
Cork Printmakers have an exhibition of new work from members at the Wandesford Quay Gallery until Jan 11, with average prices ranging from €100-€250. One of the big exhibitions for next year will be IMMA’s retrospective of Irish artist Patrick Scott, opening at the Dublin gallery on Feb 16.