Beyoncé caught us all on the hop last week with the surprise release of her album, but such has been the subsequent hype it has broken all sorts of iTunes records and became the fastest-selling album on the service. About 830,000 copies were downloaded globally in three days, with 617,000 of those being sold in the US. Oscar Wilde was probably talking about the Pixies when he famously said, “To lose one Kim may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two Kims looks like carelessness.” However, lead singer Black Francis has described the departure from the group of Kim Deal and her replacement Kim Shattuck as showing how band dynamics are not like a marriage. In an interview with Yahoo, Francis also refused to get into the reasons for either departure. “Frankly, you don’t want to explain it to anybody — a lot of it’s personal, private shit,” he said. Hopefully, the fact that the new bassist is not named Kim will mean he lasts until the band’s two Irish gigs in June. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd was hit with the inevitable accusations of anti-semitism earlier this week when he compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians with that of the Jews by the Nazis. Several Jewish leaders described Waters’ words as an anti-semitic diatribe.
This year’s Live at the Marquee line-up for Cork looks like being the strongest yet, with the Prodigy (Jul 2) added to a bill that includes the likes of Neil Young (Jul 10) and Pixies (Jun 30). Beyoncé’s original three gigs at the O2 sold out in about 20 minutes, and by the time you read this, it’s entirely possible that tickets for the fourth gig on Mar 12 are also gone. At least it should be easier to pick up tickets for the Coronas at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Jun 27.
Laurent Garnier has announced bank holiday DJ sets for the Savoy in Cork on Saturday, Mar 15, and the Button Factory in Dublin the following night. Kerri Chandler is also due to play the Savoy on Mar 7. Also in Cork, local heroes John Daly and Stevie G share a bill at the Pavilion on Monday, while the Go Deep crew are just about recovered enough from the recent 25th anniversary celebrations to do their bit at the same venue on Friday. Booka Shade are back in Ireland on Apr 26 for a live gig at Vicar Street in Dublin.
Mario Rosenstock seems to be the Beyoncé of the Irish comedy world, with demand for his Gift Grub 3 live show prompting an extra two dates at Cork Opera House. The master impressionist now appears at the venue for six consecutive nights, May 21-26. Russell Kane will also tour in Ireland next year, including
Dublin Laughter Lounge on May 8, Cork Opera House on May 9 and Roisin Dubh in Galway on May 10. Dara O Briain is reprising his old RTÉ show The Panel for a live experience at Vicar Street on Feb 25, while megastar US ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is at the O2 ion Apr 24.
James Cameron has announced three Avatar sequels which will be filmed in New Zealand, with the first to hit cinemas around Christmas 2016. In between all the Christmas monsters on TV, music fans should look out for an interesting Channel 4 documentary on the influence of the gay club scene on popular music. Queer As Pop (next Friday, 10.55pm) looks at how disco, house and the new romantic genres have their roots in the gay underground. Contributors include Andy Bell, Nile Rodgers and Paul Oakenfold.