Scene and heard; U2 paid €100m by Apple

MUSIC NEWS: U2 caught us all by surprise earlier this week with the release of their new album, Songs Of Innocence, as part of a tie-in with Apple.

Scene and heard; U2 paid €100m by Apple

The album will be available for free solely on iTunes until October 13, the previously published official release date, and can then be bought in other outlets and formats, complete with extra tracks. We’ll probably never hear the truth of the matter, but the big speculation in the music world this week was about how much Apple must have paid the band for the privilege. The New York Times claims Bono and the boys were paid $100m by Apple.

Other big artistes giving the industry a shot in the arm in the coming months are David Bowie, releasing a new single and massive retrospective compilation on November 17; and Leonard Cohen, whose new Popular Problems record is out next Friday. Meanwhile, EDM star Avicii has cancelled all live dates for medical reasons following a setback that is possibly connected to the removal of his gallbladder and appendix earlier this year.

GIG WISE: Presumably U2’s new management are busy working on a monster summer tour on the back of the new album, but no details have been released yet. In the meantime, Morrissey will play the 3Arena (we’ve only recently stopped calling it the Point Depot!), with tickets going on sale this morning from €59.50+bf. Tickets also became available today for the combined gig by Sting and Paul Simon. The latter’s former collaborator Art Garfunkel will be at Vicar Street for March 10. Trad fans will salivate at the thought of the boxtastic joint tour of Séamus Begley, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout that takes in venues such as Baile Mhúirne, Waterford, Listowel and Cork this month (see; and the same website will also have details of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s In My Mind, a solo fiddle and film show touring in October. The last time 2ManyDjs were in Cork, their show at the Opera House was cancelled due to a bomb scare. Hopefully their appearance at the venue over the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Oct 26) will fare better.

FILM TIPS: Films on general release from today include Pride, the true tale of an unlikely alliance between a group of gay and lesbian activists and striking miners during the unrest in Britain in 1984.

For the young ‘uns, The Boxtrolls may provide some diversion, but be aware that it comes with warnings about rude humour and scenes that may frighten the very young.

At Triskel Christchurch in Cork, the roster from Sunday includes two documentaries: All This Mayhem, about Aussie skateboarding brothers Ben and Tas Pappas; and Finding Vivian Maier, about the mysterious American street photographer.

THEATRE NIGHTS: If the songs of Gershwin, Sondheim and Lloyd Webber float your boat, then get along to the Everyman in Cork tonight and tomorrow for Love Really, a show featuring soprano Majella Cullagh and baritone Joe Corbett. Cara O’Sullivan is also singing old songs at Cork Opera House on Sunday. In Dublin, the Tiger Dublin Fringe so far seems to have been a typically mixed affair, and the eclectic line-up continues until September 20.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The great American writer Richard Ford kicks off the Cork International Short Story Festival on Tuesday with a reading at Triskel Christchurch. Culture Night takes place next Friday with its biggest ever programme of events, see the list for each region at Music fans will be happy to see the return of Later With Jools Holland on Tuesday night on BBC Two, with the traditional extended version showing on Friday.

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