BBC reported earlier this week that Sony is to pay $750m to buy out the late singer’s 50% share in a venture that owns songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eminem and many more A-listers. Incidentally, Spike Lee’s documentary, Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, shows on BBC Two tomorrow at 9pm and is essential viewing for music fans.
Meanwhile, NME reports that Drake’s new album, Views From The 6, will be released next month. Jean-Michel Jarre is also on the release trail, with volume two of his Electronic project due in May, complete with collaborations with a huge roster of artists that includes Cyndi Lauper, Pet Shop Boys and Jeff Mills.
And no, still no word of a Radiohead date in Ireland, despite announcements of more summer gigs by the band.
Forbidden Fruit (Kilmainham, June 3-5) has been releasing line-up details all week, and we now know that Tame Impala and Jungle will top the bill on the Saturday, with Underworld and Flume on the Sunday lineup.
Maverick Sabre is to tour Ireland with an unplugged show, including visits to the Project in Waterford (May 20); and St Luke’s in Cork (May 21).
Also in Cork, Nile Rodgers and Chic return to the Marquee on June 21, while Rubyhorse have been added as support to the Frank and Walters at the Opera House on April 15.
Cork may have missed out on a visit from Bill Laurance recently, but his Snarky Puppy bandmate Cory Henry has been announced for Cyprus Avenue on May 13. Expect top-class jazzy organ grooves.
Sing Street has been in cinemas since yesterday, and John Carney’s semi-autobiographical tale of a music-obsessed teenager in Dublin looks set to add to what could be the strongest year ever in the history of Irish film.
If you’ve got smallies on school holidays to entertain, or a herd of bored teachers hanging around your garden, Zootropolis is a decent-looking animated offering in cinemas from today.
A major production of The Plough and the Stars runs at the Abbey in Dublin until April 23, before taking off for a tour that includes Cork Opera House, April 16 to May 3; and Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, May 10–14. In Cork, the story of Michael Collins’ love life that is A Great Arrangement continues at the Gardens Theatre in Ballyphehane until April 2.
A tribute to novelist Edna O’Brien takes place at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, on April 24, a production from Riverdance duo John McColgan and Moya Doherty. An eclectic mix of celebs performing readings or songs at the event will include Paddy Moloney, Mary Black and Olivia O’Leary.
Cork Printmakers currently have an exhibition of 12 members’ work at the Lavit Gallery. If you’re highly cultured and highly organised, you may be interested to know that the West Cork Chamber Music Festival (July 1-9) and the Wexford Festival Opera (Oct 26 – Nov 6) are now open for booking.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize has announced its shortlist, and the winner of the €10,000 will be revealed next month.