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MUSIC NEWS: Nile Rodgers seems to be in so many places at the moment you shouldn’t be surprised if he pops his head out of your fridge when you reach for that cold drink later today.

The guitarist’s latest project is another collaboration with his ‘Get Lucky’ mates Daft Punk in which they’ll be working on some old Chic material he thought had been lost.

Meanwhile, the French duo have joined the roster of artists aiming to boost their bank balances with a move into leisure-wear. It isn’t clothes they’re lending their brand to, however, but condoms. In an alliance with Durex, a range of ‘Get Lucky’ condoms will be hitting the shelves soon.

Morrissey has been awarded £10,000 from a court case with Channel 4 over the British broadcaster’s unauthorised use of Smiths song ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’ to promote a Gordon Ramsay Christmas special.

Fittingly, Morrissey has donated the money to animal rights group Peta to campaign against the sale of foie gras at Fortnum & Mason.

Another vocalist standing up for what he believes in is rapper Mos Def, who volunteered to be force-fed Guantanamo Style to highlight the conditions of the hunger-striking inmates in the American prison.

The video of the experience is widely available online and makes for fairly harrowing viewing.

Finally, producer William Orbit famously worked his magic for Madonna on Ray of Light and other albums, and recently revealed he’s off to LA soon to help Britney Spears with a new album due before the end of the year. Another British producer Naughty Boy is also involved in the project.

GIG WISE: There are two cancellations to take note of in Cork. The Gaslamp Killer won’t be able to bring his eclectic DJ sounds to the Pavilion tonight as he was involved in a moped accident in downtown LA earlier this week.

The W&W show in the Savoy next Friday has also been cancelled, with the Dutch trance duo now playing at the Village instead. A free bus from Cork has been offered to ticket holders, or full refunds are available for both gigs.

In recent years we’ve seen glimmers of the contribution that Ireland’s immigrant community can make to the musical life of the country, and the latest incarnation of this, Pitak, bring their gwoka creole sounds of the French Caribbean to the Pavilion on Sunday for a free gig. Also in Cork, recent Marquee visitors Bell X1 return to the Rebel county next month to join De La Soul and Bastille on the bill for the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown (Aug 2-4).

In Dublin, techno legend Derrick May will be at the Twisted Pepper on Aug 4. Of course, the real big deal in the coming days is the tour by Bruce Springsteen and his E Street band. Beginning in Limerick on Tuesday, they’re in Cork on Thursday and Kilkenny on Jul 28.

FILM TIPS: Neil Jordan’s latest film Byzantium is at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday. The modern vampire saga stars Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Sam Riley.

The children’s screenings continue at the IFI in Dublin this weekend, with a programme that includes an ‘autism-friendly’ showing of Das Pferd auf dem Balkon (A Horse on the Balcony) tomorrow at 1pm.

VISUAL ART: Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell will be in the RDS in Dublin on Sunday for Sky 1’s filming of the Portrait Artist of the Year. Admission is free. Sleepwalkers, an ongoing project where six artists use the gallery space in the Hugh Lane as space for research, opened at the Dublin facility on Wednesday. In the Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, Co Cork, there’s a joint exhibition entitled World View of an Oyster.


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