Eoghan O’Sullivan shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.
MUSIC NEWS: ‘Despacito’ is the first Spanish song since ‘Macarena’ to reach top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, per The Ringer.
Perhaps more impressively the song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, with a remix featuring Justin Bieber, is the most streamed of all time.
It’s topped 4.6bn plays across all services — YouTube accounts for over 3bn of those hits, Spotify about 26%, according to Music Ally. Bieber held the previous record for most streamed — one wonders how long ‘Despacito’ holds on.
With all this talk about streaming, you might be forgiven for thinking illegal downloads were a thing of the (very recent) past. But no: Lana Del Rey releases new album Lust for Life today but it had already leaked early, of course.
The ‘Video Games’ singer responded to tweeters sharing links to the album, calling them “little fuckers”. When she asked for the link so it could be deleted, the ‘fan’ said it already was. Lana: “Better be.” The music industry in 2017 — a strange place.
GIG WISE: Pussy Riot have announced shows at Dublin’s Button Factory (November 23) and Belfast’s Mandela Hall (November 24) that may not be your usual gig fare. One of their members, Maria Alyokhina, has a memoir forthcoming entitled Riot Days, and Pussy Riot are playing Ireland as part of the Riot Days tour.
The shows are directed by Yury Muravitsky and feature Alyokhina retelling the story of the guerilla protest in a Moscow cathedral that led to the band members’ imprisonment.
Tomorrow, Connolly’s of Leap is also hosting a different kind of gig. French filmmaker Vincent Moon presents a live cinema creation, site specific to Ireland, alongside award-winning fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh.
Townlands Carnival begins at Rusheen Farm, Macroom, Co Cork, today and runs until Sunday. It features an eclectic lineup including Rubberbandits, Jeru the Damaja, and Le Boom aka the festival hit of the summer.
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Damien Dempsey tonight and Passenger on Sunday draw the curtain on Iveagh Gardens’ musical offering this summer, before the laughs roll in (more anon).
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan continues in Cork this weekend. The Munster finals of the céilí and set-dancing competitions will take place in the Everyman Theatre over the next three days. Oh and some band called U2 are playing Croke Park tomorrow.
FILM TIPS: Tonight, the Triskel on Tobin St has two classics, ‘back for one night only’: Multiple Maniacs (6pm) and Goodfellas (8.15pm).
Christopher Nolan’s epic (though not in running time, coming in at a breezy 106mins) Dunkirk (inset) is out today.
Dublin’s IFI is the only cinema showing it in 70mm — ask your film nerd friends to explain why that’s a must-see experience.
David Lynch: The Art Life, a portrait of the Twin Peaks creator, is also out in selected cinemas, such as the IFI and the Lighthouse, today.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Dublin Fringe Festival, September 9-24, has unveiled its lineup. There is something for all types of theatre fans.
Fresh from their showing on Britain’s Got Talent, Cork’s Lords of Strut have a suitably understated show, ‘Absolute Legends’, on the bill as part of the Young Radicals: Fringe for Kids programme.
Cork Opera House’s summer production of Annie kicked off yesterday and continues until August 20, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
COMEDY CAPERS: Joe Rooney — yes, Fr Damo on Father Ted — is at City Limits in Cork tomorrow night.
Iveagh Garden hosts the Vodafone Comedy Festival next weekend, Thursday to Sunday, July 27-30.
It features Al Porter (before he heads over to Edinburgh for a starring role in the Fringe), Alison Spittle, 2017 Grammy award winner Patton Oswalt, Katy Brand, and tonnes more.
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