Review: Beyoncé, Homecoming

Beyoncé may be Queen of Pop. But she’s also mistress of the surprise album drop.

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Michelle Obama calls Beyonce ‘queen’ in video celebrating singer’s Netflix film

The former US first lady commended Homecoming for being both ‘a celebration and a call to action’.

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A question of taste: Katie Kim

Katie Kim, aka Katie Sullivan, is originally from Waterford but is currently living in Dublin. She is one of the acts playing the It Takes A Village festival in Trabolgan, Co Cork (May 10-12), an event that also features Gilles Peterson, The Herbaliser, Don Letts, etc.

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Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards reveals she suffered from severe panic attacks

The pop star said that social media often made her feel ‘trapped and claustrophobic’.

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Walking On Cars revved up and ready to go for second album

Dingle heroes Walking on Cars tell Ed Power how they got past second-album syndrome, and why the band are turning their Cork gig into a sort of homecoming.

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Search begins for Ireland's next top country music star

Music legends Margo and Nathan Carter are searching for Ireland's next country star.

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Bebe Rexha tells fans: I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed any more

The singer said she did not want her fans to feel sorry for her.

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Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer Prize win

The Pulitzer board said the award was given to the soul star for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.

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Singer Dua Lipa meets young refugees in Lebanon

The London-born star’s parents fled conflict in the Balkans in 1992.

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Skabilly rebel Roddy Byers ready to rock in Tramore

In advance of his trip to Ireland, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers looks back on his early days with The Specials, and tells Ellie O’Byrne about the musical subgenre he invented

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Ed Sheeran to play one-off show for London charity

The star will perform at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in July.

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Lindsay Woods: Alanis Morrisette gave confidence to so many questioning teenagers

Recently, an online article featured on Jezebel, entitled, ‘Jagged Little Pill is actually very bad???’

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Gavin James: Tapping into our love of a pub sing-song

“Are there any lovebirds in the house? And if there aren’t, what the hell are you doing at a Gavin James gig?”

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Scene and heard: Record Store Day, Homecoming and GOT

Des O'Driscoll shares the latest news from the entertainment world.

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Irish R&B group Chasing Abbey on finding their groove

To make it to the top, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom first.

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Cork '91 - When Nirvana and Kurt Cobain came to town

To mark the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, Des O’Driscoll looks back on the day in 1991 when the late singer’s band played a support slot at Sir Henry’s in Cork.

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The Darkness announce new album and headline Dublin show

UK rock band The Darkness have announced a headline Dublin show at the Academy for November 27 this year as well as a release of a new album.

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Setting the record straight: Music's greatest comeback revolves at 45rpm

Saturday is Record Store Day - and with viyl sales on the up, Ed Power wonders, in an era of streaming and music on demand, just why we are still drawn to the humble LP

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Westlife concert will be broadcast live in cinemas across Ireland and UK

Didn't manage to get tickets to Westlife's 'The Twenty Tour'? Well, you can still manage to get in on the action, sort of.

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From struggling troubadour to chart-topper: David Gray takes to Bórd Gais Energy Theatre stage

David Gray has had an occasionally fraught relationship with his back catalogue, once telling this writer he was a bit jaundiced playing his biggest hit, Babylon, night after night.

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Joining the dots with BBC DJ Gilles Peterson

Renowned DJ and producer Gilles Peterson's weekly show on BBC 6 diplays the north London tastemaker’s eclectic approach, taking in such genres as soul, jazz, hip-hop, electronica and world music, writes Des O'Driscoll.

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Billie Eilish breaks record as debut album hits top spot

The Los Angeles native is the youngest solo female ever to hit number one.

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Fontaines DC: Dublin city rockers

Fontaines D.C’s debut album arrives as a hard-edged antidote to other elements of the Irish music scene, writes Ed Power

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Scene + Heard: Literary feasts and gigs galore

The county of Cork will provide an intersection for the worlds of music and literature during the summer at several events. Among them is the West Cork Literary Festival (July 12-19)

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Barbra Streisand reunites with A Star Is Born co-star Kris Kristofferson

The pair appeared together in the 1976 version of the film.

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'He kind of changed my life' - Louis Walsh on working alongside Simon Cowell

Louis Walsh, who is currently on the judging panel of Ireland's Got Talent and whose wildcard Bary D'Arcy from Cork is competing in this weekend's semi-final, joined Ray D'Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Not quite a return to the Stone Age

The case can be made that Queens of the Stone Age in their pomp were among the last great monsters of rock.

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Fleetwood Mac cancels US concert after band member falls ill

It is unclear which member of the six-piece was unwell.

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'Even people like Ed Sheeran are a positive influence', says Cork guitarist Bill Shanley

Bill Shanley owns 18 guitars, a number he feels is just about right.

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'Will I retire? I’ll have to one day': Rod Stewart on his tour and love of football

Rod Stewart tells Ed Power about his upcoming Irish dates, his cover of Grace, and his ongoing love affair with football.

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Fans gather for funeral of Prodigy star Keith Flint

The much-loved vocalist was found dead at his home in Essex on March 4 at the age of 49.

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Tributes to ‘funniest, sweetest’ Liverpool indie band Her’s after fatal US crash

Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading have been praised by their former teacher and their peers.

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Scene and Heard: This week's entertainment news

GIG WISE: Some extra tickets went on sale this morning for the Spice Girls at Croke Park in May.

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The rarest Beatles record of them all goes under the hammer

The band’s memorabilia will hit all the right notes, says Des O’Sullivan.

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Shakira shrugs off ‘plagiarism’ claim in Madrid court evidence

A Cuban-born singer has alleged that the lyrics, rhythm and melody of La Bicicleta are similar to his work.

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From black metal to Bliss Signal

Black metal act Altar Of Plagues operated on a different level to their peers.

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Cardi B defends herself after video emerges of her discussing robbing men

The rapper said she does not have a ‘perfect past’.

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Out of Africa and into Cork's Live at the Marquee

Toto will play their classic mega-hit, and plenty more hits from their impressive repertoire, at the Marquee in Cork, writes Ed Power.

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Body and Soul 'Rising' artists lineup revealed

Seat 2FM Rising have announced a list of rising artists confirmed to play at Body & Soul this summer.

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‘The stars seemed to align’ – Lighthouse Family star on comeback after 18 years

The musical duo, Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker, will release Blue Sky In Your Head, their first album since 2001, in May.

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Review: Anderson.Paak at the Olympia, Dublin

Des O'Driscoll witnessed a superb show by Anderson.Paak at the Olympia in Dublin.

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Four become five for short trip home to Cork

The Cork couple from the renowned Carducci Quartet are looking forward to playing with Julian Bliss on their Irish tour this week, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Nicki Minaj tells Ireland 'I love you' after cancelling Dublin gig

Nicki Minaj has tweeted to say "Dear Ireland I Love You".

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Album review: Dido - Still on My Mind

It was an unlikely Eminem endorsement that turned the masses on to Dido’s wine bar pop in the early 2000s. As sampled by Slim Shady’s fan-goes-cray-cray parable ‘Stan’, her single ‘Thank You’ became an overnight passport to the big time and record sales in the tens of millions.

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Salonika: Cork’s greatest hit

As Jimmy Crowley and Lankum join forces for a gig, Marjorie Brennan delves into the fascinating history of the wartime ballad they both perform

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Ruth Anne Cunningham: Doing it for herself

She left Dublin for LA at just 17 – and wrote music for everyone from Niall Horan to Britney Spears. But as she performs in Cork this weekend, Ruth Anne tells Ed Power she’s finally ready to take centre stage

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Musical partnership across two continents

The collaboration between Aidan Coffey and the late Séamus Creagh was founded in Cork and survived for many years over long distances, writes Pet O’Connell

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John Mayer includes Dublin date on world tour

John Mayer has added European concerts to his 2019 World Tour, including a stop in Dublin.

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John Cooper Clarke: In my own words

As John Cooper Clarke prepares for his Irish tour, he talks music, mad gigs, top fashion tips, and giving up heroin

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Dido announces headline show at 3Arena

Singer Dido has announced she will perform at Dublin's 3Arena this December.

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Hozier's second album debuts at No. 1 in USA

Wicklow singer and songwriter Hozier has debuted at No 1 in America with his new album, 'Wasteland, Baby!'.

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Review: Choice Music Prize, Vicar Street, Dublin

Live music: Choice Music Prize, Vicar Street, Dublin

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Review: The Gloaming, National Concert Hall

Upon the release of The Gloaming 3 in February, it was announced that the beloved contemporary trad group would be taking a break for 2020.

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Sharon Corr is set for the stage with fellow musician Vonda Shepherd

Sharon Corr is ready to take to the stage once more, this time with fellow musician, Vonda Shepherd, she tells Lorraine Wylie.

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Irish album of year prize 'a great way to finish up' for Cork-based band O Emperor

The swansong of a Cork-based rock band saw them win a major music award immediately after performing for the last time.

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'I’m just trying to connect to the people who are interested to hear what I’m doing now'

David Gray’s new album might be more experimental, but it still features the heart-on-sleeve approach of his breakthrough record, writes Lucy Mapstone

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Schull sessions make for a heady brew

Releasing the music he made with the late Fergus O’Farrell was a labour of love for David Bickley, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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