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    'It's not just about making a first great album'

    'It's not just about making a first great album'


    The benefits to being in a critically adored, globetrotting, Grammy-winning band have been exhaustively chronicled, but it's probably fair to say that getting to take your octogenarian father on the adventure of a lifetime isn't one of...

    The benefits to being in a critically adored, globetrotting, Grammy-winning band have been exhaustively chronicled, but it's probably fair to say that getting to take your octogenarian father on the adventure of a lifetime isn't one of them.
    Many strings to her bow

    Many strings to her bow


    Mia Cooper is the leader and principal first violinist of the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra, which is celebrating 70 years since its first broadcast, marking the occasion with a concert led by Conductor Laureate Proinnsías Ó Duinn. All of which, if...

    Mia Cooper is the leader and principal first violinist of the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra, which is celebrating 70 years since its first broadcast, marking the occasion with a concert led by Conductor Laureate Proinnsías Ó Duinn. All of which, if you're musically illiterate like this correspondent, won't mean a lot to you.

    Back in the USSR - a tale of two composers


    Back in 2012, when football's European Championship was straddling Poland and Ukraine, my itinerary took me to the eastern city of Donetsk. Not for the first time, I might add, but there was still an element of surprise on...

    Back in 2012, when football's European Championship was straddling Poland and Ukraine, my itinerary took me to the eastern city of Donetsk. Not for the first time, I might add, but there was still an element of surprise on touchdown.

    The real Paul Simon: songs, spats and the spectre of Art


    From the mid-1960s to the late-1980s, there were four major male North American singer-songwriters that set the form's agenda. Bob Dylan had the tongue-twisting literacy that mixed Americana narratives with canny zeitgeist sensibilities. Neil Young had...

    From the mid-1960s to the late-1980s, there were four major male North American singer-songwriters that set the form's agenda. Bob Dylan had the tongue-twisting literacy that mixed Americana narratives with canny zeitgeist sensibilities. Neil Young had the sweet tunes and the hippies on his side. Leonard Cohen had the impish sense of humour, the spiritual frame of mind and the sensual demeanour. It was Paul Simon, however, who leapfrogged over his most obvious influences, engaging with music genres outside his own country.

    James Blake criticises sad boy tag as he urges men to speak about mental health


    James Blake has called for less stigmatisation of men who express themselves emotionally as he criticised the use of “sad boy” to describe his...

    James Blake has called for less stigmatisation of men who express themselves emotionally as he criticised the use of “sad boy” to describe his music.

    Drake takes aim at Pusha-T and Kanye West in new freestyle


    Two of the biggest stars in music look to be going head-to-head after Drake took aim at Kanye West in a new...

    Two of the biggest stars in music look to be going head-to-head after Drake took aim at Kanye West in a new freestyle.

    Royal wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason scores new chart high


    Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has achieved a new chart high following his performance at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of...

    Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has achieved a new chart high following his performance at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
    Ms Lauryn Hill announces Dublin show on Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 20th anniversary world tour

    Ms Lauryn Hill announces Dublin show on Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 20th anniversary world tour


    It has been 20 years since Lauryn Hill released her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and she has just announced a world tour, with one Irish date to mark the...

    It has been 20 years since Lauryn Hill released her debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and she has just announced a world tour, with one Irish date to mark the anniversary.

    Woman accuses R Kelly of sexual abuse and giving her herpes


    A woman has filed a lawsuit against R Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for...

    A woman has filed a lawsuit against R Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for punishment.

    Sparks singer ‘disillusioned’ by Morrissey comments


    Sparks singer Russell Mael has described comments Morrissey made in April about politics and race and last year in response to the Manchester terror attack as “ill-conceived and...

    Sparks singer Russell Mael has described comments Morrissey made in April about politics and race and last year in response to the Manchester terror attack as “ill-conceived and wrong”.

    Kendrick Lamar pauses duet with white fan after she says N-word at show


    Rapper Kendrick Lamar paused a duet with a white female fan after she continually said ‘n****’ while rapping along to one of his...

    Rapper Kendrick Lamar paused a duet with a white female fan after she continually said ‘n****’ while rapping along to one of his songs.

    Kanye West warns of phone addiction in series of tweets


    Kanye West has warned that people have become addicted to their phones, as he tweeted the latest instalment of his philosophy...

    Kanye West has warned that people have become addicted to their phones, as he tweeted the latest instalment of his philosophy book.

    Royal wedding performers enjoy streaming boost


    Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has enjoyed a massive increase in global streams after his moving performance at the royal wedding, Spotify has...

    Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has enjoyed a massive increase in global streams after his moving performance at the royal wedding, Spotify has said.

    Teenage cellist set for charts boost after royal wedding performance


    Classical musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s album has entered the midweek top 20 of the Official Albums Chart following his performance at the royal wedding on...

    Classical musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s album has entered the midweek top 20 of the Official Albums Chart following his performance at the royal wedding on Saturday.
    WATCH: Billboard Music Awards 2018 top 8 highlights, gallery and full list of winners

    WATCH: Billboard Music Awards 2018 top 8 highlights, gallery and full list of winners


    Ed Sheeran was the big winner at last night's Billboard Music Awards, just a day after he wrapped his mammoth sold out nine date Irish tour which culminated in a rocking show at the Phoenix Park on Saturday...

    Ed Sheeran was the big winner at last night's Billboard Music Awards, just a day after he wrapped his mammoth sold out nine date Irish tour which culminated in a rocking show at the Phoenix Park on Saturday night.

    Buble's back to rock the heart of blue-eyed soul


    When you've sold millions of albums and have almost as many Grammy awards on the mantelpiece in your mansions in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Vancouver, you expect the odd dissenting voice,...

    When you've sold millions of albums and have almost as many Grammy awards on the mantelpiece in your mansions in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and Vancouver, you expect the odd dissenting voice, perhaps.

    2018 Billboard Music Awards: Stars pay tribute to Avicii


    Avicii’s fellow electronic dance music stars paid tribute to him on stage at the 2018 Billboard Music...

    Avicii’s fellow electronic dance music stars paid tribute to him on stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

    John Legend rushes back to his newborn son following Billboard performance


    John Legend took no time in getting back to his newborn son following a performance at the 2018 Billboard Awards and filmed himself at the airport minutes after walking off...

    John Legend took no time in getting back to his newborn son following a performance at the 2018 Billboard Awards and filmed himself at the airport minutes after walking off stage.

    2018 Billboard Music Awards: Host Kelly Clarkson urges ‘moment of change’


    Host of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Kelly Clarkson opened the ceremony with a call for a “moment of change” after 10 people were killed at a school shooting in...

    Host of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Kelly Clarkson opened the ceremony with a call for a “moment of change” after 10 people were killed at a school shooting in Texas.

    2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ariana Grande opens with emotional performance


    Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena...

    Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

    Taylor Swift pays tribute to BFF Selena Gomez as they reunite on stage


    Taylor Swift has thanked BFF Selena Gomez for being there for her “no matter what”, after her friend joined her on stage at her...

    Taylor Swift has thanked BFF Selena Gomez for being there for her “no matter what”, after her friend joined her on stage at her concert.

    Madonna pays tribute following death of producer Reggie Lucas


    Madonna has told of her sadness at the death of Grammy-winning musician Reggie Lucas, saying he was “an important part of my musical...

    Madonna has told of her sadness at the death of Grammy-winning musician Reggie Lucas, saying he was “an important part of my musical past”.

    Classic talk: Granados and the magic of music in Madrid


    Those long winter evenings spent dreaming of the sun of a southern summer became delicious reality last weekend. The time had been put to good use - tickets for the final of the Madrid Open tennis were...

    Those long winter evenings spent dreaming of the sun of a southern summer became delicious reality last weekend. The time had been put to good use - tickets for the final of the Madrid Open tennis were secured.

    ‘I’m a student, a sponge, a thief’ - Killers frontman Brandon Flowers talks fatherhood, Irish connections and Bono's advice


    At the height of the Killers' early success, around the time of second album Sam's Town, Review interviewed Brandon Flowers in Brighton. The band had played an electrifying show the night before, but the next morning the frontman was subdued. The...

    At the height of the Killers' early success, around the time of second album Sam's Town, Review interviewed Brandon Flowers in Brighton. The band had played an electrifying show the night before, but the next morning the frontman was subdued. The contrast between the passionate performer who had 10,000 people following his every word and the shy Mormon struggling to make small talk in the bland hotel room could hardly have been greater.

    The National Symphony Orchestra: Composing a vision for the future


    The recent report on the RTÉ orchestras, by former BBC executive Helen Boaden, commissioned by RTÉ, told us nothing we didn't already know: that the organisation can no longer afford to maintain the National Symphony Orchestra, and that the NSO would...

    The recent report on the RTÉ orchestras, by former BBC executive Helen Boaden, commissioned by RTÉ, told us nothing we didn't already know: that the organisation can no longer afford to maintain the National Symphony Orchestra, and that the NSO would be best established by legislation as a separate national cultural institution.

    Hospital staff disciplined after Ed Sheeran data breach


    A hospital worker was sacked after accessing Ed Sheeran’s data with no legitimate reason, according to...

    A hospital worker was sacked after accessing Ed Sheeran’s data with no legitimate reason, according to reports.

    Sir Elton sings for royal newlyweds


    Sir Elton John has performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lunchtime wedding...

    Sir Elton John has performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lunchtime wedding reception.

    Arctic Monkeys score sixth consecutive number one album


    Arctic Monkeys have claimed their sixth consecutive number one album with the fastest selling vinyl record of the last 25...

    Arctic Monkeys have claimed their sixth consecutive number one album with the fastest selling vinyl record of the last 25 years.

    K-pop band BTS take over Twitter on Fake Love Friday


    South Korean boy band BTS have delighted fans with the release of the video for new single Fake...

    South Korean boy band BTS have delighted fans with the release of the video for new single Fake Love.

    Justin Timberlake apologises after cancelling UK tour dates


    Justin Timberlake has apologised to fans after delaying the start of the European leg of his The Man Of The Woods Tour and cancelling three UK...

    Justin Timberlake has apologised to fans after delaying the start of the European leg of his The Man Of The Woods Tour and cancelling three UK shows.
    Rolling Stones storm Croke Park and rock 70,000 with stunning show

    Rolling Stones storm Croke Park and rock 70,000 with stunning show


    Archbishop Thomas Croke and Michael Cusack must have been spinning in their graves but that didn't bother the rubber-lipped Mick Jagger and his ageing band of British rockers, the Rolling Stones, when they stormed Croke Park with the opening chords of...

    Archbishop Thomas Croke and Michael Cusack must have been spinning in their graves but that didn't bother the rubber-lipped Mick Jagger and his ageing band of British rockers, the Rolling Stones, when they stormed Croke Park with the opening chords of 'Sympathy for the Devil'.
    In pictures: The Rolling Stones storm Croke Park

    In pictures: The Rolling Stones storm Croke Park


    Mick Jagger and the lads have kicked off their ‘No Filter’ 2018 tour by storming the stage at Croke Park...

    Mick Jagger and the lads have kicked off their ‘No Filter’ 2018 tour by storming the stage at Croke Park tonight.

    Tom Fletcher makes incredible Royal Wedding speech spoof


    Tom Fletcher has made an incredible Royal Wedding speech spoof video featuring lookalikes of Meghan Markle, Prince William and the...

    Tom Fletcher has made an incredible Royal Wedding speech spoof video featuring lookalikes of Meghan Markle, Prince William and the Queen.

    Ariana Grande opens up about Manchester Arena attack in emotional interview


    Ariana Grande has described the Manchester Arena bomb attack as the “absolute worst of humanity” in an emotional interview nearly a year on from the...

    Ariana Grande has described the Manchester Arena bomb attack as the “absolute worst of humanity” in an emotional interview nearly a year on from the atrocity.

    Madonna set to release first single in three years


    Madonna has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful...

    Madonna has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful Game.

    Shires singer’s ’emotional’ return to Windsor for royal wedding


    Singer Ben Earle has said ahead of his return to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the royal wedding that he feels “quite emotional” to come back to the place where his musical career...

    Singer Ben Earle has said ahead of his return to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the royal wedding that he feels “quite emotional” to come back to the place where his musical career began.

    Music fund generates more than £13 million for UK industry


    A music fund to support independent artists has helped with the creation of more than 160 albums and generated some £13 million for the British music industry, it has been...

    A music fund to support independent artists has helped with the creation of more than 160 albums and generated some £13 million for the British music industry, it has been announced.
    Five things to expect at the Rolling Stones Croke Park gig

    Five things to expect at the Rolling Stones Croke Park gig


    Mick Jagger and the lads have touched down in Dublin for the opening night of the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ 2018 tour tonight. And, you can still buy tickets (no,...

    Mick Jagger and the lads have touched down in Dublin for the opening night of the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ 2018 tour tonight. And, you can still buy tickets (no, really).

    Rapper TI claims wrongful arrest outside gated community


    A lawyer for TI says the Grammy-winning rapper never got to tell his side of the story to police before they arrested him after he tried to enter his gated community near...

    A lawyer for TI says the Grammy-winning rapper never got to tell his side of the story to police before they arrested him after he tried to enter his gated community near Atlanta.

    Pink snaps back at Twitter troll who says she looks old


    Pop star Pink shut down a Twitter user who said she was looking old, saying she had “earned every f****** minute of my 38...

    Pop star Pink shut down a Twitter user who said she was looking old, saying she had “earned every f****** minute of my 38 years”.

    John Travolta dances with 50 Cent at Cannes


    Grease star John Travolta showed he still had the moves as he joined 50 Cent for a quick turn on the dancefloor at...

    Grease star John Travolta showed he still had the moves as he joined 50 Cent for a quick turn on the dancefloor at Cannes.

    Rapper TI arrested outside gated community after security guard row


    US rapper TI has been arrested on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside...

    US rapper TI has been arrested on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta.

    Barry Egan: The ultimate Rolling Stones set list for Croke Park


    Putting together your fantasy Rolling Stones set-list is not as easy as it sounds.  Like compiling your fantasy football team, you can’t  — unless you're Jürgen Klopp — have eleven Mohamed Salahs/Ronaldos/George...

    Putting together your fantasy Rolling Stones set-list is not as easy as it sounds.  Like compiling your fantasy football team, you can’t  — unless you're Jürgen Klopp — have eleven Mohamed Salahs/Ronaldos/George Bests/Messis/Peles/Maradonas/Marco van Bastens etc.
    Ed Sheeran: The guy we love to pretend to hate

    Ed Sheeran: The guy we love to pretend to hate


    Even hardcore music critics aren’t immune to the Everyman charm of Ed Sheeran, writes Chris Wasser. Ahead of his Phoenix Park gigs, we reflect on the appeal of the red-headed singer-songwriter whose granny is...

    Even hardcore music critics aren’t immune to the Everyman charm of Ed Sheeran, writes Chris Wasser. Ahead of his Phoenix Park gigs, we reflect on the appeal of the red-headed singer-songwriter whose granny is Irish...

    Arctic Monkeys announce Royal Albert Hall gig for War Child UK


    Arctic Monkeys have announced they will perform a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall in London next month in aid of War Child...

    Arctic Monkeys have announced they will perform a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall in London next month in aid of War Child UK.

    Photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene will not be made public


    Photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death will not be released publicly after a ruling from the Washington State Court of...

    Photographs from the scene of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s death will not be released publicly after a ruling from the Washington State Court of Appeals.

    James reveal name and release date of 15th album


    Alternative rockers James have announced they will release their 15th album later this...

    Alternative rockers James have announced they will release their 15th album later this summer.

    Keith Richards: I pulled out my trusty blade over Donald Trump


    Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has told of the band’s bad experience with Donald Trump before he became US...

    Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has told of the band’s bad experience with Donald Trump before he became US president.

    Rita Ora apologises for song lyrics amid criticism from LGBT musicians


    Rita Ora revealed she has had “romantic relationships” with both men and women as she apologised for the lyrics of her latest single in the wake of criticism from LGBT...

    Rita Ora revealed she has had “romantic relationships” with both men and women as she apologised for the lyrics of her latest single in the wake of criticism from LGBT musicians.

    Man charged with stalking Rihanna after allegedly breaking into her LA home


    A man has been charged with stalking Rihanna after allegedly breaking into her home in the Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has...

    A man has been charged with stalking Rihanna after allegedly breaking into her home in the Hollywood Hills, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.

    Arctic Monkeys on course to land sixth number one album


    Arctic Monkeys look likely to land their sixth number one album as their new record is currently outselling the rest of the top 20...

    Arctic Monkeys look likely to land their sixth number one album as their new record is currently outselling the rest of the top 20 combined.