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    Ed Sheeran named the highest-earning solo musician on new rich list


    Ed Sheeran has been named the highest-earning solo musician in the world, having taken home more than £80 million over the past...

    Ed Sheeran has been named the highest-earning solo musician in the world, having taken home more than £80 million over the past year.

    Drake’s In My Feelings poised for number one spot


    Drake is poised to take the number one spot for his single In My Feelings, the Official Charts Company has...

    Drake is poised to take the number one spot for his single In My Feelings, the Official Charts Company has said.

    The Academic: All the pain and joy of being young...


    'Like its politicians and its war', JB Priestley once said, 'society has the teenagers it...

    'Like its politicians and its war', JB Priestley once said, 'society has the teenagers it deserves'.

    My cultural life: soloist Tara Erraught


    Irish singing sensation Tara Erraught is now based in Munich, and has made an impressive 33 role debuts as resident principal soloist at Bayerische Staatsoper. Last year she made her debut at New York's famous Metropolitan Opera House before taking up...

    Irish singing sensation Tara Erraught is now based in Munich, and has made an impressive 33 role debuts as resident principal soloist at Bayerische Staatsoper. Last year she made her debut at New York's famous Metropolitan Opera House before taking up the lead role of Susanna in the newly-formed Irish National Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro. The Dundalk native will perform in recital accompanied by world-renowned Irish pianist and 2017 NCH Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr John O'Conor on April 26 next year. The concert is part of the recently-announced National Concert Hall International Concert Series 2018/19 which features world-class musicians such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop in an All-Bernstein programme, The London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Emerson String Quartet and Chanticleer. Full details of the 18/19 season can be found on nch.ie.

    Paul Simon thanks fans on final European show at Hyde Park


    Paul Simon told fans how thankful he is for their support as he played his last show in Europe before he retires from...

    Paul Simon told fans how thankful he is for their support as he played his last show in Europe before he retires from touring.
    Fingernails, friendship and plans for the future - my night in a van with the legendary Paul Simon

    Fingernails, friendship and plans for the future - my night in a van with the legendary Paul Simon


    'Is there any room in the van?' We are sitting, Shane and I, in the back of a van at the RDS in Dublin, where Paul Simon is due to give his last-ever Irish concert as part of his 'Homeward Bound' farewell tour, when a small, sprightly chap in a baseball...

    'Is there any room in the van?' We are sitting, Shane and I, in the back of a van at the RDS in Dublin, where Paul Simon is due to give his last-ever Irish concert as part of his 'Homeward Bound' farewell tour, when a small, sprightly chap in a baseball cap leaps in. It is a split second before I realise that it is Paul Simon himself.
    Mamma Mia here Abba go again! How did Sweden's Fab Four become so influential?

    Mamma Mia here Abba go again! How did Sweden's Fab Four become so influential?


    Hold the Alan Partridge jokes. Wipe all thoughts of blonde wigs, spangly platform boots and spandex disco pants from your mind, and please, quit with the Muriel's Wedding...

    Hold the Alan Partridge jokes. Wipe all thoughts of blonde wigs, spangly platform boots and spandex disco pants from your mind, and please, quit with the Muriel's Wedding references.
    How two Russians inspired Ravel's French revolution

    How two Russians inspired Ravel's French revolution


    With France safely through to tomorrow's World Cup Final in Moscow, it seems entirely appropriate to acknowledge Bastille Day by considering the French connection with Russia, and the Russian connection with France. It stretches far beyond the football...

    With France safely through to tomorrow's World Cup Final in Moscow, it seems entirely appropriate to acknowledge Bastille Day by considering the French connection with Russia, and the Russian connection with France. It stretches far beyond the football field.
    'It's an antidote to streaming culture' - meet the people reconnecting with vinyl

    'It's an antidote to streaming culture' - meet the people reconnecting with vinyl


    On Monday, Mark Whelan woke to a lovely message on Facebook. "It was the most intimate experience I think I've ever had listening to an album - it truly blew me...

    On Monday, Mark Whelan woke to a lovely message on Facebook. "It was the most intimate experience I think I've ever had listening to an album - it truly blew me away."

    Drake appears on Radio 1Xtra’s Fire In The Booth


    Drake appeared in Radio 1Xtra’s Fire In The Booth and performed a freestyle rap for host Charlie...

    Drake appeared in Radio 1Xtra’s Fire In The Booth and performed a freestyle rap for host Charlie Sloth.

    Justin Bieber kisses fiancee Hailey Baldwin in shirtless snap


    Justin Bieber has shared a steamy photograph of himself and fiancee Hailey Baldwin just days after confirming their...

    Justin Bieber has shared a steamy photograph of himself and fiancee Hailey Baldwin just days after confirming their engagement.

    Hello Ireland, my old friend - a look back at Paul Simon's love affair with the country


    An unforgettable Irish homecoming awaits Paul Simon as the folk icon brings his farewell tour to Dublin tonight. Having announced he was hanging up his guitar after more than five decades of hits and heartbreak, the now 76-year-old's final series of...

    An unforgettable Irish homecoming awaits Paul Simon as the folk icon brings his farewell tour to Dublin tonight. Having announced he was hanging up his guitar after more than five decades of hits and heartbreak, the now 76-year-old's final series of dates has obviously been emotional - for Simon, but perhaps even more so for his audience.

    Nancy Sinatra Sr dies aged 101


    Nancy Sinatra Senior, the first wife of singer Frank and mother of his three children, has died aged...

    Nancy Sinatra Senior, the first wife of singer Frank and mother of his three children, has died aged 101.

    Michael Buble thanks fans for support during stage return following son’s cancer


    Michael Buble thanked fans for their “love and support” as he made an emotional return to the stage after putting his career on hold when his son was diagnosed with...

    Michael Buble thanked fans for their “love and support” as he made an emotional return to the stage after putting his career on hold when his son was diagnosed with cancer.

    Football comes home on the charts as Three Lions scores record number one


    Comic duo David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s football song Three Lions has shot to number one on the UK singles chart despite England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia in the World...

    Comic duo David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s football song Three Lions has shot to number one on the UK singles chart despite England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia in the World Cup.

    Ariana Grande releases latest single from new album


    Ariana Grande has released the latest single from her highly anticipated forthcoming album,...

    Ariana Grande has released the latest single from her highly anticipated forthcoming album, Sweetener.

    Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon denies sex assault claim


    Simon Le Bon has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 1995 and described the allegations as “simply...

    Simon Le Bon has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 1995 and described the allegations as “simply untrue”.

    Britney Spears set to dominate poll of Now Music fans


    US singer Britney Spears, Scottish band Wet, Wet, Wet and girl group Little Mix are among the acts likely to be voted the UK’s favourite stars by fans of the Now That’s What I Call Music!...

    US singer Britney Spears, Scottish band Wet, Wet, Wet and girl group Little Mix are among the acts likely to be voted the UK’s favourite stars by fans of the Now That’s What I Call Music! compilations.

    Sir Elton John and Duke of Sussex to launch global coalition to treat HIV


    Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will join forces to launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men, it has been...

    Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex will join forces to launch a new global coalition focused on treating HIV infections in men, it has been announced.

    Heading to Bruno Mars at Marlay Park tonight? Here's everything you need to know


    The weather may have taken a bit of a turn since last weekend's Queen with Adam Lambert concert at Marlay Park, but at least fans of Bruno Mars will probably escape the threat of sunburn and...

    The weather may have taken a bit of a turn since last weekend's Queen with Adam Lambert concert at Marlay Park, but at least fans of Bruno Mars will probably escape the threat of sunburn and dehydration!

    Ariana Grande: I felt ‘upside down’ after Manchester bombing


    Ariana Grande has told how she suffered “wild dizzy spells” and felt “upside down” for months in the wake of the Manchester Arena...

    Ariana Grande has told how she suffered “wild dizzy spells” and felt “upside down” for months in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.

    Peter Andre posts sweet message to wife on anniversary


    Peter Andre has shared a throwback photo from his wedding as he and wife Emily MacDonagh celebrate their third...

    Peter Andre has shared a throwback photo from his wedding as he and wife Emily MacDonagh celebrate their third anniversary.

    Cardi B welcomes baby daughter Kulture


    Rapper Cardi B has welcomed her first child – a daughter called Kulture Kiari...

    Rapper Cardi B has welcomed her first child – a daughter called Kulture Kiari Cephus.

    Bucks Fizz’s Jay Aston recovery ‘looking good’ after mouth cancer operation


    Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston is recovering well and has left intensive care “earlier than expected” following surgery to remove part of her tongue after being diagnosed with mouth...

    Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston is recovering well and has left intensive care “earlier than expected” following surgery to remove part of her tongue after being diagnosed with mouth cancer.

    MPs applaud Osmond brothers during PMQs


    Two of the Osmonds were applauded by MPs as they were introduced to the Commons during Prime Minister’s...

    Two of the Osmonds were applauded by MPs as they were introduced to the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions.

    Justin Timberlake tells fans ‘it’s coming home’ at London show


    US singer Justin Timberlake came out in support of the England football team ahead of their World Cup semi-final by leading a chant of “it’s coming home” at his concert at the O2 Arena in London on...

    US singer Justin Timberlake came out in support of the England football team ahead of their World Cup semi-final by leading a chant of “it’s coming home” at his concert at the O2 Arena in London on Monday.

    Olly Alexander: I was shocked when Dame Judi Dench answered the phone


    Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander was surprised when Dame Judi Dench picked up the phone when he called her to ask a favour for the band’s new...

    Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander was surprised when Dame Judi Dench picked up the phone when he called her to ask a favour for the band’s new album.

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson ‘to be a judge on X Factor’


    Former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is reportedly set to become the fourth judge on The X Factor and will sit alongside Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and Simon...

    Former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is reportedly set to become the fourth judge on The X Factor and will sit alongside Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and Simon Cowell.

    Recording studio of first ever Beatles disc to be featured at exhibition


    The first ever recording by the Beatles – and the record studio it was created in – will be celebrated in a special exhibition during a week of events honouring the iconic music...

    The first ever recording by the Beatles – and the record studio it was created in – will be celebrated in a special exhibition during a week of events honouring the iconic music group.

    ‘Cheryl bouncing back with a new older man’, jokes Piers Morgan


    Piers Morgan has shared a picture of himself with Cheryl, joking the singer was “bouncing back with a new older man” following her split from Liam...

    Piers Morgan has shared a picture of himself with Cheryl, joking the singer was “bouncing back with a new older man” following her split from Liam Payne.

    Tributes paid as classical composer Oliver Knussen dies aged 66


    The world of classical music has been paying tributes to composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, who has died at the age of...

    The world of classical music has been paying tributes to composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, who has died at the age of 66.

    Beyonce, Jay-Z and Ed Sheeran to headline Global Citizen event in South Africa


    Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay front man Chris Martin will perform at the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson...

    Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay front man Chris Martin will perform at the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa to mark 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.

    Joe and Paul Harrington: Brothers in harmony


    'I've seen Paul play for 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden, in the RDS with Michael Flatley's Celtic Tiger show, and win Eurovision in front of millions. I've also seen him play for 20 people, and he puts just as much effort in as for the big gigs....

    'I've seen Paul play for 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden, in the RDS with Michael Flatley's Celtic Tiger show, and win Eurovision in front of millions. I've also seen him play for 20 people, and he puts just as much effort in as for the big gigs. If anything, he underestimates how good he is, and I'm a great admirer of his craft."

    Militaristic anthems are an emotive bloody mess


    Music stirs the passions. And much of the time we do not pay much attention to the words. Anthems get a crowd going, whether it is U2 being joined by 80,000 people for One, or Kodaline being joined by the entire audience on High...

    Music stirs the passions. And much of the time we do not pay much attention to the words. Anthems get a crowd going, whether it is U2 being joined by 80,000 people for One, or Kodaline being joined by the entire audience on High Hopes.

    Waking Hours: Cliona Hagan


    I still live with my parents. I'm the youngest in the house, but I'm never really there, because I'm up and down the country, singing. This morning, I wasn't home until 6am, and some days, I don't get home until 8am. I live in Ballinderry, Co. Tyrone....

    I still live with my parents. I'm the youngest in the house, but I'm never really there, because I'm up and down the country, singing. This morning, I wasn't home until 6am, and some days, I don't get home until 8am. I live in Ballinderry, Co. Tyrone. It's a really nice place, and it's where I grew up.
    Duty calls for 'Garda Marc' at Queen gig

    Duty calls for 'Garda Marc' at Queen gig


    There was no messing tolerated at the Queen concert with this 'garda' on the...

    There was no messing tolerated at the Queen concert with this 'garda' on the beat.

    The Boomtown Rats in the long grass of Marlay Park


    Bob Geldof has been banging on - as only Bob Geldof can - about some great new Boomtown Rats songs for a year. At 2am on April 8 last year when I walked Bob back to his hotel after the Rats had headlined Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus at the...

    Bob Geldof has been banging on - as only Bob Geldof can - about some great new Boomtown Rats songs for a year. At 2am on April 8 last year when I walked Bob back to his hotel after the Rats had headlined Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus at the Olympia Theatre, he said he was working on new songs for both a new solo album and a new Rats' album.

    Eric Clapton toasts Three Lions at British Summer Time festival


    Eric Clapton rejoiced in the Three Lions’ World Cup quarter-final success as he took to the stage for a balmy British Summer Time...

    Eric Clapton rejoiced in the Three Lions’ World Cup quarter-final success as he took to the stage for a balmy British Summer Time performance.

    The Killers close TRNSMT festival


    The Killers praised the TRNSMT crowd as they closed out the final night of the Glasgow...

    The Killers praised the TRNSMT crowd as they closed out the final night of the Glasgow festival.
    Obituary: Alan Longmuir

    Obituary: Alan Longmuir


    Alan Longmuir, who died last Monday aged 70, was bass guitarist with the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop group who, somewhat inexplicably, reduced more teeny-boppers to hysteria than any British band since the...

    Alan Longmuir, who died last Monday aged 70, was bass guitarist with the Bay City Rollers, the Scottish pop group who, somewhat inexplicably, reduced more teeny-boppers to hysteria than any British band since the Beatles.

    Three Lions tops Big Top 40 chart after England’s win against Sweden


    Football anthem Three Lions has hit the number one spot on the Official Vodafone Big Top 40 chart following England’s World Cup win against...

    Football anthem Three Lions has hit the number one spot on the Official Vodafone Big Top 40 chart following England’s World Cup win against Sweden.

    Rapper falls from stage and cuts short Gorillaz performance at Roskilde


    Gorillaz – the band fronted by Damon Albarn – had their set at Danish festival Roskilde interrupted when a rapper fell from the...

    Gorillaz – the band fronted by Damon Albarn – had their set at Danish festival Roskilde interrupted when a rapper fell from the stage.

    Cheryl’s new music sounds exciting – Kimberley Walsh


    Kimberley Walsh has said her friend Cheryl’s new music sounds “exciting”, and that she has a good working relationship with their close friend and former Girls Aloud co-star Nicola...

    Kimberley Walsh has said her friend Cheryl’s new music sounds “exciting”, and that she has a good working relationship with their close friend and former Girls Aloud co-star Nicola Roberts.

    The long road home for a piano masterpiece


    As a 10-year-old boy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was taken to a performance of Mikhail Glinka's musical drama A Life for the Tsar. He was immediately smitten. When he discovered the composer's later work, Ruslan and Lyudmila, he was so impressed he...

    As a 10-year-old boy, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was taken to a performance of Mikhail Glinka's musical drama A Life for the Tsar. He was immediately smitten. When he discovered the composer's later work, Ruslan and Lyudmila, he was so impressed he described it as the tsar of all operas.
    'It's been a wild band. I don’t think anyone can tell the whole story'

    'It's been a wild band. I don’t think anyone can tell the whole story'


    Fifty years ago, Graham Nash underwent a life-transforming experience. At the time, he was married, an established pop star in the Hollies and a developing songwriter. He was also restless, idealistic and artistically ambitious. On a US tour with the...

    Fifty years ago, Graham Nash underwent a life-transforming experience. At the time, he was married, an established pop star in the Hollies and a developing songwriter. He was also restless, idealistic and artistically ambitious. On a US tour with the Hollies, he had established a musical rapport with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and was never the same again.

    Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group announce partnership


    The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group have announced a worldwide agreement covering the band’s iconic recorded music and audio-visual catalogues, archival support, global merchandising and brand...

    The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group have announced a worldwide agreement covering the band’s iconic recorded music and audio-visual catalogues, archival support, global merchandising and brand management.

    Rapper’s fall cuts short Gorillaz set at Roskilde


    Gorillaz – the band fronted by Damon Albarn – had their set at Danish festival Roskilde interrupted when a rapper fell from the...

    Gorillaz – the band fronted by Damon Albarn – had their set at Danish festival Roskilde interrupted when a rapper fell from the stage.

    Noel Gallagher tells fans at gig: football is not coming home


    Noel Gallagher prompted boos from fans as he shared his views on England’s World Cup game with Sweden, saying football is “not coming...

    Noel Gallagher prompted boos from fans as he shared his views on England’s World Cup game with Sweden, saying football is “not coming home”.

    Elvis Costello forced to cancel tour dates following surgery for 'very aggressive' cancer


    Singer Elvis Costello has cancelled the remaining dates on his European tour after being advised to rest following surgery for a “small but very aggressive cancerous...

    Singer Elvis Costello has cancelled the remaining dates on his European tour after being advised to rest following surgery for a “small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy”.

    Is going to a big concert in Ireland worth the effort and expense anymore?


    Is going to a concert in Ireland worth it anymore? Certainly for those of us of a certain vintage, or the parents of music mad children and teens, the associated traffic delays, safety risks of negotiating the city late at night, and costs are starting...

    Is going to a concert in Ireland worth it anymore? Certainly for those of us of a certain vintage, or the parents of music mad children and teens, the associated traffic delays, safety risks of negotiating the city late at night, and costs are starting to make the concert package seem a little less appealing.

    Drake beats Florence and the Machine to top of the charts


    Drake’s new album Scorpion has debuted at the top of the charts, denying Florence and the Machine the number one...

    Drake’s new album Scorpion has debuted at the top of the charts, denying Florence and the Machine the number one spot.

    Former The Voice coach Ricky Wilson backs Robbie Williams for X Factor


    Former The Voice coach Ricky Wilson has backed singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field to appear as judges on the next series of X...

    Former The Voice coach Ricky Wilson has backed singer Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field to appear as judges on the next series of X Factor.