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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.
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 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.
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.
The xx star Romy Madley Croft spoke of how emotional she felt as the band performed a homecoming gig in London’s Victoria Park.
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.
Ed Sheeran has insisted that the only people who will lose out in his war against secondary ticket-selling sites are touts – not his fans.
Shane Filan has warned fans to be on the lookout for imposters posing as him on social media.
The management team behind One Direction are holding Dublin auditions for young male singers for a new international group.
London is to introduce a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers say is a world first.
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.
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.
Nicki Minaj’s long-awaited new album has been delayed, the rapper has announced.
Ariana Grande has revealed her tattoo tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.
George Michael’s ex-bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, has said he would like to see a permanent memorial to the late star.
Boyband A1 has announced a comeback with all four band members saying they will tour to mark their 20th anniversary.
Ariana Grande has labelled her relationship with Mac Miller as “toxic” while responding to a fan who slammed her for dumping him.
It's probably one of the more bizarre gigs a musician has been asked to do, but Sharon Corr says that playing music for embryos developing for IVF was "a very emotional experience".
This year's Live at the Marquee Cork line-up is top heavy with top Irish acts from Kodaline to The Script and Picture This to Gavin James.
Liam Gallagher opened for The Rolling Stones on the first night of the UK leg of their tour on Tuesday night and dedicated Oasis hit Live Forever to the Manchester Arena bomb attack victims.
Rocker Sir Rod Stewart unveiled some fancy footwear when he went to see the Pope.
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.
Lauryn Hill has announced four UK gigs as she added a European leg to her world tour.
Katherine Jenkins is to pay tribute to the runaway success of The Greatest Showman at the rebooted Classic Brit Awards.
Will Smith looks set to perform the official World Cup song.
Mick Jagger declared it was “great to be back in our home town” as the Rolling Stones played their first London show in five years.
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.
The Script are suing X Factor winner James Arthur for copyright infringement over his single Say You Won't Let Go.
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”.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said he feels nervous ahead of the band’s first show in London for five years.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar paused a duet with a white female fan after she continually said ‘n****’ while rapping along to one of his songs.
Pop star Ariana Grande has said her thoughts remain with all those affected by the Manchester Arena bombing one year on from the atrocity.
Kanye West has warned that people have become addicted to their phones, as he tweeted the latest instalment of his philosophy book.
Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has enjoyed a massive increase in global streams after his moving performance at the royal wedding, Spotify has said.
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.
There's some good news for Kodaline fans this morning as the band has announced that they will release extra tickets for their upcoming Malahide Castle show.
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.
Taylor Swift made a successful awards show return following a near two-year absence.
BTS performed their new single, Fake Love, at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas – and fans went crazy.
Ed Sheeran was the big winner at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on a night where politics featured just as heavily as the music.
Janet Jackson has said she supports women who “have made it clear we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused”.
The Buddha of Birr himself, better known by his nom de plume of Mundy, Edmond Enright is in flying form.
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.
Avicii’s fellow electronic dance music stars paid tribute to him on stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
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.
John Legend has revealed his newborn son was named after musical great Miles Davis.
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.
Ariana Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with an emotional performance two days before the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.
Kendrick Lamar leads the way at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with six wins from the non-televised categories as the stars begin to arrive in Las Vegas.
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 has told of her sadness at the death of Grammy-winning musician Reggie Lucas, saying he was “an important part of my musical past”.
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.
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 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.
The Billboard Music Awards will bring together some of the biggest names in the industry at a star-studded event in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Adele remembered Diana, Princess of Wales in a poignant message to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day.
The entire royal wedding ceremony has been made available on streaming services for the first time ever.
James Blunt made it to a show in Estonia just hours after he attended the royal wedding.
A hospital worker was sacked after accessing Ed Sheeran’s data with no legitimate reason, according to reports.
Sir Elton John has performed at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lunchtime wedding reception.
Liam Gallagher has invited MMA star Conor McGregor to star in his new music video.
Ed Sheeran has denounced anti-abortion campaigners after they used one of his tracks.
Arctic Monkeys have claimed their sixth consecutive number one album with the fastest selling vinyl record of the last 25 years.
South Korean boy band BTS have delighted fans with the release of the video for new single Fake Love.
All eyes were on Dublin's Croke Park on Thursday night to see which songs The Rolling Stones would play on the opening night of their No Filter Tour.
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.
Aiken Promotions are taking several measures to avoid a repetition of the access issues experienced by some fans at Ed Sheeran's first Phoenix Park gig on Wednesday night.
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'.
John Legend has confirmed the birth of his and Chrissy Teigen’s second child in a series of tweets criticising Donald Trump.
Mick Jagger and the lads have kicked off their ‘No Filter’ 2018 tour by storming the stage at Croke Park tonight.
Tom Fletcher has made an incredible Royal Wedding speech spoof video featuring lookalikes of Meghan Markle, Prince William and the Queen.
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 has announced her first single for three years will be released soon and will be called Beautiful Game.
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.
Having headed up music ensemble Green Fields of America for forty years, Mick Moloney knows a thing or two about Irish American music.
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.
Some fans attending Ed Sheeran's Phoenix Park show in Dublin on Wednesday night have expressed their disappointment over not being able to see or hear the singer clearly.
The Backstreet Boys have released their first new single in five years.
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).
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.
Harry Styles is to executive-produce a sitcom loosely based on his early days with One Direction, CBS has announced.
After playing to sell-out crowds in Cork and Galway, it was finally the turn of Dublin to welcome Ed Sheeran.
A new documentary about the life of Whitney Houston reportedly claims the singer was sexually abused as a child.
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”.
Grease star John Travolta showed he still had the moves as he joined 50 Cent for a quick turn on the dancefloor at Cannes.
US rapper TI has been arrested on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta.
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.
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...
Ed Sheeran is wrapping up his mammoth Irish tour with three Dublin shows at the Phoenix Park on Wednesday 16, Friday 18, and Saturday 19 of May.
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.
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.
Alternative rockers James have announced they will release their 15th album later this summer.
Liam Payne has confirmed that he will finally release his hotly-anticipated debut solo album in September.
Streaming giants have “set their sights on radio”, the BBC’s director of radio and music has said.
Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has told of the band’s bad experience with Donald Trump before he became US president.
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.
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 look likely to land their sixth number one album as their new record is currently outselling the rest of the top 20 combined.