Timing is everything and the fact that Facebook has now come knocking on the industry’s door is fortuitous for all concerned

Hanging out with drag artists inspired Héloïse Letissier to adopt a new pop persona

The name of this Dublin six-piece may scream eccentric or twee, but Overhead, The Albatross are anything but

 Executive Chairman of Pulse Entertainment Corporation John Textor with producer Larry Klein. Textor was in Toronto this week nto talk about his plans for the future of  music-related VR/AR. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)

In Toronto this week, all the focus was on putting new thinking into action - from virtual reality gigs to wearable tech - but, (...)

Harvest time: Shit Robot in a field

Marcus Lambkin new album is darker and rougher than previous work: “I didn’t mind if it was a little rough and ready... I wanted i(...)

Canadian rapper and producer Drake dropped his fourth studio album, Views, this week, and  recently singed an exclusive deal with Apple Music

Online platforms such as Spotify, Apple and Tidal have not delivered on promises to give more power to artists with smaller profil(...)

The Desert Trip roster of acts includes The Rolling Stones (above), Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters

Desert Trip festival delivers heritage acts but at a heavyweight price – expect a European equivalent in the near future

Prince at the 2015 American Music Awards in November. His death is a reminder that writing obituaries is now a key skill for anyone on the music journalism beat. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz

The more widespread a pop star’s influence, the greater and more detailed the coverage after their death

A new album, Everything’s Beautiful, goes on release to mark what would have been Davis’ 90th birthday

Prince: he died in his home at Paisley Park in Minnesota, USA,  aged 57. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Jim Carroll on the details behind the late singer's cancellation of his Croke Park show in June 2008, which was pulled with less t(...)

‘As the gig began, ten feet away, Prince Rogers Nelson stared back at the audience with a grin on his face.’ Prince died on 21 April 2016 at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota, USA, at the age of 57. Photograph: EPA/FABIO CAMPANA

The hot pink shirt, glittering cane, massive necklace ... Prince Rogers Nelson looked – and sounded – extraordinary

Steve Miller speaks during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

In his recent expletive-riddled anti-music industry rant, the veteran rocker completely forgot to mention how much he benefited fr(...)

Digital music income beats physical sales as the number of record shops worldwide declines

Wu-Tang forever: the influential hip-hop collective may soon be immortalised on film. “I think it would be a blessing for American culture. It is really an against-the-odds story,” said RZA. Photograph: Bob Berg/Getty Images

After the massive success of NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’, a Wu-Tang Clan biopic may soon be on the cards

Trad transcended: Lynched (from left) Ian Lynch, Cormac Mac Diarmada, Radie Peat, and  Daragh Lynch

Next week’s Trad Rising concert in Dublin showcases the new voices and fresh approaches that are taking traditional music into un(...)

There are many other stores who’d like a taste of this ancillary income to keep the wolf from the door

Senator Michael D Higgins at the Bob Dylan concert in Slane Castle on 12th July, 1984. Photograph : Terry Thorp

Politicans are the perfect fit for summer festivals - there are thousands of potential voters, all in good form and filled with(...)

Concert promoter Bill Graham poses for a portrait in his office on April 7, 1984  in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

An exhibition currently running at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco remembers the remarkable Graham in all his mani(...)

King: sisters Amber and Paris Strother, and Anita Bias.

Their first-ever official gig was supporting Prince in front of 17,000 people. Not a bad start for the trio that’s aiming to 1980(...)

Hustle and bustle: Revellers in Dublin’s  Temple Bar. Photograph: Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Realising just how much nightlife can be worth to the municipal coffers, many cities around the world now have a second mayor - is(...)

Anderson .Paak: funky showmanship, great band and hooky tunes

This year’s SXSW was a musical feast for those in search of future stars. Freshly returned from Texas, Jim Carroll picks his 20(...)

Brian Deady’s second album is a collection of superbly played soul music. Photograph: Fiona O’Shaughnessy

Corkman’s second album is a soulful and substantial dive into personal themes of love and family: ‘This stuff obviously has been i(...)

Attendees at a concert  during the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Many acts play for free at Austin festival in hope of catching break that is unlikely to come

Actors Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun of the new TV series ‘Preacher’ at  SXSW Portrait Studio   on March 14, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images for Samsung)

The big movers and shakers of tech and media are in Texas this week to show their wares. Here’s the best of what this year’s (...)

To a flame: Mmoths, aka Jack Colleran.  Photograph: Jonas Lindstroem

It's been five years since a teenage Colleran first turned heads with his spine-tingling electronica. So what the heck has he been(...)

Little Green Cars: ‘I think it’s a really positive album, but it’s not that obnoxious positivity which is ignorant of everything which is going on.’

Stevie Appleby and Faye O’Rourke reflect on how life, loss and three tours of the US (including one with Hozier) informed the ma(...)

Dublin band Girl Band perform during the 2015 SXSW in Austin. Photograph: Roger Kisby/Getty Images

The Texas home of the annual South by Southwest festival lives up to its claim to be the ‘live music capital of the world’ - and i(...)

‘Brotherhood’ starts Jason Clarke and Jason Isaacs as Irish- American brothers, with one a member of the state House of Representatives and other a longtime member of the local mob.

From Irish-American brothers in Rhode Island to French political intrigue, there’s plenty to choose from

Mama’s Boys and their mammy. Photograph: TG4

Ceol ón Chlann, which continues this Sunday, will tell the back stories of such Irish greats as Mama’s Boys and The Four of Us

Festivals, venues, artists: Live Nation now has immense power when it comes to the global music business

“I put out Master of My Make Believe in 2012. I toured till 2013, did shows in 2014. I managed to squeeze out a baby in the middle(...)

Every big city has similar stories to tell about what happens when development takes over from dereliction

The move to streaming means less cash for compilations as the royalty payments go to the copyright owners and not to those who com(...)

Jack Garratt: “It looks like it’s just happened, but it wasn’t like that. It’s so fucking hard. There have been so many setbacks and failures and heartache.”

"People like to talk about the fact that I appear to be a white, privileged hipster," admits BBC Sound of 2016 winner Garratt. "I (...)

Beyonce on tour in New York, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)

It’s about supply and demand, and the Beyoncés and Bruces are in short supply

Deep resonance and powerful impact:  Ennio Morricone. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)

The BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated composer delivers a mesmerising performance from the Czech National Symphony Orches(...)

Take five: The Gloaming (from left) Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes,  Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Richard Gilligan

A busy year for The Gloaming led to most of their second album being written on the road - Jim Carroll joins the band in Real Worl(...)

Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) caught mid guitar-break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Your £7.50 entry fee gets you into the room where the rock star slept, caroused and played albums by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The B(...)

As election 2016 barrels along, Ireland’s arts community needs to step up and begin seriously agitating about its future

Members of Malawi’s Zomba Prison Project band. Photograph: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Producer Ian Brennan undertook the Zomba Prison Project to give prisoners a voice and as an antidote to the corporatisation of mus(...)

Julia Holter's ability to pen sublime harmonies, create ear-catching arrangements and turn twists of off-kilter sound into pop gol(...)

The idea of exclusive content staying on one platform is a bit of nonsense these days

Luke Kelly: “someone saw him in the street and asked him to play”. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Set up by teenagers in the 1960s, Foxrock Folk Club drew big names to its parish-hall gigs. A new album features club recordings o(...)

The success of Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s soap opera has opened the studio door for other broadcasters. Here are some more mu(...)

 Cathal Histon, Mícheál  Keating and Brendan McInerney: “We were just feeling our way around what we liked”

As they prepare for take-off with their debut album, the Limerick band reveal how they took all the time they needed to get ‘Is’ r(...)

Radio still matters to music but the number of people listening is dropping like a stone

Eurosonic boom: (clockwise from above left) Dua Lipa, Blaue Blume, Promise and the Monster, Koala Voice, Hydrogen Sea and Liima. Photographs: Eurosonic

Liima, Rusangano Family, Promise and the Monster, Dua Lipa, Rationale and Koala Voice were just some of the new acts who impressed(...)

Bird's-eye view: conference attendees gathering in Groningen last weekend

A panel entitled 'Male Agents, Female Assistants' at this year's Eurosonic festival in Groningen confronted the issue with admirab(...)

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