A selection of old demos, some stretching back to the 1960s, the eighth studio album by one of the voices of Fleetwood Mac is one of the best thing(...)

Walter O’Brien, the son of a Wexford farmer, says he has an IQ of 196. The Irishman’s life is now the subject of Scorpion, a prime-time TV drama in the US.  Photograph:  Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images

The man with perhaps the fourth-highest IQ ever measured says, “Once your IQ is 150 or over, it stops beings ability and becomes a disability.” Walter(...)

U2’s lead singer Bono U2 gestures to the audience after performing at an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, last week. Photograph: Reuters

In a front cover interview with Time magazine, U2 have announced details of a “secret project” with Apple about a new digital musical format which the(...)

There is a breach in the natural order when you realise Andrew Hozier-Byrne is just 24-years-old. To have such an understanding of the vital pulse (...)

(left to right) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2.  Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts.  File Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts. The highest re-entry is at number five for the “Joshua Tree”(...)

Beach sequence: U2 on Sandymount Strand in 1978. Photograph: Sheila Rock/Rex

Bono leans in to my face so our noses are almost touching, and he sings, unaccompanied, “Life begins with the first glance, the first kiss at the f(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

To continue the protest theme in The Ticket this week, a look at the bleak future for all forms of popular music. Over the past three decades, there h(...)

Marketa Iglova: Muna

The Czech native’s 2011 solo debut (Anar) was a relationships album. This follow-up is a spiritual walkabout that slowly unravels its wonders. Muna wa(...)

Bookies have tipped Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down album to win this year’s Mercury Prize. Photograph: PA

Seven debut albums and three jazz albums make it onto the annual Mercury Music Prize shortlist which was announced in London today. The Mercury prize (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook with Bono during an Apple event in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Getty 1:04

“It's a Dublin album, all about being teenagers on the northside and how our city shaped us both as men and musicians,” Bono told this reporter yes(...)