Elton John on tour in 1973. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

In autumn 1973, Elton John and his band were preparing to write and record a new album. John already had six records to his name, and each had (...)

Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney

Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended a St Patrick’s Day party hosted by Mick Mulvaney, a member of the far-right Tea(...)

This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

If you’re good you’ll get these immediately: what is the link between Metallica’s 1991 Black Album, (...)

Always destined for stardom: Rufus Wainwright. Photograph:  Barry J Holmes

The music business is full of talented people. There are musicians, there are songwriters, there are singers. But then there are the Rufus Wain(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin listens to a journalist’s question during a televised news conference in Sochi today. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters.

Russia’s law banning gay “propaganda” does not harm anybody and there is “no danger” for homosexual competitors or spectators at the forthcoming Winte(...)

Pete O’Hanlon and Ross Farrelly of The Strypes performaning at IMMA  in Dublin in August. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For Cavan teenage band The Strypes, 2013 has been a year that they hoped would never end. Twelve months ago, they were just another promising young ba(...)

With his profile firmly in the ascendant thanks to his judging role on The X Factor, now is as good a time as any for Gary Barlow to release his fi(...)

All concerned in the music industry have been merrily galloping their way to hell in a handcart for the past few years. We’ve now arrived at our desti(...)

Out there, right now: Stephen Fry in Uganda with Stosh, who is gay, and who was ‘correctively’ raped at the age of 14

For Out There (BBC Two, Monday and Wednesday), Stephen Fry’s latest globetrotting documentary, the polymath, who is gay, set out to visit the world’s (...)

Tiny dancer: Lily-Mae Morrison, who was diagnosed with a rare children’s cancer in 2012, is now in remission

Five-year-old Claregalway girl Lily-Mae Morrison, who was diagnosed with a rare children’s cancer in 2012, is now in remission, her parents have said.(...)

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