Hozier performs on ABC’s Good Morning America recently: musicians following in the Wicklowman’s footsteps face an environment where record sales are falling dramatically. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Irish music industry is said to be worth over €470 million annually to the economy. It supports around 11,500 jobs across the island, both directl(...)

Sad Keanu: sometimes a celebrity becomes lodged in pop culture’s digestive tract

Since we all live in the “internet” now, we decided to examine those internet-native cultural activities, leisure pursuits and art forms upon which fu(...)

Miley Cyrus does her twerking thing with  Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What links Miley Cyrus, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, twerking and a crystal meth dealer from New Mexico? All four have appeared at the top(...)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Thrift Shop: Seven million US sales for $15,000 – a bargain

More teenagers listen to music on YouTube than on any other source. They buy more music than anyone else. Billboard now counts YouTube hits when com(...)

Haley O’Sullivan from Texas is the 2013 Rose of Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh.

Last night 25-year old Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan was crowned the 2013 Rose of Tralee. The instigator of an outbreak of Harlem Shaking on the (...)

A videograb from the footage of London police officers doing the Harlem Shake

London police community support officers who posted a comical video of themselves on YouTube as part of an internet dance craze have been disciplined (...)

Is George Hook the new Michael Flatley ? On a recent visit to his former school, Presentation Brothers College in Cork, the curmudgeonly(...)