David Bowie was the first major artist to securitise royalty streams, selling $55 million worth of “Bowie Bonds” in 1997. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

David Bowie had a gift for grasping the zeitgeist. In business the term is “staying relevant”. Behind the fey, otherworldly personas, Bowie was a sh(...)

Jimmy Rabbitte: “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in late 1980s

Jimmy Rabbitte’s proclamation in The Commitments that the “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in the late 1980s when the Roddy Doyle (...)

Meet the musician behind the album of 2015 to date. His name is Kamasi Washington and the album is called The Epic. It’s epic by name and by nature(...)

A police officer douses a man, who was hit by pepper spray after defying a curfew, with water as he lies handcuffed  in west Baltimore, Maryland. Photograph: Reuters

The mayor of Baltimore lifted a 10pm to 5am curfew on Sunday she had imposed on the city last week after a night of looting and arson that followed th(...)

Scott Evans recently made the top 25 in the world rankings in Badminton with only four other European players ahead of him. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The first wave of Irish athletes selected for the inaugural European Games comes to 36 with more names promised in the coming weeks. Katie Taylor hea(...)

Lesley Gore performs at the She’s got the power! event outside Lincoln Center in New York in July 2011. Photograph: Michael Nagle/The New York Times

Lesley Gore, who was a teenager in the 1960s when she recorded hit songs about heartbreak and resilience that went on to become feminist touchstones,(...)

You wouldn’t ask any mortal to play James Brown. It’s not just the voice. It’s not just the moves and the madness. Even at rest, Mr Please Please P(...)

‘Today, the remaining sisters continue this work adding to it care for those affected by the rampant Ebola virus.’ Above, prayers are said for a victim of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: EPA/STR

Becoming a Christian missionary has lost the appeal it once had for thousands of young Irish men and women who, from the middle of the 19th century, j(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)