Prince performing in March  2009 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com

It would be hard to assemble a greater bunch of brilliant contradictions than are embodied in the singular life and person of Prince, who has died at (...)

Howard Marks has died age 70. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Former British drug smuggler Howard Marks, who wrote about his exploits in an autobiography, Mr Nice, has died at the age of 70 after suffering from b(...)

Bronagh Gallagher speaks to Róisín Ingle on this week’s episode of the Róisín Meets  . .  . podcast.

In the latest episode of the Róisín Meets podcast, Derry-born singer and actor Bronagh Gallagher joined Róisín Ingle to talk about her “monastic” life(...)

 Taylor Swift accepting the award for the Album of the Year onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music awards in Los Angeles. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Pop star Taylor Swift has become the first woman to win album of the year twice at the Grammy Awards - and appeared to use the stage to respond to ra(...)

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,(...)