‘Christmas: love it or loathe it, we pretty much know that if we have the wherewithal, it’s incumbent on us to step up to the mark and get on with it at the first tinkle of Jingle Bells.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

So, it’s happening. Christmas is about to crash down, like a sad drunk into a decorative bay tree. If we’re lucky and fate has left us off the (...)

Taylor Swift: “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment.”   Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

“Denis O’Brien is the major shareholder in INM. In theory, with 29 per cent of the shares, he does not control it. In practice, he does.”Outgoing Sund(...)

Andrew Byrne Hozier has been nominated for a Grammy in the Song of the Year category for ‘Take Me To Church’. Above pictured performing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on December 4th. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish singer Hozier is among the early Grammy nominees in the top categories announced by the Recording Academy on Friday. He is nominated in the Song(...)

Hozier performing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Thursday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

By any musical measure, 2014 has been a brilliant year for Hozier – and he capped it off with a full-throated display of power at Dublin’s Olympia The(...)

 Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel walks the runway past  Hozier during the 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show at Earl’s Court exhibition centre yesterday in London. Photograph:  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images 2:05

“Take me to churchI’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your liesI’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knifeOffer me that deathless deathG(...)

One Direction hold their three awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Band Duo or Group - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Pop/Rock at the 2014 American Music Awards in LA. Photograph: EPA/Paul Buck 2:25

The boy bands were clear winners in the top award categories at the 2014 American Music Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday. One Direction led the c(...)

Move represents Apple’s first attempt to capitalise on Beats since it bought the headphone-maker and streaming service from Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available o(...)

 Taylor Swift last week pulled her music from Spotify, objecting to the low royalty rates paid by its free tier.   Photograph: Reuters

Google is shaking up the digital music market with a paid subscription tier for YouTube and a series of enhancements to the world’s biggest video site(...)

It’s Q4 and we all know what that means. Between now and December 24th, the race is on in the retail world to flog enough stuff to keep everyone ha(...)

Photograph: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Planet Business

Picture of the week: The next frontier Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides stands in front of the WhiteKnightTwo c(...)