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Ed Sheeran ban: the singer is due to perform in Jakarta on May 3rd. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Almost 20 western pop songs, including hits by Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars, have been deemed pornographic and banned from being played on(...)

Cardi B performing at the Grammys in 2018. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even majo(...)

Paul Simon: has encapsulated all that is good about artistic honesty

Saturday, July 7th The The Iveagh Gardens, Dublin; 7.30pm; €55.50; ticketmaster.ie It takes an artist of some standing to effectively disappear from (...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland with ‘Together’ backstage at the 63rd Eurovision at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Miguel A. Lopes

Welcome to Eurovision 2018, Ireland (RTÉ One, Saturday, 8pm). You’re very lucky to be here. “We’re in with a big chance,” Marty Whelan’s voice told u(...)

What Classic soul updated for the modern era. Where Fort Worth, Texas Why Leon Bridges’s debut album, Coming Home, from 2015, was filled with tasteful(...)

Summber vibe: Electric Picnic, in Co Laois in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With more than 30 music festivals across Ireland between April and the end of September, there’s one for almost every age, county and g(...)

Alicia Keys: a key influence on the  young guns of R&B. Photograph:  Robert Mora/Getty Images

Nostalgia is a powerful force. That’s why pop’s harnessing of nostalgia is a habit some of its stars love to indulge in. A surefire sign you’ve crosse(...)

Aaron J Hart’s powerful, passionate truths about his troubles with mental health and addiction have caused a sensation.

The Irish public are slaves to the rhythm apparently. In the first series of Ireland’s Got Talent, no fewer than four dance acts have been chosen as f(...)

Denis Sulta: techno-leaning beats and high-tempo disco-soul vocals

New artist of the week: Denis Sulta What: UK house music’s young leader Where: Scotland Why: The generational difference on the dancefloor was rece(...)

Taylor Swift:  “I don’t see how that would work,” said a frowning 22-year-old about office music. “Listening to Taylor Swift all day would be very grim”

The other day I went to an office where there was something so odd that at first I thought it had to be a horrible mistake. It was home to a workplac(...)

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