New US president Joe Biden  delivering his inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US president on January 20th at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photograph:   Caroline brehman/pool/AFP via Getty Images

For a brief moment on Wednesday it seemed that it all might still go awry. As the soon-to-be president Joe Biden and his wife Jill stood on the thresh(...)

Phil Spector at work in a studio in 1965. File photograph: Getty

Phil Spector, the music producer behind some of pop music’s biggest hits, has died aged 81 while serving a prison sentence for murder. Media reports (...)

Neil Young performs at Madison Square Garden in 2008 in New York.

Neil Young has sold half of the rights to his song catalogue to Hipgnosis, in the same week the publishing house has acquired catalogues by former Fle(...)

Movers and shakers: some of the people to Watch in 2020

The hottest young talent set to make waves in the worlds of politics, fashion, food, sport, activism, art, film and TV, sustainability, entrepreneur(...)

Best of 2020: top album-makers

The year of the pandemic produced outstanding, thoughtful music across all forms Top 10 lists from the votes of Joe Breen, Louise Bruton, Tony C(...)

Tony Holohan: his relationship with Varadkar is ‘very good’

So utterly has coronavirus infected our lives it makes perfect sense that Tony Holohon should receive star billing ahead of Bruce Springsteen on the L(...)

Your first guitar. Your first band. Your first songs. Your first record. When you are young, every first is an unforgettable thrill. And when the arc (...)

Bruce Springsteen: ‘Immediate is always exciting, exciting is good. So you get a freshness.’ Photograph: Danny Clinch

The Boss talks about his lockdown experience, reuninting with the E-Street band and his new record Letter To You   Bruce Springsteen is (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin visited the Oliver Bond Street flats complex with a pep in his step. Photograph: Julian Behal

“Coronavirus carrier at EU trade council triggers top-level quarantines,” reported Politico Europe on Thursday. We knew that, because Tánaiste Leo Va(...)

Cuties concerns a pre-adolescent French-Senegalese girl who, rebelling against her socially conservative family, falls in with a dangerous crowd of dissolute schoolmates.

The controversy around Maïmouna Doucouré’s film Cuties has already generated enough ill temper, but allow us just one more immoderate remark: if you h(...)

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