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Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan dead – Her biggest songs and performances | Music | Entertainment

Cranberries star Dolores O’Riordan dead – Her biggest songs and performances | Music | Entertainment

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The Cranberries shot to fame in the 1990s after forming in 1989, earning a BRIT nomination for Best International Group in 1995.They also won an MTV Europe Music Award in the same year for Best Song, with Zombie; and an Ivor Novello Award in 1997 for International Achievement.The band released an album just last year: Something Else was their first Top 20 record since the late 1990s, and featured orchestral and acoustic versions of previously released singles, as well as new songs.But it's their 1990s output that remains the most fondly remembered: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? was their debut album in 1993 and hit No1 in Ireland, with follow-up No Need To Argue impacting the UK Top 10 for the first time the following year.That album was their most successful worldwide; g...
Arctic Monkeys tour 2018 – First show CONFIRMED – more to come? | Music | Entertainment

Arctic Monkeys tour 2018 – First show CONFIRMED – more to come? | Music | Entertainment

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The now iconic band have been revealed as part of the line-up for the Firefly Festival, where they join Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and The Killers at the very top of the bill.The Woodlands of Delaware play host to the extravaganza, which is slated for between June 14 and 17.The group were also thought to have teased further shows on Instagram - but now it seems that it may have been fake,Still, NME claims that more 2018 dates will follow “in the coming weeks”.Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming album plans were revealed on motorcycle website For The Ride, in which bassist Nick O’Malley gave away that work was being done on their sixth record.Each and every one of their first five LPs hit the summit; starting with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not back in 2006.Their most recent record was 2
Album of the week: Wrong Creatures by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Music | Entertainment

Album of the week: Wrong Creatures by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Music | Entertainment

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BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB - Wrong Creatures, 4/5 (Abstract Dragon) But if that dense, reverb-heavy style is the San Francisco trio’s default setting there’s plenty of subtlety and melody elsewhere. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, BRMC’s eighth album is a complex and beautifully constructed set, the six-minute Haunt a superbly atmospheric slice of gothic blues, Ninth Configuration piling layer upon layer of guitar and keyboards into a swirling and chaotic finale. Eight albums on the Rebels are as vital and engrossing as ever.  TO KILL A KING - The Spiritual Dark Age, 3/5 (These Are My Bones) The splendidly named Ralph Pelleymounter has a sublime rock voice: a rounded and authoritative croon that brings real power and authority to this London five-piece’s attacks on our go
Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd to headline Coachella | Music | Entertainment

Beyonce, Eminem and The Weeknd to headline Coachella | Music | Entertainment

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The singer is to top the bill of the Californian event alongside Eminem and The Weeknd, it has been announced. Beyoncé, 36, was to headline last year but stepped down on the advice of her doctors to keep a less demanding schedule and was replaced by Lady Gaga. The former Destiny's Child star and her husband Jay Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter in June. Beyoncé will close both Saturdays of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which takes place over two weekends in April in Indio, California. Eminem, one of the biggest Grammy Award-winning rap artists of all time, returns to Coachella on Sunday.He made a guest appearance with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg in 2012 in a set that featured a hologram of Tupac Shakur. Other acts include Jamiroquai, King Krule, The War On Drugs, David Byrn
Newton Faulkner: My six best albums | Music | Entertainment

Newton Faulkner: My six best albums | Music | Entertainment

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JONI MITCHELL: Blue (Reprise) My mum used to sing me to sleep with Mitchell’s Circle Game song and this album was probably the start of my interest in music. Her voice is so powerful at every register. I picked up from her how to put every note I can get to in my songs. DR OCTAGON: The Return Of (Buttercuts)Bizarrely, because it’s not very acoustic, this is the album I listen to most. It’s a rap album by Kool Keith. The opening is incredibly strange but it’s astonishing. Perfect World is my favourite track and I use it to test the quality of speakers. CAMILLE: Le Fil (Because) I like listening to stuff in other languages because my brain doesn’t have to analyse the lyrics, which I usually do as a pastime. This has the same humming note running through it and it’s beautiful. I love a bod
Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell: Famed Irish singer talks Christmas and new albums | Music | Entertainment

Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell: Famed Irish singer talks Christmas and new albums | Music | Entertainment

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GETTYDaniel opens up on favourite Christmas songs and traditions“At Christmas time that year I was on top of the world,” recalls 56-year-old O’Donnell. He had met Majella, a divorcee with two children, in her parents’ bar in Tenerife two years earlier.“Before we sat down for Christmas dinner I said to her, ‘Phone your mother.’ She went upstairs to make the call and after a couple of minutes I followed her.“I took the phone and said to her mother, ‘Marion, do you know what I’m going to do now? I’m going to put a ring on your daughter’s finger.’ And that’s what I did. It’s a Christmas Day neither of us will ever forget.”Christmas 1980 also holds special memories for O’Donnell as that is when he decided, aged 19, that he would quit his business studies course at college in Gal
Christmas Number 1 2017 – Ed Sheeran beats George Michael’s Wham | Music | Entertainment

Christmas Number 1 2017 – Ed Sheeran beats George Michael’s Wham | Music | Entertainment

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It’s Ed Sheeran, whose track Perfect has amassed enough combined sales and streams to come out on top.The track accrued a total of 85,000; with 150 streams accounting for 1 sale. 45,000 were actual, pure sales.Sheeran finished in second as well, on guest vocal duties on Eminem’s track River.Wham!’s Last Christmas, the centre of a campaign to get George Michael to the summit on the anniversary of his death, finished in a still-respectable third place.It enjoyed huge momentum in the last few days, ascending to No1 on iTunes, but ultimately couldn’t quite topple Sheeran.Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You dips two places to No4 - and is likely to plummet out of the charts altogether in the next week or two, along with Wham!.Rita Ora’s Anywhere holds firm in fifth spot, with Big
S Club 7 REUNION and 2018 world tour CONFIRMED: S Club 3 Family | Music | Entertainment

S Club 7 REUNION and 2018 world tour CONFIRMED: S Club 3 Family | Music | Entertainment

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They were one of the biggest bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits like Reach, Bring It All Back and Don’t Stop Movin’ taking the world by storm.Having had a brief reunion in 2014-15, fans were wondering if they’d be back again, and now they are, but only as a trio this time.S Club 7 is now SC3 with Jo O’Meara, Tina Barrett and Bradley Macintosh releasing the band’s first single in 14 years, called Family.According The Sun’s source, the rebrand as SC3 is to avoid problems with the other four bandmates.The insider said: “Family was originally pitched for all seven of them to sing on their Bring It All Back reunion tour in 2015, when they toyed with the idea of releasing new tunes.“But it was Paul who decided he didn’t want to continue, and the other members didn’t want to rel
Christmas Number 1 2017 update: Ed Sheeran vs Eminem, George Michael’s Wham | Music | Entertainment

Christmas Number 1 2017 update: Ed Sheeran vs Eminem, George Michael’s Wham | Music | Entertainment

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The British singer-songwriter’s own song Perfect is currently leading the charge and, as per bookies’ predictions, is on course to land the festive top spot on Friday - with a rumoured challenge from Adele never materialising.His closest competition, however, comes from himself: he features on Eminem’s new single River, which is currently No2.However, the Official Charts Company have pointed out that the latter song is outperforming Perfect on streaming platforms, so it’s very much all to play for over the next few days.And closely behind at No3 is Wham!, with Last Christmas the centre of a campaign to return George Michael to the top of the charts one year after his death.Further down, Rita Ora is set to rebound one place to No4 with Anywhere, while Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christ
Twelve Tales Of Christmas: Tom Chaplin’s solo release is the album of the week | Music | Entertainment

Twelve Tales Of Christmas: Tom Chaplin’s solo release is the album of the week | Music | Entertainment

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Among the originals, Midnight Mass is an intimate and cleverly observed piece of festive whimsy, superbly performed over muted piano.Under A Million Lights, meanwhile, is a slow-building heartbreaker that jumps into the most glorious melody and might be his most shimmeringlybeautiful work since the Keane debut.Simon Callow With The Brighouse & Rastrick Band: A Christmas Carol (Island, two discs)Currently having a ball on TV as The Rebel, a curmudgeoneonly former Mod with a prison record from the Clacton riots, Callow brings hisusual 100 per cent enthusiasm to this superb, unabridged reading of the Dickens classic.Something of an obsessive about the Victorian writer, the 68-year-old theatre veteran savours every last word and encourages us to savour with them too.With warm but unders