Ireland has a star-in-the-making as Dubliner Janet Grogan wowed both judges and audience on the X Factor with her second audition at Wembley.
The 26-year-old gave a stunning rendition of U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The performance had the crowd on their feet cheering, and head judge Simon Cowell grinning from ear to ear.
Grogan received a ‘Yes’ from Cowell and fellow judges Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh, to progress through to the next stage of the competition.
Irish singer songwriter Coade has teamed up with photographer Mick Quinn to produce a moving video to one of his songs.
The song, called Understand, was written by Coade for his son when he was a child. The video features several pairs of fathers and sons.
Coade’s son is now aged 21 and lives in America. He was unable to feature in the video. Instead Coade took the ‘son’ role in the video, appearing with his father.
Coade said: ““I’ve been a musician forever. I actually wrote this song years ago for my boy Sam. I knew he would grow up and I wanted it to document my love for him.
A Japanese flute player was joined by a fluttery friend as she took part in a competition earlier this week.
It seemed that a butterfly was so enchanted by the delicate music performed by Yukie Ota that the equally delicate animal perched on the flutist’s face to get a closer look as she played.
U2 have come under fire from Northern Ireland music legend Paul Brady.
Brady is angry that the megastars allowed their new album, Songs of Innocence, to be automatically downloaded on to Apple’s 500 million iTunes users’ accounts.
The singer-songwriter believes that the move has undermined the music industry which is already struggling. There are strong arguments to suggest that factors such as illegal downloads, YouTube, streaming services and file sharing are making it too difficult for young artists to come through and make a liveable income.
U2 singer Bono has revealed that the band’s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ was inspired by his youth in Dublin in the 1970s.
Far from being a rose-tinted look at the city in that era, U2’s new songs tell stories of the violence that often took place. The album refers to both attacks on themselves and their friends and also domestic violence behind closed doors.
Bono told the Irish Times: “I’m not really talking about the Black Catholics here so much as how we just attracted violence for the way we looked and bands we liked.