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U2 echo Beatles with rooftop gig

U2 have followed in the footsteps of the Beatles and performed a gig on a rooftop.

U2 on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Centre building

U2 on the rooftop of the Rockefeller Centre building

The band performed on top of the NBC’s Rockefeller Centre building in New York City for the Tonight Show. They were 71 stories high as they played a track from their new album – invisible – as the sun set on Manhattan.

Later in the studio Bono said to presenter Jimmy Fallon: “I want to be in that band” as he watched a recording of the performance on the big screen.

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Chieftains Sean Potts dies aged 83

Sean Potts, one of the founding members of the Chieftains and a towering figure in Irish music, has died at the age of 83.

Sean Potts of the ChidftainsHe was in the vanguard of the movement to rediscover traditional Irish music in the 1950s.

Potts was born in Dublin in 1930 and started playing the tin whistle at an early age. By his late teens he was one of Ireland’s most accomplished players and caught the attention of Seán Ó Riadá who formed the musical ensemble, Ceoltoiri Chualann.
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O’Dowd blast ‘racist’ X Factor viewers

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd has branded X Factor viewers ‘racist’ because he believes that black artists are voted off the show too early.

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Chris O’Dowd

Speaking to Britain’s Radio Times, the Bridesmaids star said: “Generally my favourites go out in the first few weeks.

“And, of course, because the viewing public is so racist, all the black, strong singers go out in round five every year.”

Some black X Factor contestants have spoken out about racial abuse they have suffered at the hands of online trolls.

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Sinead on ‘danger’ that made her shave head

Sinead O’Connor has told Oprah Winfrey that she shaved her head when she was a young artist because she considered it ‘dangerous to be a female’.

Sinead O’Connor has enjoyed huge success all over the world

Sinead O’Connor

The Irish star was being interviewed by Oprah as part of the American chat queen’s ‘Oprah: Where Are They now?’ series. She said that when she was starting out she believed it was very difficult for women in the music industry.

O’Connor was just 17 years old when she signed her first record contract. She quickly realised that she would need to assert herself in order to fend off unwelcome advances from male record company executives.

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Dylan appears in Chrysler’s SuperBowl advert

Many people watching the SuperBowl on Sunday may have been surprised to see folk superstar Bob Dylan making an appearance.

Bob Dylan in Chrysler advert, first shown during the SuperBowl

Bob Dylan in Chrysler ad

While the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars were highly impressive during the halftime show, it was another hugely respected musician that got many people’s tongues wagging.

Dylan appeared during the commercial break in an advert for Chrysler cars. The Times They Are a Changing star narrated the two minute advert which warmly paid homage to the history of the classic car company.

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