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.
Celtic Thunder star Colm Keegan has a very busy year ahead of him. He is preparing for the band’s Symphony show, as well as a new solo show with Laura Durrant and a show with Emmet Cahill called ‘Celtic Comet’.
He is also has a new solo single in the pipeline and is hoping to find the time to shoot the video before the Celtic Thunder Cruise.
Irish Music Daily caught up with the singer for a Q&A about the next few months.
Irish Music Daily: What have you been up to over the summer? Did you get a good holiday?
Colm Keegan: Had a great summer thank you, not much of a holiday but had a very productive few months. It was decided by myself and Laura while on tour with Celtic Thunder in Australia that we were going to give a solo tour a shot.
Erin Murphy of the Ryan Kelly Street Team has invited the singer’s fans from around the world to send a message to the star.
The Irish singer has a loyal fan base and is inundated with messages of support. He recently spoke about how much this support means to him.
His comments gave Erin the idea of producing a video keepsake of messages. She is hoping to get as many fans involved as possible.
Danny O’Donoghue has revealed that he once filed a sexual assault complaint against one of his own fans after being grabbed in the crotch during a concert.
The Script star was performing in Germany when he ventured into the crowd during one of his songs. Suddenly a male fan reached out and grabbed O’Donoghue in the groin area. The Dublin born singer reacted angrily and the situation threatened to spiral out of control before the band’s security team stepped in.