Sinead O‚ÄôConnor has told Oprah Winfrey that she shaved her head when she was a young artist because she considered it ‚Äėdangerous to be a female‚Äô.
The Irish star was being interviewed by Oprah as part of the American chat queen‚Äôs ‚ÄėOprah: Where Are They now?‚Äô series. She said that when she was starting out she believed it was very difficult for women in the music industry.
O‚ÄôConnor 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.
Many people watching the SuperBowl on Sunday may have been surprised to see folk superstar Bob Dylan making an appearance.
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‚Äôs 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.
An organisation founded by Dropkick Murphys star Ken Casey has made a $15,000 donation to a charity that helps people overcome drink and drug dependencies.
The Gavin Foundation is based in South Boston and helps over 4,000 people a year who have suffered substance abuse. They have youth, adult and community programmes and develop strong relationships and support structures for their clients and their families.
The Gavin Foundation received a donation from the Claddagh Fund which was founded by Casey. Casey and his bandmates have always recognised the importance of charity and being able to help people in need.
The singer said: ‚ÄúThe work that goes on here is near and dear to my heart. Anything I and the Claddagh Fund can do to help is an honour and privilege. The work they do here is life and death; this is the front line.‚ÄĚ
Country music star Garth Brooks has said that Ireland is his favourite country to perform.
The American was talking to BBC Ulster‚Äôs Talkback. He told presenter Wendy Austin: “No matter where I am in the world, when I am asked what place I like to sing, I say Ireland. It is just phenomenal.”
Tickets for Brooks‚Äô three shows at Croke Park sold out within hours. He‚Äôs now added a fourth show to meet the demand.
Brooks‚Äô last appearance in Ireland is well remembered by all who were there, he even entered the stage on a zip wire.
Bono has admitted that he fears his band might be becoming ‚Äėirrelevant‚Äô in the modern musical landscape.
U2 regularly fill stadiums across the world when they go on tour and have sold millions of albums throughout their long careers. They also won a Golden Globe last month for their song ‚ÄėOrdinary Love‚Äô which featured in the film ‚ÄėMandela: Long Walk to Freedom‚Äô.
However, despite all this, as they add the finishing touches to their 13th album, frontman Bono has admitted that his band may be ‚Äėon the verge of irrelevance‚Äô.