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Villagers knock Hozier off No 1 spot in charts

Villagers' new album Darling Arithmetic has debuted at No 1 in the new Irish album chart, interrupting Hozer's reign at the top. The Mighty Stef also debuts at an impressive No 8 with his new album, The Year of The Horse.

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  • Cry Monster Cry Watch! Cry Monster Cry perform for RTÉ TEN

    Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin are Cry Monster Cry and they've just released their acclaimed debut album, Rhythm of Dawn. The sibling duo dropped into TEN to perform their song Atlas. Have a look and listen here.

  • Cowell: ''I was just about to jump off a cliff" Cowell: 'I had to respect Zayn's decision'

    Music mogul Simon Cowell has revealed that he had to "respect" Zayn Malik's decision to leave One Direction and admitted that he initially tried to make him stay in the band.

  • Ozzy Osbourne: "I cannot apologise for comments or opinions I may have made about you" Osbourne refuses to apologise to Bill Ward

    Black Sabbath star Ozzy Osbourne has responded to his former band mate Bill Ward's open letter and told him to "stop playing the victim".

  • They're back! Olly Murs and Caroline Flack to host X Factor

    After weeks of speculation it has now been officially confirmed that Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will take over from Dermot O'Leary as the new presenters of The X Factor.

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  • Kenny Wheeler's valedictory: melancholy and sensual Kenny Wheeler Songs for Quintet

    The British jazz musician Kenny Wheeler recorded his last album, Songs for Quinitet at Abbey Road in December 2013, prior to his passing in September 2014, aged 84. The valedictory mood mixes melancholy, bluesy swing and Latin bravura.

  • A hugely accomplished debut album Cry Monster Cry - Rhythm of Dawn

    Dublin brothers Jamie and Richie Martin craft a spooked folk rock classic with their debut album

  • The image suggests violence but what we get is sensual delight through the hands of the oud master Anouhar Brahem. Anouar Brahem Souvenance

    In advance of his appearance at the National Concert Hall on April 11, savour the hypnotic secrets of Anouar Brahim's music for oud, quartet and string orchestra on this new two-CD set.

Mark Murphy Shadows
Mark Murphy: the pathos is underlined all the more keenly by suave treatments that upend the expected mood of sadness in his versions of love songs.

Recorded in Slovenia over two days in June 1996, the Mark Murphy album, Shadows, was only released late last year, a rare, belated dispatch from the veteran jazz singer who Ella Fitzgerald regarded as one of the best.

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