The sad passing of Meat Loaf dominated the headline this week, as did Adele's tearful message to fans. Plus Bono revealed he's "embarrassed" by most of U2's songs.

Here are the stories that made the headlines this week:

Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74
The death was announced of the singer Meat Loaf at the age of 74.

The Bat Out of Hell star, born Marvin Lee Aday, passed away on Thursday night with his family by his side. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Meat Loaf performing during the Feile Festival in Thurles, Co Tipperary, in 1990

A family statement read: "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours."

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Adele postpones her Las Vegas residency
The award-winning singer said she and her production team had tried "absolutely everything" to pull the show together in time but that it had been "impossible".

Adele's residency was due to begin at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Hotel on 21 January

In an emotional post on social media announcing the last-minute decision, she apologised to fans and promised that dates would be rescheduled.

Adele has postponed the start of her Las Vegas residency because the show is not ready, having been "absolutely destroyed" by delivery delays and coronavirus.

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Actor Gaspard Ulliel dies after skiing accident
French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who played a young Hannibal Lecter and Yves Saint Laurent, died at the age of 37 following a skiing accident in southeast France, his family said on Wednesday.

Gaspard Ulliel, pictured at the premiere of the film Illusions Perdues (Lost Illusions) in Paris in October 2021

His family confirmed the death in a statement given to AFP by his agent.

A spokesperson from the ski station said another skier crashed into Ulliel at the meeting of two slopes.

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Jeremy Irons reveals he bought an island in Cork
Actor Jeremy Irons revealed that he bought an island next to his castle in south Cork, adding that he is doing "more farming than acting" these days.

Jeremy Irons: "I'm farming a little bit more than I'm acting."

Irons, who recently starred in House of Gucci and can be seen in Munich: The Edge of War as British prime minister Neville Chamberlain on Netflix, purchased the castle in Kilcoe in 1998 with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack.

He also has a house in The Liberties area of Dublin and during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he revealed that he is also the proud owner of his own island, saying it's "a very small island with a little cottage on it. I can just about swim there from the castle, about 100 metres."

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Bono says he's "embarrassed" by most of U2's songs
U2 front man Bono admitted that he still dislikes his band's name, is "embarrassed" by most of their songs and is no fan of his own singing voice and goes "scarlet" when he hears U2 songs on the radio.

Bono on the Late Late Show last December

In a frank interview with the Awards Chatter podcast, the singer (61) revealed that he had only learnt how to sing "recently" and that while his band are "incredible", his vocals are now "strained" and make him "cringe a little bit".

U2's new track Your Song Saved My Life, which features on Sing 2, is shortlisted for the best original song Oscar.

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Erica-Cody and Denys Samson make DWTS history
Singer-songwriter Erica-Cody and her professional dance partner Denys Samson made Dancing with the Stars history on RTÉ One on Sunday night, receiving the highest score ever for a couple's first routine as they topped the leaderboard.

Erica-Cody and Denys Samson wowed the judges with their Samba

They wowed the judges with their Samba, scoring 24 points on a night that built on the excitement and feelgood of last week's opening episode of the new series.

"What a way to start the new year!" said Dubliner Erica-Cody, adding that the show had given her "a new lease of life".

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Betty White's assistant shares new photo of late star
Betty White's assistant shared one of the last photos taken of the late US actress on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Betty White died on New Year's Eve aged 99, less than a month before her 100th birthday on January 17

The photo, shared on Facebook, shows the screen veteran looking as "radiant and beautiful and happy as ever".

The award-winning Golden Girls actress died on New Year's Eve aged 99, less than a month before her landmark birthday, on January 17.

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