To last ten years in the fickle industry that is the music business, you earn the right to call yourself a star. To go beyond that you start heading into a different solar system. Irish duo Jedward, John and Edward Grimes, today transcend the bounds of the Milky Way as they mark 11 years since they first headed down the road to becoming household names.
With a sound that falls somewhere between Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, Irish band Wild Wonder are straight out of the gate with new single, ‘Said And Done’. Be warned that the song, which has classic pop bones set against strong vocals and gorgeous instrumentation, will have you humming the extremely catchy chorus all day – and then some.
Jedward star John Grimes last week released a stunning acoustic cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, dedicated to his best friend Tara Reid, who had told him it was her favourite song. The track, based on the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole arrangement, comes ahead of tomorrow’s release of the music video for Jedward’s song, ‘Taste The Heat’.
When you hear the lyrics of ‘More Time’, the first track on Eileen Gogan And The Instructions new album, ‘Under Moving Skies’, you know it’s by an Irish artist. Sure, you might argue, Eileen Gogan’s very name is a bit of a give away, but I think it goes further than that. There’s a certain melancholy to Irish music; you’ll hear it in The Cranberries, The Corrs, U2 – even more recent Irish artists such as Inhaler, Jedward, Columbia Mills, and Robert O’Connor have it. Kodaline has it. And Eileen Gogan has it in spades.