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Slideshow: Irish Celebrities - Who Is Your Favorite?

March 17th, 2009 8:47am EDT
Colin Farrell
Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honor of Irish actors and musicians, Starpulse salutes those who have brought a wee bit of luck and whimsy to fans across the world:


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Conan O'Brien Is America's Favorite Irishman

March 17th, 2009 8:44am EDT
Conan O
Comedian Conan O'Brien is America's favorite Irishman, according to a new online poll.

The talk show host, whose parents are of Irish descent, topped the AOL poll, held to mark St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday. O'Brien drew 15 per cent of the vote, followed in second place by philanthropic rocker Bono with 14 per cent; and comedienne Molly Shannon with 11 per cent.

At the other end of the poll, Donald Trump; Sinead O'Connor and Rosie O'Donnell were named the least favorite.

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On The Road Again: Music To Make The Trip More Enjoyable

April 16th, 2008 3:38pm EDT
Sum 41
Imagine driving across the country with nothing but the great open road in your future. Going through barely-there towns and the desert, the road is full of possibilities (as well as seedy hotels and exorbitant gas prices). What makes the drive go by quicker? Music. It's essential for any kind of driving - whether you're on your way to the grocery store or to visit your friend's summer place up north. It's important that your playlists and CDs feature a mix of your favorite songs, and the music you pick can set the theme of your entire trip.

Here are just a few songs to add to your ...

A Man's Point Of View: Top 10 Songs Sung By Women In The Rock Era

April 1st, 2008 12:21pm EDT
Janis Joplin
To clarify what the "Rock Era" means, there will be no Etta James, Billie Holiday, or Patsy Cline on this list. Basically, it contains the most moving and powerful songs with female vocalists from the 1960s to the present. Now, before you go calling us guys sexist, it's just a simple fact that men, on average, have less female-centered albums in their collections. Try an informal poll of your own, and you're likely to have the same results.

Why, you may ask? Sometimes it's because dudes don't want to have their man card revoked for owning a Lilith Fair compilation. But there is a...

Check Out A Fine Frenzy's New Video For 'Almost Lover'

March 24th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol inhabits a vivid imaginary world populated by siren songs and sailors, sightless creatures and fragile fallen eagles, a place where almost lovers and hopeless dreams are bid a melancholy musical farewell.

And on One Cell in the Sea, Sudol allows the listener inside that often-fantastical world, revealing her inner life via songs Harp magazine praised as "fraught, haunted and beautiful."

One Cell in the Sea is the 14-song debut from A Fine Frenzy, the lineup fronted by 22- year-old singer/pianist Sudol. While A Fine Frenzy's songs are ethereal, the musical and ly...

Sinead O'Connor Hates Kylie Minogue's Music

February 24th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Sinead O
Outspoken singer Sinead O'Connor has launched a scathing attack on Kylie Minogue, insisting she can't "bear" to listen to the antipodean's music. The controversial Irish star - who once tore up a photo of the late Pope John Paul II on stage - was so aurally offended by a recent live Minogue broadcast, she had to switch off her TV.

She says, "I really can't stand Kylie's music at all. I know Australian fans might want to shoot me for saying this, but that would be a far better option than to listen to one of her albums. She was on Irish television recently. I couldn't bear it and had t...

Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Voted Number-One Song Of The 90s

December 12th, 2007 2:16pm EST
The fans have spoken and VH1 is celebrating the music of the 90s like it never has before. In an online poll, users have voted Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as the greatest song from the 90s.

It was the decade that brought you Madonna's "Vogue," Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" and Hanson's "MMMBop," and once again VH1 taps its collective memories and revisits it all. VH1's "100 Greatest Songs Of The '90s" premieres Monday-Friday, December 17 - 21 at 10 PM each night.

With more than 600,000 votes cast, the countdown list was determined by an online poll at VH1....

Sinead O'Connor Is Bipolar

October 5th, 2007 10:22am EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor was relieved when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, because it helped her come to terms with years of suicidal thoughts.

The 40-year-old spoke out about her condition during a chat with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, revealing she often used to wake up sobbing for no reason.

She told Winfrey, "It's like being a bucket with holes in it. Just leaking tears from every pore."

O'Connor revealed she once attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday, but refused to go into details.

She was diagnosed bipolar in 2003 and now takes medications to contro...

Voodoo Music Experience Gets New Site Within New Orleans City Park

October 2nd, 2007 4:35pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
This year's Voodoo Music Experience--set for October 26, 27 and 28--has a new location within its New Orleans City Park home. Adjacent to the site utilized in 2006, the new location is situated closer to Tad Gormley Stadium where the Voodoo Music Experience was born in 1999.

After festival-goers enter the grounds in front of the New Orleans Museum Of Art (NOMA), they'll walk by the 200, newly planted 6 foot Crepe Myrtle and Oak trees. These new trees are part of the ongoing efforts outlined in the park's master plan to "preserve and improve park spaces for recreational, educational, ...

Sinead O'Connor Offers Spears Support

September 21st, 2007 9:45am EDT
Sinead O
Sinead O'Connor has offered to become troubled pop star Britney Spears' "bodyguard." The Irish singer-turned-nun gave Spears a little unlikely support at a show in Los Angeles on Tuesday when she dedicated her version of spiritual Rivers of Babylon to the struggling mother of two.

O'Connor told fans, "I've been keeping an eye on a girl who is getting a hard time in the media lately, and I just want her to know that if she needs a bodyguard, I'm her girl. I'd like to dedicate this song to Britney Spears."

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Voodoo Music Experience Expands To 3 Days In New Orleans' City Park, October 26, 27, 28

September 10th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins and Dr. John are among the more than 110 acts confirmed for the 2007 Voodoo Music Experience, which expands this year to three days to accommodate the number of artists who comprise the diverse talent line-up.

Set for Halloween weekend in City Park, New Orleans' signature fall music event encompasses three full days of music--October 26, 27 and 28--with performances from Wilco, Tiesto in Concert, Kings of Leon, Sinead O'Connor, Common, Ben Harper and Galactic, among others (full list below). These acts will appear in the Voodoo Music E...

Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunction Tops Scandal List

August 24th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson's infamous breast-baring wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl has topped a list of celebrity scandals. The singer was performing a duet with Justin Timberlake during half-time at the American football final when she accidentally flashed a breast.

Second on the list, compiled by editors at American magazine Entertainment Weekly, is Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic outburst during his July 2006 drunk-driving arrest.

At three is the 1992 U.S. TV appearance by Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who infamously tore up a picture of the late Pope John Paul II during a performa...

New Film To Feature U2 New Album Rehearsals

August 10th, 2007 11:51am EDT
U2 fans attending the Toronto Film Festival in Canada next month are in for a treat - producer Daniel Lanois' new film, which is premiering at the event, features footage of the band rehearsing songs from their upcoming album.

In musical documentary Here Is What Is, the celebrated music mogul attempts to explain what makes him one of the best producers on the planet.

The film also features appearances by Willie Nelson, Sinead O'Connor and former Roxy Music star Brian Eno.

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Sinead O'Connor Criticizes Media Treatment Of Young Stars

July 4th, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is appalled by the way the media treats troubled young celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan - because she sympathises with their plight. In a year that has so far seen Lohan and Spears checking into rehab and Hilton serving jail time for violating probation, the Nothing Compares 2 U singer, who herself became a tabloid target after she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on U.S. TV show Saturday Night Live in 1992, admits she feels for young stars struggling with celebrity.

And she is particularly upset by the media's treatment...

Sinead O'Connor Bemoans 'Curse' Of Fame & Good Looks

June 10th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor blames the "curse" of fame and her good looks for ruining her music career. The outspoken Nothing Compares 2 U singer, who has long voiced her dissatisfaction with the recording industry, believes celebrity and beauty are an explosive mix.

She says, "Fame and beauty together have proved to be a curse for me. Fame especially. It's the reason I keep leaving the game. I find it painful, I really do. To be a good artist you need to be terrible sensitive. If you are sensitive than you're not well-suited to the vileness of the music industry. If you don't do what...

Sinead O'Connor's Fight With Prince

June 8th, 2007 9:07am EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Conner came to blows with flamboyant musician Prince after he objected to her covering his song Nothing Compares 2 U. The Purple Rain hit maker wrote the song in 1984 for funk band The Family, but it was only until O'Conner's 1990 version that the track became an international success.

However, Prince was not happy she had covered the song as he had planned to give it to another female singer - and their meeting to discuss the matter did not go as planned. O'Conner says, "At the time he had a lot of female protégés and I had covered his song without having anythi...

Sinead O'Connor: 'Fame Is Too Hard'

June 6th, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor's self-imposed exile from the music industry keeps her sane, because she finds fame too "painful". The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker, 40, likes to balance time in the spotlight with time for herself.

She says, "Fame and beauty together have proved a curse for me. Fame, especially. It's the reason I keep leaving the game. I find it painful, I really do. To be a good artist you need to be terribly sensitive. If you are sensitive then you're not well-suited to the vileness of the music industry."

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Sinead O'Connor: 'I Am A Rastafarian Despite Anti-Gay Views'

June 6th, 2007 9:40am EDT
Sinead O
Bisexual singer Sinead O'Connor has become a Rastafarian, despite many believers opposing homosexuality. The 40-year-old admits being Rastafari seems an unlikely movement for her to follow.

She says, "I suppose what I like about it is that it's not a religion, it's a prophetic movement. And, yes, I'm aware that it's anti-gay in a lot of ways. I can deal with that even though I'm a woman who likes shagging birds."

"I'm also madly in love with a man right now. Which makes me bisexual, I guess."

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Sinead O'Connor Covers 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tune

May 8th, 2007 3:54pm EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer-turned-nun Sinead O'Connor has recorded a version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar tune, I Don't Know How To Love for her new album Theology. The project also features her rendition of traditional reggae spiritual Rivers of Babylon, with new lyrics O'Connor has written.

The peace-loving Nothing Compares 2 U singer insists her new album is her attempt to bring peace to a violent world. She says, "Theology is an attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war.

"It is my own personal response to what has taken place and is affecting everyo...

Mindy Smith's "Long Island Shores" Set For Oct. 10 Release

October 4th, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Mindy Smith
- Singer/songwriter's sophomore album is a follow-up to her stellar debut One Moment More.

On the heels of her critically acclaimed Vanguard Records debut, singer-songwriter Mindy Smith is back with her highly anticipated sophomore CD, Long Island Shores, a nod to her family and her heritage growing up in Smithtown, New York. The album is scheduled for release on Oct. 10.

Long Island Shores retains the raw, emotional intimacy of Mindy's songs and haunting vocals but adds some sharp edges both musically and lyrically, broadening the landscape of Mindy's storytelling. Mindy co-pro...

Sinead O'Connor May Sue Over Compromising Photo

May 12th, 2006 10:07am EDT
Sinead O
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has threatened websites and publications with legal action who distribute a photograph purportedly showing her smoking a cigarette while pregnant. The photo was taken in March when the singer was walking down a New York City street with a male companion. A cigarette can be clearly seen in her hand, but it is unclear whether an apparent ripple in her jumper is proof she is pregnant.

O'Connor's lawyer Rob Cohen has issued a cease and desist letter which, according to the Smoking Gun, states O'Connor "was not pregnant at the time that such photograph was take...

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter Re-release To Benefit AIDS Research & Relief

April 19th, 2006 11:05am EDT
Cole Porter
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter is an eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter benefiting AIDS research and relief. On April 25th Shout! Factory will release the videos from this successful benefit project on DVD for the first time, combined with a newly remastered CD in the same package. Red Hot + Blue brings together a diverse group of A-list artists including U2, The Neville Brothers, Sinead O'Conner, Tom Waits, David Byrne (who also directs one of the videos) and more to cover Cole Porter gems such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Too Darn Hot," "I Get A Kick Out ...

Natalie Portman Liked Being Bald When Filming 'V for Vendetta'

February 15th, 2006 12:05pm EST
Natalie Portman was thrilled she had to shave off her hair for new movie V for Vendetta. The beautiful actress says she fulfilled a long-standing ambition by chopping off her brunette locks and going bald to play a freedom fighter in the sci-fi film.

She is quoted by USA Today newspaper as saying: "I was really excited to get to shave my head - it's something I'd wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse. "It was nice to shed that level of vanity for a girl."

But the 24-year-old star admits her close-cropped look attracted a lot of stares. She revealed: "I wasn't used t...

New York Music Venues Unite For Green Apple Music & Arts Festival

February 8th, 2006 9:37pm EST
Frank Zappa
Over 25 of New York's premiere music venues are coming together to host the inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, the biggest Earth Day celebration in the United States, to be held throughout New York City April 20th to April 23rd. Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will happen in conjunction with Earth Day New York, a nonprofit organization.

The Sixth Annual Jammys award show and all-star concert will kick off the four-day music and film festival on Thursday, April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Over the following ...

Charlize Theron, Oprah, Luke Wilson & More on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

November 30th, 2005 9:50am EST
Charlize Theron
Coming up on The Late Show With David Letterman:

Nov. 30: Actress Charlize Theron; New York Times columnist/author Maureen Dowd

Dec. 1: Oprah Winfrey; musical guest Bonnie Raitt

Dec. 2: Actor Luke Wilson; rodeo champion Billy Etbauer

Dec. 5: Actor Billy Crystal; musical guest Ryan Adams

Dec. 6: Madonna; musical guest Melissa Etheridge

Dec. 7: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones; musical guests Antony & the Johnsons

Dec. 8: Actress Jennifer Aniston; musical guest 50 Cent

Dec. 9: Kid Scientists; actor John Cusack; musical guest Brad Paisley

Dec. 12: Act...

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