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Here’s a List of Irish Artists to Add to Your Playlists For St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Paddy's day indoors with some Jameson and these great artists.

The parades may not be happening, but not all is lost.

Ireland's treasures extend much further than a yearly parade, infinite green fields, and a superior pint of Guinness. The Emerald Isle has bred an impressive amount of talent in the realms of poetry, acting, sport, and, of course, music.

For an island that occupies such little space on the planet, it has had an immeasurable impact on culture. Enya, a musician born in Gweedore, a district in Donegal with a population of 4,500, went on to sell 75 million records, win four Grammys, and earn a nomination for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. U2, Van Morrison, and Sinead O'Connor, whose legend-status speaks for itself, are just a few other iconic Irish musicians.

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The trope of the struggling musician exists for a reason; it's undoubtedly hard to make a living in music.

But once you hit the big time and can easily sell out arenas, the money starts rolling in. The 2010s were a transformative time for music and a lucrative time for these 10 musicians. Most of these statistics are from Forbes, who "measures the industry's top-earning musicians annually for the Celebrity 100 by looking at touring data from Pollstar, music consumption numbers from Nielsen and interviews with managers, agents and many of the stars themselves."

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It's no secret that the Irish have a rich musical heritage.

For a country of just under 5 million people, the Emerald Isle has produced a proportionally high percentage of the world's greatest musical story tellers, from Ed Sheeran and Hozier to U2. But not all of Ireland's favorite acts have secured phenomenon status overseas too—yet.

Enter Picture This, an Irish band who played 5 sold-out nights at Dublin's 13,000 seat 3Arena in March, whose music has garnered hundreds of millions of plays across platforms and who's sent the country of Ireland into an enamored frenzy since their debut in 2015. The duo, comprised of singer Ryan Hennessy and drummer Jimmy Rainsford, came to fame largely by chance. Though the pair were childhood friends, they didn't begin their musical collaboration until October 2015, when Hennessy uploaded a video of "Take My Hand" on Facebook, where it eventually garnered over a million views. Impressed by the song, Rainsford reached out to Hennessy to discuss collaborating, and Picture This was born.

Now, the band has finally brought their cinematic song writing and infectious beats to North America, where they performed 17 shows from Toronto to LA. Before their New York show at Irving Plaza, the group stopped by Popdust to talk with Editor Brooke Johnson about The Phantom of the Opera, the missing letters in the title of their new album, and whether or not they would kiss Post Malone.

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U2 releases the Official Music Video for "Get Out Of Your Own Way"

GRAMMY WEEK | Playing at the Grammys & new tour dates on sale Jan 26th

The Animation for this music video is captivating.

It seems like there is a lot going on with U2 lately. For a band that has been active in music for decades, they have invigorated themselves once again, video, new album, tour dates, Grammys... is it me or have they done anything but slow down? If anything they have been a constant force for peace and bring about positive manifestations through their art. The "Get Out Of Your Own Way" music video animation is no exception, creating some very catchy eye candy, for an incredible audio/visual experience. Reminds me a little of South Park style, with cut paper. They embody some of aesthetic that Radiohead has embraced. No strangers to art rock, U2 produced a video that has a message and retained an artistic ethic.

Not to be overshadowed by their video release, U2 will be performing at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Popdust is going hard for the Grammy's this year, so we will be sure to Tweet you all during the live event. Madison Square Garden will host the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28, 2018. This is the first GRAMMY event in New York City since 2003.

"Get Out Of Your Own Way" (Afrojack Remix) is out 1/26. Announced the UK/Europe leg of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018 - new dates to go on sale January 26th.

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Broken Fingaz Crew, the fearless Israeli graffiti collective whose provocative, groundbreaking and often disturbing fluorescent sketches were among the first street art in their native Haifa, have directed U2's new video for "Get Out Of Your Own Way."

Known only by the pseudonyms that preserve their anonymity with local authorities--Unga, Tant, Kip and Desco—the enigmatic Broken Fingaz Crew approached U2 with the concept of an animated visualization of the second single from the band's new Songs of Experience. After a successful collaboration on U2's video for "American Soul," the band were inspired to give Broken Fingaz Crew full creative control based on their impassioned interpretation of "Get Out Of Your Own Way." The result reaffirms Broken Fingaz Crew's standing as artistic and social pioneers emerging from an underground of their own creation.

[2QYLW71516301312] The band announced the UK/Europe leg of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018, with new dates to go on sale January 26th (static.spin.com)

Broken Fingaz Crew described the mission statement of their "Get Out Of Your Own Way" video as follows. "The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation.

The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation, and in the same way, we've combined our psychedelic pop style with political imagery; shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques in collaboration with Adam Albo, who edited the video."

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U2 | eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018

May 2 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 4 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 7 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
May 8 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
May 12 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
May 22 – Chicago, IL – United Center
May 23 – Chicago, IL – United Center
May 26 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 28 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
June 5 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 6 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 9 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 17 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
June 18 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
June 21 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 22 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 29 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
August 31 - Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
September 4 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
September 8 – Paris, FR – AccorHotels Arena
September 9 – Paris, FR – AccorHotels Arena
September 16 – Lisbon, PT – Altice Arena
September 20 – Madrid, ES – WiZink Arena
September 29 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
October 3 – Hamburg, DE – Barclaycard Arena
October 7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
October 11 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
October 12 – Milan, IT – Mediolanum Forum
October 19 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
October 23 – London, UK – The O2

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Dan Victor is editor of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.

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When performers fall on stage, few can do it as poetically and masterfully as U2 guitarist The Edge. Not only did The Edge literally fall off the edge of the stage during a concert in Vancouver, he makes it look nonchalant, almost effortless.

Eat your heart out, Madonna! Sure you fell spectacularly but it was so ungainly, so awkward-looking!

Watch a master, and take note.

P. S. Could it be that U2 are simply too old for the rigors of rock and roll? First Bono's bike accident, now this? Should they just stay home and concentrate on their tax-avoidance? You decide.

Bono says he may never play the guitar again thanks to a titanium elbow he sustained after a New York City cycling accident.

The U2 frontman was in what doctors referred to as a "high-energy bicycle accident" in Central Park in November, and suffered fractures to his left eye socket, shoulder blade and left elbow. This required hours of surgery and the aforementioned titanium elbow.

"On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday," Bono wrote on the band's website.  "I promised myself I would be more mindful of my limits, but just four years on, it happened again - a massive injury I can't blame on anyone but myself, mainly because I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket. Very punk rock as injuries go.

"Recovery has been more difficult than I thought... As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band [The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen] have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this.

"I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I'm all elbows, I am."

Poor Bono! To read the rest of his message (including a very blatant 'sorry I'm not sorry' about the iTunes Songs of Innocence debacle) click here!

U2 will be going on tour in the beginning of May with the first stop occurring at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on May 14th. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for the opening show is $184 with the cheapest tickets beginning at $33. Room rates for Vancouver hotels located near the arena begin at $90, according to Hipmunk, so it's possible to get a room and a ticket for less than $125.  Fans who are discussing flying into Vancouver for the opening show should make sure to check out Hipmunk for information on Vancouver flights and any other potential travel options.