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Singing schoolgirl becomes star in US with Hallelujah

Kaylee Rodgers, who captured the hearts of millions people right across the globe with her amazing voice, has become a star in America.

The Co Down schoolgirl with autism is just back from Boston after performing her wonderful rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at a lavish ceremony.

"I wasn't nervous at all, I just love doing it," the 10-year-old told UTV.

"It makes me feel happy that I'm doing it for everyone, they came over and they had a lot of happy tears!"



Coldplay praise Belfast singer-songwriter's mashup

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Coldplay have given their seal of approval to a Belfast singer-songwriter's mashup of their hits.

The band shared Owen Denvir's 'Best of Coldplay' video on Twitter this week, telling their fans it was "well worth a look".

He's now racked up thousands of views for the performance.

Talented Owen, who recently appeared on UTV Life, tweeted: "I've just started and finished my entire autobiography. Here it is: I made a video. It got tweeted by Coldplay."

Neil Diamond to play Belfast on 50th anniversary tour

Singing superstar Neil Diamond is to return to Belfast in the autumn as part of his 50th anniversary world tour.

The Sweet Caroline singer has only performed in Northern Ireland once before, in 2014, and will take to the stage of the SSE Arena on Sunday 8 October.

He will play at the 3Arena in Dublin two days later.

The Grammy award winner and Rock & Roll hall of fame inductee is celebrating five decades in the music industry, during which time he has sold some 130 million albums and amassed countless accolades.

In tandem with the tour, he is also releasing a compilation album 'Neil Diamond: The 50th Anniversary Collection', incorporating songs spanning his 50 year music career.

Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment said,"Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon. His singular artistry and talent has left an indelible mark on American culture and has helped shape the sound of popular music for five decades".

The Belfast date is one of six UK performances, as part of the European leg of his tour.

The UK schedule is:

Sunday 1st October - Arena - Manchester

Tuesday 3rd October - SSE Hydro - Glasgow

Thursday 5th October - First Direct Arena - Leeds

Sunday 8th October - SSE Arena - Belfast

Tuesday 10th October - 3Arena - Dublin

Friday 13th October - Barclaycard Arena - Birmingham

Tuesday 17th October - O2 Arena - London

Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday 27 January.

Dublin’s celebrity buskers shut down by gardaí

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The now traditional Christmas Eve busking session by a host of famous faces on Dublin’s Grafton Street had to be shut down by gardaí amid concerns about overcrowding.

Thousands turned out on Saturday to see who would make an appearance at this year’s impromptu gig.

Glen Hansard, Hozier, Danny O’Reilly from The Coronas, and Gavin James were among those who performed at the short-lived event.

Irish musicians take to Grafton Street each year, raising awareness and funds for homeless charities including the Simon Community and the Peter McVerry Trust.

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